With many anglers struggling I have decided to bump up the stock with some new fish this week. Northumbrian Police and Northumbrian Water both held competitions this week on Thursday and Saturday respectively. Both clubs found conditions on the Great Lough challenging yet on Friday Chris Guthrie managed 8 trout to the boat fishing small dries in the margins, under the trees on the South bank and on Sunday Eric Caisley and Graham Sanderson brought 17 rainbows and 1 brown trout to the boat, fishing Daddies and Midas flies.
The small lake is still fishing well and on Sunday there was a lot of fish moving on the surface in the morning.
Number of fish taken: 6
Number of fish returned: 45
Number of visiting anglers: 51
Successful fly patterns: Daddy, Midas, Diawl Bach, PTN, Small black dries.
Average water temperature at the fishery is still up to 20 degrees but fish are being caught. They seem to be feeding in the shallows at the minute on the road side of the Great Lough and on the south bank. Small dries, sedges and hoppers appear to be the best fly patterns but daddies have also been doing well.
Eric Caiswell, Russell Punton and David York all did well on Sunday all fishing the shallows on the North shore. Eric with 11 brought to the net with a ginger midas fly, Russell with 13 and Dave with 11 brought to the net with sedgehog and muddler.
Steve Bowden had a great morning on the hottest day of the week: Thursday, bringing 11 to the boat, fishing daddies. Steve found his fish in the shallows but this time on the South bank.
Number of fish taken: 14
Number of fish returned: 156
Number of visiting anglers: 62
Successful fly patterns: Hoppers, hare’s ear, daddies, midas fly, Dawson’s olive, sedgehog, muddler.
The water is getting warmer, currently about 20 degrees so catching fish is getting harder. More importantly, however, more care needs to be taken when handling fish that are already highly stressed. Try not to handle fish out of the water, play them for too long or touch them with dry hands. So far all anglers have acted responsibly and fish casualties have been kept to a minimum.
Best performance of the week : Anthony Meadows again, this time with Paul Pratt. They were out on a boat on Wednesday night in very wet conditions and brought 40 trout to the net, fishing daddys and midas flies.
Robbie Bell and boat partner did well on Monday bringing 25 rainbow and one blue trout to the boat, fishing drys and on Friday Steven Mole and Stephen Oliver brought 28 rainbow trout to the boat.
Number of fish taken: 32
Number of fish returned: 422
Number of visiting anglers: 106
Successful fly patterns: Hoppers, hare’s ear, daddys, midas fly, Dawson’s olive, diawl bach, sedge, buzzer, montana.
A busy week at the fishery with very few anglers recording a blank return sheet. Owing to challenging conditions earlier in the week fishing was hard but by Sunday conditions were just about perfect, aided by the introduction of some fresh stock on Friday.
Best performance of the week was that of Anthony Meadows who brought 19 fish to the net on Friday, just shading boat partner James Carr’s 16 into second place. Congratulations to both.
Number of fish taken: 25
Number of fish returned: 265
Number of visiting anglers: 114
Successful fly patterns: Hoppers, cdc, damsel, Kate McClaren, buzzers, cat’s whisker, diawl bach, sedge, black gnat, daddy, Dunkeld, Black Pennell.
Another successful and busy week at Sweethope. The Northumbria Police Angling Club held their Open Competition on Thursday which was well attended. Heaviest bag of 3 fish was caught by Rory Noble at 9lb 13 oz. The heaviest individual fish was a 5lb. 7oz. rainbow, caught by Tony Barclay.
Individual performers have done well, Anthony Meadows brought 17 trout to the boat on Friday whilst father and son team Derek and David Todd managed to bring 22 trout to the boat on Tuesday.
On Saturday the British Float Tube Association paid their annual visit to Sweethope. Most successful angler was Mick Woodcock who caught 3 and returned 4 fish. His most successful fly was a yellow snake.
Number of fish taken: 66
Number of fish returned: 209
Number of visiting anglers: 93
Successful fly patterns: Hoppers, cdc, orange fritz, bloodworm, Kate McClaren, buzzers, Dawson’s olive, diawl bach, Shipman’s, black gnat, daddy.
Great attendance and support this week. Thanks everybody, still plenty of hard fighting fish to be found but probably freshen up the stock next week.
Conditions were a bit warm and bright this week and our old friend the wind came back on Sunday with a vengeance but still a respectable rod average of 2.98 was achieved.
Best individual performance of the week was that of David Long from Ashington who brought 17 rainbow and 1 brown trout to the net on Saturday.
Fishing hoppers from a boat on the Great Lough on Wednesday Robbie Bell brought 1 brown, 1 blue and 14 rainbow trout to the net.
Number of fish taken: 44
Number of fish returned: 239
Number of visiting anglers: 95
Successful fly patterns: Sedge, buzzer, damsel, diawl bach, hopper, Black Pennel, black drys.
Good attendance and good fishing all through the week with some tremendous hatches of sedges. The weather has been mixed but on the whole conditions have been favourable to the angler apart from the occasional easterly cool breeze which has put the fish down immediately.
Best performances of the week were those of Chris Guthrie, bringing 27 trout to the boat on Wednesday, fishing small black dry flies, Carl Swinbank, bringing 37 to the boat on Saturday, fishing buzzers and Lee Cartmail and Colin Harris, bringing 40 plus to the boat on Sunday, fishing diawl bachs and snatchers.
Number of fish taken: 29
Number of fish returned: 325
Number of visiting anglers: 86
Successful fly patterns: Cruncher, buzzers, hoppers, diawl bach, snatcher, Shipman’s, damsel, cormorant, zulu, various small drys.
The fishery is still in tremendous form with a high attendance on most days despite very wet weather.
Simon Carney and partner had a great day on Saturday on the Great Lough catching 38 fish between them. Favoured fly patterns were a Dawson’s olive and a muddler.
Anthony Meadows is to be congratulated for organising a competition in aid of the RNLI on Sunday. 28 anglers attended and £450 was raised for the charity. The most fish of the day brought to the net was 19 by James Carr who won the competition and the inaugural Malcolm Proudlock trophy.
A blind partner competition was shared between 3 pairs of anglers who shared the total of 24 fish. The pairs were Ryan Mathews and Tom Nelson, Anthony Meadows and Jim Tuck and Philip Raisbeck and Alan Richardson.
A big thank you to all involved.
Number of fish taken: 10
Number of fish returned: 480
Number of visiting anglers: 95
Successful fly patterns: CDC, buzzer, squirmy, shammy, hare’s ear nymph, muddler, olive dancer, booby cat, diawl bach, blob.
A varied week of weather with the temperature up and down and the wind of various strengths from all points of the compass. Occasional hatches of insect life have led to some great sport on dry fly but other tactics have also been required and proved successful.
Northumbrian Water visited again on Saturday and had a great day’s sport, taking 36 trout. The heaviest bag was caught by Phil Waggett at 7lb 5oz, shortly followed by Alan Bolton with 3 fish for 7lb 4oz and Dave Wilson with 3 fish for 6lb 14oz.
Eyemouth Angling Society also visited on Saturday with 11 anglers taking 30 fish and returning 41.
Heaviest bag of 3 fish was that of D. Dougal , taking 3 fish for 7lb 9 oz, followed by B. Douglas and R. Thomson with 3 fish for 7lb 5oz.
We will be re- stocking on Friday to maintain the numbers of fish in the lakes
Number of fish taken: 66
Number of fish returned: 396
Number of visiting anglers: 99
Successful fly patterns: Daddy, buzzer, squirmy, orange blob, buzzer, mayfly, cdc, small black hopper, green beetle, diawl bach.
The fishery continues to perform well and we are experiencing a good hatch of insect life, including hawthorn flies, mayflies and sedges.
Consequently anglers have been able to catch fish on dry fly, with small hoppers and black flies being most effective.
Simon and Elliot Guthrie brought 21 fish to the boat on Friday and Anthony Meadows over 40 on Thursday.
The fly tiers Guild visited on Sunday and enjoyed a good day’s fishing. Heaviest catch at 6lb 14oz for 3 fish and heaviest fish at 2lb 13oz were those of Malcolm Halltman.
Number of fish taken: 39
Number of fish returned: 351
Number of visiting anglers: 85
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, daddy, buzzer, CDC, hawthorn, mayfly, hopper, cruncher, black Pennell, ptn, various small black dries.