Thornton Reservoir 2017

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THORNTON RESERVOIR 2017

Located 4 miles off junction 22 of the M1

Post Code LE67 1AR

Contact No: 01530 230807

email: lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

The new 2017 season kicks off on 1st February for boat & bank anglers.

No price increase on day permits for the 2017 season

With a pre-season stocking of 3000 rainbows were looking forward to an excellent start

Main Gate & Lodge open from 7.30am with boats available from 8.30am

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Pre season stocking gone in today photos on our Facebook page Flyfishstore

Boats back on the water Monday ready for our opening 1st February 2017

Call the lodge 01530 230807
 

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Opening day at Thornton today produced a rod average of 5.1 with boat and bank anglers catching

For latest update call the lodge 01530230807
 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 5th February 2017
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Opening week and an overall rod average of 4.2 with 82 rods catching 345 trout
Early season the shallows opposite the lodge along the Thornton arm, wood bank & down towards the lonesome pine are the areas to concentrate your fishing efforts on with the most productive time to fish between 10.00am & 4.00pm, the warmest part of the day.
Good number of overwintered trout caught with Chris Sayer taking the best at 4lb8oz, overall the average weight of trout taken is 1lb14oz – 2lb+
Dave Leavesley weighed the best 8 fish limit for 19lb
Generally bank anglers have caught using floating or intermediate lines with the usual early season patterns working, black & green, white & green tadpoles, blobs, snakes & booby, although Mike Oliver (a Draycote regular) caught his 15 trout on pheasant tails & buzzers. Alan Topping caught 16 from the bank on a sink tip & damsel with B Burton taking 18 green & black 15ft leader & floating line
Boat anglers have caught using Intermediate lines & sinkers again using similar patterns to the bank anglers John Hoskins & Kevin Hart recorded 24 to the boat, Mark Hunt popped in for an afternoon session catching 9, Brian Sibley & Martin Clay boated 23, with A Hill & J Falconbridge boating 14 for their afternoon session.
Water clarity is good, if a little cold, if your coming to fish the bank bring wellingtons or waders.
Prospects for the coming week look good
Overall average for the week was 4.2

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.00pm

All anglers off site by 5.30pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 12th February 2017
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A good weeks fishing, if a little cold at times, with bank & boat anglers catching with the shelter from the cold easterlies given by the bank opposite the lodge fishing best.

When the wind has allowed the lonesome pine area has fished well

At times the bank fished better than the boats with the trout within yards of the bank, with bank anglers using a floating or intermediate line with green & black or white & green lures & damsel producing best, although a few anglers who opted to fish buzzers or nymphs caught, with Phil Harding catching 17 on black crunchers.

Lee Henfrey fished the bank and caught 18, Geoff Tomkinson also bank fished catching 20 trout, John Simpson caught 11 from the bank, Jan Webber decided to fish the bank instead of his usual boat and was rewarded with 19 fish on a red headed damsel & small minkie.

It’s not unusual at this time of year for the bank on some days to fish best, although boat anglers also returned good numbers in particular members Steve Windram & Phill Cross who boated 26 between them

If your coming to fish the bank we recommend you wear wellingtons or waders.

Clarity remains good.

Overall average for the week was 5.7

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.00pm

All anglers off site by 5.30pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 19th February 2017
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Mixed weeks weather, sleety cold showers, rain but milder at the weekend. The rain on Wednesday did reduce the water clarity but thankfully not enough to put off the fish.
The trout remain close in on the banks giving bank anglers good sport, boat anglers at times just couldn’t get close enough in. Its noticeable as well that on certain days the trout had a preference to take flies fished in towards the bank, hence the reason bank anglers had a good week
The shallows opposite the lodge, wood, corner of the wood & lonesome pine continues to provide the best sport with bank anglers using floating & intermediate lines while boat anglers used intermediate & mid range 3 – 4 inch/sec sinkers.
Mick Hanson & Nev Welsh fished from a boat catching 10 trout each, Pete Cox on the same day fished bloodworm patterns from the bank and recorded 8 trout. Mike Oliver used a pheasant tail from the bank returning 15 trout with Phil Cross opting to fish from the bank using a cats whisker to catch 10 trout. B Burton continues to use his black & green patterns on a floating line from the bank recording 11 trout. S Smith caught 20 from a boat on bloodworm & cats whisker with Mark Hunt using dancer patterns from a boat recording 18 trout. Danny Lovegrove & Bob Middleton took themselves down the Markfield arm towards the turn raft catching their fish from this area on damsel patterns & cats whisker.
If your coming to fish from the bank be sure to bring wellingtons or waders
Overall average for the week was 3.4

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers off site by 5.45pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 26th February 2017
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Prior to Thursday and storm Doris the fishery was enjoying another good weeks sport with a rod average 4+ once storm Doris had passed through we struggled to average 1, combination of extreme low pressure and storm force winds lashing the banks where the fish had been.
Sunday and the fishing started to pick up with local club Thornton Fly Fishers fishing their bank match to a 4 fish limit, a close run affair with only 1oz separating the winner John Kirk from second placed Harold Chapman, overall the bank fished better than the boats.
Damsel, cats whisker, dancer & green pea continue to be the most productive patterns although Mike Oliver bank fished prior to storm Doris & caught 17 on pheasant tails
Clarity although reduced slightly by the winds of storm Doris the fishery remains fishable
Bank anglers continue to enjoy the best of the sports, bring wellingtons or waders if fishing the bank, for latest updates contact the lodge
Overall average for the week was 2.5

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers off site by 6.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 5th March 2017
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The weather finally did have an impact on us from Wednesday onwards rain & wind reduced the water clarity to around 14inch, we are of course fortunate to be in the position that we could advise our rods to visit one of our other fisheries, Foremark & Draycote which are less prone to the affects of heavy rainfall
Not surprising therefore that our rod average dropped to 1.4
Conditions are improving this week with the clarity pushing 2ft, with the trout being caught tight along the bank opposite the lodge & down towards the wood corner.
With another stocking yesterday & with continued improving conditions we should see catches return to where they were prior to last week’s weather
We would advise anglers to keep in touch with the lodge for latest information,
Overall average for the week was 1.4
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers off site by 6.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 12th March 2017
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Early part of the week we were recommending anglers visited one of our other waters Foremark or Draycote as the clarity at Thornton was still poor following storm Doris.

By Thursday our conditions had improved with boat and bank anglers catching with the milder conditions seeing the first tentative buzzer hatch.
Some of the trout quickly switched onto the buzzer with anglers reporting seeing trout head and tailing and on spooning some of the fish caught it revealed that buzzers were on the menu.

The trout remain close in on the shallows along the Thornton arm & wood corner although some fish were also been taken off the lonesome pine.
Floating lines or intermediate with buzzers, suspender buzzer, diawl bach, Montana, dancer, damsel and cats whiskers have all taken fish this past week.
We advise bank anglers to bring waders.
We would remind boat anglers that they are required to give way to bank anglers and unless mutually agreed to keep 40yds from other boats and bank anglers

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 4.0

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.45pm

All anglers off site by 6.15pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 2nd February 2017
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Towards the end of the week it certainly felt as if spring was arriving, first swallow on the water, good buzzer hatches & our first evening rise.
The trout are starting to move away from the shallows were they have been for the last 9 weeks (yes 9 weeks have gone by since we opened) with the trout starting to move further down the arms & out over the deeper water.
Bank anglers continue to find fish opposite the lodge and corner of the wood with the lonesome pine area and farm bank producing. As the days become brighter and longer the bank is fishing best during the morning and evening session.
Boat anglers towards the end of the week found fish feeding on the buzzer hatches from in front of the dam wall past the orange buoy.
Peter Wurm fished a late evening session picking up 4 trout, John Kirk fished an afternoon session catching 8 on damsel and buzzers, David Wilson fished a morning session catching 5 including a brown estimated at 5lb – 6lb which he returned. Mick & Val Jay caught 8 on buzzers for their mornings visit.
Floating lines, midge tip or intermediate lines best with size 10 – 12 black buzzer, suspender buzzer & damsel.
We advise bank anglers to bring waders.
We would remind boat anglers that they are required to give way to bank anglers and unless mutually agreed to keep 40yds from other boats and bank anglers
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 3.00
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.30pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.30pm
Last 4 hours: 3.30pm – 7.30pm

All anglers off site by 7.45pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 9th February 2017
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With our surface temperature hovering between 11 – 12 degrees our buzzer hatches continue to improve with an evening rise bringing large numbers of fish to the surface.
Its that time of year when anglers can pick up fish from all over the reservoir. Some fish are still on the shallows opposite the lodge, but remember we are on week 10 of our season, some of those fish have seen a great many flies since we opened back on February 1st and are therefore a little educated! Time to think about leader diameter, length of leader & fly size.
The farm bank has started to produce a few fish with fish moving along this area during the evening, this next week or so will see the farm bank area become quite productive. Green bay has fished well this week with Mr & Mrs Warren picking up 6 fish from this area in just over 3 hours fishing.
Those fishing the evening rise have found the area in front of the dam past the orange buoy has been the best area, you will usually find during an evening rise the anglers on the drift will outfish those on the anchor.
Complete Fly Fishers forum held a competition at Thornton on Sunday in memory of Roy Stroud, 13 anglers took part with the honours going to Paul Evans winning the boat section catching 13 trout with Ian Lindsay top float tuber also catching 13, thanks to Richard Jamieson and Nigel Organ for organising another successful forum meet.
Floating, midge tip and intermediate lines with orange blob, damsel, buzzer, suspender buzzer, diawl bach all patterns taking good numbers of trout.
Great time of year to try float tubing with Mark Perry visiting Thornton with his tube catching 14 for his mornings visit.
Water clarity is excellent and with the bright weather bank anglers have done best during the first few hours and last few hours of the fishing day while boat anglers have caught steadily throughout the day.
We advise bank anglers to bring waders.
We would remind boat anglers that they are required to give way to bank anglers and unless mutually agreed to keep 40yds from other boats and bank anglers
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 4.8

Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.00pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Last 4 hours: 4.00pm – 8.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 3.45pm)

All anglers off site by 8.15pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 16th April 2017
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It has at times this past week been bitterly cold out on the water with the air temperature in single digits, however when the wind dropped usually going into the evening it allowed the air temperature to rise and we had, if at times a short evening rise.
Trout are spread well throughout the reservoir with green bay, orange buoy & mouth of the Markfield arm producing best.
With the cooler conditions it was a case of adapting your approach, trout are still feeding hard on buzzer but unlike last week when all you required was a floating or intermediate line this week you fished the same team of flies however it was time to put on the medium sink line ideally with a sink rate of 3 – 4inch per second. The trout were still on the buzzer, but happily feeding 6 – 8ft down.
Chris Sayer and granddaughter Millie caught 12 for their visit with Chris returning a few days later and catching a further 9 trout, Neil Bates took 8 as did Phil Cross fishing buzzers and damsels. John Bebbington caught rainbows of 3lb14oz and 3lb12oz with David Slessor catching a brown of 4lb4oz photos on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Best patterns, black buzzer size 10-12, damsel, dawsons olive, diawl bach & snake
Water clarity is excellent and with the bright weather bank anglers have done best during the first few hours and last few hours of the fishing day while boat anglers have caught steadily throughout the day.
Boats and float tubers are fishing best with bank anglers catching during the morning and evening. We advise bank anglers to bring waders.
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 3.4
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.15pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.15pm
Last 4 hours: 4.15pm – 8.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.00pm)

All anglers off site by 8.30pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 23rd April 2017
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Cold wind at times resulted in not as many fish to be seen moving as you may have expected for late April but the fish were still hard on the buzzer but feeding on them 6ft down with anglers using mid range sinking lines, lines that sink between 3 – 4 inch per second producing some of the better catches of the week.
On the milder evenings we saw plenty of fish on the surface during the last hour, although at times they proved a bit tricky to tempt the boats on the drift using cdc patterns or traditional wet fly patterns managed to catch a reasonable amount.
The trout are well spread out throughout the reservoir with the mouth of the Markfield arm, dam wall and orange buoy areas holding good numbers
Best patterns, black buzzer 12-14, damsel and blob
Jamie Scott fished Thornton twice in the week catching 28 fish. Member Bob Jones fished buzzer and damsel to take his 8 fish limit, David Woodall went into the Markfield arm and found the feeding fish taking his limit with Neil Bates taking an 8 fish limit including fish of 4lb and 3lb, Mark Hunt picked up his 3inch second sinker boating 15 on damsel and black buzzer.
Water clarity is good with the surface water temperature between 12 – 13 degrees, we should if the weather allows see an increasing number of fish on the surface with an evening rise.
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 3

Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Last 4 hours: 4.30pm – 8.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.15pm)

All anglers off site by 8.40pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 30th April 2017
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Cold easterly winds all week took a whole degree off the water temperature, dropping the water temperature to 11 degrees.
Despite the cold winds buzzers were the dominant pattern with the fish feeding hard on the buzzer hatches. With the cold winds buzzer patterns fished on an intermediate or slow sink line worked best with the majority of the fish caught in the top 5ft of water. As you would expect for late April the trout are spread throughout the reservoir although the corner of the wood and Markfield arm are holding goodnumbers.
During the odd evening when the wind dropped away we enjoyed a good evening rise especially in front of the dam and orange buoy area with anglers using a floating line with buzzer, cdc and dries.
Jim Strachan & John Goodwin fished black buzzers and boated 20 trout, Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins fished a slow sinker with buzzers to also boat 20 trout, John Simpson fished mini lures to boat his 20 trout with David Woodall finding plenty of trout in the mouth of the Markfield arm boating 8 for his mornings visit, Peter Wurm concentrated his fishing to the last 4 hours catching 10 during the evening rise. Mark Hunt is a man on a trout fishing mission, fishing the Eyebrook on Saturday morning to win the Troutmasters heat before going to Thornton in the afternoon to catch & release a further 8
Other patterns that have worked during the week, green pea, damsel & blob
During the last few days the hawthorn fly has been blown onto the water especially down along the farm bank.
Water clarity is excellent
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 4.8
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.45pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 8.45pm
Last 4 hours: 4.45pm – 8.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.30pm)

All anglers off site by 9.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 7th May 2017
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Yet another week of cold easterly, with anglers reaching for their intermediate and slow sink lines, although anglers who managed to tuck themselves away out of the wind enjoyed good sport on floating lines with the hawthorn fly active in the shelter of the wood bank
Any evening rise was generally short lived but with a drop in the wind speed on Sunday evening resulted in a good evening rise with Peter Wurm and his son catching 8 trout.
Richard Dayman & John Kirk caught 20 on buzzers with John Simpson fishing small bunny patterns to boat 12, Peter Wrigley caught 18 on buzzers with T Pegg finding a diawl bach worked best for him boating 16, Mark Hunt found the fish to be a bit finicky but a change of approach and a single dry fly fished close in along the wood bank produced 22 fish including a brown
Best areas, wood bank, Markfield Arm & green bay
Water clarity is excellent with hawthorn, buzzer and a few pond olives bringing the fish to the surface.
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 4.2

Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.00pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 9.00pm
Last 4 hours: 5.00pm – 9.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.45pm)

All anglers off site by 9.15pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 14th May 2017
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Towards the end of the week the wind started to swing out of the east to a more favourable westerly, south westerly.
A real mix this last week with trout caught on boobies on a fast sinker to dries on the top and everywhere in between.
Evening rise has been getting better with good numbers of fish moving, especially from the mouth of the Markfield arm across to the main dam
Chris Goodwin & Mick Glover fished in front of the wood boating 18 trout on lime green buzzer, diawl bach & muskins, Trevor Pegg caught 12 to 3lb+ on suspender buzzer. Diawl bach was the fly of choice for Peter Wrigley boating 15 with Mark Perry taking to his float tube for a morning session catching 7 on buzzer, Kev Maile & P Harris fished straight line buzzer to boat their 17 trout. Phill Mee found the fish off the corner of the wood boating 12 for his morning session with S Clay & J Bowman sorting out the fish on the evening rise catching 10 on dries.
A few hawthorn & lake olives still about with caenis starting to show on the warmer evenings. Buzzer in the main is the main food item. Still early for the damsel although a few of the fish spooned are feeding on damsel nymphs, especially fish caught up the arms.
Good forecast this week, Monday & Tuesday some much needed rain to freshen the water, wind in the south, south westerly and daytime temperature between 15 – 18 degrees
Water clarity is excellent with the water temperature perfect at 14 degrees.
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 2.9
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.15pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm / 2.30pm – 9.15pm
Last 4 hours: 5.15pm – 9.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.00pm)

All anglers off site by 9.30pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 21st May 2017
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This past week’s heavy rain at times did little to encourage anglers out, however we desperately needed the rain. With crops in the field & plenty of leaf on the trees the rain had no effect on our clarity, with water clarity currently excellent, gin clear.
It’s the time of year when the fish can pick & choose what they feed on with buzzers of all sizes & coming off. Caenis is also starting to feature in the evenings. We are yet to see our first damsel but we are spooning fish that are feeding on damsel nymphs, it won’t be long before we see them.
This past week success on the buzzer was down to size & colour, size 14 & 16 olive buzzers generally fished high in the water, with the washing line working well. Of course there is always an exception with some anglers still catching on epoxy buzzer fished deep.
Trout are spread throughout the reservoir, although the change in wind direction to the south west has seen a greater concentration in the green bay & dam area.
With some caenis showing I often find single tups or sparkle gnat works well, fish as fine as you dare, presentation is the key, look for a low diameter leader, it makes a difference.
Richard Watkins on Monday took our advice and fished green bay catching 12 for his mornings visit, Tuesday Terry Ord caught 16 for his mornings visit on a static cdc with Norman Perkins fishing buzzers to boat 14, Trevor Pegg fished a 14 buzzer catching 18 for his visit. Mark Hunt took a different approach to many fishing the open water of the main basin catching 10 with a dry daddy pattern working for him. Adam Gunby & Rodger Guise fished green bay area, commenting that there were a lot of fish in that area boating 15 trout between them.
Water clarity is excellent with the water temperature perfect at 14 degrees.
New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 2.9
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.30pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.30pm
Last 4 hours: 5.30pm – 9.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.15pm)

All anglers off site by 9.45pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 28th May 2017
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The hot spell of weather last week was more like the weather we expect during mid July, not normal weather at all for late May.
By Friday the heat had pushed our surface water temperature towards 20 degrees usually for this time of the year we would be expecting it to be no more than 16 degrees
The trout moved away from the warm surface layers and moved into the cooler water column 10 ft down, were they continued to feed on the buzzer.
Longer leaders 20ft – 25ft with a heavy, tungsten buzzer on the point with buzzer patterns above that fished static was the most successful method.
Damsel have shown in increasing numbers with the first of the pin fry spotted around the pontoon on Sunday afternoon
Best areas as you would expect with last weeks heat was the deeper water with green bay, dam wall & stones fishing well.
Alan Johnstone fished a morning session catching 6 trout on size 14 green buzzers, Adrian Freer used an intermediate and damsel patterns in front of the dam wall to catch his 8 fish during the cooler morning session, K Maile & P Harris fished heavy buzzer patterns on a 25ft leader static catching 16 to the boat.

Thornton Fly Fishers fished their boat pairs competition on Sunday with 7 pairs taking to the water, they averaged 3.5 for their match with two pairs sharing first place weighing in 12 fish for 21lb14oz, the joint winners were Russ Jackson, Jim Retalic & Tim Ward, John Foster, pictures on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

This morning with the cooler conditions our water temperature has started to drop back to were we would expect it to be, with a much cooler forecast for this coming week I would expect to start seeing fish move again during the evening especially from Tuesday onwards.

Call the lodge for latest updates

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 2.5

Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.45pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.45pm
Last 4 hours: 5.45pm – 9.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 11th June 2017
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Water temperatures have remained good all week at 15 – 16 degrees.
With the cooler water temperatures the trout have moved back up through the water column with the majority of the trout taken this week in the top 3ft.
Anglers report seeing good numbers of trout feeding, but catching these trout has not been as easy as one would expect.
Nature’s bounty is upon the reservoir angler with trout feeding on Pin Fry, Buzzer of all sizes, Sedges, Daphnia, Shrimp, Damsel to name a few.
What is noticeable currently is small 14 – 16 sparsely tied flies are working best.
Russ Martin fished the evening rise catching 8 trout, Norman Perkins fished green bay area with buzzer and diawl bach catching 17 trout, Andy and Christine Warren fished a morning session boating 6 trout wit R Mansell fishing his own tied damsel pattern to boat 10 fish. On Saturday when anglers reported seeing plenty of trout moving Mark Hunt showed the importance of tying your own flies using his small sparsely tied cruncher to catch well into double figures. Kev Mailie & Pete Harris again showed the importance of small flies using size 16 nymphs and dries to boat 10 fish.
Water clarity is good.

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New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 2.9

Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.45pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.45pm
Last 4 hours: 5.45pm – 9.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 19th June 2017
Tel: 01530 230807
70 acre
With the longest day upon us summer has arrived with our water surface temperatures creeping upwards all week.
Monday and Tuesday we were still seeing an evening rise, Clive Holt caught 6 for his evenings visit, Russ Martin caught 3 with Peter Broad fishing a sedge pattern to boat his 4.
Tuesday morning Matt Cairns fished a cdc pattern to catch 4 including a 4lb blue, photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore page, Russ Martin and Bob Obrien returned to fish the evening rise boating 8 trout between them.
By Wednesday the water temperature was starting to rise with difficult fishing conditions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the cooler morning session best. Alex Christodolou caught 4 for his mornings visit, Richard Gibbon went deep to catch his 4 with Mike Cuppit using a medium sinking line with buzzer, diawl bach and a booby to catch his 7 trout
With the warmer conditions over the weekend anglers sensibly opted for a range of sinking lines and fished the cooler morning session. Martin Cay caught 6 for his morning session, Andre Russel, S Frakes and R Dunnett fished from their float tubes catching 14 between, Kev Mailie and P Harris went deep catching 10 trout to 5lb4oz with Mick Huffer catching 6 for his short 3 hour morning session.
On Sunday all anglers followed our advice and fished the morning session again using a variety of sinking lines, Matt Vickers was top rod with 6 while Dave Skudder fished the first 3 hours catching 4
Fish finders indicate the majority of the trout are between 10ft to 20ft with the largest concentration to be found over the deeper water in front of the dam.
Sinking lines with a booby, orange fished best, followed by olive, damsel patterns, small minkies. Some success was had with buzzers fished deep off 20ft leaders.
As it forecast hot for the next few days we recommend anglers fish the cooler morning session and contact the lodge for latest updates and advice
Water clarity: Since the weekend we have a mild algae bloom.
All anglers off site by 10.00pm

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New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.
Overall average for the week was 1.6
Current Fishing Times:
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 10.00pm
Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 10.00pm
Last 4 hours: 6.00pm – 10.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

Follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
 

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