Thornton weekly report 26th May 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 26th May 2019

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Thornton is currently 6ft+ down due to the continued work on the overflow. The valve is now closed therefore we shouldn’t see the level reduce by much more.

The week started well with R Menhams catching 12 on hoppers and buzzer , Steve Jordan and Graham Henfrey fished indicators and buzzers to catch 22 with Dave Wilson catching a 5lb. Tuesday Chris Sayer fished black buzzers for his 9 trout Richard Price caught 8 for his mornings visit on buzzer and blobs with Norman Perkins fishing the morning session catching 15 to 3lb8oz again on buzzer.

Middle of the week and buzzers continued to be the best patterns, Keith Walker caught 6 for his mornings session, Mr & Mrs Ryalls fished buzzers to catch their 6 trout with Jamie Scott fishing buzzer and cruncher patterns to catch his 8 fish

Tony Lorrimer used his bunny patterns to catch his 8 fish with tony commenting that all his fish were taken on the drift.

Fishery ranger and guide Lee Henfrey on his day off fished Thornton on Saturday catching 18 trout on a range of lines from a fast sinker to a midge tip and midge tip long

Buzzers were the stand out pattern this week with damsel, crunchers and hoppers also working well. Plenty of damsels starting to show with caenis about in the late evening, I use a tups or Charles Jardine sparkle gnat for caenis feeders

Water clarity is good, the water temperature is an excellent 15c

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.45pm until 9.45pm (Tickets on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.00pm

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Thornton Weekly report 19th May

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 19th May 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Thornton is currently 6ft+ down due to the continued work on the overflow. The valve is now closed therefore we shouldn’t see the level reduce by much more.

The low levels aren’t impacting the fishing with the rod average 3.6 for last week.

During any overcast periods the bank is fishing with the area opposite the lodge, corner of the wood & lonesome pine producing to damsel, buzzer & hare`s ears.

Boat anglers are finding fish in the same area as the bank but are also finding fish during the evening on the drift over the main basin.

The Thornton fly fishers match was won by Tony Smith with Martin Vernon second with 5 fish over 3lb+ recorded for their competition

Anglers are enjoying catching the larger fish were introducing with 3 fish over 5lb+ caught by R. Dunster, P Martindale & P Hunt.

We have buzzers, damsels and the first of the sedge we would expect to see the hawthorn fly this week

Water clarity is good

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.30pm until 9.30pm (Tickets on sale from 5.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.45pm

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Thornton weekly fishing report 12th May 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 12th May 2019

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This current spell of weather, showery with cooler air temperatures are ideal for the midland reservoirs keeping the water temperatures to were they should be for the time of year 12c – 13c perfect for the type of fishing we expect, buzzer, surface activity and reaching for the floating lines, midge tips & intermediate lines

With a rod average 4.7 for the week Thornton is enjoying a good spell of sport with bank, especially if its overcast and boats enjoying the sport.

The same areas have continued to produce for a number of weeks now with bank anglers catching opposite the lodge, corner of the wood and down to the lonesome pine. Boat anglers are catching similar areas but are also finding fish off the stones.

Reasonable hatches of buzzer from small olive buzzers to a much larger black buzzer coming off we would expect to see a few hawthorn flies towards the end of this week

All Water member Paul Havard caught 6 for his visit reporting the smaller buzzer sizes worked best, Neil Pitfield caught 5 for his visit including a 4lb4oz rainbow. Another All water member Jamie Scott found blobs and fabs worked best for him catching fish up to 4lb8oz

Staff Police visited Thornton during the week averaging 6+ for their visit with M Cartlidge leading the way with 18 trout followed by S Owen on 10 with damsel and blobs working best for them

Friday and following a very wet Thursday the reservoir fished well again Mick Cross catching 7 trout to 3lb8oz, J Alcock fished from the bank and recorded 13 trout, S Swinfield caught fish to 4lb4oz

J Veasy bank fished the afternoon session using Diawl Bach to catch 6 trout with Simon Crane recording 4 trout for his afternoon bank session

Saturday was the day of the week Keith Cowen, A Lilley, Jan Webber, M Clay, M Hunt all recording double figure catches with fish of 5lb+ recorded. Damsel, cruncher, buzzer, hoppers were the patterns working best.

Sunday A Gunby returned two rainbows 5lb+, Szymon fishing with his young daughter caught 8, T Smith caught 9 with local angling club Thornton Fly Fishers chairman Dave Leavesley continuing his good season catching 8 off the bank using a damsel.

Floating line & midge tips are working best with damsel, buzzer, cruncher, diawls and hoppers best patterns

Water clarity is good, the work on the overflow continues with the reservoir currently 5ft down

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.15pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.15pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.15pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.15pm until 9.15pm (Tickets on sale from 5.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.30pm

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Thornton weekly report 5th May 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 5th May 2019

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The cuckoo is the last of our summer visitors still to arrive, the swifts arrived midweek and is a always a sign that spring will in a few short weeks turn into summer

With another steady week for us at Thornton with the rod average at 3.3 with bank anglers taking advantage of our lower water levels and still catching opposite the lodge, corner of the wood and lonesome pine. Fish are close in during the morning or evening during the brighter part of the day they are moving out, if your coming to fish the bank bring waders

Boats continue to catch off the corner of the wood but are also finding fish along the stones and across the deeper water.

Good buzzer hatches and as we move into May look out for the hawthorn fly.

Floating lines, midge tip and intermediate lines are best with buzzers, Diawls, damsel and Dawson’s olive

Keith Cowen started the week in fine form taking his 6 fish limit during a morning session on damsels, D Button fished the afternoon / evening session also taking 6 trout

David Clayton bank fished on Tuesday catching 11 trout with the overcast conditions keeping the fish close in for most of the day, Mark Burrows bank fished catching rainbows of 2lb & 4lb4oz, Jack Hives and Sam Fielder shared a morning boat catching 11 between them. Symon caught 12 for his afternoon visit including fish of 5lb & 3lb8oz.

Thornton Fly Fishers angling club chairman continued his good run of form from the bank using a damsel to catch 5 trout for his short 4 hour session. Fish are taking dries with Mick Glover fishing a Big Red to catch 4 trout

Dawson’s Olive caught 16 trout for Howard Davies with Tony Lorrimer catching 18 again using his successful bunny patterns. Phill Mee took advice from the lodge and fished the late afternoon / evening session catching 10 on Thursday evening and 6 on Friday evening

Terry Ord and Brian Rutherford enjoyed two days catching 25 trout on dries and buzzers

Saturday Mark Burrows retuned for a session from the boat catching trout 4lb8oz and 2lb8oz, Jan Webber caught 6lb rainbow with Mark Hunt catching 10 to 5lb2oz

Sunday Dave Skudder caught 5 for his morning’s visit with Neil Bates fishing a damsel to catch his 8 trout

Water clarity is good, the work on the overflow continues with the reservoir currently 5ft down

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 9.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.00pm until 9.00pm (Tickets on sale from 4.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.15pm

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Thornton weekly report 28th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 28th April 2019

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Another steady week for Thornton with bank and boat anglers catching with the area opposite the lodge, corner of the wood and lonesome pine best for bank anglers with boats fishing corner of the wood, stones and in the evening drifting across the main basin

Monday Mark Stone caught 5 for his 4 hour mornings visit, Bob Jones float tubed with damsel and buzzer patterns for his 7 trout. Tuesday Pete Hunt continued to use his successful patterns of cats whiskers and buzzers to catch 11 trout, by Wednesday were starting to see an improving evening rise with buzzers and suspender buzzers taking fish with Peter Wurm catching 6 during the last 3 hours and Clive Holt catching 9 again during the late evening session on traditional wets

Tut Miles caught 5lb rainbow on damsel, Phil Mee also caught a 5lb rainbow, P Hunt caught 5lb8oz with Keith Cowen over two trips catching 12 trout for 32lb

The Troutmasters fish off was fished on Sunday with Andy Lilley going on to represent Thornton and R Miller going to represent Foremark, the very best of luck in the final been held at Draycote water.

Water clarity is good   Our rod average 3.4

Due to the continued maintenance work on the Thornton Dam overflow the contractors have dropped the level of the reservoir further and currently were 5ft+ down, the work is scheduled to be completed by late July

Buzzer & Indicator Fishing As it’s the time of year for buzzers and indicators Tom Bird has written a new blog http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/ explaining the method we also have an online shop offer on indicators this week https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.45 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.45pm until 8.45pm (Tickets on sale from 4.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.00pm

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Weekly fishing report 21st April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 21st April 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Buzzers, it seems to have taken a while to get our buzzer sport going but this was the week when the trout seemed to click onto the buzzer with a good evening rise to be had towards the end of the week.

With the water level down 4ft due to the continued work on the overflow its strange how the corner of the wood down to the lonesome pine continues to be the most productive area for most of April.

Some good sized fish been taken again this week, D Barnes 4lb, N Perkins 4lb1oz, M Clay 3lb12oz, L Langley 3lb13oz & S Lewandski 5lb photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Floating line, Intermediate and when it was bright and still a sink3 were the lines to have with you this week with olive or black buzzers from size 14 – 10, blobs, damsels, cats whisker.

Corner of the wood down past the lonesome pine was the area that fished well for bank and boat anglers with the drift in the evening from the end of the stones across the main basin the area to fish the evening rise towards the end of the week.

Water temperature has at long last picked up been between 11c – 12+c for most of this week, which explains why our buzzer sport has suddenly picked up.

Notable catches for the week, Pete Hunt 11 trout, D Leavesley 18 off the bank, Jan Webber 14, M Clay 14, D Jones 10, with anglers fishing from float tubes Szymon 9, A Russel 10, Bob Jones 7

Water clarity is good

Our rod average 3.2

Our water levels are down 4ft due to the continued maintenance work on the overflow,

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.30 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm

Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.30pm until 8.30pm (Tickets on sale from 4.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.45pm

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Weekly fishing report week ending 14th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 14th April 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Despite the cold easterly winds we enjoyed a rod average of 4.0 last week with the majority of fish taken on floating, midge tip or intermediate lines. On the colder days a Sink3 or fast sinking line did work best, it was a case of matching the line to the conditions.

The corner of the wood down past the lonesome pine fished best for boat and bank anglers on the windier days the sheltered bank from the end of the stones to the farm

Scotty Wilson caught 11 from the lonesome pine area on Monday. Dave Leavesley bank fished down by the lonesome pine catching 6 fish on buzzer and cats whisker patterns with the most productive time between 11am and 1pm

Pete Hunt caught 18 on Wednesday with Tony Lorrimer fishing his bunny patterns to catch 20 with L Sorreno fishing the afternoon session with buzzers, dawson olive and red holo cormorants to catch 23 trout

Neil James caught a rainbow of 5lb+ with D Ryalls catching a 4lb+ rainbow, photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Over the weekend we had members of the Complete Fly Fisher forums visit Thornton for their annual competition notable catches were Kevin Dewey 17 trout, Ian Lindsey 19 trout, Paul Evans 16 trout catching on blobs, boobies and damsel patterns

The colder conditions are pegging back our evening rise sport, hopefully with the forecast giving improving air temperatures towards the middle of the week onwards we will see an evening rise as were certainly getting the buzzer hatches.

Water clarity is excellent

Our rod average 4.0

Our water levels are down 4ft due to the continued maintenance work on the overflow,

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.00 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm

Afternoon Boats: 2.00pm until 8.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.00pm until 8.00pm (Tickets on sale from 3.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.15pm

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Week ending 7th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 7th April 2019

 

Tel 01530 230807

 

The first week of April and it had us all pulling on an extra layer of clothing with the strong cold North Easterly. Not surprising therefore rod numbers were low for the week.

 

Despite the cold wind we had good buzzer hatches most days with fish up & about feeding on the buzzer at times in good numbers off the corner of the wood & down from the stones to the farm bank.

 

The highlight of the week were the two well conditioned rainbows taken by D Leavesley at 4lb4oz and Jan Webber 5lb2oz photo on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

 

Monday D Button fished the afternoon session finding the fish moving down the Markfield arm catching 5 on diawl bach and buzzer. Tuesday D Leavesley fish a couple of hours before close again finding feeding fish off the corner of the wood.

 

Richard Dayman put up with the cold conditions catching 20 off the wood with B Pearce bank fishing recording 7 on damsels

 

Members H Davies caught 11 for his Friday visit with D Woodall catching his 6 on buzzer patterns, Saturday Mark Hunt caught 11 specifically targeting the buzzer feeding fish which were finnicky as they had been all week

 

Sunday And Thornton fly fishers fished their spring boat pairs competition with Richard Dayman & Nigel Harvey winning the comp with Pete Birdsall and Tony Kirk second

 

Sport improved as the week went on with increasing buzzer hatches

Water clarity is good

Our rod average was 3.0

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 7.45 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 7.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm

Afternoon Boats: 2.00pm until 7.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 3.45pm until 7.45pm (Tickets on sale from 3.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.00pm

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Date for your Diary

At Draycote on Sunday 14th April FREE opportunity to try a RIO fly line or SAGE rod of your choice fishing with one of our guides. We have Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn of SAGE who are available to advice & demonstrate casting for Trout, Salmon & Salt water

This day is free, booking essential call the Draycote lodge 01788812018

Week ending 31st March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 31st March 2019

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A very mixed weeks fishing at Thornton with anglers reporting seen fish feeding on the improving buzzer hatches along the stones & in the evening from the corner of the wood.

Anglers found the fish they could see moving difficult to temp with some finding blobs & boobies easier to tempt fish, although the fish when spooned were full of buzzer

 

Areas that have produced are Stones, down past the lonesome pine & corner of the wood with the morning session fishing best.

 

As we move into April we normally expect to find increasing numbers of fish down the farm bank & with the increasing hatches of buzzer & the arrival of the sand martins it shouldn’t be too long before were out on the evening rise.

 

The next two stockings from the River Gwash are due Wednesday 3rd & Wednesday 10th

 

Reservoir is currently 3ft down if your coming to fish the bank wellingtons or waders are recommended.

 

Water clarity is excellent

 

Our rod average was 1.1

 

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.30pm

Morning Boat 8.30am – 2.00pm   Afternoon Boat 2.00pm – 7.30pm

Last 4 hour 3.30pm – 7.30pm

All anglers offsite by 7.45pm

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Date for your Diary

At Draycote on Sunday 14th April FREE opportunity to try a RIO fly line or SAGE rod of your choice fishing with one of our guides. We have Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn of SAGE who are available to advice & demonstrate casting for Trout, Salmon & Salt water

This day is free, booking essential call the Draycote lodge 01788812018

Fishing report week ending 17th March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 17th March 2019

Tel 01530 230807

A week of unusually constant strong winds which has kept the boats off the water & anglers off the bank for most of last week. We desperately needed the rain to fill the reservoirs after a dry winter, that was the only good point of the weeks weather.

Tuesday provided us with a short break in the weather with J Cutts & M Aylott catching 14 between them on booby, appetizer, Pitsford pea and damsel.

It was Sunday before rods were out again with the ladies leading the way, Carren Tate caught 5 for her mornings visit with Alison Toon catching a 3lb4oz rainbow.

All Water member Mark Hunt having caught 4 at Eyebrook during a short two hour session on Friday visited Thornton on Sunday catching 6 on bloodworm patterns

Clarity is 2ft+ and improving, with last weeks stocking and a better forecast we should see good sport for bank and boat anglers at Thornton this week

Reservoir is currently 3ft down if your coming to fish the bank wellingtons or waders are recommended.

Water clarity is improving and is fishable

Our rod average was 2.3

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.15pm

Morning Boat 8.30am – 1.00pm   Afternoon Boat 1.00pm – 6.15pm

Last 4 hour 4.15pm – 6.15pm

All anglers offsite by 6.30pm

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Date for your Diary

At Draycote on Sunday 14th April FREE opportunity to try a RIO fly line or SAGE rod of your choice fishing with one of our guides. We have Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn of SAGE who are available to advice & demonstrate casting for Trout, Salmon & Salt water

This day is free, booking essential call the Draycote lodge 01788812018