best fish of the week
THE warmer weather pushed fish
deep and, despite continued stocking, they remained lethargic. However, there was good sport between Pow Hill and Hunter House,
with Kevin Fletcher from Wolsingham landing four, including the biggest fish of the week at 4lb. D Wilson and T Ashbridge
each had eight for 15lb using PowerBait.
had best results with ledgered Orange Mice-tails, with anglers racing in the mornings to be the first to reach the point at
Fly anglers are casting to an abundance of
rising fish feeding on small surface flies as well as water-borne insects after 5pm most days. The best patterns for these
have been either buzzers and nymphs fished under a bung or dry flies drifted on the surface.
Best flies: Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Viva, Nomad.
Best Baits: Orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust, Gold Toby, Mepps.
Best areas: Pow Hill, Hunter House, Cronkley, Meadow, North Bank.
Ethan, 12, lands personal best rainbow
In a week of mainly bright warm days interspersed with a couple of days of persistent rain, anglers at Fontburn used
a variety of tactics to record good catches. Float-fished natural worm or Mice Tails worked well near feeder streams, whereas
ledger or spinning tactics were most effective on brighter days, with early mornings and late afternoons the best times to
find active fish.
Barry Wilson had an early start last Friday, switching between ledger
and fly to record the heaviest catch of the week, with eight for d 24lb 12oz, including four fish over 3lb and one at 4lb
8oz, using Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs; Barry also returned two taken on the fly.
Hall landed the fish of the week - a 5lb 3oz rainbow – using ledgered Orange PowerBait to top off an eight-fish limit
catch for 23lb 6oz. John Rollin used the same bait and method in the South Shore Bay to land one of 4lb 14oz cracker and 12-year-old
Ethan Shergold accounted for the bulk of his family’s nine-fish catch that included a personal best 3lb rainbow caught
on float-fished Yellow Mice Tails near the North Shore burn.
It was a happy
birthday for Karl Slater, who opted to spend the day in the sunshine, netting six for 16lb 12oz on ledger and spinning tactics.
Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Zonker, Peter Ross, Black Ant.
Best Baits: Brown and Red Mice-tails, Chartreuse or Orange PowerBait Eggs.
Best areas: North Shore Feeder Stream and Dam Wall.
Ian lands two wild brown trout
GOOD numbers of anglers enjoyed walking the entire four miles around Hury in pursuit of the feeding fish. Several
said that changing their methods often and alternating from worm to Spinner and PowerBait greatly improved their catch rates.
Almost every angler caught fish in good numbers at the start of the week. Wednesday and Thursday saw plenty of limit
catches with the north bank and the sheltered bays along the south bank, as well as the west end, producing great sport and
fish of 3lb-plus. The bright weather at the weekend sent the fish deeper, with float-fished worm on a long trace proving effective.
C Fall tempted the best fish at 4lb 4oz using worm, Mick and Sharon McKimm had 10 fish using float and then ledger
and, on Sunday, Ian Clark had six rainbows and two wild browns. The Errington family had nine fish to 3lb.
flies: Dawson’s Olive,
Float-fished Worm, ledgered PowerBait Eggs, Mice-tails and spinners.
areas: Dam Wall, White Post and
Calm nights bring fantastic rises
THERE was good top-of-the-water
sport at Hury this week with lots of midges and some signs of heather fly on the water. The best method has been to use dry
flies or teams of traditional wets pulled through the waves. In brighter conditions, the fish went deeper and Dawson’s
Olive and Cats Whisker on varied retrieves produced good catches.
previous weeks, changing conditions meant changing techniques and methods which, if nothing else, keept anglers on their toes.
Warm weather means the fish are looking for oxygenated water at inlets and the boil and deeper water, so it is worth bearing
this in mind when choosing where to fish.
Calm evenings have seen some
fantastic rises across the reservoir and any dark dry fly should bring rewards.
flies: Dawson’s Olive,
Bibio, Black Popper Hopper.
Best areas: The boil, Newhouse Bay, Corporal Hill.
Jane lands cracking 5lb 2oz rainbow
GOOD quality rainbows of 3lb-plus have featured in the returns at Kielder Water in a week when the rod average hit
2.2. The heaviest fish of the week was a cracking 5lb 2oz rainbow taken on a Gold Head Hare’s Ear Nymph by Mrs Jane
Scott from Rothbury, whowas fly fishing at Leaplish.
Boat anglers enjoyed good top-of-the-water
sport in Whickhope and off Scotch Rocks. Anglers fishing a team of flies, with a floating fry, Daddy or Muddler on the top
dropper had the best results. Nymphs and lures fished below these patterns have also taken fish.
A large number of minnows and fry have been seen close to the shore on warmer days and trout have been actively feeding
on them. Anglers targeting those fish using large fish imitating lures or spinners have enjoyed exciting sport, with the trout
chasing their lures and taking them close to the bank or boat.
Boats must be
back at the jetty for 7pm
Best flies: Orange Muddler,
Blobs, Montana, Minkies.
Best Bait: Powerbait and Worm.
Best areas. Boat: The Belling Inlet, Whickhope and Scotch Rocks. Bank: Stocky Bay,
Leaplish SCALING DAM
George rewarded for his ‘loyalty’
IT was a rollercoaster of a week at Scaling Dam, changing conditions affecting wind, pressure and temperatures, all
of which kept the fish in deeper waters for most of the time.
However, in calmer
conditions, trout could often be seen rising to the surface all around the reservoir.
Bait and fly anglers had to work hard and those who kept on the move and changed bait and flies regularly had the
George Houston from Guisborough, fishing a loyalty day permit, landed
nine from the east end of the reservoir using ledgered baits; Dave Ward from Middlesbrough landed an eight-fish limit on ledgered
and float-fished baits around the jetty area; and Tommy Johns from Brotton, fishing a catch-and-release permit, worked his
way along the south shore and east bay returning seven rainbows, two of which were estimated to be 3lb-plus, in an afternoon
Invicta, Black Nymph, Kate Maclaren.
Best Bait /Lures: Worm, Green or Yellow and Blue- Mango Powerbait, Pink or White
Best areas: East end, Jetty.
Reports updated August 27