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Sadly I have to start this weekly report with the sad news of Louis Conway death. Louise had fished at Thornton for over 30 years and was a regular sight on the water with his boat partners Mick Cross & Geoff Willis. His Irish wit & charm will be missed by all at Thornton.

Monday through to Friday our water temperature was around the 18c mark with anglers in the main catching on cdc, dries, daddies & buzzer with a reasonable evening rise for the anglers fishing the last 4 hours. The trout seemed to be well spread throughout the reservoir with anglers catching over the deeper water in front of the dam and along the shallows of the Thornton & Markfield arm.

Saturday & Sunday we were back to a very warm late August weather which quickly pushed our water temperature back up to 20c+, surprisingly some anglers still caught on emergers & dries although a number of anglers enjoyed good sport using sinking lines & boobies.

Steve Jordan and Steve Norman returning to fly fishing caught 14 for their mornings visit using cdc patterns and a muddler, Norman Perkins fished buzzers to catch his 10 fish with Colin Chambers & Clive Holt fishing the last 4 hours and boating 5 on the same evening Carl Bond fished the last 4hr boating 5 on a claret buzzer

Geoff Over and Len Hill caught 8 for their mornings visit on dries and emergers. Jack Hives fished a dry daddy to catch his 5 trout with Steve Windram finding his cats whisker pattern is still working boating 8 for his mornings visit.

Andy Lilly fishing during a bright spell in the weather caught 5 on a booby. Stuart Thomson caught 7 for his short 3 hour afternoon visit with Mark Hunt found fish hard against the weedbeds up the top of the Thornton arm, although he caught on emergers some of these fish were already on the fry.

Rod average for the week was 1.9 pegged back by the bright, hot conditions on Saturday & Sunday.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: Most of the week was 4ft however with the bright weather over the weekend our visibility has reduced to 1ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

 

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm  /  2.30pm – 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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101 rods caught 406 fish for weekly average of 4.0. Fishing was steady all week although the changing weather and winds this week did affect fishing especially at the start of the week. Notably, this week were

lots of black buzzers hatching so not surprisingly the fish started feeding on them, best tactics therefore, were buzzers and diawl bachs fished either on bung, washing line or fished slowly on floating or

intermediate lines. Other successful flies were damsels nymphs , Green and white or black and green lures and orange fritz patterns.

 

Kirby fly fishers held match on Sunday won by F. Parker with limit of 8 fish for 16 lb. 10 oz. runner up T. Retallik whose limit weighed 15lb but included the best fish, a lovely overwintered rainbow of 4lb 1 oz.

Rod average for match of 4.75

 

Other notable catches this week included Tut Miles who caught 14 in a short morning session on Thursday and Mark Hunt who on Saturday netted over 20 trout on small black buzzers fished on a washing line. Fish

still in the margins so best areas still opposite lodge, wood bank and around the lonesome pine.

 

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 – 6.00pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm  /  1.30pm – 6.00pm

 

All anglers off site by 6.15pm

Tel: 01530 230807

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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

70 acres

Tel: 01530 230807

Surface water temperatures in the main hovered at 18.5c last week, considering it August that’s cool for  us, combined with overcast conditions, stiff breeze & cool nights we enjoyed a far better week fishing with our rod average at 1.8

Surprising for August the Thornton arm produced best with good numbers of fish to be seen moving through the surface, most anglers found a floating line with small diawls & hares ears fished static was the best combination, although the washing line with an orange or black booby on the point also worked as did the dries with the big red, daddy & size 14 G&H sedge taking fish.

A few of the big claret buzzer showed this week, they are around 2 weeks early, as they show in increasing numbers the good old traditional wet fly “Mallard & Claret” does well.

Water clarity is good with just a hint of algae.

Chris Sayer fished a morning session with his granddaughter Millie, between them they caught 7 trout, Bob Jones fished a diawl bach to catch 12 trout, Mark Hunt fished dries to record his 10 fish. Szymon fished with his 9 yr old son Jakub catching 5 trout see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore Szymon returned next morning in his float tube to catch 15 trout, Matt Vickers & R Cattemull shared a boat and caught 11 trout for their mornings fishing

Generally, the morning session continues to fish best. 

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Our surface water temperature is dropping & is below 19 degrees allowing us to restock all three reservoirs in the group this week, (stocking occurred 2 August)

The deeper cooler water in front of the stones, green bay & dam has generally fished best this week again, although on the cooler overcast days anglers found fish along the edge of the weed beds opposite the lodge down in front of the wood bank.

Anglers reported fish prepared to chase flies through the surface with some fish coming to dries, especially the “big red” & daddy.

Mark Hunt suffering from jet lag following his Alaskan fishing trip, quickly dropped back in to the UK fishing mode catching 8 from the green bay area & along the weed beds of the wood, Tut Miles fished hares ear and cdc patterns to catch his 4 fish during a morning session, Mick Huffer recorded 4 for his 3 hour session.

Rod average for the week was 1.0

At times like this at the height of the summer when fishing conditions can & do alter quickly we recommend you contact the lodge for latest info.

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

Thornton weekly report week ending 19th June

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Unsettled weather for most of last week, with heavy downpours towards the end of the week, which pushed up the water level in the reservoir, on this occasion our clarity remained good at 6ft, the bonus of the influx of water was the reduced surface water temperature dropping from 21 degrees the week before to 17.50 degrees today.


Overall not many rods out due to the forecast, with fishing I think best described as unsettled, despite a fresh stocking on Wednesday.


No clear method stood out with anglers catching using boobies deep to damsels mid water & dries on the surface.


What has stood out this past week is the amount of pin fry about which the trout quickly turned their attention onto, especially along the wood, stones & green bay.


Geoff Willis caught a 3lb rainbow, with Chris Sayer recording a 4lb4oz rainbow one of 8 he caught on a small booby and buzzer fished on an intermediate, Mick Hanson fished a morning session and caught 6 while Mark Hunt fished a shipmans to catch his 8 trout.


Another stocking this week with the forecast likely to favour cooler water temperatures we should see an upturn in the sport.


Rod average 1.3


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 – 10.00pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm  /  3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4 Hour 6.00pm – 10.00pm


All anglers off site by 10.15pm



Thornton weekly report week ending 12th June

Tel: 01530 230807


Although it was great to feel the sun on your back last week the bright conditions and high temperatures quickly pushed the surface water temperature up and by Thursday we registered a surface water temperature of 21 degrees, not surprising therefore the trout moved off the surface with anglers using intermediate & mid range sinkers catching best.


Good numbers of damsel hatching not surprising therefore damsel patterns featured heavily in the catches as did the snake pattern. Anglers fishing straight line buzzers or buzzers under an indicator also caught with size 14 buzzers best. The deeper cooler water of the main basin produced best.


With pin fry in the water we will expect to see an increasing number of trout turning their attention onto these, small hares ear, silver invicta, silver thorax pheasant tail and small sparkle booby will often work on trout feeding on the pin fry, with the cooler conditions these pin fry feeders will be located in front of the wood and along the stones.


Today as I write the report 13th June our surface temperature has dropped to a far better 18.5 degrees, water clarity is excellent, with fish moving on the surface again this morning.


The forecast for this week, showers and lower temperatures will be ideal for the midland reservoirs.


Rod average 1.6


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 – 9.45pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm  /  3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4 Hour 5.45pm – 9.45pm


All anglers off site by 10.00pm



Thornton Weekly Report Week Ending 13th March: 
Unfortunately we didn’t escape the floods last Wednesday & for the past 5 days we have been waiting for our clarity to improve, and I'm pleased to report improving it is.
Our rod average before the flood was 3.2 and with a stocking going in last Wednesday & another due this Thursday we should start to see our fishing improve.
The shallows always clears first, it’s likely therefore bank anglers will enjoy the best of the sport with the shallows opposite the lodge & corner of the wood fishing best.
It’s likely flies fished slowly with patterns such as booby, cats whisker, dawsons olive will perform best but with my surface temperature up to 7 degrees during any warmer spells we could see some buzzers hatching.



Main gate, lodge & bank open from 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm /  1.00pm – 5.45pm
All anglers offsite by 6.00pm

Call the lodge 01530 230807



Thornton Weekly Report week ending 06/03/16

Despite the weather trying to give us a final cold blast of winter overall we enjoyed another good weeks fishing.


With the colder conditions the trout moved away from the bank during to colder morning conditions moving back in during the warmer afternoons. Boat anglers during the morning found the fish in slightly deeper water 50 – 60yds off the bank before moving closer to the bank as conditions warmed.


Intermediate and sinking lines fished best with a wide variety of patterns taking fish with the top patterns being, Cats Whisker, Blue Flash Damsel, Green & Black tadpole, booby on the warmer days buzzer have also taken fish.


During the early part of the week the area opposite the lodge to the corner of the wood fished best, by the time the weekend arrived with its colder conditions the lonesome pine down the Markfield arm was producing best.


Average size of the trout caught are 1lb14oz – 2lb2oz with trout up to 4lb8oz recorded.


Rod average for the week was 3.3


Main gate, lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pn

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers offsite by 6.00pm


Call the lodge 01530 230807

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