Thornton fishing report week ending 15/04/2012

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Despite the changeable weather and the bitterly cold north wind we enjoyed a reasonable weeks fishing with 124 rods catching 422 trout for a rod average 3.4.

Water clarity is as good as it gets with visibility easily 12ft+.

Trout spooned have bloodworm, buzzers daphnia in them with increasing numbers of buzzer on the water when weather conditions allow.

Intermediate and sinking lines with buzzer, orange blob, dawsons olive and booby have worked best with the stones, farm bank and lonesome pine being the favourite areas.

Andre Russell fishing from his tube caught 8 trout for 18lb while John Smith and Melvyn Pepper returned for another visit and caught over 20 fish on buzzer.

Full Day Boat 8.30am – 8.00pm
Part Day Boat 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Main gate and lodge open from 7.30am Tel 01530 230807

Thornton fishing report week ending 08/04/2012

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A massive change in the weather, with the rain most welcome, helping to raise the level at Thornton.

Last week the weather kept the rods off the water but the 84 rods who ventured out caught 236 trout for a rod average 2.8.

With the colder weather sinking lines with booby, blobs & fritz worked best with the deeper water from green bay to the end of the stones fishing best.

Buzzer have worked for some with J. Smith & M. Pepper getting well into double figures all on buzzer fishing from an anchored boat off the corner of green bay.

On the warmer days our buzzer hatches continue to improve with increasing numbers of the large grey/black buzzer coming off.

Despite the rain and the reservoir up a good 8inch our water clarity remains excellent, gin clear.

Main gate, Lodge and bank fishing open from 7.30am
Full Day Boat 8.30am – 7.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.30pm
All anglers off site by 8pm

Call the lodge 01530 230807.

Thornton fishing report week ending 01/04/2012

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148 rods caught 466 trout returning 155 for a rod average 3.1

The warm spell last week certainly helped with good buzzer hatches during the day, in the main small black buzzers with the black blakestone size 14 buzzer working well. Fish spooned have large numbers of small buzzers & daphnia in them.

The trout have moved this week with the deeper water in front of the stones producing best with intermediate or floating lines with buzzer, orange blob & dawsons olive producing best. On Sunday and with the start of the cooler weather some anglers switched to a fast sinking line & booby which again worked well.

Currently our water level is 3ft8in down but the clarity is excellent.

Main Gate, bank fishing & lodge open 7.30am.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.30pm

Contact the lodge 01530 230807

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Thornton fishing report week ending 25/03/2012

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A mixed week for us with the colder easterly winds during the middle part of the week slowing catches, however by the weekend and improving weather the fishing improved.

During the week 140 rods 286 trout retuning 97 for a rod average 2 with Kirby Muxloe fly fishers fishing their first match of the year on Sunday with their match averaging 3.3.

Unusually for us at this time of year is the amount of daphnia in the water with the trout feeding hard on the daphnia over the past two weeks. With our water temperature still under 10 degrees our buzzer hatches are limited to the warmer part of the day, however this unseasonable weather were having will bring the water temperature up & with it improving buzzer hatches.

For bank anglers the stones, corner of the wood and farm bank are fishing best with boat anglers finding the wood, lonesome pine, farm and stones into green bay producing good numbers.

Best patterns: Blakestone Buzzer 14 black, orange blob, small cats whisker, green pea with a intermediate or floating line.

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.00pm

Main Gate & Lodge open from 7.30am

Water level is currently 3ft down, water clarity is good

Contact the lodge 01530 230807.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 18/03/2012

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A better weeks fishing for us with 133 rods catching 475 trout returning 238 for a rod average 3.6

The British Float Tubing Association fished with us on Saturday with 16 anglers taking to their tubes, catching 85 trout for a rod average of 5.3 Well done to Dave Carrie who came first in their match.

The trout are getting well spread throughout the reservoir with the stones fishing well this week with boat & bank anglers picking up good numbers from this area.

The Thornton Arm, Farm Bank & Stones continue to provide the best of the sport with an increasing number of trout feeding on the improving buzzer hatches & daphnia.

Intermediate or floating lines with orange blob, orange fritz goldhead, buzzer, diawl bach & green pea have been the most successful method & patterns, with buzzers fished under an indicator starting to take an increasing number of trout.

Our water clarity is good & our level is still 3ft down.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 5.45pm

Contact 01530 230807

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Thornton fishing report for fortnight to week ending 11/03/2012

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During the past the fortnight 232 rods caught 489 trout returning 158 for a rod average 2.1

The bank opposite the lodge has been heavily fished since opening day which for us was 6 weeks ago, unsurprisingly therefore the fish have spread themselves out along the shallows of the Thornton & Markfield arm.

Surprisingly for us at this early stage of the season the bottom end of the stones has produced some fish, the stones do not normally produce until early April.

Water height continues to improve, if at times slowly with our water clarity being good.

Floating or intermediate lines with bloodworm, diawl bach, buzzers & small black & green tadpole have generally produced best.

If your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring your waders

Main gate & lodge open 7.30am

Full Day Boat 8.30am – 6.00pm
Part Day Boat 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 6.00pm

Tel 01530 230807

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Thornton fishing report week ending 26/02/2012

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A good weeks fishing with 158 rods catching 646 trout returning 280 trout for a 4.1 rod average.

Monday to Friday the bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport with the trout running close into the shallows, however a sharp frost Saturday & bright conditions pushed the trout out into slightly deeper water giving boat anglers the edge.

Bank anglers continued to catch with anglers prepared to walk down to the farm bank finding good numbers of trout.

Intermediate or floating lines with a small green pea, gold head orange fritz, diawl bach & buzzer pattern took the majority of the fish.

Water levels continue to creep upwards & our water clarity is good.

We continue to see good numbers of overwintered 3lb – 4lb+ been taken.

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.45pm

Contact the lodge 01530 230807

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Date for your Diary
FOREMARK OPENS THIS COMING THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
Contact Foremark 01283 703202

Thornton fishing report week ending 19/02/2012

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At last weather conditions allowed us to enjoy some good early season sport with 117 rods catching 613 trout returning 350 for a rod average of 5.2.

At this time of year the bank often fishes better than the boats at Thornton & this was the case last week with bank anglers enjoying the best of the sport with many of the trout caught within feet of the shoreline.

The Thornton arm (opposite the lodge) wood bank & lonesome pine produced best with the best of the sport during the warmer part of the day 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Surprisingly many of the bank anglers found a floating line was the best method with a variety of flies & lures working.

Black & Green tadpole, cats whisker, orange blob, diawl bach, damsel & hares ear were all patterns that took their fair share of the catch.

It was good to see a number of overwintered trout taken with the best at 5lb6oz taken by Ray Jeffrey on a hares ear.

Boat anglers at Thornton this year will be required to wear a life jacket, we have them at the lodge for you to wear.

The water level is currently 3ft+ down but is coming up a little each day, however the current level is ideal for bank angling, exposing large areas of suitable bank fishing.

Main Gate & lodge open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Call the lodge 01530 230807

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Dates for your Diary
Foremark opens 1st March 01283 703202
Draycote Opens 8th March 01788 812018

Thornton fishing report week ending 12/02/2012

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At last this morning the thaw has started & we are open once again with the road down to the lodge clear of ice & snow.

With a good 90% of the reservoir still covered in ice the improving temperatures & breeze will soon clear large areas.

With the thaw our water levels continue to creep upwards.

Having the site closed for much of the past 7 days due to the conditions there is little if anything to report.

Contact the lodge for all the latest information.

01530 230807

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Thornton fishing report week ending 05/02/2012

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A mild winter reservoir filling nicely, trout stocked should be a good start to the 2012 season.

We woke on the 1st February to the first proper hard frost of 2012, pontoon remained frozen until midday with a good 50% of the reservoir covered in ice.

By the 2nd Feb well over 60% of the reservoir was frozen & by the 3rd 90% of the Thornton reservoir was covered in ice & unfishable.

A poor start therefore with only 32 rods venturing out, they recorded a catch of 44 trout giving an opening weeks average of 1.4.

As I write this report the 4inch of snow is starting to go but we still have at least 70% of the reservoir frozen, my advice is contact the lodge before you travel & get the latest report.

Water temperature is 3 degrees, water level 3ft6inch of full level.

Good average size of the first stocking with the fish averaging 2lb as soon as conditions improve we have some cracking trout to have a go at.

For 2012 lifejackets will be required to be worn while on the pontoon & in a boat, you can wear your own but the fishery can supply one if required.

Contact the lodge on 01530 230807.

Main gate & lodge open from 7.30am with boats (if conditions allow) out from 8.30am.

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