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Anglers must adapt to succeed

A WEEK of contrasts in weather highlighted just what an effect it can have on the behaviour of the fish. Saturday was overcast and trout were landed in numbers on both banks but after a night frost followed by brilliant sunshine on Sunday almost all anglers found the fish in a dour and difficult mood.

Despite the conditions, Gary Limond from Delves Lane managed to catch his first trout, taking a nice 2lb rainbow on a ledgered Orange PowerBait Mice-tails. T Deneri and P Buckley. Fishing loyalty day permits, each took a 10-fish limit and M Kenny had the week’s best bag of 18lb 8oz taken on fly and spinner.

Anglers need to adapt to the conditions with regard to the depth and distance from shore as the conditions dictate. A huge hatch of small buzzers has enticed fish to the surface on occasions and flies such as a Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach or Pheasant Tail Nymph drifted on the breeze have worked well. Most bait anglers have used ledger methods but fish were also taken on float-fished worm using a short trace.

Best flies: Bibio, Diawl Bach, Beamish Killer.

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait Mice-tails, Silver or Gold Toby.

Best areas: Bait: Pow Hill, first fence stream, second fence. Fly: Cronkley corner, start of Henry’s Plantation.


Spinners come into their own

WITH water temperatures still hovering around the 14 degrees mark and water levels slowly dropping at Fontburn, fish are being concentrated into deeper areas of the reservoir, where they could be seen topping during the morning sun. Later in the day these fish move into the margins to hunt fry and terrestrial life that has blown onto the water.

Daddy long legs and heather flies can be seen in large numbers on the surface along the margins providing excellent surface feed for trout. Roving fly anglers willing to venture near to the nature reserve are being rewarded with some excellent late season sport as trout gorge themselves on fry and terrestrials. Bait anglers are having best success using ledgered PowerBait fished on a long trace allowing the bait move, enticing the feeding trout. Spinners have really come into their own and accounted for a high percentage of fish taken.

Mr and Mrs McKiever landed the best catch of the week with 12 rainbows for 21lb- plus; M Flanigan landed 11 for 19lb 12oz; Wayne Jopling netted five pristine rainbows for 10lb 2oz using a variety of spinners; and for a respectable weight of 10lb 2oz; and B Dobey landed the fish of the week - a 6lb 9oz rainbow - on ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs near the ramp.

Best flies: Black Buzzer, Daddy Long Legs, Kate Maclaren.

Best Baits: Mepps, ledgered Orange PowerBait, Glitter PowerBait Eggs.

Best areas: North shore burn, Dam Wall, near nature reserve.


Mark lands eight for 17lb 8oz

GRASSHOLME had a mix of weather conditions this week but it has not impacted on the sport on the reservoir. Mark Stephenson from Bishop Auckland had an excellent morning fishing at the Witch’s Hat, taking an eight-fish limit for 17lb 8oz using a mixture of Orange PowerBait Eggs and worm on a ledger fished from 10 to 15 yards off the bank.

Hotspots over the weekend were the west end car park and in front of the fishing lodge, with Bob Watson and Billy McKenna from Washington Angling Club each catching their eigh-fish limits using various PowerBait Eggs; whereas fellow club members David Hancock and John Temple from the Washington took their limits straight in front of the fishing lodge. Dan Mills caught the heaviest fish of the week- a 4lb 10oz rainbow.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Foam Daddy, Black or Brown Hopper

Best Baits: Orange PowerBait Eggs, Mice-tails and spinners

Best areas: Witch’s Hat, north and south banks, west end


George nets week’s heaviest fish

With blustery conditions earlier in the week making way for calmer days later in the week fish started to take flies from the surface as they patrolled the banks for food. Those who explored the reservoir got their rewards for their persistence.

I Wells had a good day at Reedy Bank and the west end of the reservoir, catching his eight-fish limit and returning a further three fish, most on a Bibio and a Black Hopper; and George Wind from Newcastle had a limit bag for 24lb 8oz, including the heaviest fish of the week at 5lb 4oz.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper, Daddy Long Legs.

Best areas: Corporal Hill and both sides of the Dam Wall.


Tony does well on spinners

BOAT anglers found success around the inlet streams as well as Belling and Whickhope proving the better spots, with some finding Matthew’s Linn worth a try. Bank anglers had most success around Tower Knowe and Stockie Bay, where Jon E Clark netted the biggest rainbow of the week at 3lb 12oz on a worm and a PowerBait combination. The week’s best catch of eight for 23lb was taken by Tony Gradwell, who was fishing spinners and Toby lures around Tower Knowe.

Kielder will once again be holding the annual marathon this weekend (October 3 and 4) and there will be restricted access to car parks and the bank due to the footpath closures in place for the event.

Anybody wishing to fish can purchase permits at Leaplish before 8am or Tower Knowe before 10am, after which there will be no access to Leaplish and access to Tower Knowe will be limited. Bank angling will only be permitted between Tower Knowe and Stockie Bay. There will be no boats  available throughout the weekend.

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

Best baits: PowerBait, worm.

Best areas: Boat:The Belling Inlet, Whickhope. Bank: Tower Knowe, Stockie Bay, Gordon’s Wall 



Geoff nets £200 on first cast


COOL morning temperatures have seen trout feeding in deeper water and anglers have found success with longer casts and natural baits such as worm and maggot. Warm sunshine in the afternoons forced anglers to change tactics with the trout feeding closer to the surface.


Geoff Smith from Swainby found success with a PowerBait cocktail tipped with Yellow Mice-tails on the morning, switching to a more natural worm on a bubble float for the afternoon and was rewarded with seven to 4lb, including a £200 tagged rainbow on his first cast.


Peter Hood from Boosbeck decided to head to the deeper stretches of the Dam Wall and was rewarded with five rainbows, including the week’s heaviest at 4lb 6oz. Andrew Hodgson from Hartlepool braved late afternoon rain on a credit cruncher and went home with three rainbows taken on worm with a bubble float.

Best Flies: Invicta, Dawson’s Olive.

Best baits: Worm, Blue and Mango PowerBait Paste.

Best Areas: East end bay, Dam Wall.

Reports updated September 30


Large shoals of carp spotted

With ideal conditions later in the week catches improved at Whittle Dene as anglers enjoyed the late summer sun. Dave Coster made two visits this week to record mixed catches consisting of mainly skimmers, with a few other anglers reporting similar small catches for undisclosed weights.

Large shoals of carp were observed feeding around the outlet of the Northern.

Worm or bunches of maggots have been best baits with feeder, slider or waggler methods best.

Report updated September 30

Updated 2209 Tuesday, October 6, 2015