Thornton weekly report week ending 28th October
88 rods caught 193 trout last week for a rod average 2.1
These last few weeks of the season is when you expect to catch the better grown on fish, Paul Martindale recorded 8 fish for over 22lb with a further 21 fish over 3lb & 3 fish over 5lb recorded for the week
Fry patterns are the order of the day with minkie, zonker, minkie booby, cats whisker all catching fish. As you would expect the trout are moving out of the deeper water towards the shallows after the fry with the wood bank, Thornton arm & farm bank all areas worth trying.
In the main the best lines have been a DI3 or fast sinking line.
Thornton`s season draws to a close on Sunday 18th November.
Main gate open from 7.30am with boat available from 8.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm – 12.30pm – 5.00pm
Thornton weekly report week ending 21/10/12
91 rods caught 220 trout for a rod average of 2.4, our water clarity is excellent and our levels are full.
The condition of the trout been caught is excellent with 20% of the trout caught weighing over 3lb, these last few weeks of the season always produce our best looking trout.
As you would expect for late October fry patterns are taking the majority of the trout but M Martindale caught 3 on buzzers, Brian Fox continues to catch on buzzers taking another 8 trout while Steve Warner fished from his float tube for a morning session catching 4 to 3lb on damsel and hares ear.
The area in front of the lodge, corner of the wood, green bay and above the farm bank have all produced this past week with Wet Cell 2, DI3 & DI5 lines with minkie booby, Zonker and cats whisker all patterns taking fish.
Thornton closes on Sunday 18th November
Main gate and lodge open from 7.30am
Full day boats 8.30am – 6.00pm
Part day boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Call the lodge 01530 230807
Thornton weekly report week ending 14th Oct 2012
Not a bad weeks fishing for us with 121 rods catching 279 trout for a rod average 2.3
Autumn is well & truly with us & our fishing is on the change as well as the trout move off the buzzer & start looking for the autumn bonus feat “fry”
Brian Fox kept faith with his buzzers and had an excellent catch of 14 rainbows including fish of 5lb4oz & 4lb8oz, returning a few days later to catch another 9 trout to 2lb8oz, John Considine fished damsel and fry patterns taking fish to 4lb8oz.
As the week moved on the trout have started to move from the deeper water located around the orange buoys and dam wall with the shallows of the wood bank, green bay and farm bank starting to fish.
Our reservoir level remains full and our water clarity is excellent.
Thornton remains open to 18th November
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.15pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 6.15pm
Main gate open 7.30pm Tel 01530 230807
Thornton weekly report week ending 24/09/2012
A better week for us with the rod average at 2.0 as 109 rods caught 219 trout for the week
Harold Chapman won the Thornton Fly Fishers senior competition fished during the morning session, Harold caught 4 fish on a floating line and buzzers.
Brian Fox is the man in form fishing twice last week catching 10 trout on buzzers during his first visit & 11 on his second visit, his catches included fish of 3lb8oz & a superbly conditioned rainbow of 6lb8oz
Tony Lorrimer fished his bunny leeches to deadly effect recording 13 trout to 4lb
The weather on Sunday took a turn for the worst a biting cold easterly & rain, however Mark Goode & Fred Kettle despite the conditions enjoyed an excellent day catching 6 trout to 3lb14oz & 4 trout to 4lb12oz with the majority taking a small hot spot nymph
For most of the week damsel variants, buzzer, daddy & cruncher produced best with a few trout starting to come to minkie patterns, I would expect the fry patterns to start taking more & more fish as we leave September & move into October
Main gate & lodge open from 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.15pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.15pm
Call the lodge 01530 230807
Thornton weekly report week ending 16/09/12
During the past week 107 rods caught 189 trout for rod average 1.8
Keith Cowan enjoyed another successful visit using buzzers to take his 8 fish including 5lb rainbow, B Finch fished a morning session and caught 5 trout to 5lb, B Fox recorded 9 fish to 3lb8oz for his morning visit with T Miles also taking a rainbow of 5lb3oz, Keith Coley & J Bebbington recorded fish of 5lb+ as did N James. A. Wolloff recorded a 5lb8oz rainbow as did Mick Huffer
Floating line with damsel, buzzer & daddies were the most productive method with the area in front of the dam, green bay & large orange buoy favourite.
Generally the morning session continues to be the best part of the day to fish as the temperature in the evening has quickly fallen away. Water level remains full with the clarity good.
Lodge & main car park open from 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2pm – 7.45pm
Tel lodge 01530 230807
Thornton weekly update week ending 09/09/12
It was great to feel a bit of sun on your back last week after all the wet weather, but we paid a price with the glorious weather not helping the fishing.
Last week 132 rods caught 169 trout for 1.3 rod average. During the early part of the week sinking lines & booby was the most productive method as anglers went after the trout in the cooler deeper water in front of the main dam & orange buoy area.
Some anglers who did persevere with buzzers & nymph did catch John Spick & M Curtis caught 8 for their mornings visit, Keith Cowen caught 3 on buzzers before the bright conditions forced him onto the booby to catch a further 6 trout, M Pepper & John Smith caught 12 on buzzers from Green Bay the key to catching on buzzers or nymphs was to fish them as slow as possible or even static.
Lines that worked this week were floaters, intermediate & fast sinkers with booby, damsel, diawl bach & buzzers.
Our water level remains full with our clarity good.
Main gate & lodge open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 8.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Keep in touch with what’s happening by calling the lodge 01530 230807
Thornton Weekly report week ending 02/09/12
Last week 110 rods caught 198 trout for rod average 1.8 with the morning continuing to fish best.
During the past week the area fishing best has altered from being in front of the lodge Thornton arm to the main dam into green bay & the large orange buoy area producing best with the daddy proving to be the top pattern especially during any warm overcast periods.
This warmer spell of weather has encouraged the damsels with good numbers of them to be seen on the water this past week.
Andy Burton fished the dam wall – green bay area & caught trout weighing 3ln & 4lb on a daddy, A. Lawson caught 6 trout to 5lb on daddy, sedge & damsel, Jack Hives fished a morning session recording 4 trout to 4lb, Ben Lamb fished hares ear, olive emergers & buzzers to take his 6 fish to 4lb12oz
Mornings continue to be the most productive time of the day to fish, although traditionally during September we can expect some good evening sport to buzzers & sedges.
Water level remains full with clarity good
Main gate & lodge open from 7.30am
Boats Full Day 8.30am – 8.15pm
Boats Part Day 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.15pm
Contact the lodge 01530 230807
Thornton Weekly report ending 13/08/12
The hottest spell of weather for a few weeks & I expected the fishing at Thornton to become hard, how wrong I was, a few days mid week it wasn’t that easy but over the weekend the fishing was as good as it gets for August
During the week 113 rods caught 249 trout for a rod average 2.2 with most of the trout falling to floating or intermediate lines with a damsel, diawl bach, buzzer, cruncher & an orange foamed body daddy all working.
Again the trout are not were you would expect them for the time of year, they are not in the deeper water but were to be found from the mouth of the Markfield arm past the lonesome pine down to the farm gate.
Notable catches were made by Keith Coley, John Bebbington, Phil Bruce & Thornton regular Norma Prime who all recorded catches in double figures.
David Pallot recorded the best fish of the week a rainbow of 5lb
Water clarity is good with the water temperature cool for the time of year.
Main Gate, lodge open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.30pm – 2.30pm – 9.00pm
Last 4 hour permit 5pm – 9.00pm
Call the lodge 01530 230807
Our water level is at normal level once again with clarity described as good.
Last week 95 rods caught 171 trout for a rod average of 1.8 with the morning producing best results for most of the week.
Saturday & Sunday evening gave us the best evening rise of the season so far (it been a long time coming) with plenty of trout moving from the corner of the wood out to the orange buoy & back towards the boat pontoon.
Floating lines with buzzer, diawl bach & damsel patterns have produced best although a few more trout are being taken on dry daddy patterns. Unsurprisingly and with the amount of daphnia in the water the orange blob continues as it has every week this season featured in the returns.
Dave Rossin caught a rainbow 4lb12oz, Martin Vernon caught trout of 3lb4oz & 3lb5oz, Len Dobson 3lb, Keith Coley 4lb, Mat Vickers 3lb, M. Glover 3lb, David Price & Neil James 3lb & John Bebbington 3lb8oz.
With the evening starting to draw in please take note of the fishery opening and closing times.
Main Gate and lodge open from 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.15pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.15pm
Popular last 4 hour permit 5.00pm onwards.
Call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807
A mixed weeks fishing, with the weather / rain yet again having an impact, by Friday morning our water level had returned to normal, only for it to rain Friday night & with the ground totally saturated its unsurprising the level once again went up, wellingtons were required to walk onto the pontoon Saturday morning. By Sunday the extra water had run off and you could once again get onto the pontoon in shoes.
Its not ideal but with the ground as wet as it is any rain is going to bring the level up, however as soon as it stops raining the level will start to return to normal, I suggest you contact the lodge for latest info before you travel.
Our water clarity despite all this rain and water levels up, then down & then up again is surprisingly good with visibility at least 3ft.
Last week 99 rods caught 217 trout for rod average 2.2 with the majority of the trout falling to intermediate or floating lines with damsel, buzzer, hares ear & blob.
Best area, shallows of the Thornton arm, orange buoys, green bay, farm bank.
Standard and quality of the trout coming out is excellent with most in the 2b – 4lb range.
Main gate lodge and car park open from 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.45
Last 4hr permits 5.45pm – 9.45pm
Contact 01530 230807