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