Thornton weekly report week ending 21st May

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Thornton weekly report week ending 21st May 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

This past week’s heavy rain at times did little to encourage anglers out, however we desperately needed the rain. With crops in the field & plenty of leaf on the trees the rain had no effect on our clarity, with water clarity currently excellent, gin clear.

It’s the time of year when the fish can pick & choose what they feed on with buzzers of all sizes & coming off. Caenis is also starting to feature in the evenings. We are yet to see our first damsel but we are spooning fish that are feeding on damsel nymphs, it won’t be long before we see them.

This past week success on the buzzer was down to size & colour, size 14 & 16 olive buzzers generally fished high in the water, with the washing line working well. Of course there is always an exception with some anglers still catching on epoxy buzzer fished deep.

Trout are spread throughout the reservoir, although the change in wind direction to the south west has seen a greater concentration in the green bay & dam area.

With some caenis showing I often find single tups or sparkle gnat works well, fish as fine as you dare, presentation is the key, look for a low diameter leader, it makes a difference.

Richard Watkins on Monday took our advice and fished green bay catching 12 for his mornings visit, Tuesday Terry Ord caught 16 for his mornings visit on a static cdc with Norman Perkins fishing buzzers to boat 14, Trevor Pegg fished a 14 buzzer catching 18 for his visit. Mark Hunt took a different approach to many fishing the open water of the main basin catching 10 with a dry daddy pattern working for him. Adam Gunby & Rodger Guise fished green bay area, commenting that there were a lot of fish in that area boating 15 trout between them.

Water clarity is excellent with the water temperature perfect at 14 degrees.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 2.9

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.30pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 9.30pm

Last 4 hours:   5.30pm – 9.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.15pm)


All anglers off site by 9.45pm


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