Norton Fishery, Essex

dunkmyfly

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Brentwood, Essex
I went to Norton Trout Fishery on Friday (14th June) afternoon. The wind wasn't on my side but still had a great few hours fishing. Managed to land a nice 3lb 9oz rainbow on a spent mayfly in between the 25mph+ gusts. Whenever the wind died down there was plenty of hatches and fish activity.

Bert the owner gave some advice on what people was catching on which was a great help.

Unfortunately for Bert his net full of one pounder stockies was attacked by a mink/otter so there was plenty of little ones about.........they are super fast but great fun on the dry fly.

I've been fishing this venue for the last year and half and would recommend it and it's a troutmasters water too

Tight Lines & Wet Nets

Phil
 

daithi

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Herts/Essex & Kilkenny/Waterford borders.
Having just got back into fishing and noticing that so many of the places I used to fish are no longer in business I feel it's important to support our nearest fisheries.

With this in mind I decided to try this place out. So I was there last week, I decided on a 6 hour ticket. It was a brighter day than forecast and there were plenty of fish showing. There are coarse fish in the lake, some big carp showing but to start I didn't see many trout so I suspected they were sitting fairly deep. The lady told me that the far bank was where they fish would be as that is where the lake is deepest.

Whilst making the place more attractive the trees and bushes around the fishing platforms make casting a challenge, especially when you are fishing with droppers. I was fishing with a small damsel nymph on the point with various buzzers on the dropper and managed to catch one fish. Unfortunately it was a small rudd.

Perhaps I should have chosen my 6 hours more wisely. I had to finish around 5.30pm when it was clear that the best fishing to be had was going to be a little later, my mistake. On my last cast, from the point where the boat is moored, my damsel was bitten very aggressively by what felt like a good fish and was lost.

This was enough to encourage me to go back but I think it'll be a sporting ticket for me, and I'll make sure I have the right flies in my box.
 
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JobberDun

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Essex
I had a very interesting session at Norton Fishery.

Managed to catch a 3lb Rainbow, but lost four other fish!

The lake was stocked a couple weeks ago and the fish are making their presence felt.

Cats whiskers seemed to be the preferred method and everybody who was there had plenty of fish.

Shame they close on a Monday as it's my day off every second week!

Looking forward to going back later this week.

Russ
 

JobberDun

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Essex
My best ever fly fishing day was a couple of weeks ago (Friday 14th February)

I had 18 fish in my four hour session, 15 Rainbows, 2 Blue and 1 Brown trout.

Seven other fish managed to get off my hook before I could get them into the net!

Once again, Bert, gave me some great advice on what was catching and where on the lake the fish were located. He told me 'Cat's Whisker' were catching.

I spent the first hour with plenty of bites, but not actually hooking any fish.

The problem was that I could feel the fish tug the line, but could never get hooked into one of them. I was wondering if the fish were only biting on the end of the whiskers and not taking the full lure into their mouth.

After the first hour, I managed my first trout in the net. After that, it was a fish every fourth or fifth cast.

Most went into the net, but a few managed to escape. It could be that I had to change to a barbless hook once I had my two fish limit.

I always check the weather before I go fishing and the strength of the wind nearly put me off going. I am so glad I decided to go fishing.

Started fishing off the point, and when it went quiet I would move over to the opposite side of the lake.

The best day I have ever had fly fishing.

Hopefully, I will be back there tomorrow and have another great day.

Russ
 

JobberDun

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Really hard fishing today (Sunday 22nd March 2020). Strong Easterly wind not making things easy.

One brown trout for me, and that was it for the day!

Russ
 
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