Thornton Reservoir 2008

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Thornton Reservoir.

The 2008 season opens on February 1st, with a pre season stocking of 3500 rainbows.

Early season anglers will concentrate on fishing the shallows opposite the lodge, wood bank, lonesome pine & farm bank. Depending on the weather, last year mild & dry anglers caught on floating or intermediate lines with buzzers & diawl bach, but if the weather is colder as it is today expect a sinking lines with tadpoles, lures & booby flies to produce best.

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Full Day Boats £10.00 Part Day Boat £5.00 Late Evening Boat After 6pm £4.00
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Wheely Boat Including engine Full Day £9.50 Wheely Boat Including engine Part Day £4.75

The lodge & tackle shop will be open from 7.30am with boats available from 8.30am.

To book your boat or want to discuss the fishing give me a call on 01530 230807

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Thornton Report week ending 03/02/08

Well best laid plans, fish were stocked, boats were back on the water & then the weather beat us, those heavy winter rains during late January reduced our water visibility down to below 12inch.

A few eager rods did venture out & a few trout were caught with a few over wintered trout between 3 & 5lb taken but generally sport was slow.

Conditions are improving slowly with just over 3000 trout stocked & a further 400 this Tuesday as soon as conditions allow I'm sure we will enjoy some excellent early season sport.

My advice is keep in touch with the lodge to see if its worth you traveling.

Our tackle shop is just about restocked with the new range of ABU diplomat rods 2 & 4 piece rods retailing at under £50 sure to be popular.

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Thornton Fishing report week ending 10/02/08

Well the first 10 days of the season have been poor due to the rain prior to the opening & the heavy rain we had here on Tuesday evening.

The frost during the last couple of evenings & the frosts forecast for the next few evening will help & improve the clarity & hopefully by the middle of this week we will be enjoying better sport.

Keep in touch with the lodge for up to date fishing conditions.

Lodge & tackle shop open from 7.30am
www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

Tel 01530 230807

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Fishing report week ending 17/02/08

This current cold spell -6 here on Saturday night & -7 on Sunday night has put some ice in the margins, but the colder weather has helped improve our water clarity.

Although the fishing is still hard one or two anglers who found the right method have enjoyed some good sport with father & son T. Davies catching 13 between them, while D. Graney & son caught 8 for their visit.

Slow & deep is the way to fish it with the majority of the fish been taken between 11.00am & 4.00pm the warmest part of the day.

As I always recommend keep in touch with the lodge for the latest fishing conditions.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 24/02/08

At last were starting to see an improvement to the fishing as our water clarity continues to improve & our water temperature starts to climb (6 degrees Monday at 9am) after the other week of hard frosts.

Thursday on wards we started to see an upturn in the catches with the bank generally out fishing the boats with the most productive time to fish been 11.30am – 3.30pm. Sinking lines scored best with orange blobs, booby, viva, tadpole & cats whiskers all taking fish.

Sam Fielder arrived at the fishery at 2pm & took 7 trout by 4.30pm, Nev Welsh took his 4 fish limit off the bank opposite the lodge on a green fritz, while P. Clough preserved with buzzers to take his 4 from in front of the willows while G. Dawkins took an over wintered rainbow at 4lb4oz again opposite the lodge.

If your considering a bank session at Thornton be sure to bring your waders.

For up to the minute fishing information contact the lodge on 01530 230807.

Tackle shop & lodge open from 7.30am.
www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Fishing update 28/02/08

At last were fishing as we should be with boat & bank anglers enjoying good sport with the rod average for the first three days of this week at 3.6 fish per person.

Intermediate or sinking lines with black & green tadpoles, orange fritz & cats whiskers are producing best with a few rods catching with a floating line & buzzers during the warmest part of the day.

Most productive area is along the Thornton Arm & wood bank if your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring your waders.

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If your really want a top days sport, go visit Ifor and fish your socks off.

5 of us went on Friday and despite the cold had a 40+ fish between us!! Lots of missed pulls, the fish are definately in the shallows opposite the lodge. Try a PT cruncher team of three on a floating line, count them down for five and figure of eight them back. A pull 1 in 3 casts and even had a couple of fish take them on the drop.

Ifor................I'll be back.

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Thornton fishing report week ending 02/03/08

AT LAST were fishing as we should be with boat and bank anglers enjoying excellent sport along the shallows of the Thornton arm, wood bank & Markfield Arm. In total 121 rods caught 636 trout returning 352 for a rod average of 5.2

R. Saunders traveled from south Wales with his float tube & was rewarded with 15 trout to 3lb8oz on a mini cats, pearly pennel & hares ear, H. Davies fished the bank & caught 12 while K. Sargent caught 32 for his visit. R. Bray & A. Wale shared a boat & caught 34 between them, while A. Downes caught 23 to 3lb on a black & green tadpole, day rods J. Graney & B. Burton caught 41 between them on an orange fritz.

The fishing was generally at its best during the warmer hours of the day 11am – 3.30pm with anglers taking their fish within a few yards of the bank at times. Most anglers fished an intermediate or sinking line with black & green or white & green tadpole, orange blob, & cats whisker although a few anglers who fished buzzers, crunchers & ph tails were also rewarded.

These next few weeks offer some of the best bank fishing of the season at Thornton with the trout running close along the shallows, however don’t forget to bring your waders.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.30pm

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Thornton Fishing report week ending 09/03/08

It’s a case of watching the forecast & picking your day as many of the 124 rods for last week did & were rewarded with a total catch of 577 trout (325 returned) for a weekly rod average of 4.7

Generally the warmest part of the day is fishing best 11.30am – 4.00pm with bank anglers again enjoying good sport along the shallows of the Thornton Arm, wood bank & lonesome pine with the majority of the trout been taken within 30 yards of the bank.

Some trout have been taken on buzzers but an olive fritz tadpole, black & green or white & green tadpole continues to be the best pattern to try with an intermediate been the most productive line to use.

Tony Lorrimer on his first visit of the season caught 16, while Darren Dodd & his son caught 12 on damsel & bloodworm patterns, P. Bruce fished buzzers to catch 10 to 2lb8oz while B. Nichols fished buzzers to catch 8 from the bank with Paddy Fitch recording 17 for bank visit while S. Wilson fished buzzers & Humungus to catch 19 to 3lb while M. Hugill recorded 16 for his session. Roy Ensor recorded the best catch of the week 30 trout taken on blobs & booby patterns.

Boat Times Full Day 8.30am – 5.30pm
Boat Times Part Day 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Tackle shop & lodge open from 7.30am
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Thornton fishing report week ending 16/03/08

Well what a week, Monday Tuesday & Wednesday strong winds, gale force at times kept the anglers off the water, then Thursday, Friday & Saturday provided excellent fishing conditions for the 76 rods who fished catching 341 trout returning 159 for a rod average of 4.5.

Bank anglers again enjoyed good sport along the shallows of the Thornton Arm & wood bank with the majority of the trout taken within 20 yards of the margins. A floating line during the warmer part of the day fished best with buzzers starting to feature in the best fly category with a size 10 or 8 black buzzer working well as Harold Pritchard found catching 35 trout on his visit.

Other notable catches were made by P. Warden catching 21 trout to 3lb on gold head damsel & cats whisker, Norman Perkins fished the bank to catch 12 to 3lb, while M. Neal enjoyed his most successful trip yet to Thornton catching 25 for his visit.

However on Saturday night & during the early hours of Sunday morning the bad weather returned with another spell of heavy rain which once again has put some coloured water into the reservoir. Sport therefore during the next few days will be far from easy & I suggest you keep in touch with the lodge for an up to date report on fishing conditions.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Tackle shop & lodge open from 7.30am
Tel 01530 230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Thornton fishing report week ending 23/03/08

What a week, strong winds, rain, sleet & snow we’ve had it all, & unsurprisingly rod numbers for the week were well down with a couple of days when nobody fished, & to be honest I don’t blame them it really has been an atrocious week of weather. In all only 39 rods ventured out & recorded a catch of 33 trout, I guess that says it all.

The few rods who did venture out caught once again along the shallows of the Thornton Arm & wood with lures fished slowly on a sinking line working best.

At least the forecast for the coming week looks better, & spring must be around the corner as I spotted the first Sand Martin over the water on Thursday 20th.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
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Thornton Reservoir fishing report week ending 30/03/08

Yet again another windy, almost gale force & rain week which again kept the rods off the water with the 107 rods who ventured out on the better days catching 150 trout & returning 36 again a below average week for us but with nearly 5000 trout still in the reservoir since opening day its just a matter of time before were enjoying the sport we expect for the time of year.

Thornton Fly Fishers fished their bank match on Sunday with the eventual winner been Des Glover with his 6 fish limit taken on Black lures & orange tadpoles.

The majority of the trout are within 25 yards of the bank along the shallows of the Thornton Arm, wood bank & down past the lonesome pine with bank anglers if anything enjoying the best of the sport.

With the clocks having gone forward lets hope we get some more spring like weather to raise the water temperature above the 7 degrees it is at the moment.

Boat Full Day Times 8.30am – 7.30pm
Boat Part Day Times 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 7.30pm

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Thornton fishing report 06/04/08

Despite the weather we enjoyed a better weeks fishing with 141 rods catching 444 trout returning 143 for a rod average 3.1

In between the cold winds & wintry showers we have had some glorious spells of bright warm spring sunshine, & during these warmer periods we have had the first good buzzer hatches.

The shallows of the Thornton Arm, wood & lonesome pine produced best to intermediate & sinking lines with black & green fritz, fritz damsel, buzzers & pheasant tails. The bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport as the trout are still within 25 yards of the bank.

M. Webbon fished off the wood bank with a sinking line & sweeny todd lure to catch 12, Gordon Richards from Derby fished the bank opposite the lodge & caught 10, Scott Wilson fished an olive fritz & caught 12 while Adrian Freer from Leicester fished buzzers & caught 12, Peter Broad from Thornton used a pheasant tail & buzzers to catch 9 again off the bank opposite the lodge.

With a further stocking of 1200 trout this week & with our water clarity at 3ft+ & improving daily we should see the upturn in the sport continue this coming week.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.30pm
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Thornton fishing report week ending 13/04/08

Its typical April weather sunshine & showers, but don’t let the weather forecast put you off as Thornton enjoyed a fantastic weeks fishing last week with excellent hatches of buzzers during the warmer part of the providing excellent sport to bank & boat anglers.

1,161 trout were caught with 708 returned by 149 rods for a fishery rod average of 7.8 The morning to mid afternoon session is fishing best with the shallows opposite the lodge, wood bank & farm bank producing the majority of the trout.

An intermediate or floating line with a black & green fritz, olive fritz, Montana, diawl bach, cruncher & buzzers have all taken trout with anglers fishing buzzers under an indicator starting to catch good bags of trout.

Foremark Fly Fishers visited Thornton on Sunday for their annual match with 13 rods finding the fishing in top form killing 70 trout & returning 147 for an incredible match average of 16.69 fish per person. Eventual winner was Allan Dawes who caught over 40 trout to his own rod.

Other notable catches during the week were S. Leonard who caught 35 on buzzers from the bank, L. Goff caught 24 to 3lb on buzzers, J. Gunby caught 27 on black buzzers & diawl bach, P. Wrigley caught 31 on hares ears & buzzers, Alan Wale & Rex Bray shared a boat & caught 48 between them.

With the water temperature pushing 10 degrees & with our water clarity at least 5ft we should enjoy another good weeks fishing again this week.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.45pm

Lodge & tackle shop open from 7.30am
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Thornton fishing report update Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th

The excellent fishing of last week has continued into this week with the rod average for the first three days of this week at 5.7

Buzzer hatches have been some of the best we have seen in April at Thornton for a number of years with the large grey black buzzer hatching in huge numbers during the day with trout to be seen feeding on them from mid morning to late afternoon.

Best area continues to be along the Thornton Arm, wood bank & down along the farm bank with boat & bank anglers enjoying the good sport.

Norma Prime took time off from helping at the lodge & caught 18 on buzzers, Tom Hutchins fished a Montana to catch 13 to 4lb4oz, Tony Lorrimer fished an afternoon session & caught 12, while P. Hyde fished the bank & caught 14 to 3lb8oz on a damsel with Bill Nichols also fishing the bank to catch 16 to 4lb on buzzers.

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Fishing report week ending 19/04/08

Another excellent weeks fishing despite the wind over the weekend as 133 rods caught 645 trout for a rod average 4.8

Bank & boat anglers are enjoying the good sport with the Thornton Arm, Wood bank & farm bank producing best to buzzers, damsel, diawl bach & cruncher with an intermediate line best to use first thing in the morning with a floater best as the day warms & the trout move up in the layers.

R. Dunster caught 11 to 4lb 6oz on buzzers, Gordon Porter caught 11 on buzzers which included two fish over 3lb & one over 4lb, John Bradshaw & his brother used damsel patterns to catch 12 to 5lb while Nick Jones also recorded a fish at 5lb. John Gunby caught 10 on buzzers & damsel from the farm bank.

I am way from the office next week therefore to book any boats don’t use the email system call the lodge on 01530 230807, but in my absence another large stocking is due to go into the reservoir which will guarantee our good sport continues.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 8.00pm
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Thornton Reservoir Fishing report week ending 27/04/08

Thornton has certainly hit top form with 208 rods catching 1,287 trout returning 731 for a rod average 6.2 as boat & bank anglers continue to enjoy the good sport.

The shallows of the Thornton arm, wood bank & farm continue to fish the best with anglers catching on buzzers, cruncher, diawl bach & damsel patterns. With our water temperature nudging 12 degrees & by the ever increasing activity of the swallows over the main basin it will only be a matter of days before boat anglers on the drift start to catch from that area as well.

With over 1,000 trout caught & a rod average of above 6 fish per rod you can imagine many anglers recorded large bags of trout some of the larger trout were taken by M. Peacock a brown of 5lb, P. Walker 5lb10oz rainbow, W. Lewin 5lb rainbow, M. Neal 5lb8oz, Mrs C. Bagshaw 5lb, B. Harris 5lb, T. Ord 5lb K. Sargent 4lb2oz, R. Smith 4lb2oz, A. Russell 4lb8oz, J. Moon 4lb10oz & 4lb4oz, N. Perkins 5lb, 2 at 4lb8oz & 4lb, I. Tansey 4lb12oz, Mrs C. King 4lb12oz are just a few of the larger fish recorded last week.

The bank continues to fish well but if your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring your waders. Boat bookings have also increased I recommend therefore you call the lodge & book your boat to avoid any disappointment.

Full Day Boat Times 8.30am – 8.20pm
Part Day Boat Times 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm 8.20pm

Lodge & tackle shop open from 7.30am
Tel 01530 230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Thornton fishing report week ending 04/05/08

A record week for Thornton Reservoir as 241 rods caught 2,175 trout returning 1,474 for a rod average of 9.0 as bank & boat anglers enjoyed the tremendous sport.

The bank opposite the lodge, wood & farm bank is still fishing best but as the week progressed we started having good rises during the early afternoon in front of the stones & main dam where boats on the drift enjoyed the better sport.

Buzzers hatching in good numbers is one reason the sport was so good last week with anglers using a floating line & Montana, damsel, black buzzers, green buzzers & emerges working best.

Norman Perkins bank fished to catch 20 to 3lb on damsel & buzzers, Bill Nichols bank fished along the farm bank & caught 20 on buzzers, M. Jelly bank fished & caught 23 on damsel patterns, W. Toone & R. Lee fished on the drift along the dam & caught 50 trout between them on buzzers & hoppers, while P. Harris & K. Maile caught 52 between them on buzzers. As you would expect with such a good weeks fishing there were numerous anglers catches into double figures but I guess special mention must go to Ray Saunders who traveled from south Wales to fish from his tube catching 28 trout with 4 over 4lb & the largest at 7lb2oz his fish were caught on a small cats whisker, bloodworm & Kate Mclaren .

With the increase in the buzzer hatches we are starting to have a good evening rise which will only get better during the coming week.

Full Day Boat Times 8.30am – 8.40pm
Part Day Boat Times 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.40pm

Tackle shop & lodge open from 7.30am
Tel 01530 230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Thornton Fishing report week ending 11/05/08

Despite the weathers best effort to fool us into thinking its mid summer with daytime temperatures of 25 degrees we have enjoyed another good weeks fishing with 309 rods catching 1,134 trout for a rod average of 3.7

During the cooler first half of the week we enjoyed excellent surface sport with a good evening rise to buzzers with the farm bank, lonesome pine, stones & dam been the most productive areas. As the weekend approached & bright hot conditions prevailed any evening rise was during the cooler last half hour of fishing.

During the week anglers caught on floating lines with dries & emerges, indicators & buzzers, intermediate lines with small gold headed hares ears, damsels & buzzers & during any bright hot spells in the weather a Wet Cell2 or DI3 line with hares ears, damsels & buzzers.

Bank anglers have continued to catch with the area from the corner of the wood past the lonesome pine & along to the farm bank been the most productive area with the early to late morning & early evening producing best. Our hawthorn is just about in full flower we should hopefully see the hawthorn fly this coming week.

Notable catches this week A. Wale caught 11 trout to 4lb8oz, Norma Prime caught 11 to 4lb on hoppers, hares ear & buzzers, A. Freer caught 14, Clive Holt fished an evening session to catch 13, J, Dolman fished a morning session to catch 12, Len Hill caught 14 on small hares ears, Tony Lorrimer caught 19 for his visit P. Harris & K Malie caught 37 between them while P. Juffs caught 12 on buzzers.

Full Day boat times 8.30am – 9.00pm
Part Day boat times 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 9.00pm

Lodge & tackle shop open from 7.30am
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Thornton Fishing report week ending 18/05/08

For the fourth week in a row we have recorded a catch of over 1,000 fish for the week an excellent period of fishing with last weeks rods catching 1,012 trout for a weekly rod average of 4.2

Our water clarity is excellent with visibility over 10ft which has certainly helped the fishing as have the large hatches of buzzers we are seeing at the moment with trout moving on the surface all day in any overcast conditions. We are also seeing a lot of daphnia in the water which is why an orange blob on an intermediate worked so well last week. Our hawthorn hedges are in full bloom I fully expect to see the hawthorn fly on the water this coming week.

Bank anglers are still catching, but please if you’re coming to fish the bank bring waders. The best time to fish the bank has been during the morning & late evening session as the trout are moving out into the deeper water during the brightest part of the day 11.30am – 4pm Boat anglers are catching trout all over the reservoir with boats on the drift during the evening rise enjoying excellent sport.

An intermediate line with orange blob, black buzzers, olive buzzers, hares ear & damsels have worked or a floating line with buzzers fished on the washing line, damsels, suspender buzzers & dries also taking fish.

William Davis held their corporate fishing day at Thornton and enjoyed an excellent days fishing with 16 rods catching 81 trout for a rod average of over 5.

Andy Downes fished the bank during an early evening session & caught 13 on damsels, Jason Bishop took a boat & fished in front of the wood & caught 14, Mike Griffiths fished along the farm bank with buzzers on a washing line & caught 20 trout, Mrs C. Bagshaw fished damsels & buzzer to catch 12 trout to 5lb, Tony Lorrimer caught 31 to 3lb8oz while T. Evans & J. Evans shared a boat & fished buzzers to catch 24, Mr F. Fenton, A. Scobie, C. Mackenzie & B. Allan traveled from Scotland for their visit & caught 47 trout between them on a black & green fitz & black buzzers.

With the water temperature at 16 degrees, good water clarity & excellent hatches it a perfect time to visit the reservoir. For the bird watchers amongst you keep a lookout for the hobby we have flying around the reservoir at the moment hunting the swallows & swift.

However for me one of the highlights of the week was the Battle of Britain Flight, Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane that flew down the reservoir on Saturday, a superb sight.

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.15pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 9.15pm

Lodge & tackle shop open from 7.30am
Tel 01530 230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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