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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Diawl Bach.
areas: The boil, Deep Bay, Newhouse Bay, both banks from the Dam Wall.
James and Claire have
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.
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.
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.
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.
baits: Worm, Blue Mango, Yellow/ Green PowerBait, Yellow and Orange Gulp Eggs.
Areas: East end.
Reports updated July 28
WHITTLE DENE/DERWENT RESERVOIR
Large perch landed at Derwent
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
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.
partnership has to date has raised £50,000 for WaterAid - saving more than 3,300 lives in Africa and Asia.
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
Fontburn: Northumberland Blind Association charity day - July 31.
Water: Team of four - August 2.
Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge - August 31.
Reservoir: Charity coarse challenge - November 15.