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DERWENT RESERVOIR

Keith lands biggest rainbow to date

IT WAS another terrific week of sport for Derwent Reservoir anglers, as the large pre-season stocking and continued re-stocking has ensured some of the best sport in recent years. Many of the recently stocked larger rainbows have been brought to the net, with six fish between 8lb and 10lb 4oz landed.

On Saturday, Keith Swan from Seaham, using ledgered tactics and Orange Glitter PowerBaitook, netted the biggest fish of the season to date, with a 10lb 4oz rainbow at Pow Hill. Saturday was also a good day for Adam Shield from Stanley, who had an 8lb rainbow from Hunter House using Orange and Yellow Mice Tails.

Pow Hill to Hunter House has again been a hot spot for most bait anglers this week, with Simon Tweddle from Stanhope, accompanied by his daughter Courtney, returning for a second permit and taking 12 in total, with Courtney taking the biggest - a 3lb 4 oz rainbow.

Fly anglers have seen some great sport at Millshield with fish moving around in large shoals. Mr Ellison, fishing the new catch-and-return permit, brought 19 to the net on a Dawson’s Olive.

With much less terrestrial fly life on the water due to the cold east wind, intermediate lines and lures have worked best.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz.

Best Baits: PowerBait Mice Tails and Magic Dust, Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs.

Best areas: Pow Hill to Hunter House, north bank next to Tower, Millshields.

Les Douglass with a fine 4lb brown trout from Fontburn.
Les Douglass with a fine 4lb brown trout from Fontburn.

FONTBURN

Les scores limit with 4lb brown

THE weather has seen water levels fall steadily with fish continuing to move from deeper water into range of anglers.

However, a cold easterly wind and overnight frosts later in the week meant that some days a longer cast got the best results with Magic Dust in a feeder helping to entice fish into swims.

Les Douglass from Bedlington topped off a catch of seven rainbows with the ‘fish of the week’, a 4lb brown on ledgered Orange PowerBait in the north shore bay. R Hardisty also had eight rainbows to 3lb 7oz for 21lb with a 3lb 7oz. Gerry and Irene McKeever fished a variety of tactics near the north shore burn to land 12 rainbows for 26lb, whereas D Hamilton used the swim feeder method in the north shore bay to quickly tempt eight rainbows for 16lb.

Other notable catches included M Riddel with four rainbows and four blues for 17lb. And  L Lowdon and J Lawton with limit catches of 16lb 4oz and 17lb 4oz, respectively.

Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz.

Best Baits: PowerBait Mice Tails (all varieties), Magic Dust.

Best areas: North shore bay and middle section.

GRASSHOLME 

Roaming tactics pay dividends

THE week started slowly, with unfavourable weather conditions and changeable winds making it difficult for anglers.

Success was found with roaming tactics, with anglers finding fish in the channels and wind lanes. Heading into the weekend some excellent-size fish were caught, with several over the 4lb mark. Mr and Mrs Dodsworth, fishing a Couple’s Permit, had an excellent day on Friday, landing 11, including the best fish of the week - a 6lb rainbow - using Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs just along from the boat jetty.

The weekend saw two very contrasting days. On Saturday, the weather was ideal and good sport was had, with most areas fishing well and a number of limit catches recorded. Sunday represented a very challenging days fishing with a notorious easterly wind making angling hard for even the most experienced and those fishing the west end of the reservoir near the nature reserve towards Rigg Bank had the most success, with a number of anglers catching several fish quickly as shoals of feeding fish passed.

Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive (orange body). 

Best Baits: Orange Sparkle PowerBait Eggs, Chartreuse Sparkles PowerBait Eggs, Chartreuse/ Orange Mice Tails.

Best areas: Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, Rigg bank.

HURY 

Consistent sport throughout week

ANGLERS caught consistently throughout the week, with most fish averaging around the 2lb mark. Reedy Bank to the Howgill Point proved a hotspot as fish remained mobile and keen to take most flies fished at the correct depth.

With fly hatches still slow due to colder temperatures lure patterns such as Dawson’s Olive (orange body), Cat's Whisker and fritz patterns have kept anglers and the fish in contact.

R Matthews of Cockfield made the most of the popular new £15 catch-and-release permit landing 26 fish on a very productive Thursday afternoon.

The weekend proved to be a lot harder as an east wind returned. However, K Reay of Durham persisted and was rewarded with seven to 3lb for 14lb.

Temperatures look set to rise next week so anglers should experience the first major fly hatches bringing life to the water and providing great sport on buzzers and other terrestrial imitations.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker. 

Best areas: Most areas fishing well.

KIELDER WATER 

Ian lands best fish of the week

WEATHER conditions improved throughout the week retaining water levels at a metre below the spillway and offering anglers ideal access to many favoured locations.

Ian Wilson recorded the heaviest fish of the week with a rainbow trout of 3lb 6oz from the bank between Mathew’s Linn and the Mirage on the south shoreline on worm and sweet corn. Boat angler Keith Blair had a great catch weighing in at 17lb 4oz from Needs Hill directly opposite to the Hawkhirst Scout Camp.

Anglers are finding fish shoaled in bays and shallow water as this large body of water struggles to warm following the long winter.

Boat hire will remain from 8.30am until 5.30pm throughout April. From 1 May, boat hire will be from 8.30am until 8.00pm.

The cark-park and toilets at Matthews Linn are open for the season and there is also car parking below the Bakethin Weir for anglers wishing to fish the west end of Kielder.

Best flies: Blue Dunn, Coral blobs, Pearl Blob, Clan Chief, mini goldhead lures.

Best Bait/Lures: PowerBait Eggs, worms, sweet corn.

Best Spinner: Quill Minnow, Yellow and Red Toby.

Best areas Bank: Mirage, Merlin Brea. Boat: Mirage, Matthew’s Linn, Little Whickhope.

SCALING DAM 

Dam wall produces good catches

IT WAS another great week at Scaling Dam, as anglers continued to see some excellent catches, recording and of a rod average of three-plus.

Strong winds dominated the first four days of this week, creating challenging conditions for fly and bait anglers. Calm weather on Thursday brought the trout close to the margins and anglers had good bags at both ends of the Dam Wall.

P Taylor from Middlesbrough hit a nice hotspot at the west end of the Dam Wall, casting only a couple of rod lengths out to net his limit with an Orange PowerBait Egg tipped with worm. Geoff Smith from Swainby continued his excellent season, taking home his eight fish limit on ledgered Orange Mice Tails and beating his brother, Les, by one fish, also at the west end.

Jake Dale from Stokesley took his eight fish limit from the east end bay on White Gulp Eggs and worm. 

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive

Best Bait/Lures: Orange PowerBait, Orange / Yellow Mice Tails, Mepps

Best areas: Eastern areas of the Dam.

Reports updated April 22 

WHITTLE DENE/DERWENT RESERVOIR 

 

Sport continues to improve

 

THE sport continues to improve at Whittle Dene, as the water temperatures begin to rise and fish become more active in larger numbers.

 

There were two catches signed out. C Anderson made a 70-fish mixed catch of roach, dace and perch and R Small had one perch, four roach and 27 gudgeon.

 

The results of the latest match were: 1, Nick Jose, 7lb 14oz; 2, Andy Bell, 7lb 12oz; 3, C Gowling, 6lb 7oz; 4, J Stephenson, 6lb 4oz; 5, T Richardson, 4lb 13oz.

 

Best baits: Maggot.

 

Best method: Pole and Feeder.

 

Best areas: Lower.

 

There were no coarse catches signed out at Derwent Reservoir.

 

Anglers must sign out and record their catch for the benefit of the fishery and other fishers.

 

Report updated April 22

Kielder to host Scierra Pairs heat

KIELDER Water and Lockwood Beck have been confirmed as venues for this year's Scierra Pairs heats.

Anglers vying for the highest prize fund in British competition fly-fishing will converge on Kielder on Saturday, May 9 and will fish Lockwood the following day.

The Lockwood Beck heat is now fully booked. 

Last updated 2039 Sunday, April 26, 2015