Another mixed weeks fishing for Thornton with no two days fishing the same, as the daily rod average lurches from +2 to -1 no pattern whatsoever.

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Paul Pearce with his 3lb 12oz brown, the heaviest brown recorded this week.


We had a great final week of fishing for the 2017 season with lighter winds and sunshine.

The rod average was over 2.5 and many rainbows and browns of 4lbs plus were caught.

Thank you to all those who have supported us this season and we look forward to seeing you all in March 2018.


Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 2.58 with 134 fish caught by 52 anglers.


Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 8oz caught by Bill Richardson

The heaviest Brown was 3lb 12oz caught by Paul Pearce


Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around the North End,  Main Basin, Fish Tail Creek, the Dam Wall and Buoys 3 & 5.


Methods & Flies

The most successful flies were daddies, blobs, boobies, pink snakes and black & green lures. 

Many anglers have again fished on a drift with both floating and sinking lines bringing success.


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Carsington Sports & Leisure Ltd is sad to announce the passing of Mr John Wilson on Tuesday 24th October 2017.


John was appointed by Severn Trent Water Ltd. as the first ‘Fishery Manager’ at Carsington Water in March 1994 and continued in that role until his retirement in November 1998. 

John continued to fish at Carsington every Tuesday during the season since his retirement and was always willing to give his time, expertise and his wealth of knowledge to all the anglers and staff who got to know his smiling face.

John has continued to support the fishery, now run by Carsington Sports and Leisure Ltd in many ways, especially helping to organise the Spring & Autumn Open Competitions and spreading the word of the fishery to newspaper and magazine editors alike.

He will be sadly missed by us all.


Spring Open Competition

Carsington is a great venue for Fly fishing competitions and following the success of both our Spring and Autumn competitions we are pleased to announce the date for the 2018 Spring Open on Sat 28th April 2018. The Carsington Spring Open competition is aimed at all anglers who enjoy a day’s boat fishing with a friend. It will be an organised event based on two people per boat with an individual bag limit of 6 fish. Prizes will be awarded for the winning pair with the heaviest collective bag and a number of individual prizes. The cost of entry will be £60.00 per pair including permits and petrol boat hire. Book now



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Fishing Reports

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The Fishery is now closed for the 2017 season

Latest News and Information from  

Week ending 4 September 2016


Perfect start to predator season at Grafham and Rutland

29lb Pike at Grafham Water plus plenty of Perch and Zander

27lb Pike at Rutland Water


Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;

Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,

Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105

Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021

Rutland Water

Fish week 234(Season 27,452) Returns 87 (6,224) Rod average 2.68 (4.41)

It’s been a steady week at Rutland Water. The best fish of the week fell to Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.  Phil netted a lovely 5lb ¾oz Rainbow.

Boat fishing was good in the main basin, especially around the aerators, with some boats recording 16 fish within 3-4 hours with lures on sinking lines.  Rudder anglers drifting through the main basin capitalised on this as well, trailing tube flies/snakes behind the boat. Anglers venturing down the arms were rewarded with Keith Jones, Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward all reporting numbers of good fish of 3lb plus around the weed beds of the North and South Arms. 

Bank anglers are taking a few fish around the shoreline.  These are fit, conditioned Rainbows and Browns up to 4lb.  It’s well worth a visit to the bank – try and cover as much bank as you can, particularly the weed beds.

Prospects look very good if the weather remains settled.  There are plenty of fish in the main basin especially around the aerators. The bottom of both arms and around the miles of shoreline are worth investigating with dries, nymphs and fry patterns.  The same applies to bank anglers who are prepared to search the shoreline.

Fish are feeding on sticklebacks, fry (roach and perch), corixa, snails and shrimp.  There are no signs yet of fish feeding on daddies (there are a steady number about).  A late season hatch of olives would be interesting for boat anglers down the Arms.

Predator fishing started well for both Zander and Pike anglers.  Numerous Zander to 8lb have been taken and Pike to 27lb with reports of three other Pike over the 20lb mark.

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 14 and 15 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Boat availability is limited during the coming weekends – please book well in advance.

Best Rainbow 5lb ¾oz taken by Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.

Best boat areas                                 The main basin, bottom of both arms.

Best bank areas           Normanton, New Zealand Point, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek.

Rutland Water continued

Best methods  Bank – Dries, nymphs and fry patterns.

            Boat – as for bank and include various sinking lines and variety of lures/ tubes large and small.

Mid week boat winner                        M Hughes of Corwen.

Fish stocked    3,000.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses 11,17 & 25 September; 9,16,22 & 29(Pike) October  
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
WaterAid boat competition 16 September
Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September

Anglian Water Airflo International 3-5 October
Autumn Pairs (rudder and non rudder) 8 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 29 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 4 December

Grafham Water
Fish Season 437 (Season 18,763) Returns 82 (3,289) Rod average 5.32 (5.7)

The best fish of the week at Grafham Water was a lovely Rainbow of 5lb 4oz taken by Pat Patel.  This cracking fish was taken from the Dam on a black buzzer. Another notable catch went to Mr Whitmore who took a 4lb 4oz Rainbow. Ryan Campbell landed a 29 fish haul in a single session for the best bag of the week.

The recent change in weather conditions has meant fish are reluctant to feed.  Fish are right up in the water with anglers reporting that going beyond 3 feet is too deep.  Remember though, that fish are more likely to spook when feeding in the surface layers.

Anglers are reporting mixed results with some taking bags over the 20 fish mark and others are struggling to get a pull.  The best areas seem to be where the water has good clarity, particularly Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay and West Bank.

The best techniques are to fish floating lines with fast glass tips, diawl bachs and crunchers strung between boobies on the point and hares ears on the dropper.  There are still plenty of snails about and these are abundant in stomach contents so it’s worth trying to tempt the snail feeders.

Grafham Water continued

Areas fishing well include Savages Creek, between the two boils (drifting), the middle (drifting), the Dam and Sanctuary Bay.  Other areas worth a try are between G Buoy and the Willows.  Rainbow Point has also been fishing well so give it a go next time you take a boat out.

The Dam has been fishing very well with most fish coming early or late in the day.  Snails are the main food source for fish feeding close to the bank, with shrimp and fry also popular food items.  Diawl Bachs and buzzers are producing when fished washing line method and left to drift in an arc or retrieved on a slow figure of eight.

We are doing some bank work around the Seat, cutting back overgrown grass and vegetation, to allow for easier access for anglers.  It’s currently very shallow off the Seat, although wading out 20-30 yards to the deeper water is likely to produce fish, particularly on shrimp patterns.

The start of the lure fishing season has been fantastic with plenty of fish landed.  Perch up to 4lb have been caught with hauls of up to 200 Perch per boat in a single session.  We have had a number of Pike out this week including two 20 pounders, with the biggest weighing in at over 20lb!  Zander have also been on show with some fantastic doubles landed.

Ash Bradley says he had a fantastic day “A real red letter day saw me bank a trio of double figure zander to 11lb and one which fell just before the magic mark – a total of 12 Zander to my name”.

For all those who enjoyed, or perhaps missed out on, our first 50th Anniversary Match, now is the time to enter the second Pairs Boat Match. Join us on Saturday 24 September as we celebrate the reservoir’s 50th anniversary in style.  The match will be fished to relaxed international rules, drifting boats and no time bonus. With cash prizes and concluding with a barbecue with drinks it promises to be a very enjoyable day.  Call the fishing Lodge on 01480 810531 to enter or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Rainbow 5lb 4oz taken by B Patel.

Best boat areas            West bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat, Savages Creek, Rainbow Point.

Best bank areas           The Seat and north and south Dam, Plummers.

Best methods     See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Mr John Will of Hatfield.

Grafham Water continued

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 18 & 28 September; 7,15 and 30 October.

Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September

EYFA Youth National 11 September
Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors

50th Anniversary Pairs Boat Match 24 September

Lure Anglers 25 September

Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 1 October
B C Hall 6 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

Anglian Water Rudder Match 22 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 27 November

Pitsford Water

The rod average for Pitsford this week is a healthy 3.6 with both boat and bank anglers enjoying decent sport.  Fish are in the top couple of feet and willing to chase.

The main basin continues to fish really well with drifts across the open water proving successful.  There are also reports of fish now beginning to appear in numbers in the Narrows.

Bank anglers have had some success with the best areas being the Gravels and Northfield Shore.  The fish in these areas are now clearly feeding on shrimp and anglers using imitation patterns fished in the margins have had most success.

Competition news

EFFA Match 1 September
This EFFA match was fished against an Army team.  24 anglers caught 119 fish for a rod average of 5.  EFFA anglers caught 59 fish with the Army going one fish better at 60.  However, EFFA won with a 3lb margin.  Top individual was Ian Peberdy with 7 fish for 15lb 13oz.  Sean Hanlon was second with 6 fish for 14lb 10oz.  Third place went to John Gammon with 6 fish for 14lb 2oz.  The best fish was caught by David Froggatt with a Rainbow of 3lb 15oz.  The anglers observed a minute’s silence in memory of EFFA member Micahel Stevens who sadly passed away on 10 August.

Pitsford Water continued

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 5 and 6 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Forthcoming events

Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses  16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA Match 8 September.

East Midland FF Match 11 September

Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September

Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October

MNTF Match 9 October

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish Season 10,083 Returns 1,464 Rod average 6.8
A week of mixed sport at Ravensthorpe and on some days trout have been difficult to tempt with fly. Season ticket holder Grant Gibson enjoyed some good sport on Thursday.  Grant took 8 fish on a claret hopper.  His boat partner also took three fish on dries.  Frazer Duffy Junior had a good day on Thursday taking 5 fish on bob’s bits.

The fish are up in the water and small dries fished on top have been the best method. Claret hoppers, small daddies, bob’s bits, cdc’s are all worth trying, drifting across the main bowl.

Bank anglers have been catching one or two fish from the Dam or Platform 5.  Small dries, diawl bachs or nymphs on a floating line are the best method.

GWFFA Dry Fly Day and BBQ at Ravensthorpe  on Sunday 21st August 2016.
16 members of GWFFA enjoyed a day at Ravensthorpe  where only dry flies were used. The bright and very windy conditions proved challenging from drifting boats. Most fish were caught in the calmer water near The Clump, The Domes and The Tall Willows. All the fish caught were released. Top angler on the day showing great skill with the dry fly was Brian Calvert using a size 16 green CDC. Other anglers caught on orange and fiery brown Bobs bits.

1st       Brian Calvert                           10 fish.
2nd      Martin Brocklebank                   7 fish.
3rd       Harley Smith                           6 fish.

Best Rainbow 2lb 8oz taken by Paul Miley.

Best boat areas                                    Main Bowl.

Best bank                                            Dam, Platforms 4,5 and 6.

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        J Spencer of Northampton.

Lake of Menteith Report 14/06/16
6ft Water Temperature   16C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.5m.

Thankfully the Lake has cooled from its 20 deg C high and is now 16 deg C at 6ft. Clarity remains good at 2.5m. The hot weather dented rod averages a little last week but they soon recovered and were back up to a more usual 3.1 on Saturday night after a low of 1.35 for the previous Thursday.Stocking has continued as normal this week with 500 going in on Monday and a further 500 scheduled for Friday. We have increased our stocking versus last year (up 15%) and so far this season we have stocked 12413 trout compared to last year’s 10796 (up to 13th June). The 2015 total includes 400 trout stocked in early November of 2014. Boat hires have been roughly similar over the same periods. The warm water temperatures have resulted in a nicer than usual display of water lillies. Hot spot remains the east basin.

Belated Congratulations to Change Fly Fishers A, Thalassa AC and Leven Fly Casters for progression in the Anglian Water Airflo International and also to Menteith Ospreys, Perth RASC and Change B for progessing from the evening heat. Kevin McCabe of Change A had this beezer the day before the comp.

Heat 6 - 11th June 2016 Scottish Club Championship
Sponsored by Keir Hardie Joinery and the Lake of Menteith

Twelve clubs turned out for the 6th heat and although it had cooled quite a bit from earlier in the week the fishing was not easy. There was an easterly breeze and light rain throughout the session and by 11pm it was chilly. At the start of the evening almost all of the boats headed for the Lochend/Butts area and as to be expected the good bags of fish came from that area. A total of 112 trout for 228lbs 7ozs were caught by the 12 clubs.

Lintrathen FF "A" represented by Kevin Neri, Neil Anderson and Chris McAllister were the clear winners with 27 fish for 53lbs 15.625ozs. All three team members between them fished the area from the chalets through Loch End to Tods Hole and concentrated on a mix of suspender buzzers, crunchers and dries on floating lines. Kevin had 10 fish for 20lbs 4.5ozs; Neil had 11 fish for 22lbs 8.125ozs and Chris had 6 fish for 11lbs 3ozs. Crown FF "A" represented by Dougie Hek and his sons James and Colin were second with 15 fish for 31lbs 9.75ozs. Colin was the top individual rod on the night with 11 fish for 22lbs 9.75ozs.

Colin stuck with dries throughout the session and took his fish at Kates Brae. The third placed team were Port Glasgow AC "A" represented by Archie Blair, Stuart McCabe and Andy Elkin who between them had 15 fish for 30lbs 8.625ozs. These three team go through to the semi-final on 19th August.The top five individuals to go through to the final of the Champions of Champions were:- 1. Colin Hek of Crown FF with 11 trout for 22lbs 9.75ozs, 2. Neil Anderson of Lintrathen FF with 11 trout for 22lbs 8.125ozs, 3. Kevin Neri of Lintrathen FF with 10 trout for 20lbs 4.5ozs, 4. Stuart McCabe of Port Glasgow AC with 7 trout for 14lbs 2.75ozs, 5. Davy Moore of Dunfermline Railway with 6 trout for 12lbs 0.5ozs, The heaviest fish weighed 3lbs 2.375ozs and was caught by James Turner of Bank of Scotland, Glasgow District. Crown FF were presented with a presentation bottle of malt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lake of Menteith Fishery. The top two teams, heaviest bag and heaviest fish were presented with commemorative bottles of beer.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery Report 2016


Week ending 12th June 2016

Trout Taken 318(4882) Catch and Release 448(8609) Rod Returns 182(2106) Fish per rod 4.20(6.40)

Season’s totals in brackets


The weeks Action


Dave Willacy of Askam, Cumbria enjoyed his visit to the fishery recently and caught many rainbows on a combination of buzzers and diawl bach fished on a floating line. Jim Vasey and Mike Firth caught and released many hard fighting rainbows using Cdc emergers.

Fishery manager Andy Miller has been kept very busy with casting instruction and recently assisted local lad Matt Warwick with his casting technique. Later on that day, under the guidance of Andy, Matt was delighted when he caught a brace of rainbows on a dry daddy fished at the willows.

The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association enjoyed a tremendous turn out for their annual floating line boat competition. Twenty-eight anglers fished a seriously warm and bright day and caught a total of 148 fish, a fine rod average of 5.28. Ken waters of Wing won the heaviest fish trophy with a 3lb 3oz rainbow, the heaviest bag was taken by Pete Skillen with six rainbows for 13lb 11oz.

Visiting the fishery from Middlesbrough Neil Benjamin and Ian Simmons enjoyed a bit of a red letter 3 day special and by far their most successful visit to the fishery to date with many hard fighting rainbows caught on pheasant tail nymphs at the willows. Alex Booth Fly Fishers held their memorial boat competition at Eyebrook recently, the winner was Colin Marriott of Sandiacre with a bag limit that included a fine rainbow trout that weighed 7lb 3oz.


The Eyebrook Trout Fishery Half Season Permits Now Available The fishery now offers you, the fisherman, the opportunity to purchase a Half Season Ticket, offering great value for fishing. For prices and more information call the fishing lodge on 01536 772930 alternatively contact us online at www.eyebrook.com


Forthcoming Events

Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships – Eyebrook Heats 24/25th June 2016

- All correspondence and enquiries regarding the Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships competition should be made to John Horsey at: E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The 2016 Eyebrook Wednesday Night Boat League A friendly boat competition that offers some great fishing prizes.

WNBL’s June star prize is a fantastic Wychwood Vuefinder Competition fly box.

If you are interested in participating please contact Jobe Burnham at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge or for more information click on to www.eyebrook.com News and Events- Wednesday Night Boat League.


‘Catch me if you can’, Tagged Trout Competition Along with the usual top quality rainbows the Eyebrook Trout Fishery have been stocking for the 2016 season a number of tagged fish have also been introduced into the fishery. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' Competition and your chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 that can be redeemed at the fishery for permits, boats, tuition or even toward payment on season tickets, you must first register your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge, entry fee is £5.00 and the competition runs until the end of fishing 2016... and good luck!


For your Chance to Win a Day Motorboat at Eyebrook Trout Fishery simply register your details at Eyebrook fishing lodge or at our on-line booking facility and send in your name and contact details including your email address and we will enter you into our weekly prize draw for a day motorboat at Eyebrook. Normal day permits will still applicable. And this week’s winner is Dennis Footman

James Litster of Kilmaurs with a cracking fish from Gateside Bay on Saturday 21st May – estimated at 12lbs before being returned.

SANACC Scottish Club Championship.

Heat 3 of the 2016 SANACC Scottish Club Championships took place on the evening of Saturday 21st May.

After the rain during the day the evening settled down to reasonable conditions with a light west wind. The fish were to be found feeding near to the surface feeding on buzzers and the occasional Mayfly. Top team on the night was Househillmuir Fly Fishers. The team comprised of Paul O'Neill, Peter Cameron and Stevie Francis caught a total of 21 fish for 43lbs 15.5 ozs. 2nd were Kinross AC "A" who went one place better than their B team last week. The team of Ally Middlemass, Andy Menmuir and Allan Smith landed 12 fish for 23lbs 11.75 ozs. 3rd were Harrow AC "B" who also had 12 fish for 23lbs 11.625ozs. The team comprised William Yuill, Jamie Ferrier and Andrew Ferrier. Top individual was Paul O'Neill with 12 fish for 24lbs 11.75ozs. 2nd - Allan Smith 9 fish for 18lbs 11.25 ozs, 3rd - Jim Tuck 8 fish for 16lbs 7ozs. 4th - Peter Cameron 7 Fish for 14lbs 13.5ozs. 5th - George Murray (snr) 6 fish for 12lbs 9.125ozs.

The top 3 teams go forward to the semi-final on 18th August whilst the top 5 individuals go into the Champion of Champions final. All prizewinners were awarded bottles of beer and whisky donated by the fishery. The top rod on the night caught his fish at Kate's Brae on the floating line with a Candy Floss Booby on the point and buzzers on the droppers. Other areas that produced were The Butts and Tod Hole.

Scottish Fly Fishing Championships

Heat 10 of the SANACC National Flyfishing Championships was held on 19/5/16. The day was mostly wet throughout with light winds. Competitors killed the first 3 fish for weigh-in and then carried out catch and release whereby 2lbs is credited for every returned fish. Top individual on the day was Mark Stephen (picture in middle) of Stewarton AC with 17 fish for a total of 35lbs 10ozs. Mark used a floating line with buzzers at the Heronry.2nd place went to Keith Logan (on left) of North Berwick AC with 15 fish for 29lbs 15ozs. Keith fished a midge tip line with buzzers and blobs at Gateside Bay and Sam's Point. 3rd place went to Ewan Clark (pictured on right) of Strathtyrum AC with 14 fish for 27lbs 5ozs. He got his fish at Tod Hole and was using a midge tip line with a Candy Floss Booby and buzzers. The heaviest fish of the day was 5lbs 11ozs, (capped at 4lbs) and was caught by Paul Cushnie of Leslie Llanilar AC. A total of 318 fish were landed by the 51 competitors for a total weight of 646lbs 15ozs, (including a number of Brown Trout). 26 anglers go forward to a semi-final. Good luck to all in the next stage.

30 anglers went out in the 3rd heat of the boat league on Wed 18th May and caught 115 fish. Top rod of the night was Jim McKinlay with 12 fish who caught his fish in International bay and the road shore using a FAB and clear buzzers on a floating line. He wins a £25 voucher from James Baynes Tackle shop in Callander. New to the league this year Steven Frances and George Charters they both caught 9 But Steven caught his first fish at 6.28 so he got 2nd. He wins a bottle of Whisky donated by Andy Smith of Southside Decorating. George chose a Lake of Menteith fisheries towel from our range of merchandise as his prize for coming 3rd. Steven joins Brian as joint leader.

With a rod average of 5.4 last week the good fishing continues again.


Buzzers have still been the most productive fly over the last week, fished slow and deep. Blue flash damsels, boobies have also worked well during the week. When the conditions have been right a dry hawthorn fly or bibio have also worked. We have had a good evening rise a couple of evenings this last week. The last four hour permit anglers have been able to enjoy some good sport on those evenings.

Best areas from the banks have been around flamingo bay verdons point and the sailing club pontoon. If boat fishing is your chose then heron point and heron bay have been holding lots of fish around the cascade and number 8 buoy.


Mr C Beard fish on the last four hour permit on Monday and took 12 fish to his boat. Tuesday Mr S Savage banked 28 fish. On Wednesday Mr Taft and Mr Coley took 23 fish to their boat while on Thursday season permit holders Mr Burton and Mr Graney boated 29 fish between them on green and black Loynton guinnie. Friday saw season permit holder boat over 20 fish on blue flash damsel from heron bay. The best catch on Saturday was 20 plus fish for Mr I Buckley. Mr M Sail banked 7 fish from around Verdons point on Sunday during a morning session.


Recently we have had a few nice pike caught on fly so we are now offering limited fly only pike fishing, one boat a day. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace,  All fly’s to be 4 inch or longer in length. All pike to be returned. NO BANK FISHING FOR PIKE.


Water levels are now up and the water clarity is very clear, so if fishing from the banks look for deep water with a drop off close in. Time to look out for our usual may fly hatch which normally happens down carvers arm and around Bramble bay. The Hawthorn flies continue to shows, dry fly again this week?



Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote



From Monday 11th April 2016 we have negotiated with our landlord STW a trial period to the 31st November 2016 which allows us to bank fish along the first 400yds of the DAM WALL

Certain restriction will be in place for anglers fishing the Dam Wall, they must not disturb any of the stones facing the dam, lifejackets will need to be worn supplied if required at the lodge, access on & off the dam wall will be from one area (the pontoon / lodge end) which will be clearly marked

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:        140       Number Trout Taken:      271    Number Trout Released:  496

Total Catch:       767           Weekly Rod Average: 5.4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 21.30

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.30

Boat Part Day: 08:30 to 15.00 – 15.00 to 21.30

Last 4 Hours bank from: 17.30 to 21.30

Last 4 Hours Boat from: 17.30 to 21.30


All anglers to be off site by: 21.45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the windowsill by the entrance door.

Tight lines

Thornton weekly report week ending 8th May

Tel: 01530 230807

A bit of a mixed week with the rod average at 2.6, combination of strong winds & an algae bloom.

As you would expect for early May the trout are well spread throughout the fishery with anglers catching from the Farm bank to the corner of the wood and across to green bay. Bank anglers are still catching off the lonesome pine & off the farm bank. Best of the sport has generally being late morning onwards.

Floating lines with buzzers, damsel and diawl bach was the method most anglers went for a few did well fishing slow sinkers with orange fritz or a fast sinker with short leaders and white booby

81 year old Pam Shuttlewood who only started fly fishing when she turned 70 had a day to remember taking her first ever limit bag which included a brown trout she returned. Dave Leavesley bank fished from 3pm – 6pm with a sparsely tied muddler catching 16 trout.

A number of overwintered browns were caught this week with Nev Welsh catching 10 trout from green bay including an overwintered brown, photo on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

We should see the hawthorn fly this week with the area along the stones & from the lonesome pine down the Markfield arm being the favourite area.

Our late evening sport should continue to improve with fish moving at night to good buzzer hatches

Our Loyalty card valid at Thornton, Draycote and Foremark is proving popular with some anglers already claiming their first Free visit having purchased 10 trips, ten Loyalty stamps, speak to the lodge for further information and to pick up your card.

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 Hour 5.00pm – 9.00pm

All anglers off site by 9.15pm

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Details on Tuition or Guided trips visit our website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

A great start to the 2016 season with near perfect conditions allowing 43 anglers to get their rod tips wet for the first time this year! 
A selection of rainbows and browns were caught, many of them overwintered. The water levels are still on the rise and the reservoir is now at about 89% full, which has allowed fishing in all of the bays to once again become accessible.

Rod Average
The rod average for this weekend was 7.98 with 343 fish caught by 43 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb caught by Mr Darraugh.
There were no brown weights recorded.

Top Spot
Popular areas this week have been up at the North end, Tower Bank and Fishtail Creek

Methods & Flies
The most successful patterns were Pink Snake, Cat's Whisker, Blobs and Buzzers
Intermediate and fast sinking lines have proved successful

Casting Lessons for beginners
An Introduction to fishing with a fly.
An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing, the course covers basic casting, knots and entomology. Our qualified instructor will provide all equipment for the course - you are welcome to bring your own. The sessions start at 10am and will last for approx 2 hours.

Keep an eye out for dates!

Carsington Open Competition
The Carsington Spring Open Competition will be held on Saturday 9th April 2016. Bookings are available online here

Catch Returns
Please help us by completing your catch return with as much information as possible. It's great to hear about the methods you are using, flies which have caught and the areas that you have fished. New anglers will be very grateful for this information.

Booking Online
It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.

You can also help us with our reports by filling in the fishing catch return forms and putting them in the returns box by the warden’s office, plus any pictures are always useful.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the 2016 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are back to the jetty by 5.30pm
Please allow sufficient time to return from your fishing spot
Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for bookings of 5 or more boats.

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

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