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Four tagged fish landed in two days

THE past week saw some of the best sport of the season to date at Derwent Reservoir, as the cooler weather provided ideal feeding conditions for thousands of trout.

Four £200 tagged fish were netted in two days over the weekend, with Peter Robinson, Ken Sharp, Nathan Surray and Emma Fullwood taking the total handed out from the tagged fish pool so far this season to £3,600.

Most areas produced good catches with both sides of the Dam Wall proving hot spots. Fish were keen to take lures on floating lines and also ledgered Pink Mice-tails. Anglers also commented on the closeness of the fish to the margins, which is very unusual for the summer months and can only be attributed to the unseasonably cold conditions.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black and Peacock Spider, Muddlers, Hawthorn, Black Gnat, Bibio, Black Fritz, Montana.

Best baits: Ledgered Pink Sparkle PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust, Gold Toby.

Best areas: The stream to first fence on the south side, north bank. Most areas fishing well.



Roving tactics pay dividends

A week of unpredictable weather at Fontburn has resulted in fish moving from deeper water into shallows gives anglers some great sport. Anglers who adapted their tactics and locations to suit the conditions were by far the most successful and once feeding trout were located anglers enjoyed success using ledgered rigs with a combination of different baits such as PowerBait and worm.

The top method still continues to be roaming tactics, casting and walking with Mepps and Toby lures as the trout still continue to come out of the depths and hunt and feed on fry in the shallows. This is more evident early in the morning or in the evening.

Bait angler Mr Green had a good session on the south shore, netting eight, including fish of 6lb 8oz, 4lb 12oz and 4lb, for 30lb 12oz with one fish weighing in at 6lb 8oz, another 4lb 12oz and another at 4lb; J B Wilson took eight for 22lb 8oz and returned 12; Pete Watson had eight for 21lb on a Dawson’s Olive on the north shore.

The best area for fly anglers has still been the western end near the nature reserve boundary or near the Dam Wall on an evening. These locations also offer an excellent opportunity for spinning. 

Best flies: Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio, Cat’s Whisker.

Best Baits: Pink and White or Brown and Red Mice-tails, Pink PowerBait Glitter Eggs. 

Best areas: North shore middle section and Dam Wall on an evening with all areas fishing well.



Bram and daughters do well

THE week started well at Grassholme, with David Gallimore and M Cowin each landing eight-fish limits on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday were also productive, with good numbers of fish caught in shallow water in front of the lodge.

As the week progressed, the fish spread out and found their way into all areas of the reservoir. S Hodgson landed eight to 5lb – the week’s heaviest fish – at the white post and J Walsh had eight for 18lb 7oz at the west end, with PowerBait Eggs the successful bait for both anglers.

The Dam Wall was the best location on Friday for Bram Booth and his two daughters who landed a limit bag, including four fish over 3lb.

The fish are certainly spread out now and those seeking out the fish, moving to different areas and exploring the entire reservoir have been the most successful. Fish were also at varied distances this week, moving with the changing conditions from the shallow to deep as temperatures rise and fall and the wind changes direction. When the wind dropped fish could be seen feeding everywhere on the surface.

Best flies: Black Hopper, Black Zonker, Black Fritz.

Best Baits: Float-fished worm, Ledgered PowerBait Eggs and Mice-tails.

Best areas: Dam Wall, Low Rigg and bays along West Pasture, west end.


Feeding fish spotted at the boil

THE fish at Hury have spread into all areas of the reservoir and anglers prepared to explore the entire reservoir and change tactics to suit conditions have fared well this week.

Good numbers of feeding fish have been seen at the boil at the west end and also at Newhouse Bay and Deep Bay. The rod average spiked to eight on Tuesday and catches remained excellent for the rest of the week. Half of the anglers out on Thursday caught their eight-fish limits, and specimens of up to 4lb were landed. Intermediate lines and Coral Dancers fished well again this week for George Samms and Joe Watson, who landed six apiece, the best of them over 4lb 8oz.

When calm waters were encountered Brown Daddies were the order of the day. However, weather conditions continued to disrupt anglers and fish feeding habits and the shallow waters close to the banks produced as many fish as the much deeper sections of the reservoir.

Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Diawl Bach.

Best areas: The boil, Deep Bay, Newhouse Bay, both banks from the Dam Wall.



James and Claire have good session

FREELY rising fish have provided great top-of-the-water sport for anglers at Kielder Water, where James Krone and his wife, Claire, from Amble fished a team of traditional flies to take 16 from Plashetts and the tip of Whickhope Bay, with most falling to a Black Hopper, Orange Muddler and a Gold Head Nymph on the point.

With so many fish on the surface bait anglers have found bubble floats with worm and PowerBait the more productive method. Small spinners have also been taking fish along the Hawkhope Bank to the Belling Inlet.

The Kielder Team of Four boat competition on Sunday, August 2 is fully booked and no boats are available for hire on that day.

Best flies: Hoppers, Orange Blob, Cormorant, Montana Nymph.

Best baits: PowerBait and worm.

Best areas: Gordons Walls, Tower Knowe, Plashetts, Whickhope.


Michelle Wheeler with a fine 4lb 12oz Scaling Dam rainbow landed on her last cast of the day.
Michelle Wheeler with a fine 4lb 12oz Scaling Dam rainbow landed on her last cast of the day.


Derek brings 29 to the net

COOLER more stabile conditions meant the fish were very active at Scaling Dam, once again preferring the shallow waters around the east end of the reservoir and some superb catches were recorded by both bait and fly anglers.

The week got off to a flying start on Monday with a rod average of 5.9 and Derek Ogden from Redcar, fishing a Loyalty Day permit, landed 29, returning 19, using a combination of a Silver and Gold Invicta and Cow Dung flies.

In mid-week the rod average reached six on some days, with anglers buying second permits and landing 16 for the day.

Mac Allen from Eston landed a very nice 3lb 7oz rainbow from the Jetty on a worm and White PowerBait cocktail. Two 4lb 12oz were landed at the east end. One was netted by Harry Noble from Whitby, who landed 16 in total. The second was taken on the last cast of the day by Michelle Wheeler from Redcar, who was fishing a family permit with her and partner and landed 12 on Blue PowerBait with White Mice-tail cocktail.

Best Flies: Silver Invicta, March Brown, Mallard & Claret, Cow Dung.

Best baits: Worm, Blue Mango, Yellow/ Green PowerBait, Yellow and Orange Gulp Eggs.

Areas: East end.

Reports updated July 28


Large perch landed at Derwent

THE Lower on the road bank continued to offer nice catches throughout the week. B Thompson had a superb day, netting 15lb consisting of skimmers and roach. Also fishing the Lower this week was B Hayes who had a net of mixed silver fish for 9lb. J Mitchell also had a superb day, with 12lb 8oz of mixed silver fish.

Large roach have been reported close to the margins on the Lower road bank and this is giving anglers a superb opportunity to land a life time best. The Northern is also producing lots of bites from small roach and gudgeon but persistent feeding will eventually pull the better size fish in.

Pole or waggler tactics have been best, feeding small amounts of ground bait and loose feeding maggots or casters over the top. It is worth trying bigger baits like sections of worm or sweet corn, which will attract bonus skimmers between 2lb and 3lb.

Best baits: Red maggot, chopped worm.

Best method: Waggler/feeder.

Best areas: Lower – road bank.

There were some more nice catches at Derwent Reservoir, with growing numbers of large perch coming to the net. Eddie Bridon took the catch of the week with 85 roach and five perch on the feeder at about 100 yards in deep water.

Report updated July 23

Busy calendar of competitions

NORTHUMBRIAN Water has put together a busy calendar for the new season headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers once again generously supported by Hardy & Greys.

This partnership has to date has raised £50,000 for WaterAid - saving more than 3,300 lives in Africa and Asia.

Rainbow trout marked with special sweep tags will continue to be stocked in Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one of these marked fish and who have joined the optional over-18 sweep for just a £1 stake before fishing could win up to £400.

Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water continues to push affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent.

Competitions lined up for the season include:

Fontburn: Northumberland Blind Association charity day ­- July 31.

Kielder Water: Team of four - August 2.

Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge - August 31.

Derwent Reservoir: Charity coarse challenge - November 15.

Updated 0016 Wednesday, August 5, 2015