Weekly report week ending 8th July

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 8th July

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From our records you have to go back to 1995 to find similar conditions, with high daytime temperatures leading to high water temperatures. The only saviour has been a fresh breeze nearly every day, without that it could be a lot worse than it is.

Not surprising rod numbers fishing are low, only 20 rods fished last week, the majority followed our advice and fished the cooler morning session

Fast sinking lines RIO S7 or S8 or the Airflo DI8 or Booby Basher were the lines to put on with booby or blob on a short 6ft leader or the Snake patterns which have worked well across our waters this past week.

Unsurprisingly the deeper water in the main basin is the only area to concentrate your efforts

There are signs that the weather will start to change from the middle of next week, let’s hope so.

Severn Trent have some engineering work to carry out on the spillway, for this reason they are dropping the level of the reservoir by 6ft

We have some algae in the water, visibility is around 2ft

Rod Average 1.0

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4hr hour 6.00pm – 10.00pm

All anglers offsite by 10.15pm

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Weekly report week ending 1st july

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 1st July

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Difficult week at Thornton with our surface water temperature 20+ degrees all week.

Not surprising therefore that the morning session has fished best with anglers concentrating their efforts over the deeper water with boobies, blobs & snakes

Keith Cawley during his visit opted for a fast intermediate and various lure patterns to catch his 5 trout. Richard Dayman won the Thornton Fly Fishers boat competition with 4 trout with Martin Vernon second with 3 trout

Overall were experiencing the type of fishing conditions we would usually associate with mid July,

The water level is down around 5ft currently as STW have some work to do on the spillway, our water clarity has a slight algae bloom.

As always we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates

Rod Average 0.8

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4hr hour 6.00pm – 10.00pm

All anglers offsite by 10.15pm

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Weekly report week ending 24th

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 24th June

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The fresh northerly wind during the early part of the week certainly helped to counteract the warming surface temperatures with trout been caught in the top 5ft with some still being taken on dries.

As you would expect with us arriving at the longest day with a good 17hr of daylight the majority of the fishing is been concentrated over the deeper water, the channels at the entrance to both arms, stones, green bay and out in front of the main dam

Monday Keith Cowen caught 5 on blobs, Tuesday Peter Wrigley used the fresh breeze on Tuesday to catch 6 on dries for his mornings visit, Greg Weatherdon followed our advice fished the morning session and caught 5 trout on a fast sinking line and booby. Mark Hunt watched the weather and fished the much cooler evening session om Thursday catching 3 on dries

By Friday the heat of the day was taking its toll with the majority of rods struggling to catch, Liz Astill caught 5 trout during her two visits.

Saturday and the heat of the day continued to have its impact Martin Clay caught 5 for his visit, Mark Hunt struggled to find fish during the morning, although with a freshening breeze & increasing cloud cover found a pod of fish feeding on the surface & caught 14 on a big red cdc combo, he didn’t catch his first fish until 13.45 and was off the water by 16.30

Sunday with a flat calm & bright hot conditions it proved to be a struggle, Phill Mee took advantage of the cooler mornings water temperature taking 3 trout early on a DI3

The water level is down around 4ft currently as STW have some work to do on the spillway, our water clarity has a slight algae bloom.

As always we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates

Rod Average 1.2

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4hr hour 6.00pm – 10.00pm

All anglers offsite by 10.15pm

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Weekly report Thornton 17th June

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 17th June

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It was another week of planning your fishing around the weather, generally the mornings fished best although on any days when it remained overcast with a cooler breeze we did have an evening rise although the rise was generally during the last 45min, it’s the time of year to fish through to dark.

Monday Bob Menhams fished a slow sink line off the corner of the wood and recorded 4 trout for his 4 hour mornings visit using damsel & buzzers. Tuesday Norman Perkins use DI3 to catch his 10 trout fishing the mouth of the Thornton arm, Brian Cox & Keith Harkness fished damsel & buzzers to record their tally of 6 fish for their mornings visit.

Mick Glover caught 14 for his mornings visit with a DI3 & orange Fab taking the majority. Thursday evening & unsure of there being an evening rise & fishing 6pm to 9pm Thornton Fly Fishers fished their dry fly match with Martin Vernon catching his two fish limit & winning the match by 7.15pm!

Regular Friday rod Chris Sayer caught 10 for his visit, the same day as retired footballer Paul Gascoigne visited the reservoir to try his luck. Brian Sibley fished the evening rise with his partner Alison showing him the way catching 3 trout to Brian 1

Saturday & Mark Hunt found the pin fry feeders & once he got them sorted caught 10 trout. Mr Mansell visited Thornton on Sunday taking his 4 trout on nymphs fished on a floater

Currently the mornings are fishing best, the evening rise if it occurs will be between 21.15 – 22.00pm

Lots of damsel, sedge, tiny buzzers & caenis on the water, not too much pin fry with any pin fry generally off the stones & green bay area

The water level is down around 3ft – 4ft currently as STW have some work to do on the spillway, our water clarity is good

As always we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates

Rod Average 2.1

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4hr hour 6.00pm – 10.00pm

All anglers offsite by 10.15pm

 

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Weekly report 10th June 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 11th June

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The weather and water temperature has a massive impact on our sport, with this past week being a topsy turvy week with the surface water temperature ranging from 19c to 21c

It was a case of watching the weather and keeping in touch with the lodge especially if you wanted to fish the evening.

Tuesday evening following a cooler day Peter Wurm & Mark Hunt opted to fish the last 4 hr, both reported seeing good numbers of fish moving, if a little difficult to tempt, with Peter landing 4 and Mark who fished the last 2hr landing 2 trout on edge patterns, both commented that the majority of the fish moved during the last hour 8.45pm -9.45pm

Andy Lillie made the most of the cooler morning conditions catching 14 trout with all of the fish caught on a fast sinking over the deeper water.

Paul Martindale & Phill Mee shared a boat on Saturday morning catching 11 trout, Mick Huffer also fished Saturday morning catching 7 on damsel and buzzers, Steve Meachem caught 5 with Brian Sibley & Alison catching 8, Mark Hunt went after the pin fry feeders and caught 10.

Sunday Keith Cowen caught 6, K Mailie caught 4 including a 4lb brown.

The water level is down around 3ft currently as STW have some work to do on the spillway, our water clarity is good

As always we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates

Rod Average 1.5

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4hr hour 5.45pm – 9.45pm

All anglers offsite by 10.00pm

 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 3 June 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 3rd June

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Algae and warm water temperature did not help this past week with our surface temperature by Sunday hitting 20c degrees

Not surprising therefore that our rod average was 1.1 with the morning session fishing best

The deeper water produced with the channel down the Markfield arm, stones, green bay an main car park the areas that produced with the majority of fish falling to sinking lines with snakes, bunny leech or booby.

Kev Mailie and Pete Harris caught 8 between them on Saturday, with P Mee fishing the cooler morning session on Saturday and Sunday to boat 9 trout, Chris Sayer and M Cross fished the morning session on Friday and caught 5 trout

This morning Monday 4th June and it’s a much cooler forecast with our algae bloom has gone, we have good clarity, with a cooler overcast forecast for the coming week we should see the water cool and an improvement to the sport, with the cooler forecast further stocking will take place this week.

As always call the lodge for latest update

Rod Average 1.1

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4hr hour 5.45pm – 9.45pm

All anglers offsite by 10.00pm

 

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Thornton Weekly report week ending 27 May

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Week ending 27th May

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Its turning into a fishing season dominated by the weather, this week we had good weather, windy weather stormy weather with the bright conditions helping to produce an algae bloom, overall a difficult week with our rod average 1.6

Generally last week the morning session produced best.

Monday morning Bob Menhams caught 7 on black buzzer, Mick Jay recorded 5 during his morning session with Adrian Freer during his mornings fishing catching 4 trout including a brown of 4lb+, Rodger Guise also caught 4 for his mornings fishing.

Tuesday morning and the algae was starting to build, Peter Wrigley caught 8 on buzzers with Nev Welsh fishing a damsel to take his 5 trout, John Simpson fished the afternoon session enjoying continued success with his bunny patterns recording 6 trout.

Wednesday and the algae bloom had started to impact on the fishing, the cooler mornings fished best, with Thursday and Friday strengthening north easterly winds and rain certainly not helping.

Saturday morning Brian Sibley was one of the few anglers to master the conditions catching 7 trout for his mornings visit while his boat partner Martin Clay caught 3, conditions didn’t improve much better for Sunday morning with Thornton Fly fishers morning competition won by Martin Vernon with 3 trout.

The deeper water in front of the stones, green bay and dam continues to be the area producing a few fish, we need cooler weather and for the algae to clear.

As always call the lodge for latest update

Rod Average 1.6

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4hr hour 5.45pm – 9.45pm

All anglers offsite by 10.00pm

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Thornton weekly report 20th May

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 20th May

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The unpredictable British weather, suddenly May produces a very warm week of weather, surprisingly warm as it pushed our surface water temperature to 18+ degrees.

It meant a change is the style of fishing from the majority using dries or suspender buzzer patterns to buzzers fished under an indicator or sinking lines with cats whiskers, damsel & boobies

The deeper water in front of the dam, green bay & stones produced best with some fish been taken down the arms.

Bob Menhams fished the morning session catching 6 on buzzer and damsels, Clive Cattell fished the brighter afternoon session and found a white booby worked best for him. Pete Hunt continues to use the combination of cats whisker on the point and buzzer on the dropper to help him to his catch of 12 trout, whilst Adrian Freer fished buzzers on an intermediate to land his 4 trout for the morning session.

Tom Hutchinson fished damsel & buzzer patterns for his 6 trout. Another cracking brown of 4lb8oz was part of a 4 fish catch for Bill Holland during his mornings visit with Tony Lorrimer using his successful Bunny patterns to boat 12 trout and John Simpson using his Bunny patterns to boat 9 trout during an afternoon session. Diawl Bachs worked for J Evans & T Evans catching 31 trout. Andre Russell float tubed in front of the dam during his Saturday morning visit taking 7 trout on boobies, Martin Clay caught 9 to 3lb with Kev Mailie and Pete Harris catching 39 trout on static black buzzers from green bay noting the majority were taken 20ft down. Keith Cowen fished Sunday morning using a yellow fritz blob to take his 7 trout with P Hunt & J Thomson boating 13 on buzzers for their mornings visit.

Generally last week the morning session produced best

Rod Average 2.9

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 9.30pm

Last 4hr hour 5.30pm – 9.30pm

All anglers offsite by 9.45pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 13th May

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 13th May 2018

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We enjoyed this past week the sort of fishing we expect for May, fish feeding on the buzzer, with a good evening rise and a rod average 5.6

The trout are well spread throughout the reservoir from the shallows opposite the lodge, down past the lonesome pine & from the stones into green bay. During the evening rise the majority are moving across the main basin, although you will find feeding fish up both the arms.

Monday and Phill Mee caught 13 for his mornings visit, Bob Memhams also fished the morning session with small damsel and buzzers to catch 10 trout with Dave Rossin using the same patterns to catch 6. Colin Dann fished a washing line to catch 14 trout with Mr & Mrs Ryalls on their first visit to Thornton catching 20+ trout on magpie buzzers.

Tuesday Bob Jones and his father caught 16 on buzzer, damsel and cats whisker, John Kirk fished off the stones with buzzer and cruncher to catch his 12 trout, Harold Pritchard this years England Disabled Team Captain caught 10 on crunchers and buzzer for his mornings visit, Clive Holt fished the evening rise and caught 7 on a Pearly Wickham’s

Wednesday and the farm bank finally produced with Mick Glover catching 10 on crunchers, Adrian Freer fished buzzers for his 10 trout with Clive Holt returning to enjoy our excellent evening rise on this occasion catching 15.

Thursday Tony Lorrimer used his bunny patterns as did John Simpson with both recording 14 fish, Tut & Terry Miles caught 14 for their mornings visit with Steve Orton arriving to fish the evening rise catching 7 on dries.

Friday and buzzer patterns continued to produce best Terry Ord using buzzers to boat 7 for his morning session with Szymon returning to fish with his 6yr old daughter with both of them catching, pictures on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Saturday Jan Webber needed just half a day with his damsel patterns to record 14 trout, Martin Clay fished crunchers and buzzers to catch 13, Mark Hunt fished klinkhammers & buzzers to catch his 15 trout, Adrian Pusey fished an afternoon session with buzzers off the woodbank to record 11 trout

Sunday Simon and his 6yr daughter continued their good sport catching 11 on this visit, Adam Gunby caught 14 for his mornings visit with Les Watson fishing the last 4hr session boating 11 trout

Bank anglers are advised that they require waders to successfully fish the bank at Thornton.

Rod Average 5.6

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.15pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 3.00pm – 9.15pm

Last 4hr hour 5.15pm – 9.15pm

All anglers offsite by 9.30pm

 

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Weekly report week ending 6th May

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 6th May

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At last and some normality to the fishing with some cracking evening rise sport to be had towards the end of the week.

Water clarity is 3ft+

Monday Bob Menhams found some shelter from the wind tucked in close to the woodbank catching 4 trout on buzzers during his 4 hour. Tuesday with better conditions anglers were able to fish all areas of the fishery, Nev Welsh caught 7 for his mornings visit on damsels, Peter Hunt caught 6 on buzzer, damsel and cats whiskers.

Nev Welsh returned on Friday and caught 12, Dave Slesser caught 10 with Steve Jordan catching 8 to 4lb. With a cracking late evening rise on Friday a number of anglers reported good sport to cdc buzzers along the stone bank across the main basin.

The weekend arrived and we enjoyed the best sport of the season with fish taking buzzers and damsels. With a number of anglers catching in excess of 10 fish for their visit. Brian Sibley caught a rainbow of 4lb8oz, John Thomson a rainbow of 4lb8oz with his boat partner Peter Hunt recording a rainbow of 5lb.

Successful method was to fish buzzers static or very slow under a bung or washing line, small damsel, cdc and suspender buzzer patterns

Trout are well spread across the reservoir with the green bay area and stones fishing particularly well on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bank anglers are advised that they require waders to successfully fish the bank at Thornton.

Rod Average 4.5

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 9.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.30pm – 9.00pm

Last 4hr hour 5.00pm – 9.00pm

All anglers offsite by 9.15pm

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Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered on advice from our insurance company if your guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If your guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and prior to your visit a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.