Water in both lakes continues to cool as the Autumn progresses and the majority of fish are to be found at deeper levels. Occasionally conditions have allowed some sport on the surface as fish are seen in the top of the water and can be tempted with the dry fly. Small black lures, however, have been the most successful patterns.
Best angling performances have been by Peter Carr of Blyth who brought 8 rainbows to the net on Tuesday, recording his best fish as weighing 6lb and son James who took 3 rainbows and released 6 on Friday. Peter was fishing with a Dawson’s Olive, James with a black Zonker.
Number of fish taken: 13
Number of fish returned: 68
Number of visiting anglers: 27
Successful fly patterns; Dawson’s olive, montana, viva, damsel, shipman’s buzzer, green fritz, cat’s whisker, black zonker, black lures.
Cooler temperatures and more autumnal weather have caused anglers to change tactics in order to connect with fish that now seem to be lower in the water. Lures are the patterns of choice for most anglers although in calmer conditions fish can be seen moving on the surface.
There have been fewer visiting anglers this week but a respectable rod average of 2.05.
Number of fish returned: 45
Number of fish taken: 2
Number of visiting anglers: 23
Successful fly patterns: Montana, olive cat’s whisker, prawn zest blob, shipman’s buzzer, black lure.
Autumn continues to provide excellent sport on both lakes. Most anglers have been fishing with lures and nymphs with great success. The best performance of the week was from temporary resident Mike Rawlings, staying in one of the holiday cottages. In 5 day’s angling he caught a total of 40 rainbow trout, mainly using a Klinkhammer and reported experiencing the best dry fly fishing of his career. This result was accomplished fishing from a boat on the lower lough.
Paul Talbot from Cramlington had a good day on Sunday, bringing 13 fish to the net, also from the lower lough. His heaviest fish was estimated to weigh 4lb and caught using a tinny.
Number of fish taken: 14
Number of fish returned to the water: 122
Number of visiting anglers: 32
Successful fly patterns: Klinkhammer, cat’s whisker, yellow dancer, black zonker, tinny, damsel, apps bloodworm.
The fishing has been excellent this week and has improved as time passed. Winds have been light there has been plenty of cloud cover and the water temperature is once again low enough to encourage the trout population to feed.
Buzzers, nymphs and wets have been most effective but on occasion the fish have been moving on the top of the water and hoppers and emergers have been effective.
Best performances of the week were on Saturday when Messrs. Thompson and Hodgson returned 21 fish to the water, including a 6lb rainbow trout and on Sunday when Messrs. Gadd and Speight returned 15 rainbow trout and one brown trout to the Great Lough.
Number of fish taken: 29
Number of fish returned: 95
Number of visiting anglers: 41
Effective fly patterns: Orange & peacock, hare’s ear, buzzer, black & peacock, olive, clan chief, cdc, black spider, cat’s whisker, bibio, hopper, shipman’s buzzer.
High winds have led to a disappointing fall in the number of anglers visiting the fishery this week but catches remain encouraging. A good hatch of sedges and calmer weather resulted in the most successful day’s fishing of the week on Saturday with a rod average of 2.3 from 12 visiting anglers.
Number of fish taken: 12
Number of fish returned: 47
Number of visiting anglers: 30
Successful fly patterns: bibio, black pennel, cat’s whisker, daddy, treacle parkin, yellow dancer, silver Invicta.
A return to more seasonal Autumnal weather has increased the success rate of anglers at the fishery. More fish are moving about and appear to be more interested in taking flies. Added to this we re-stocked on Friday and this seems to have stirred matters up, especially in the small lake.
Number of fish taken: 16
Number of fish returned: 99
Number of visiting anglers: 67
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s olive, snatcher, bibio, hopper, black peacock spider, black fritz, goldhead hare’s ear, teal & silver, muddler, silver Invicta, orange blob, daddy.
More settled conditions this week with some very unseasonal warm, bright weather towards the week-end making fishing very difficult. With the water now cooling down we will be re-stocking at the end of this week- probably on Friday. It is to be hoped that this livens up the resident fish population.
Club visitors this week included on Saturday 5 anglers from Alston and 5 anglers from Dalston.
Number of fish taken: 26
Number of fish returned to the water: 30
Number of visiting anglers: 54
Successful fly patterns: Blue/green, klinkhammer, Shipman’s buzzer, buzzer, diawl bach, Invicta.
Varied conditions this week but a forecast for more settled conditions next week should Improve catches. The Lower Lough has again been the more productive of the two Saturday saw Nick Dales bring 11 rainbows to the net fishing with small black hoppers. Yesterday Mathew Daric from Consett brought the best fish of the week to the net, a 6lb 2oz rainbow. He and his fishing partner, Aaron Copeland accounted for another 12 trout and a jack pike, fishing with buzzer, chammy and blob.
Number of fish taken: 11
Number of fish returned: 68
Number of visiting anglers: 45
Successful fly patterns: John Storey, size 18 black dry, green bloodworm, black Shipman’s buzzer, booby cat, Dawson’s olive, black hopper, corrixa, grey fritz, buzzer, chammy, blob.
Conditions have been slowly turning more Autumnal lately but warm water and winds have caused fish to be deep. When on the surface they have mainly feeding on very small insects which are quite hard to imitate but on occasion good sport has been had on Daddies and hoppers.
Again those fishing the lower Lough have been more successful than those fishing the Great Lough and fishing from a boat has been more successful than from the bank.
Number of fish taken: 14
Number of fish returned: 50
Number of visiting anglers: 40
Successful fly patterns: Daddy, black gnat, Invicta, diawl bach, hopper, shipman’s buzzer, klinkhammer, buzzer, Dawson’s Olive, lures.
Bright sunshine, strong winds and heavy showers have all been part of this week’s story making fishing on the Great Lough especially a bit challenging. The small lough has been fishing well and providing some great takes on Daddies and on hoppers.
Some good fishing on the Great Lough too with Jim Tuck and Lee Cartmail bringing 6 fish each to the boat on Sunday, Michael Hall managed 8 to the net on the same day.
Sunday also saw the annual visit of the Kelso Angling Association who caught and took 29 fish: a rod average of 1.3. The heaviest fish was taken by Tam Brown who weighed in a rainbow at 3lb 15 oz. The heaviest bag of 3 fish was caught by Peter Hottinger and weighed 7ln 1oz.
Winner of the return ticket draw this week was Alan Tait who can claim a 4 hour catch and release session on his next visit.
Number of fish taken: 46
Number of fish returned: 75
Number of visiting anglers: 85
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s olive, hopper, viva, damsel nymph, daddies, small black cdc, silver Invicta, red buzzer, booby.