Thornton weekly report week ending 23rd July 2017
Tel: 01530 230807
The toughest week of the season for the fishing at Thornton, July & high summer temperatures does us no favours. This past week we have recorded surface temperatures of 21.5c at 7.30am & seen them climb to 23c by 5.00pm, not surprising therefore we have an algae bloom. Very little to report as we advised our customers not to fish & have recommended Draycote & Foremark with their cooler aerators as an alternative.
Going forward to this coming week & at long last the weather forecast looks like it’s going in favour of the trout fisherman. Cooler overnight & lower daytime temperature on Sunday & this morning has reduced the water to 19c it’s unlikely to climb much above 19.5c during the day before dropping back to 19c by morning. If the current forecast is correct we could see it closer to the magic 18c by the middle of the week, fingers crossed!
With the water temperature down to 19c we should see our catches improve, especially if the water clarity improves as the algae dies back
Surprisingly anglers who caught fish reported they were higher in the water column than expected with intermediate lines working best with a damsel, cruncher, buzzer & booby patterns.
Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.
Its July height of the summer & the water temperatures are part of the fly fishing calendar, some years worse than others. On a plus side for fisheries, the daylight hours are slowly starting to creep back, nights will slowly lengthen, it’s during these darker & hopefully cooler night time temperatures that we will see our daytime water temps improve in favour of the fly fisherman.
Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 2ft – 3ft
As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.
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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