Mia, six, lands 7lb rainbow
AN unsettled week climaxed with the tail end
of hurricane Bertha producing very windy conditions for anglers to contend with.
However, with cooler winds forecast
this week, fish should be more inclined to leave the sanctuary of deeper water and actively feed.
Over the past six
weeks fewer than half the fish stocked have been recorded as caught, which means there is a large quantity of fish being built
up for when conditions are more favourable.
S Lawson netted a limit bag for 21lb 8oz on Friday, and Mia
Ellison, six, from Gateshead, fishing with her grandfather, caught five, including a 7lb rainbow, on mixed colours of PowerBait
,including blue and green.
Several anglers have taken fish spinning with a Silver Toby - the best lure by far.
anglers have found the going very tough, although Keith James netted five from the Bay of Plenty.
The first of the
small sedge hatches have been noted and also it is heather fly season, both of which can provide great surface sport and something
to look out for during the late summer.
Best flies: Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker, Sedgehog.
Green, Orange or Blue PowerBait mixed, Silver Toby.
Best areas: First fence to Murray's point, Bay of Plenty.
9, and Lewis, 5, do well
THE weather dominated proceedings throughout a blustery and blowy week
at Fontburn, with winds gusting upwards of 50mph in the uplands of north Northumberland.
Anglers, hardy enough to fish
into the oncoming wind, reported consistent catches and sport.
Fly anglers evidently struggled to command the waters,
so it was bait anglers favouring weighty ledger rigs who had most joy.
Falling water temperatures, especially in the
shallow bays and margins, brought bottom feeding fish closer to the shoreline where good catches were taken, with good numbers
of fish over 2lb brought to the net.
A calmer, well-attended Friday saw the best sport of the week, with A Bell and
T Hall each weighing in eight-fish for 20lb. Juniors also enjoyed the day, with Thomas Sheard, nine, and Lewis Marchant, five,
each landing their first-ever fish.
An exceptionally windy Saturday continued the good form, with the south shore bay
seeing anglers reporting fine catches. Les Little certainly stood up to the gales, eventually weighing in the fish of the
week - a 4lb 5oz blue trout.
Best flies: Black Fritz.
Best Baits: Pink PowerBait
Eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.
Best areas: North and south shore bays.
move back into shallow areas
FISHING at Grassholme continues to improve as the temperatures
slowly fall, cooling the water and allowing the fish to move back into the shallow areas to feed much to the delight of float
anglers who enjoyed good sport on the Dam Wall, in particular, with Yellow PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm proving the most
New PowerBait Mousetails have been extremely successful, with Mrs J Carter netting a limit catch on a
fluorescent red/natural variety to take 24lb from the disabled platform.
The vast majority of fish netted are of extremely
good quality, with the average weight exceeding 2lb and many blue trout among the catch limits.
The west end of the
reservoir near the bridge has also been a hotspot, with a number of limits coming from this area. The Dam Wall and north shore
have also been very good areas, with a variety of methods - including ledgered baits, float-fished worm and spinners - proving
Roving fly anglers have gained success from tempting fish moving back into the shallows with lures fished
on a floating line. The best lure still proves to be Dawson's Olive and Pebble Beach is proving to be a hotspot for fly
Best flies: Cat's Whisker,
Orange Blob, Dawson's Olive.
Best baits: Fluorescent red/natural PowerBait Mousetails, Magic Dust, float-fished
Best areas: West end, Dam Wall, north shore west end near bridge.
four at 2lb 8oz-plus
RAINBOWS were spotted chasing pin fry at Hury last week and the slowly shortening
days will trigger the need to feed in preparation for the colder months ahead.
As a result, lures such as a Cat's
Whisker, Zonker, and Black and Silver Humongous fished on intermediate lines should be successful when you see this behaviour.
For action on the surface try a small Knotted Midge or Black Buzzers, which are abundant on upland fisheries or a Black
Hopper or Daddy when the smaller patterns are ignored.
Many reported multiple fish in the 2lb to 3lb bracket. Ian Jopling
caught four fish, all at 2lb 8oz-plus on Friday, while Hury regulars George Wind, Derek Carr and Malcolm Gowland had eight,
seven and six fish, respectively, with not one below the 2lb mark.
Best flies: Black Fritz, Pheasant
Tail Nymph, Black Hopper, Hare's Ear.
Best areas: Reedy Point, Newhouse Bay, south shore.
lands the fish of the week
ANOTHER mixed week of weather made fishing a challenge in terms of tactics
to match the conditions.
During overcast days, fish have been in the top three-feet, making it ideal for fly and bait
With the increase in fresh water, tributary inlets have been very productive, mainly the Belling and Matthew's
Linn. Small spinners have been worth a cast with ever increasing numbers of fry, which can be imitated by lures and small
spinners,in the margins.
Many good catches were recorded for anglers prepared to move in search of areas offering the
most suitable conditions.
Bait angler Charlie Goddard landed the largest fish of the week - a 5lb 4oz rainbow trout
taken on PowerBait.
Fishing boats are still only £10 in the week and are available for hire from Leaplish Waterside
Park from 8.30am until 7:30pm. Call 01434 251000 to book.
Bank permits are available from 6.00am at Leaplish Waterside
Best flies: Yellow Dancer, Black Tadpole, Orange Blob.
Best baits: Worm
and Orange PowerBait.
Best areas: Belling, Matthew's Linn, Hawkhope and Tower Knowe.
bags a double-limit
THE week at Scaling Dam continued to be plagued by strong changing winds and
several downpours, which helped cool the water temperature and encouraged fish to feed in abundance, with many anglers reporting
Although mainly a week for the bait anglers, several fly anglers recorded decent catches.
from Middlesbrough enjoyed his day at the east end of the reservoir, catching nine fish, of which five were blue trout, returning
Shane Harrison fished the west end of the Dam Wall and caught his limit on worm with Betaine Green groundbait
in a feeder, then bought a second permit at lunchtime and caught a further eight rainbows to end the day with 16.
the second week in a row, the east end of the Dam Wall is the favourite spot for many anglers with both Mally Gill from Middlesbrough
and Bill Wood from Ingleby Barwick taking eight fish limits by lunchtime on worm and PowerBait.
Sunday saw four visitors
from Hartlepool - A Latherow, P Phenix, P Dixon and L Raywood - had a superb day's sport at the west end of the Dam Wall
and all caught eight-fish limits on worm and Blue PowerBait.
Best Flies: Elk Hair Sedge, Kate Maclaren,
Best baits: Worm, Spring Green Orange and Blue PowerBait, White Gulp Eggs, Spinners.
areas: Both ends of the Dam Wall.
Reports updated August 19
WHITTLE DENE/DERWENT RESERVOIR
nets 200 roach for 16lb
Dave Coster recorded the best catch with his first visit of the week to Whittle
Dene, taking 200 roach for 16lb. On a subsequent outing, he landed 12lb of roach and skimmers.
Phil Rippon signed out
a 5lb catch of roach and perch and S Jacques had a similar mix of 85 roach and 10 perch.
The Northern has been "alive"
with small roach, whereas the Lower experienced more mixed catches of roach and skimmers.
The weekend saw cold nights
and the water becoming clearer.
Sunday's Big Waters match was won by Barry Evans with 11 lb 8oz of pole-caught
roach and skimmers.
Best baits: Casters.
Best method: Pole.
Great roach catches continue to be taken from the Dam Wall at Derwent Reservoir, with anglers catching between
30 and 55 roach to 25lb. K Robson took the best catch using the pole and maggot.
Some anglers remain reluctant
to sign out. This is not only a fishery rule but is also for the benefit of fellow anglers.
Report updated August 19