nets quality 7lb blue
ANGLERS slowly got to grips with the warming
weather at Derwent Reservoir, bringing quality rainbows- many taken on ledgered PowerBait and Magic Dust, although bubble
floats and Mice Tails worked well when there was a ripple on the water – to the net.
Helen McIntyre from Kiln Pit Hill, a graduate of Northumbrian Water's 'Try it days', landed a 7lb blue
fishing next to the first fence using ledgered PowerBait.
fished well on Saturday, with 11 anglers, including Dave Wilson from Howden in Crook, who was fishing Chartreuse PowerBait
Eggs at Pow Hill, recording eight-fish limits. D Gill also had a good day on Saturday, landing eight, including a 6lb rainbow,
Fly anglers have seen some great sport this week using Dawson’s
Olive and traditional black flies. Daddies fished dry on the surface have also seen excellent results, with fish readily taking
these surface flies.
Best flies: Dawson’s
Olive, Hawthorn, Bibio, Black and Peacock, Montana.
Best Baits: Pink PowerBait Mice
Tails, Magic Dust, Toby/Mepp spinners, float-fished worm.
areas: First fence, Murray’s Point, Hunter House, Meadow, north bank.
Changing winds keep fish active
WITH wind directions
changing regularly at Fontburn, fish were kept active and good sport was recorded. Anglers reported a combination or cocktail
bait is proving to be the most productive.
D Allen took eight for 19lb 8oz;
L Little weighed in eight for 18lb; and Mr Richardson record a 17lb 8oz limit bag, with one fish tipping the scales at 3lb
8oz. Mr Aynsley landed a fine brace of fish of 3lb 11oz and 3lb 5oz.
anglers have also made the most of roaming fish, taking good catches with well presented small black flies at the west end
of the reservoir near the nature reserve as insects are blown on to the water. Mr. RA Hadley returned four fish along side
Mr. A Cook who also had a good day on the fly returning seven fish.
flies: Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio.
Chartreuse PowerBait, Pink and White Mice Tails.
Best areas: North shore middle section with all areas fishing well.
Ring after ring of rising fish
anglers to a flat calm Grassholme with fish topping across the reservoir with ring after ring of rising fish.
Anglers started to fill in the returns sheet with fours, fives and sixes. Then, Fay and Alan Marley weighed in 12
between them - with Fay keen to highlight she had caught eight on PowerBait Eggs of varied colours. All their fish were taken
at the west end of the reservoir - an area that continues to offer some of the best sport.
Wednesday saw the rod average up to 4.7 fish per angler and one-third of those fishing recorded eight-fish limits,
with the best fish hitting 4lb 8oz. On Thursday, Duncan Busfield had five fish from the white post on the north bank using
float-fished or ledgered worm and C Boughey had eight for 15lb in the first four hours. On Friday afternoon, Paul Davies from
Durham took eight fish from the Dam Wall, the last of the day a £200 tagged rainbow.
flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s
Whisker, small, black dry flies.
Best Baits: Orange and Pink PowerBait Eggs, worm.
areas: West end, any of the sheltered bays, Dam Wall.
Trout feeding at different
VARIOUS methods took fish at Hury, showing there
are a lot of fish feeding at different levels and on a variety of food.
had six on a CdC Shuttlecock, while his fishing partner A Mordica landed on a Pink Blob. George Wind had a cracking day Friday,
catching eight fish and returning six, with four of them over the 3lb mark.
flies: Dawson’s Olive, black
buzzers, blobs, small black dry flies.
Best areas: Disabled platform, Corporal
Greg does well with spinning
WITH the increase in water temperature at Kielder Water, the amount of natural food available
to feeding fish is abundant, with large shoals of fry seen around the reservoir close to the bank. Greg McGasken from Hawick
took advantage of this, landing eight for 17lb 4oz using a small spinning minnow
gatherings of tadpoles have also been seen in the weedy bays around Whickhope. which has given boat anglers some great sport
fishing any black lure patterns close to the bottom on slowly retrieved intermediate or Di 3 line.
More traditional anglers have benefited from a late hatch of mayfly that was spotted at Gowanburn, Lewisburn and
in the Belling Inlet.
Best flies: Orange Blob, Black Fritz, tadpole imitations.
Best Bait/Lures: Worm, PowerBait Eggs.
Hawkhope, Tower Knowe, Plashetts, Belling Inlet.
Bruce well rewarded
After a stormy start on Monday, the rest of the
week at Scaling Dam was bright and warm. A large shoal remained consistently at the east bay, drifting from deep to shallow
waters, resulting in good sport and excellent catches. Other areas were not so active but some good-size rainbows were caught
from all around the Dam.
Bruce Hodgson from Brotton, fishing a Loyalty
Day permit, had 10 rainbows, including fish of 4lb and 3lb, among the rocks section at the east end using ledgered Blue Mango
PowerBait and Mice Tails.
Also fishing the east end was Harry Noble from
Whitby who had eight fish in two hours and, after buying a second permit, ended his day at 1pm with 16 rainbows; all caught
on ledgered worm with Green PowerBait.
Several other 4lb rainbows were
caught this week, one by Brian Palmer from Redcar using Green PowerBait and another by Mac Porter from Swainby on a worm and
Red PowerBait cocktail.
Best flies: Dawson’s
Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Orange Fritz.
Best Bait/Lures: Worm,
Blue Mango / Green / Red PowerBait. Mice Tails.
updated July 3