Fishing Report Week ending 11th March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 11th March 2019

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Strong winds at times last week kept the boats on the pontoon and made bank fishing near impossible, however on the better days we enjoyed excellent spring sport with the rod average for the week a respectable 5.9

Tuesday All Water Members Paul Havard and Nev Welsh caught 12 trout apiece, Alan Topping bank fished catching 6 during his short 4 hour session. Ian Jobe bank fished on Wednesday catching 9 trout. On Thursday day rod Tony Lorrimer used his rabbit patterns to record 21 trout.

Friday produced the best days fishing Richard Price caught 14 on damsel patterns, Jamie Scott fished damsels, cut throat cat and dancer patterns for his 19 trout with Neil Shilton taking to his float tube and recording 14 trout. Ricky Cotterill and S Wilson caught well into double figures with the damsel pattern again being the fly that was working.

Some fish are starting to fall to buzzers and crunchers with Ian Coe, Peter Wrigley using them to catch their fish

As we enter week 7 of the season some of the earlier stocked trout are feeding on bloodworm and buzzer, we will see an increasing number start to take the buzzer as we move into March.

The area opposite the lodge and corner of the wood continues to fish although anglers who are pushing down towards the lonesome pine into the Markfield arm are picking up increasing numbers of trout.

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

Water clarity is good

Our rod average was 5.9

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat 8.30am – 1.00pm   Afternoon Boat 1.00pm – 6.00pm

All anglers offsite by 6.15pm

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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

Thornton weekly report 3rd March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 3rd March 2019

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An excellent weeks fishing with the February weather being kind for us, with bank and boat anglers enjoying the excellent early season sport with a 6.7 rod average

The area opposite the lodge continues to produce but it was noticeable this week that the trout were moving further along towards the corner of the wood and down the Markfield arm.

All Water member Ken Key who usually fishes Draycote visited Thornton for the first time catching 8 off the bank on buzzer and blobs, Dave Smith another All Water member caught 12 for his visit with Keith Coley catching an overwintered trout of 5lb12oz photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Alan Topping continues to find the fish off the bank recording 19 for his visit. Bob Menhams fished a short morning session from a boat catching 9, with Disabled International Angler Harold Pritchard catching 24 for his visit.

Ian Jobe is making good use of his All Water permit visiting Thornton prior to Eyebrook opening and recording 24 off the bank. Richard Price enjoyed his best visit ever at Thornton catching 20 for his visit.

Crunchers and fabs worked for Robert Middleton fishing from the bank he caught 14 trout, Scotty Wilson fished a midge tip with a gold headed daddy catching steadily all day.

The good sport continued into the weekend with Thornton members Jan Webber, Martin Clay, Brian Sibley, Mark Hunt and Andy Lilley all returning good numbers of trout.

Although black and green or white and green lures are still taking good numbers its noticeable the increasing numbers of trout taking buzzers, crunchers & bloodworm patterns

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

Our rod average was 6.7

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm

Morning Boat 8.30am – 1.00pm   Afternoon Boat 1.00pm – 5.45pm

All anglers offsite by 6.00pm

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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

Fishing report week ending 24th February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 24th February 2019

 

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Were enjoying a good spell of weather which is allowing our rods to enjoy some excellent sport from the bank and boats.

The bank is still enjoying the best of the sport with the fish running close to the margins opposite the lodge and down past the lonesome pine, there is no need to wade.

As the week progressed it became noticeable that the afternoon session was fishing best for the bank & especially the boats. Sinking lines with black & green lures, orange blobs & cats whisker are the best patterns to use, although by the weekend anglers using buzzers & apps bloodworm were starting to catch increasing numbers.

Day rods Alan Topping had another successful bank session catching 19 trout, Vince Aronica fished in his wellingtons keeping out of the water to catch his 11 trout, Mark Perry caught 13, J Woodward boated 15 with P Cooper and partner boating 30 fish for their visit.

All Water Members Nev Welsh, Andy Lilley, Phil Mee, Mark Hunt, Neil Shilton all caught 10+ fish for their visit.

Thornton members Matt Vickers, Szymon also caught 10+ trout off the bank for their visit

Draycote fishery ranger and guide Lee Henfrey fished the bank once again showing his mastery of the sinking line

 

Good average size to the trout with overwintered trout to 5lb+ recorded again this week

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

Our rod average was 4.1

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm

Morning Boat 8.30am – 1.00pm   Afternoon Boat 1.00pm – 5.30pm

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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

Thornton Weekly report 18 February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th February 2019

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The weather was a little kinder this week, a couple of early morning frosts with the sun clearing that by 9.30am.

Intermediate, mid-range & fast sinking fly lines with black and green lures, orange blob, boobies and damsel have caught with the warmest part of the day 10.30am to 3pm the most productive time to fish with anglers reporting a slow retrieve working best.

The area in front of the lodge & wood is fishing best with the bank anglers enjoying the best of the sport as the trout ran close to the margins along the shallows opposite the lodge.

A few more of our new All Water Members visited this week with Ian Jobe catching 17 off the bank, Dave Slesser caught 11 from a boat with N Shilton taking to his float tube for his 12 trout, with Neil finding some fish in front of the dam, with Mark Hunt catching 9 for his short afternoon visit.

Thornton member P Wrigley fished on the Wednesday and caught 1 but returned on the Thursday and caught 15, Jan Webber decided to fish the bank for his two visits catching 10 & 7 with Pete Hunt catching 11 off the deeper bank at the top of the Thornton arm

Day rods J Perry & P Harding caught 15 to the boat, Bill Ward caught 10 to his boat with L Sorreno catching 12

Couple of club matches this week with Thornton Fly Fishers bank match fishing to a 4 fish limit won by Martin Vernon pushing Richard Dayman to second place. Colwick Fly Fishers fishing a boat competition to a 4 fish limit with the winner I believe was K Saxton.

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

Our rod average was 3.9

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm

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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

Weekly fishing report week ending 10th February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 10th February 2019

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Thornton 2019 season opened on the 1st February. The opening 10 days has given us a variety of weather with ice, strong winds, rain and some mild weather, a proper mixed bag.

As we would expect the majority of the trout were caught opposite the lodge & down in front of the wood for the bank anglers with boats catching in front of the lodge down towards the lonesome pine.

Intermediate, mid-range & fast sinking fly lines with black and green lures, orange blob, boobies and damsel have caught with the warmest part of the day 10.30am to 3pm the most productive time to fish with anglers reporting a slow retrieve working best.

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

Our rod average for the first 10 days of the season was 6.5

Following the rain on Sunday it has reduced the clarity as we always recommend you call the lodge for latest updates. 01530 23080

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Thornton 2019 Season

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Happy New Year to you all

Thornton opens for the 2019 season on the 1st February 2019.

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No price increase for 2019

We are taking bookings but as were out repairing boats & undertaking general winter maintenance if you can’t get us on the phone you can email us at lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk with your booking requests.

January Sales

We have an online tackle shop at www.flyfishstore.co.uk as we prepare to restock our shops we do have a Sale & Clearance page which will be updated weekly at www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

New for 2019 is our All Water Membership that allows you to spread your visits across Thornton, Foremark, Draycote & Eyebrook with membership options starting from £480.00
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Dates for your Diary

We will be attending the popular BFFI Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Show on the 9th & 10th February 2019 show info visit their website https://www.bffi.co.uk/

 

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Last Week of the 2018 Season

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th November

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That’s the 2018 season drawn to a close.

During our last week of the season fry patterns caught the majority of the catch especially mini snakes although a few rods who persevered with buzzers enjoyed some success

Tuesday John Simpson fished his bunny patterns to catch 6 trout, Wednesday Carl Bond fished with black buzzers to take his 4 fish with J Scott catching 10 on snakes fished on a DI3. Thursday Tut Miles fished with buzzers to catch his 4 trout. Friday and the two top rods A Johnstone with 6 trout & Simon Kolkowski with 5 trout both fished buzzer patterns with D Button arriving to fish the last 4 hour session picking up 3 quick fish on an intermediate and minkie pattern in front of the lodge.

Saturday Richard Dayman and John Kirk caught 8 on snakes, Alison Toon & Brian Sibley caught 5 with Mark Hunt working hard for his 7 trout. Andy Lilly returned a 3lb+ Brown trout

Sunday and the last day of the season Mark Hunt worked hard for his 3 fish returning another nice brown trout.

Our rod average for the last week of the season was 1.5

2019 Membership if you would like to receive details of the membership options available at Thornton, or details of our New All Water Membership option starting from £480.00 which allows you to visit all our waters during the season email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Our online store has the tuition dates for 2019 and you can also purchase gift voucher which make an excellent Christmas gift

2019 Season opens 1st February.

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Thornton Week ending 11th November 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 11th November

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Since the 1st October we have enjoyed one of our best autumnal sport for a number of years with the fishery rod average over these past 6 weeks 2.9

As we enter our last week of the season, closing date 18th November, the weather forecast looks favourable.

Brent Hart float tubing returned a brown trout, photo on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

The corner of the wood and down past the lonesome pine continues to produce fish during the morning, with green bay and the main car park fishing best from mid morning onwards.

Arthur Olding caught 6 for his mornings visit from the car park and green bay, Martin Vernon caught 4 for his mornings visit from the shallows in front of the wood.

Although the majority of fish are being caught on booby, cats whisker, snakes, blobs and fry patterns some anglers continue to get some success on buzzers and crunchers.

Mark Hunt caught his fish from various areas around the reservoir, catching in the late afternoon drifting down the Thornton arm using his sparsely tied crunchers.

The water is currently gin clear

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

2019 Membership if you would like to receive details of the membership options available at Thornton, or details of our New All Water Membership option starting from £480.00 which allows you to visit all our waters during the season email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.15pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.15pm – 16.15pm

 

All anglers offsite by 16.30pm

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Thornton Week ending 4th November 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 4th November

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Rod average of 2.5

Another steady week at Thornton with a 2.5 rod average. The main areas producing are the corner of the wood, green bay and car park with floating, intermediate or slow sinker best. A mixture of patterns are taking fish from buzzers, crunchers to blob, booby and fry patterns.

Jan Webber spooned the fish he caught on Friday and they had being feeding on large buzzers and bloodworm.

Andy Lilley caught 5 trout on a floating fry and an intermediate. John Simpson used his bunny patterns to boat 12 trout taking fish from all over the reservoir. Richard Price fished hoppers and boobies to catch his 6 trout with Tut Miles sticking to his buzzers and crunchers to catch 5 during his mornings visit with Peter Wrigley and Mark Hunt also catching on buzzers, diawls and crunchers.

The fish taking buzzer and nymph patterns are in the shallowest of water in front of the wood and down past the lonesome pine

Mick Adkin caught a 3lb rainbow, Brent Hart 4lb8oz brown from his float tube with Howard Davies catching a huge 3lb1oz perch which took his green pea

The water is currently gin clear

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

2019 Membership if you would like to receive details of the membership options available at Thornton, or details of our New All Water Membership option starting from £480.00 which allows you to visit all our waters during the season email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.30pm – 16.30pm

 

All anglers offsite by 16.45pm

 

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Thornton Weekly Report 28th October 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 28th October

 

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Rod average of 2.8

 

Thornton is enjoying one of its best October fishing for a long time with last week’s rod average 2.8

 

Bob Menhams fished a Monday morning session using a soldier palmer to catch 5 trout. Tuesday and the wind blew from the west Arthur Olding fished the sheltered water in front of the main car park catching 5 on an intermediate using a blob and booby combination. Wednesday calmer conditions greeted the anglers P Hunt caught 8 while John Simpson fished his bunny patterns to record 14 trout caught from the corner of the wood, green bay and main car park

 

P Hunt returned on Thursday catching 13 trout (21 in two days), Mick Huffer caught 5 from in front of the wood.

 

Friday and the temperature was dropping Keith Coley and John Bebington found the fish catching 17 for their afternoon visit.

 

Saturday and an icy start greeted the anglers, we had to delay the boats going out as the pontoon was icy. By 9.15am the boats were out and despite the cold wind the anglers caught well, P Martindale caught 5, Jan Webber caught 6, Alison Toon & Brian caught 3 each with Mark Hunt using a minkie pattern he ties himself to record 13 trout

 

Sunday and another cold day, well it is late October and to be expected, didn’t stop Steve Swinfield & Steve Zeleny from boating 9 fish

 

With 3 weeks left of the Thornton season, closing date 18th November it’s definitely worth a visit with todays (Monday 29th) rod average 3.5

 

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

 

2019 Membership if you would like to receive details of the membership options available at Thornton, or details of our New All Water Membership option starting from £480.00 which allows you to visit all our waters during the season email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

 

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.45pm – 16.45pm

 

All anglers offsite by 5.00pm

 

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