Cold Weather – Big Fish!

An icy cold January seems to have given way to a changeable Feb, and the Big fish have been getting active. Darren Blayney and Daniel K kicking off their year with some monster fish. Congratualtions on landing these rod bending specimens.


12b Rainbow Trout, nice.



Followed up by Billy Bridgeworth from Walthamstow fly fishers with this hefty Rainbow caught on a self tied snake.


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Stocking January 2017

Kicking off the New year by stocking some fantastic Rainbow trout in all three lakes. Thornwood has been frozen over almost completely the last few days, so ice breaking was in order before we could get these stunning fish into the very cold water.

Looking forward to the ice receding and some serious sport on the stalking pond with a few new ‘big surprises’ lurking in lakes one and two also.

Thankfully the frozen ground made it possible to get the fish tanks right up to each lake. Specimens were netted and counted into lake 2 and the stalking pond. Smaller fish stocking into lake 1 through the usual yellow chute to speed things up. Of course one fish managed to get itself up and onto the ice but was swiftly rescued. Seriously can’t wait to fish for these they will be superb. Photography: Chris K Jones


Orvis skills day 4

The final Orvis skills day for 2016 was a chilly but extremely fun way to see off the years fishing. Vito and Jonny, giving great tuition and tips as ever. A bright and cold day saw the Browns we have enjoyed throughout November and December a bit less active in favour of more Rainbows.

But the fish did come to damsels and nymphs with many more bites toward the evening. We were also treated to another stunning Thornwood sunset, these have been a regular event throughout December and usually signal a burst of activity on the lakes.

Huge thanks to Vito and the Orvis students, these days have been excellent and we look forward to more of them in 2017. If you are interested in joining one of the Orvis training days please contact Vito at the London Orvis shop 0207 930 8521 for dates and availability.

Congratulations to our youngest student Frederico, who fought several fish and never gave up! Photographer Chris K Jones


Happy New Year


Wishing all our Fly Fishing friends a very Happy New Year and the Very Best for 2017.

With huge thanks to you, our customers who have made 2016 such brilliant year for Thornwood Springs Fishery.

We have seen the lakes come alive throughout the year and have strived to develop Thornwood Springs and to provide the best fishing days you would like to experience. The many smiles and fish pictures have said it all.

In 2016 we are also immensely proud to be awarded no.38 in the Trout Fisherman Stillwaters top 100 in the UK.

Thanks to Orvis and Vito Rubino who have been incredibly supportive of our sport by bringing novice fly anglers to Thornwood and giving them the very best start. Thanks also to our own Johnny Greene for providing expertise and support.

The competition days have been brilliant and at times, extremely competitive.

Ian Barr has brought expert tuition to the lakes, and master fisherman Peter Cockwill featured Thornwood in Trout fisherman Magazine and proved his stalking skills on video for us.

Thanks also to Richard Bolton of  West Acre Trout farm who have supplied us with incredible quality Rainbow and Brown Trout stock all year. Including some unbelievable monsters for the stalking pond.

Finally thanks also to all our friends who have helped out throughout the year and made Thornwood the special place it is. And to all our Facebook and website followers too, keep the pictures coming!

We look forward to seeing you all in 2017, kicking off with the ATTEFF England team heat, and Iain Barr masterclass in January.



Autumn at Thornwood

Thornwood is looking fantastic at this time of year with all the seasonal colours around the lakes. It has been pleasantly warm right up to the end of October, lower temps this week will be sure to bring on the fishing, especially for the larger fish. Late autumn buzzer hatches and red-brown dragonflies are still busy around the lakes.



Orvis Skills Day

Thornwood hosted it first ever Orvis fly fishing day with Instructor Vito Tsurikichi Rubino.  Larysa Yefremoava, Sue Ong, Ian Bucknell and Nicolo’ Castagna received expert tuition in casting and catching techniques.

Our own John Greene was also on hand to help our students develop their casting throughout the day, and offering up invaluable experience on how to fish successfully at Thornwood. Photographer : Chris K Jones


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It was brilliant days fishing! A huge thanks goes to Orvis for supporting the event and to our students who were all excellent! Well done A++.

We look forward to hosting the next one.

Monsters part 2…

And still more. Call Pete for details. Big October is definitely underway..


Spotted submarine..


Ow he’s got me…Trout v Man


Nearly had your finger Peter (bits of glove in it’s mouth).


Very broad and powerful rainbow trout.


Probably the prettiest rainbow trout I have photographed.


and another..


Not hanging about..