Thornton Reports 2007

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Thornton Fishing Report, week ending 17/06/07

Despite the rain our water clarity remains excellent with visibility over 10ft. The cooler morning session has fished best with 151 rods catching 487 trout returning 221 for a rod average 3.2 an excellent weeks fishing considering the weather.

Floating line with long leaders 20ft+ & buzzers fished static or an intermediate with damsels, small cats whiskers & pheasant tails or a fast sinking line & boobies have all taken trout with the trout feeding on small green buzzers, damsel nymphs & large shoals of pin fry.

Best area has been along the stones for trout feeding on the pin fry or the deeper cooler water around the cages & in front of the dam.

Norman Musson caught 9 for his morning session on damsels, Ray Sommerfield caught 12 to 3lb1oz on damsels & yellow lures on a sinking line, T. Evans & J. Balinski caught 33 between them on long leaders & static buzzers, T. Graves caught 12 on damsels for his afternoon session, A. Downes fished buzzers to catch 10 to 3lb while Peter Broad caught 10 on damsels. Dennis Copson caught a rainbow of 4lb10oz while Lee Goff returned a rainbow of 7lb.

The cooler showery weather this week should provide us with another good weeks fishing.

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Thornton Reservoir Fishing Report, Week ending 24/06/07

During the past week 150 rods caught 413 trout returning 190 for a rod average 2.8 Mornings & early afternoons have generally produced best with the stones, green bay & dam producing best with the trout feeding on hatches of small green buzzer, damsels & large shoals of pin fry along the stones. Towards the end of the week a number of trout could be found at the top of the Thornton Arm feeding on the ever increasing hatches of sedge.

Mr & Mrs Oakley on holiday in the area enjoyed an excellent mornings fishing catching 17 on damsels, Norman Musson used his favorite red eyed damsel to catch 10 for his mornings fishing along the green bay & stones, T. Cook fished a damsel to catch 11, Clive Holt fished an evening session in front of the dam & green bay to catch 14 whilst Trevor Pegg found a pearly pheasant tail worked well on the pin fry feeders to catch 9, Scott Wislon used a minky booby & gold headed daddy on a WetCel2 to catch 14 whilst Horrace Wood took the best fish of the week 5lb4oz.

With the cooler weather helping to reduce the surface water temperature, this morning 18.5degrees & with our water clarity around 6ft our good spell of fishing should continue. Since opening day a total of 3,136 rods have caught 12,809 trout for a fishery rod average of 4.1 which will put 2007 as one if not the best season ever.

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Thornton Reservoir Fishery Update 28 June 2007

I have had a number of calls regarding the clarity of the water following last weeks rain.

I'm happy to report that the reservoir is in great shape as most of the torrential downpours seemed to miss us, we have a hint of algae but nothing that we would not expect for the time of year with visibility between 6 – 10ft. Our water temperature with this cooler weather has dropped to 17 degrees, excellent news for late June with anglers catching trout feeding on the large hatches of sedge using dries with a size 14 G&H Sedge pattern doing particularly well.

During the first three days of this week 41 rods have caught 128 trout returning 53 for a rod average of 3.1

We continue to enjoy our best June fishing for a number of years.

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Thornton Fishery Report 1/07/07

Granted some parts of the country have been hit by torrential rain & floods, however here in our small piece of Leicestershire we have been lucky, yes the rain showers when they have come have been heavy at times, but that’s all we are having is showers & our local forecast for this coming week is for light showers.

And why the above opening paragraph, take last week for example we enjoyed excellent fishing conditions with above daily rod averages for the time of year, Monday 6.2, Tuesday 2.3, Wednesday 2.6, Thursday 3.1, Friday 3.5, Saturday 3.0 & Sunday 5.7 however the national forecast kept rods away with only 119 rods catching 422 trout returning 198 for a weekly rod average of 3.5 This unseasonable weather is great for us our water temperature is down to 17 degrees water clarity is excellent although we have a hint of algae in the water but fish are been caught on dries.

The top of the Thornton Arm has fished best to the dries with trout feeding on the large hatches of sedges, the corner of the dam, green bay, stones & farm bank is also fishing well with trout feeding on damsels, pin fry & sedge in these areas. Best patterns are the Goddard sedge, whickams, damsel, red diawl bach, pearly pheasant tail, small fry patterns & booby.

Notable catches were taken by John Boffey catching 10 from the top of the Thornton Arm off the bank, D. Leavesley took a boat out to catch 10 on a black & green tadpole & bloodworm, Craig Smith fished an afternoon session with an invicta & cruncher to catch 8 for his afternoon visit, J. Trenchard caught 12 on a damsel, Mark Epton fished the corner of the dam to catch 16 for his Sunday morning visit while Mick Martin fished the afternoon session on Sunday to catch 10

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Thornton Fishing Report from the 2/07/07 – 6/07/07

This reports is posted early as I'm away from the fishery next week for a holiday.

During the first 5 days of this week 84 rods caught 226 trout returning 114 for a rod average 2.7 The top of the Thornton Arm continues to produce in the morning & evening with fish feeding on the sedge hatches. Other notable areas to try have been the corner of the green bay, stones, wood & when the wind permitted along the farm bank.

When the weather has been overcast the trout have been in the top layers of the water taking dry sedge patterns, suspender buzzers, red diawl bach & chasing muddlers & booby through the wave. During brighter spells an intermediate or wetcel2 line with black & green tadpoles, damsels & a diawl bach have worked well.

Notable catches for the week were made by Roy Stroud & Nigel Haigh who caught 40 trout between them, Mick Martin caught 8 for his afternoon visit, Norman Perkins caught 10 drifting with a suspender buzzer for his morning visit while Roger Jones caught 9 & Clive Holt found the fish for his evening session catching 13.

During my week away the fishery will be stocked direct from the fish farm with 550 trout to be stocked on Thursday.

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Thornton Fishing Report, period 8/07/07 – 22/07/07

During the past fortnight 256 rods caught 401 trout returning 156 during what have been the most difficult fishing conditions of the season so far.

During the past fortnight mixed weather, humid conditions pushed the water temperature to above 20 degrees before the heavy rain on Friday put the level of the reservoir up over a foot but bought the water temperature down to a fish friendly 17 degrees. By today Monday the water level has returned to normal with the water clarity between 16inch & 2ft.

Orange & yellow blobs, booby’s & tadpoles have produced best during the last few days although one of my members did have trout chasing a large brown muddler stripped through the surface on Sunday morning.

With the current weather I recommend you contact the lodge for up to date fishing conditions on 01530 230807.

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Fishing Report Week Ending 29/07/07

Heavy rain during the early part of the week once again took the level of the reservoir to above normal & reduced visibility to around 2ft, however by the weekend conditions started to improve with the water clarity improving all the time. Although not a great weeks fishing considering the conditions the 116 rods who did fish did well to catch 155 trout with the majority been taken on floating or intermediate lines with dries, orange thorax ph tails, red diawl bach & large bloodworm patterns been the most effective.

Christine Bagshaw used an orange thorax ph tail to catch 4 while Scott Wilson used his bloodworm pattern to catch his 4, Stuart Thompson only started fly tying three weeks ago & used his newly tied bobs bits dries to catch 8 including 2 over 3lb for his evenings visit, Peter Hunt caught 5 for his mornings visit on hares ear & diawl bach with fish of 3lb8oz & 4lb while John Smith caught 6 for his day visit.

The water temperature is at least 4 degrees cooler than normal for the time of year at the moment its 17 degrees which is why the nymphs & dries are working. With the cooler water conditions the trout are back in the arms & in the top 3ft of the water with a good number up the top of the Thornton Arm, off the corner of the wood & farm bank.

The 15 day forecast looks excellent for the fishing with mostly dry days forecast with the daytime temperature in the 18 – 21 degrees & the nighttime a cool 9-12 degrees should be ideal for the fishing.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 05/08/07

Well summer arrived this week & its hard to believe we had all that rain a few short weeks ago. The water level has returned to normal with visibility at around 3ft but the sun has pushed our surface water temperature to around the 20 degree mark.

Not surprisingly therefore the trout have moved back into the cooler deeper water around the cages & dam with the cooler morning session producing best. Sinking line & boobies were the most productive method of the week, Ralph Jordan & Roy Towers caught 12 for their morning session, T. Cross caught 10 on cormorants for his Sunday morning visit, Peter Royle fished an orange booby to take 8 while Gary Drew also fished an orange booby for his 7. Some rods are starting to catch on a long leader 20ft+ under a sight bob & buzzers with the area between the valve tower & the main car park producing best to this method with Dave Saunt taking a 4lb14oz rainbow on a buzzer. M.Whitworth fished a Montana under a sight bob to catch 3 trout with the largest at 5lb8oz.

My advice during August is to keep in touch with the lodge via the phone or email for an up to date fishing report. 01530 230807

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Fishing Report week ending 12/08/07

The best of the fishing was to be had during the earlier part of the week when we had the cooler windier conditions. Towards the end of the week & with hardly any wind & a sun blazing down we recorded surface temperatures above 21 degrees. With this weeks forecast for wind, rain & cooler daytime temperatures we should see the water temperature fall which will suit the fishing better. Our water clarity has improved with visibility at over 5ft

Some anglers despite the conditions continued to catch Mr G. Debenham caught 6 on buzzers from the green bay area while Wayne Lewin fished a couple of morning sessions off the main car park to catch 20 on an indicator & bloodworm. Rev Chip fished an evening session & caught 4 while P. Kemp fished a booby along the old stream bed in front of the lodge to catch his 6. G. Walker fished an evening session & caught 7 with Norman Williams also catching 7 on damsel, diawl bach & olive buzzer. Bob Huggett & Partner fished a morning session to take 8 fish on a sinking line & appetizer lure.

Most productive areas have been the deeper water from the cages to the dam with fish finders showing plenty of trout in these between 10ft – 15ft down, where the water will be cooler.

As I always advise during spells of weather we are having you need to keep in touch with the lodge via email or phone for up to date fishing conditions.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 19/08/07

Our surface water temperature has dropped to 18 degrees, water clarity is 6 ft+ & the trout have started feeding off the surface especially along the weed beds of the Thornton Arm & in front of the wood.

Damsels, sedges, buzzers & huge hatches of small green midges are on the water with a few trout to be seen feeding on the fry along the dam wall.

Ron Nelson caught 9 with the best at 5lb3oz on a white booby in front of the main car park, Paddy Fitch fished the top of the Thornton arm to catch 9 for his afternoon visit, Clive Holt caught 7 on his evening visit, Wayne Lewin fished buzzers to catch 9 from the Thornton Arm on buzzers while K. Stokes fished a small damsel to catch 7.

Patterns working well during the week were diawl bach, buzzers, orange thorax pheasant tails, damsels & small G&H sedge size 14.

With the water temperature at 18 degrees we will be stocking Tuesday of this week with 800 trout from Boscastle which should ensure good sport over the bank holiday weekend especially as the long range weather forecast continues to give cooler overcast conditions, ideal for the fishing.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 26/08/07

With last weeks improving fishing conditions, water temperature below 18 degrees, daytime temperature between 65 – 70 degrees & at times plenty of cloud the fishing has certainly improved with trout feeding off the surface to large hatches of olive buzzers, sedges & a few damsels. Most evenings have produced an evening rise with the best of the sport during the last hour.

John Hanson & Jim Everett fished an evening session up the Thornton arm & caught 12 between them to 3lb on sedges & buzzers, Lol Worrall fished static buzzers to catch 12 for his afternoon visit, Martin Lowe caught 14 on buzzers, while Mick Huffer took a morning off from giving tuiton to catch 8 for his morning visit, Andy Downes enjoyed fantastic sport on his buzzers catching 20 for his afternoon session, M. Pepper & John Smith shared a boat & caught 24 between them with Mark Sturgees catching 10 for his evening session.

The trout are well spread with anglers catching along the Thornton Arm, in front of the wood & down along the Markfield arm with olive or black emergers, buzzers & dries taking fish.

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Thornton Fishing report week ending 02/09/07

Mid morning onwards has been the most productive time to fish with a good evening rise to buzzers and sedges, especially during the last hour.

During any bright spells buzzers fished static or under a sight bob have worked best with emerges & dries taking fish when its overcast or into the evening. Green, black or brown buzzers, suspender buzzers, hoppers small sedges & muddlers have all taken fish this last week.

Notable catches were made by Andy Downes catching 26 trout to 3lb on buzzers, A. Vaughan caught 11 for his mornings visit, , Scott Wilson caught 17 for his two visits on damsel, hares ear & daddies, Lol Worrall caught 10 on buzzers & bloodworm while M. Pepper caught 20 on size 14 – 16 buzzers.

The wood bank, Thornton & Markfield arm continues to be the most productive area but during the last hour a drift around the reservoir should have you covering plenty of feeding trout.

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Thornton weekly report week ending 09/09/07

The only consistent part to last weeks fishing was the last hour which provided a good evening rise every night to buzzers & sedges. Fishing During the day was very mixed with one day fishing better than the other yet the conditions looked the same.

Clive Holt proved the evening session was best catching 9 on emerges & sedge patterns, Melvyn Pepper fished his static buzzer patterns for the third consecutive week & showed he had the buzzer patterns the trout wanted catching 18 for his visit, Andy Downes tried the float tube for the first time & caught 4 on buzzers, members C. Bray & M. Hugill caught 12 between them for their morning visit, D. Hussey fished the evening rise with a soldier palmer to catch 6 while G. Jackson caught 6 on a sedge pattern from in front of the lonesome pine.

The common theme of the week was the number of anglers who reported fish coming short, rolling & swirling at the dries.

The most productive time to fish has been late morning onwards, with the evening rise well worth waiting for.

The Charles Jardine Tuition day is fully booked, thanks to all who contacted the lodge within a few days to book.

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Thornton Fishing Report week ending 16/09/07

Not an easy weeks fishing although at times anglers reported plenty of trout feeding on the surface during any overcast periods during the day & especially during the evening. On spooning some of the trout caught they had been feeding on small brown buzzers (size 14) during the day with a large claret buzzer & sedges during the evening.

Small emerges, buzzers & size 14 whickams & G&H sedge worked best with boats on the drift enjoying the better sport with the area from the dam to the cages & cages to the stones producing best.

Our large autumnal stocking went in last week 3,000 rainbows once they settle we should be in for a good backend.

Our water temperature this morning is 17 degrees with a cooler forecast for this week our water temperature will continue to cool & our water clarity should become gin clear.

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Fishing report week ending 23/09/07

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday continued to be tough with the rod average for each day a little above 1.3 however Thursday sport started to improve with a rod average of 2.3, Friday continued to get better with a rod average of 2.5 on Saturday & in ideal conditions we averaged 4.7 & Sunday 4.3

With the water temperature down to 16 degrees the clarity improved & the fish responded with fish moving continuously on the surface on Friday, Saturday & Sunday feeding on buzzers (olive, brown or claret) with sedges in the early evening. We are stating to get a few daddies on the water but generally our hatch of daddies this year has been poor.

During the first few hours of the morning boats concentrating their efforts around the weed beds with cats whiskers, white fritz & minkie have caught some early fry feeders but as the day progresses our good buzzer hatches are providing good surface sport from the dam to the wood & down the Markfield arm with boats on the drift enjoying the best of the sport.

Best patterns Cats Whiskers, white frits, buzzers, suspender buzzers, bobs bits, G&H sedge, daddies & muddler with the best of the sport mid morning onwards with an excellent evening rise.

Norma Prime took an afternoon off from helping at the lodge to catch 11 trout on daddies & emergers, Clive Holt fished an evening session to catch 9 on bobs bits, Paddy Fitch caught 12 for his visit while Norman Perkins caught 1 during the morning went for lunch came back & caught 15 during the afternoon, Trevor Pegg fished suspender buzzers to catch 12 while Peter Wrigley & R. Dunster shared a boat to catch 34, Nigel Harvey used a muddler, buzzer & diawl bach to catch 12 while Melvyn Pepper & John Smith shared a boat to catch 32.
Lol Worrell 82 year old member fished the Thornton Arm to catch 12 on buzzers, while P. Moore & A Hurt also shared a boat & fished the Thornton Arm to catch 22 while Gary Hinsley used a cruncher, diawl bach, daddies & bloodworm to catch 14.

Star of the week however was 11 year old Catherine Goode who fished with her father, Catherine cast away all day & was rewarded with 3 trout that took her dry daddy, well done.

With over 8,500 trout in the reservoir the better fishing conditions has improved the fishing dramatically, I fully expect this last week of September & October to give us an excellent Autumn fishing.

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Thornton Fishing report week ending 30/09/07

A much better week with 957 trout caught for the week with 594 trout returned foe a weekly rod average of 4.5

The trout are spread throughout the reservoir but the weed beds along the Thornton arm, wood bank, farm bank & main dam has produced best with cats whiskers, white & green fritz working well during the first few hours of the day but once the temperature goes up anglers using diawl bach, cruncher, stick fly, buzzers, hoppers, sedges & daddies have all taken fish.

Notable catches were made by Nigel Woolnough catching 20 on daddies & pheasant tails, M. Phillis caught 25 on stick fly & zulu, Jamie Turnbull caught over 30 fish from his tube for his weekends fishing, Kevin Swiscoe fishing the weekend from his tube also caught 30 trout, Stuart Thomson fished the weekend catching plenty of trout with his Sunday morning session producing 15 trout. The bank has also started to produce some fish wirh Allan Shearn catching 18 on hoppers, diawl bach & green buzzers from the wood bank.

30 anglers from the Complete Fly Fisher Forum visited the reservoir over the weekend catching an amazing 296 trout between them. The group included anglers from all over the country & one angler from Holland. They couldn’t have picked a better time to visit with the fishing at its very best.

With over 8,567 trout in the reservoir at the moment, that’s 122 trout to the acre, our good sport should continue & I'm looking forward to the next few weeks sport. Booking over the weekend were heavy if your thinking of fishing Thornton during October I recommend you call the lodge to book a boat, if your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring your waders.

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ifor said:
30 anglers from the Complete Fly Fisher Forum visited the reservoir over the weekend catching an amazing 296 trout between them. The group included anglers from all over the country & one angler from Holland. They couldn’t have picked a better time to visit with the fishing at its very best.

I'm sure it was the anglers ability rather than picking the right date :D

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