Weekly fishing report 29th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 29th  April

Tel 01530 230807

Another roller coaster week with the weather, It’s not only affecting trout fisheries but our suppliers the fish farmers, coloured river water flowing through their farms result in them not being able to feed combined with lower water temperatures for the time of year the trout aren’t growing anywhere near as quickly as expected, it truly has been “The Perfect Storm”

The heavy rainfall on Thursday & Friday did add a bit of colour to the water but by this morning the clarity is back to 2ft+ and we should see some good sport as we move further into the week and a much improved forecast.

Monday was a good day Val & Mick Jay along with Bob Menhams fished the morning session with them taking their 8 fish limits with fish up to 4lb4oz. Jamie Scott recorded 17 fish from a boat with Norman Perkins recording 20 from the bank and Peter Broad fishing the afternoon period from the bank catching 8

Pam Shuttelworth returned and caught another rainbow weighing 4lb2oz this time on a miller buzzer, photo on Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Tuesday Pete Cox caught 8 with Phil Cross & Steve Windram fishing damsel patterns to boat 10 trout

Wednesday with rain & a colder wind sport wasn’t as brisk although Peter Wurm fishing the last 4 hours boated 5 trout

Thursday & it was great to see Tony Lorrimer out on the water again & he didn’t disappoint fishing his bunny flies he caught 23 trout. Dave Skudder fished the afternoon & despite the temperature dropping he caught 5 trout

Saturday & the clarity had dropped a little however the trout still fed with J Webber taking 6 trout, W Slesser 8 trout, Simon Szymon fished the afternoon & caught 17 with Mark Hunt using his skinny crunchers to boat 11

Sunday and it was cold, P Hunt & J Thomson caught 13 between them including a 3lb brown & 5lb rainbow

Best patterns for the week were olive or black buzzers, suspender buzzers, small damsels, crunchers, small green pea & small montana fished off a floating line.

Usually this time of year the farm bank can often hold good numbers of trout

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

Rod Average 3.9

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 8.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.30pm – 8.45pm

Last 4hr hour 4.45pm – 8.45pm

All anglers offsite by 9.00pm


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.