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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.

Consistently good sport throughout the season at Northumbrian Water's fisheries

SPORT was consistently good at Northumbrian Water's premier fisheries last season, with 32,622 rods landing 83,196 trout for a seasonal rod average of 2.55.*

Derwent Reservoir, straddling the Northumberland and County Durham border, was the most popular of the six fisheries, with 9,056 rod visits accounting for 25,325 fish, a rod average of 2.79. The largest recorded fish of the season weighed in at 12lb.

Grassholme in Teesdale posted a seasonal rod average of 2.97, with 6,500 anglers bringing 19,364 trout up to 15lb to the net.

With low water levels making various areas of Fontburn dangerous for anglers, the Northumberland fishery closed early, with 5,670 anglers netting 16,158 trout to 10lb 10oz for a seasonal rod average of 2.85.

Kielder Water, as normal, closed for fishing two weeks before the scheduled November 30 end of season and had a healthy rod average of 2.9, which reflected the landing of 9,133 trout by 3,064 anglers. The heaviest recorded fish of the season at the Northumberland fishery was a quality 6lb 8oz rainbow.

The upland Teesdale fishery of Hury had the fewest anglers - 1,667 - but the highest rod average - 3.3 - with 5,573 fish to 10lb landed.

Scaling Dam, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, saw 2,759 anglers landed 7,643 fish to 10lb 11oz for a seasonal average of 2.8.

The fisheries are closed for fishing until March 14.

*Provisional figures based on the final NWL report of the 2014 season.


Last updated 1441 Thurssday January 29, 2015