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  1. #21
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    I went on Tuesday, it was my first ever day fishing a still water for trout on the fly. I only learned to cast the previous Sunday! I have to say that I was made very welcome by everyone, including Jason. I didn't catch but it was a pretty slow day judging by what I observed around me so I felt no shame.

    The friendliness of the place is excellent, I even acquired a few flies for my fly box thanks to a nice bloke called Ian - thanks Ian!

    I fancy going on Sunday if the rivers are still up and chocolatey but I'm a bit worried about how busy it will get on a weekend. I will definitely be back soon, I'm determined to get a few.

    Conrad
    A recent convert to the art.

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  2. #22
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    Default Weekly results week ending - 26th March

    131 rods caught 773 fish rod av 5.9

    Amazingly, just about the same, statistics wise, as last week. Still fishing well when the weather's right mostly on floaters and natural patterns. On the milder mid-week days, lots of fish showing on top and season ticket holder Dave McGeever from Ravenshead, Notts really took advantage of that, managing 27 with the majority coming to dries. A few more resident fish showing this week, highlighted by a couple of yellow tagged fish being caught, only 20 blue tagged fish have been released this season so the arrival of these yellows is a real sign that the fish are on the move. Best tactics have once again been buzzers and diawls on floaters, with a damsel pattern a good standby point fly. No particular best area as the wind has been variable, but generally downwind areas are best, with fish still very close in. Plenty of good fish again with several around 8Ib and the best being 10Ib+, caught and released by Mr.Nicholl on a floater and shrimp pattern. Uploaded a video to youtube and am looking forward to doing a few more and aim to focus on individuals to share some of their succesful tactics, anyone you'd like me to ask? Have a look....

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJuC3I4ETOA"]YouTube- Toft Newton 28th March 2010[/ame]

    REMEMBER Environment Agency rod licences expire this week on the 31st March, don't forget to renew, there's a link on the Toft website. Grim forecast for the next few days but don't let it put you off, the fish are still here and sport can be exceptional on quiet days.

    Don't forget the WinnerWeb Challenge heat at Toft Newton on Saturday 24th April - if you hope to fish it might be worth booking as early as possible so you don't miss out?

  3. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by m2mga View Post

    All on the bung captain or was it a dry fly with a buzzer underneath, same difference
    Yep! Still 'floatfishing' eh?
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  4. #24
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    Default Weekly results week ending - 2nd April >>

    110 rods caught 595 fish rod av 5.4

    A much colder week, a couple of frosts thrown in and generally a grim feel. Strong, cold winds prevailed and have blown from all directions. The fishing held up pretty well despite the weather, with a decent weekly rod average once again.

    Alot of fish on the downwind banks and it's worth having a go there even if you don't think you're up to it - the fish are so close in that as long as you can cast a couple of rod lengths then you're in with a chance.

    A few fish on buzzers and diawl bachs but the majority on small damsel patterns/olive lures, concrete bowls and appetisers. Fish are high up in the water and a floater or intermediate is all that's required.

    Best fish of the week 10Ib 10oz to Mick Jellis from West Sussex taken on a black & green concrete bowl into the wind.



    The Troutmasters fish off was held yesterday with 10 adults and 2 juniors taking part. They caught 140 fish but only the first 6 each were weighed in. Nick Halstead won with 6 for 15Ib 10oz, Terry Taylor was 2nd with 6 for 14Ib 10oz and Mick Jellis was third with 6 for 11Ib 10oz. (The 10Ib 10oz rainbow was his seventh fish when he decided to go back out on a second ticket!!) Greg Fussey won the junior comp with 1 fish for 1Ib 9oz. Nick will represent Toft at Grafham and Greg at Stonebridge, good luck to them both.

    Milder forecast for the week ahead will kick start some excellent buzzer action I'm sure.

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toft_Newton_Fishery View Post
    110 rods caught 595 fish rod av 5.4

    A much colder week, a couple of frosts thrown in and generally a grim feel. Strong, cold winds prevailed and have blown from all directions. The fishing held up pretty well despite the weather, with a decent weekly rod average once again.

    Alot of fish on the downwind banks and it's worth having a go there even if you don't think you're up to it - the fish are so close in that as long as you can cast a couple of rod lengths then you're in with a chance.

    A few fish on buzzers and diawl bachs but the majority on small damsel patterns/olive lures, concrete bowls and appetisers. Fish are high up in the water and a floater or intermediate is all that's required.

    Best fish of the week 10Ib 10oz to Mick Jellis from West Sussex taken on a black & green concrete bowl into the wind.



    The Troutmasters fish off was held yesterday with 10 adults and 2 juniors taking part. They caught 140 fish but only the first 6 each were weighed in. Nick Halstead won with 6 for 15Ib 10oz, Terry Taylor was 2nd with 6 for 14Ib 10oz and Mick Jellis was third with 6 for 11Ib 10oz. (The 10Ib 10oz rainbow was his seventh fish when he decided to go back out on a second ticket!!) Greg Fussey won the junior comp with 1 fish for 1Ib 9oz. Nick will represent Toft at Grafham and Greg at Stonebridge, good luck to them both.

    Milder forecast for the week ahead will kick start some excellent buzzer action I'm sure.


    Yes, well done to Nick and thanks for the great ghillie in your young daughter who was kept pretty busy eh?... And Mick.... thanks for allowing me to net your huge trout..... the 100 yard sprint did me good once I heard your shout for help in the strong wind... In the horrible conditions Toft proved itself as one of the UK's TOP fisheries once again!!... After my 6 fish kill I returned a further 15 fish to 3lbs using the tactics you mentioned above... Just wish I could make the Winnerweb comp later this month... it will be a cracker!!!
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  6. #26
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    Hi

    I am down here for a short break at the back end of May, looking to squeeze a days fishing in.Never been before will i have to book?
    Any advice on tactics, areas etc around that time would be greatly recieved.
    Thanks in advance.
    Pedro

  7. #27
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    Default Hi Pedro,

    No need to book for bank fishing, plenty of room - give me a ring or look at the website nearer the time and I'll advise what's best. Jason

    ---------- Post added at 07:55 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:46 PM ----------

    Been absolutely brilliant today, Wednesday, a big drop in the wind and steady rise in temperature - lots of fish on top today and some sizeable buzzers hatching at last. I don't usually try and forecast the fishing but I'm doing it now. It's going to be good the next few days with a constant weather forecast. Get your dries and buzzers out and come and have a crack!!

  8. #28
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    Default Weekly results week ending - 9th April

    129 rods caught 778 fish rod av. 6

    Some strong winds early in the week made things tricky as most fish seemed to be hugging the downwind shores. After Tuesday the winds disappeared and the temperatures increased. From Wednesday onwards sport has been superb with lots of fish on or near the surface and we've also seen increased activity late afternoon/early evening as signs of the first evening rises begin. Some decent buzzer hatches too and some of them quite sizeable and easily imitated.

    Best patterns have been buzzers, DB's and dries cast not too far out and left to do their thing. Dave Nuttall (Pete Nuttall's brother) fished on Friday and had upwards of 30 fish to 10Ib+ fishing mainly buzzers and found the most successful patterns to be black buzzers with a bit of red on. Hawthorn flies and similar small CDC tyings have been very good when the fish are up & active. Even on the bright days fish are on or near the surface as the light is not too intense for them at this stage in the season.

    Simon Gray had the best rainbow of the week at just over 12Ib's which was caught and released. ToftTrout.com team member Neil Deakin from Sutton in Ashfield took his personal best Toft rainbow at 10Ib 9oz - caught on his favored 3" long cat's whisker!!

    A regretful announcement regarding the Winnerweb competition from the MD Paul Abbott -

    "To all competition entrants
    Winnerweb Challenge Fly Fishing Competition 2010
    It is with great regret that I have to inform you that because of the very
    poor response to our competition we are cancelling all forthcoming heats.
    We believe that the current economic circumstances have made it very
    difficult for people to commit to discretionary expenditure when there are
    many other demands on their income and the general uncertainly with regard
    to issues overall such as employment.
    We fully understand peoples reluctance to commit to such ventures.
    We are very disappointed to have to take this action as we feel the 2009
    competition was a great success and many people were looking forward to
    taking part again this year.
    Full refunds will be going out to all of those who did book for the heats.
    We remain fully committed to our association and sponsorship with Trout
    Fisherman and hopefully will be able to host the WW Challenge competition
    again in 2011."

    ...BUT - at Toft I will carry on with my match on Saturday 24th April and now rather than it being a Winnerweb heat, it will be a one-off bank match and will follow the format of and replace my ordinary Spring bank match. Any entrants who have entered for the Winnerweb can either have their money refunded or take up their place in this match.

    Obviously this match is open to all and places are available - we'll draw at 8.45am and fish from 9.30 until 4.30 - usual kill any 6 fish then stop ruling, heaviest bag wins and a guaranteed first prize of 300 with runner up prizes subject to entry levels - cost is 40, please come and have a go, it's a friendly day and every one has a chance.

    Jason Foster

  9. #29
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    jason is it possible to pay on 24th for the comp? or is it prepay only?

  10. #30
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    Default weekly results to 16/4 and match on 24th

    Weekly results week ending - 18th April

    111 rods caught 686 fish rod av. 6.18

    Apart from Saturday last week every other day has been pretty cold. Cold north easterly winds returned and most mornings have seen a touch of frost. BUT, despite Spring being on hold, the fish have been extremely active. Lots of surface activity with plenty of action to nymphs and dries. Small red/claret Shipman's have been good, DB's and green and black buzzers, still a few fish to the lures but with the water now absolutely crystal clear the smaller fly approach has been best. Lots of wintered fish now moving and lots of activity very close in with fish cruising the margins and feeding on corixa. Hopefully the volcanic haze will provide some cover from the sun and if your holidays are cancelled because you can't fly - then why not get off to Toft!?

    Plenty of good fish going in and coming out, several 6Ib+ including one at7Ib to John Golland from Horncastle. The best of the week was 10Ib 8oz to Jason James from Alford which was taken on a dry hopper, nice fishing!

    A reminder of our open bank match next Saturday the 24th which replaces the cancelled winnerweb heat. Still places left and it's a friendly comp fishing to fishery rules and a six fish limit with a 300 first prize. Cost is 40, 22 to cover the six fish limit and 18 per entrant goes into the prize pot. We'll be drawing at 8.45am and fishing 9.30 to 4.30, email or phone to book and if you decide on the morning that you fancy it, then that'll be fine too.

    Just a note to offer my best wishes to Tom Wilson from Messingham near Scunthorpe who has this week undergone heart surgery. At 89 years young, Tom is well known to many as a visitor to Toft, angling correspondent and has been involved in important local angling issues for many years, good luck with a speedy recovery!!

    Tagged fish - 3 out this week, 2 hadn't paid in but season ticket holder Dave McGeever had and netted 20. All existing stocked tagged fish values will be doubled from tomorrow the 19th April and white tagged fish will be added in this weeks stocking.

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