Loyalty rewarded with limit catches
ANGLING at Derwent Reservoir continues in the same productive
vein as last week, with Hunter House and the point to the east still the red hot marks with limit catches regularly netted,
mostly to ledgered methods.
Spinning using a variety of lures is also very productive, especially for the roving angler
with the area in front of the willows at Pow Hill being particularly good.
J Gallager and I Lister landed Loyalty Day
permit 10-fish limits for 19lb 8oz and 18lb 12oz, respectively.
Fly anglers enjoyed good sport on the Meadow, where
large lures and fritz patterns proved very popular. Ian Whale landed four to 3lb 8oz from this area, with C Ellison landing
During October, the fishery will open at 7.30am.
Best flies: Mini Cats Whisker, Black Fritz, Silver
Best baits: Yellow or Chartreuse PowerBait, Silver Toby or Red Flying ‘C'.
areas: Hunter House, Oak Tree, Millshield, Meadow.
the trend to earn £200
IT WAS a testing week for anglers at Fontburn, as unsettled weather muddied waters,
pushing shoals into deeper swims.
Anglers who were positive as well as creative - trying differing tactics and keeping
on the move reported good sport.
Bait anglers who went on the attack, making use of feeders packed with Magic Dust,
as well as combined baits of brightly coloured PowerBait and worm, saw improved returns.
Keith Rickman was one such
hard working angler and had a day to remember on Saturday, bucking the trend to land six, including a £200 tagged sweepstake
winner. Keith made his own luck by going all out with a feeder rig, incorporating a cocktail of Chartreuse and Pink PowerBait
On Tuesday, bait angler Jimmy Hui and fishing partner Tommy Gibbons worked hard for a combined total of seven
for 18lb, with Jimmy landing the fish of the week, a nicely conditioned 3lb 8oz rainbow trout.
Tommy and Jimmy also
favoured feeders and brightly coloured baits popped up off the bottom. During October, the fishery will open at 7.30am.
flies: Orange Fritz, Cat's Whisker.
Best Baits: Chartreuse and Pink PowerBait Eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.
areas: North shore bay.
up twice from dam wall
COUNDON angler Michael McKimm was on fine form at Grassholme on Saturday, fishing
the south corner of the Dam Wall to land two limit catches to 3lb using ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with.
Easter Bay continued to hold fish and angler John Buchanan took the biggest fish of the week with a very nice 4lb 9oz
rainbow, which was part of his eight-fish catch limit using a combination of a Cat's Whiskers and a Claret Dabbler on
a slow glass intermediate line.
The west end car park bank fished well in the early part of the week thanks to the
easterly winds and some good catches were taken around the second bridge with spinners proving effective.
October the fishery will open at 7.30am.
Best flies: Cat's Whisker, various traditional wet flies,
Best baits: Bubblegum White Micetails, Orange PowerBait Eggs, worm.
Dam wall, Easter bay.
Keith and Mel enjoy
FISH have remained very high in the water at Hury this week and even on the windiest of days
and anglers have had superb sport on the surface.
Dry fly tactics have been effective when conditions allowed but the
most consistent results have been to use lures and wet flies pulled through the wave producing great action as the fish have
been more than willing to chase.
Keith James and Mel Gill both took their catch limits for around 17lb during the week
from the north shore.
The area around the disabled platform has been very productive as has Reedy Point further west
and Corporal Hill on the south shore. It will be worth while carrying a selection of fry patterns in the coming weeks as a
number of anglers have reported seeing fish feeding on roach fry in the margins.
Although this has been sporadic up
to now, with the bulk of the fish still appearing to be happy cruising sub surface looking for terrestrials, this will change
as the winter approaches and fry become number one prey for the resident rainbows.
During October the fishery will open
Best flies: Cat's Whisker, Cormorant, Foam Daddy, Black Hopper, Bibio, Dawson's
Best areas: Disabled platform, Reedy Point, Corporal Hill.
to feed closer to shore
STRONGER winds through the week and heavy rain raised water levels at Kielder Water and
stirred fish into feeding closer to the shore.
Bait anglers had good sport fishing from Hawkhope slipway with ledgered
worm. Mr Peterkin from Amble took six to 2lb 12oz from Scotch Rocks with a ledgered worm. He also managed to land two
fish with his fly rod on a Di6 line and a team of black lures.
Boat anglers were only out at the weekend but had good
sport using sinking lines and teams of fry patterns. These methods had the most success fished over freshly flooded areas
and bays where there is abundant food. During October, Kielder Water will open at 8am.
Boats should be booked
in advance on 01434 251000. As the nights draw in return times will be earlier, please see the duty Ranger return times. Boat
fishing will be available this year until mid November, weather permitting.
Tower Knowe will close for the season
on Sunday, November 2.
Best flies: Olive lure, Black Fritz.
Best baits: Worm, Red and Black
Best areas: Boat - Plashetts, Whickhope. Bank - Gordon's Walls, Hawkhope.
Peter enjoy excellent sport
ANOTHER week of unsettled conditions at Scaling Dam failed to deter Peter Lightfoot,
who had an excellent day on the jetty fishing worm and PowerBait to take the week's best bag with eight for 14lb 7oz.
Tommy Johns also had a great day fishing the east end on fly, catching four rainbows and returning two pristine brown
trout. Tommy also netted the best fish of the week, a fin-perfect 4lb rainbow.
Following recent stocking there are
still many fish remaining in Scaling Dam so any windows in the weather should offer great sport.
During October, the
fishery will open at 7.30am.
Best Flies: Dawson's Olive, Viva, Silver Invicta, Black Hopper.
Worm, Rainbow PowerBait Paste, White PowerBait Paste.
Best areas: Dam Wall, jetty.
updated October 22
WHITTLE DENE/DERWENT RESERVOIR
of bait generates good returns
THE mix of fine and unsettled days tested the anglers throughout the week
at Whittle Dene complex.
An array of baits generated good returns with those combining hemp, sweetcorn and maggot
stimulating swims and bringing a multitude of fish to the net.
R Gullon reported the overall net of the week;
an 18-fish catch of roach weighing up to 1lb and some fine skimmers to 2lb 8oz. C Foster had a 6lb roach catch on Friday.
Further reports of roach, gudgeon and skimmers complete what has been a good sporting week for the complex.
baits: Hemp and sweetcorn.
Best method: Pole and waggler/feeder.
From 1 November all banks at Derwent reservoir will be open to coarse anglers.
must be recorded for the benefit of the fishery management team and fellow anglers.
Report updated October 21