Week ending 7th April
121 Rods caught 442 trout for a rod average of 3.65
Still tremendous fishing this week though the experienced anglers really showed their class when bright spells made things a little trickier mid-week. The surface feeding fish are certainly catchable but at times have proved frustrating and many chose to ignore these and fish deeper with black buzzers, holo red diawl bachs and organzas.
Andy caught a good number in a couple of short sessions during the week with 2 fish in the 5-6lb bracket released amongst many others, the key being long casts, longish (18-20 foot) leaders and fish teams of flies almost static, Andy's biggest fish was hooked at almost a full fly Line out and proceeded to strip around 40 yards of backing - make sure you've got plenty. There's lessons to be learnt amongst these findings and for those interested in raising their game perhaps it's time to consider booking a spot of improver tuition? A couple of extra yards might help as might simplifying the tackle you take with you, those interested should call the fishery office on 01673 878453 and discuss what you'd like to learn - we can also offer Fly Tying lessons so you could be privy to the latest hot fly patterns.
Remember we’re now in to new rod licence time and as of this year the EA have finally rightly decided the licence will last for 12 consecutive months from the date purchased. The only place to purchase is from the gov.uk website though and don’t be duped in to buying via a third party website which will incur further charges!! The correct place is https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/when-you-need-a-licence
Plenty of items available from our Toft Ebay shop if you forget vital supplies when visiting us – see it http://stores.ebay.co.uk/toftnewtonfishery. Don’t forget to LIKE us on https://www.facebook.com/ToftNewtonTroutFishery/ too!!
Don't forget it's not too late to enter this Weekend’s Toft Newton Cup, Sunday the 9th of April, fishing from 10 till 4:30, a friendly comp. with all welcome.
This is a pegged competition and pleasure anglers will be asked to avoid fishing in the pegged zone until the competition has finished. The cost to enter is £35 to include a 6 fish limit and pools. The format is as follows.
£35 entry - 6 fish and pools
Anglers fish 4 pegs rotating on the signal.
Session 1 is 1000 till 1130
Session 2 is 1140 till 1310
Session 3 is 1320 till 1450
Session 4 is 1500 till 1630
Anglers can kill any 6 fish to count as their bag throughout the day with a maximum of 3 fish killed from any 1 peg.
Upon killing a 3rd fish on a specific peg anglers in question must cease fishing until the start of the next session.
Anglers are allowed to catch the required remaining number for their 'bag' on the last peg.
No time bonus will be awarded
In the event of a tie the result will be decided by biggest fish of the relevant bag limits.
Any angler playing a fish on the whistle will be allowed to continue to land that fish - this must not however run into the next session and should this happen will not count.
Maximum of 3 flies per leader.
All flies must be toed on single hooks, snake and tube flies are allowed but must also incorporate single hooks, doubles and trebles are specifically barred, any angler caught breaking this rule will have their bag disqualified and will be made to start again.
The draw will take place from 0915am
Sunday 30th April is our Scierra Pairs heat with a chance to fish for a big cash prize at Llyn Brenig later in the year, for more details please contact us at the fishing lodge or see the SP http://www.scierrapairs.co.uk/.
For boat bookings and any other information please call the fishery office on 01673 878453
We look forward to seeing you soon.
The Toft Team.
Quite an interesting video uploaded to youtube by a visitor to Toft. Peter Wood and his son Patrick are featured catching a few fish from a boat and then Peter demonstrates the taxidermy process on his four pounder, if you have a spare half hour or so then take a look HERE
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Uploaded a video of a microlight flight over Toft, interesting to see it from the perspective of a Cormorant! See it HERE
Visit our Facebook page for the fishery where hopefully you might like to add comments and pics etc, good and bad!!? Maybe it'll act as a meeting place for Toft visitors who might be able to sort car sharing fishing trips etc. Take a look HERE
Further to my mention of Andy Hutson's guiding services last week, a brief outline of what's on offer from him below....
Hi Jason, as per discussion on the phone this morning we both agreed that guided fishing is a good way to learn and get the most out of our sport. The Toft half day boat package is as follows:
4 hours guided boat fishing with myself - to include casting hints, recommendations on suitable tackle, leader setups, fly choice, the boat and engine hire for the session, a 2 fish limit and the chance to fish the bank for the rest of the day at no extra charge
Total Price £59.95
I'm sure you will agree this offers great value and hope that some of the less experienced anglers hoping to get more out of their sport may wish to take advantage of this great offer - obviously on quiet days 4 hours may run into 5 but this depends on my schedule and other bookings that I may have. Bank fishing tuition is also available and those interested should contact yourself and we can take it from there.
Very competent and all round good egg Andy Hutson is now offering guiding sessions at Toft. He's happy to accompany you whether bank or boat fishing and with his expertise behind you, you're guaranteed to increase your knowledge and catch rate. If you just can't master the dries or perhaps fancy loch styling from a drifting boat but don't know where to start, then contact Andy or myself to arrange something. He can be contacted through his website at www.ukflies.co.uk
Made a few changes to the live webcam image on the website, you'll now see a link on the homepage which will open a larger browser window with a better image than before. I know lots of you prefer looking at Toft to Coronation Street, so I'm trying to help!!
Reminder of the updated Toft gallery and the opportunity for you to send any Toft related pics to me, either recent or from the past, let me have them and I'll add them if suitable. View the gallery HERE
and leave clean comments too if you feel the need!!?
Dry fly video with Andy Hutson fishing his own CDC pattern in the north west corner. Plenty of big sedges around and an excellent rise, he caught 15 fish in an hour and a half session. See the informative video HERE.
Uploaded a bit of video from a trip to Palm Springs Salmon fishery, might be worth a look if you have a minute? See it HERE
**We have reverted back to killing your limit before catch & release as this seemed a more popular and practical choice.**
We have been approached by several anglers regarding the use of their own Kayaks at Toft and have just received permission from the EA to allow this, more details to follow soon.
Some good news for me & Toft.... I'm extremely proud to have been presented with the national Alan Faulkner Memorial Award from the Wheelyboat Trust at the CLA Gamefair. The Alan Faulkner Memorial Award has been created by the Trust in memory of its Founder President who died in November 2002. It is an annual award and goes to the game fishery that, in the judges' opinion, provides disabled anglers with the most outstanding service, facilities, opportunities and access.
The Trust is delighted to have Suzuki Marine sponsor the award. Their input undoubtedly helps raise the award's profile and encourages more fisheries to provide suitable access and facilities. I was presented with a very nice Suzuki 4 stroke outboard which will join the fleet at Toft.
Presentation uploaded to YouTube - HERE
We fish until dusk and follow the times from this website , take a look and it should give you an idea of how long you've got.
View a speeded up 2 minute video of an interesting cloud
that moved over Toft at the beginning of September, sounds
a bit dull and probably is but if you've got nowt else to
do it might be worth a look!? It's HERE
Older video stuff..... a sneeky look into Pablo's fly box, Steve Burns from
Hull with a lovely conditioned tagged rainbow - see it HERE
A couple of vids you might like to look at - Andy Hutson successfully 'stalking' a fry feeding brownie HERE
An interesting sequence from a DVD HERE
released, with a fry feeding sequence filmed at Toft
in late 2005, a reminder that we've got some good sport to
come, not just with perch hopefully !!
Compiled a bit of a video clip showing action from Toft, I've
had to put music over the top of it to cover the colourful
language used by one or two of its stars! You can watch it
Pictures from the WinnerWeb heats & final on a fly forum