Fishing Reports

Fishing Reports


Well this period of 12 days has seen 118 rod visits account for 164 trout with the best just under 4lbs and 156 of 2lb + with a ‘good few’ 3 pounders thrown  in. Lovely conditioned fish they are too and all are giving a good account of themselves when hooked with one or two  members reporting  ‘being taken down to the backing’ by the hard fighting fish. Location, location remains the key with small shoals of fish inhabiting certain areas. These recently have included the swims just up from the Club Hut; the west bank from the willow to the north west corner and the gravels and cromer pier on the north bank. As to what to use well fish have been taken on floating lines with buzzers, gold heads such as small damsels and weighted cats whisker and   intermediates with small lures in black and green; orange and white. I am sure also other patterns have caught so do be prepared to vary your methods. This was ably illustrated over this last 12 days as the Saturday before last I was down and buzzers were ‘ the thing to have on’, last Saturday small lures were working best with very few takes on buzzers. So in a nutshell be prepared to go looking to find the fish; explore different depths and be prepared to change patterns. In other words to get the best out of the current fishing ‘flexibility in your approach’ is a key factor. Also at present best times would seem to be from late morning to early afternoon with very little taken either early or late.


Well the last 10 days has seen some members having very respectable catches with 62 visits resulting in 139 trout caught thus giving a rod average of 2.2 trout per rod visit.  128 of these were 2lb + with a good sprinkling of 3 pounders and the best fish was a lovely brownie of 4lb 6 oz. Good to see a brownie or two now showing up in catches. Successful patterns have been many and varied with fish being taken on daddies; crunchers; buzzers; sparkle nymphs; montanas and cats whisker ( and other patterns I am sure!). Most fish continue to be caught in the top couple of feet of water so floating lines remain favourite. Best spots continue to be the north bank on / adjacent to the gravels; the west bank by the willow and the south bank between the point and the club hut. A further stocking of 330 fish averaging just over 2 lbs was put in last week so there are still plenty of fish left in the lake to ‘go at’.  Morning seems the favourite time and best catches seem to be coming out where there is some ripple on the water. While the weather remains settled there is no reason why some good soport cannot be enjoyed but do please remember that location and depth are key to success particularly at this time of year.

Roger 18/11/2019


Well clear cool water has most certainly livened up our catch rate and this last 9 days has seen 220 trout caught with a rod average of just on 2 per visit. It is also great to see some limit bags now showing in returns- the first ones for months!!! Super quality fish are being caught with the vast majority 2lb + and a good sprinkling of 3 pounders. Most fish caught have been near the surface or definitely within the top two feet of water so floating lines have proved most popular. As to patterns to use these have been many and varied with depth, speed of retrieve and location being the main things to concentrate on. I know of fish being caught on buzzers;  daiwl bachs; black and  green montana; foam bodied daddies;  shiphams; hoppers; damsels  and orange lures and I expect other patterns have caught also. Top spots remain on the north bank gravels and adjacent swims; the south bank from point to club hut and the middle of the west bank. Members have also seen some decent rises by the outlet but I am not aware of many fish being caught in that area. Fishing in a ripple where possible has provided best sport although quite a few fish are showing when conditions are calm although these are proving more choosy! A further stocking is planned during this month (date to be agreed) so the decent fishing should hopefully continue and help make up for those dour, desperate and disappointing summer months.

Roger – 6.11.19


Thankfully and at long last the water continues to clear and the fishing has improved with over 70 fish taken since the last report. I popped down today to have a look and one member had 5 lovely fish in a couple of hours and most anglers who have fished over the last couple of days have had a fish or two. Floating lines with small nymphs and hoppers seem favourite with the west bank  and south bank up from the club hut to the point proving most popular and productive. A further stocking of fish is planned for this week so since 24th September in excess of 1400 fish have gone in. A further stocking is scheduled but date has still to be agreed. Quite a few of the fish that have survived the hot weather are starting to show and these can be easily recognised as they are quite long and thin. Hopefully with cooler water and with them starting to feed their condition may improve- lets hope so anyway.



Well since 24th September just over 1000 Rainbows averaging just over 2lbs in weight have been stocked with a further 350 approximately planned for next week. However catches still are not quite reflecting stocks in lake probably due to the water still carrying a bit of brown algal bloom. Temperature is now fine at 12 degrees and dissolved oxygen levels well within acceptable paremeters.  Hopefully the cooler nights forecast should continue to help the water to clear which inevitably will improve the fishing. The fish are moving around in small shoals and those anglers who have managed to locate a shoal have enjoyed some good sport with others who are away from the shoal have struggled. Pattern has not been as important as location and most fish are being caught in the top foot or two of water so they are not deep. Floating lines with hares ear; black buzzer; black hoppers; dry and goldhead daddies; small minkies and damsels have all taken their share of fish with the north bank in the gravels area and the west bank currently being the most productive and popular.

Last Sunday saw the Frank Wright Memorial pairs match with 13 teams battling it out for the coveted Shield. Well done to Jack Butcher and Paddy Garrett who caught 5 trout totalling 10lb 6 oz to take top spot. Second with 3 fish for 7lb 3 oz was John Mack and David Chalkley. Third with 3 fish was Sam Mallett and Kevin Kingston- Miles with 6lb 14 oz. Top rod on the day was Sam Mallett with 3 fish for 6lb 14 oz and heaviest was 2lb 14 oz taken by Luis de Souza. Well done to all you winners. Despite the inclement weather everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with super refreshments provided by Andrew ably assisted in the kitchen by Joan and Pat. Many thanks to all of you competitors who attended the match and supported the raffle so well.

Roger 15/10/19

Norfolk Fly Fishers' Club