Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 17th Sepetmber 2017

Again a slow week owing to wet, cold and windy weather but made up for by some excellent sport over the week-end.

The Small Lough has been fishing especially well and fishing from a boat on Saturday, Peter Davidson caught and returned 26 rainbows, Ali Tait caught and returned 23.

On Sunday Eddy Keers, also fishing the Small Lough caught and returned17 rainbows.

The Great Lough provided some good sport as well with John Williams and David Duncan bringing 23 rainbow trout to the boat on Saturday and Andy Campbell and John Brown bringing 19 rainbow trout to the boat on Sunday.

We hosted a competition for the Fly Tiers Guild on Sunday which was won by Malcolm Halliman.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 21

Number of fish returned:202

Number of visiting anglers: 60

Successful fly patterns: cormorant, blue flash damsel, olive fritz, lures, buzzer, black snake, bibio, hopper, zonker, diawl bach, ace of spades.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 10th September 2017

A slow start to the week but an extremely busy week-end. A pleasure as always to host the Ashington Kingfishers for their memorial day on Sunday. Despite the frequency of the downpours we managed to make a success of the barbecue!

18 rods attended with a rod average of 1.33. The competition was won by John Taylor with a total weight of 2.21 kg and a best fish of 1.29 kg, Sid Dixey cams a very close second with a total weight of 2.20 kg and a best fish of 1.19 kg.

Saturday’s best performance was that of James Carr and boat partner Barry Keenan. James had 17 fish to the boat and Barry 10. Heaviest fish was 3lb.8oz and the most effective fly pattern was a diawl bach.

We topped the stock up in both lakes on Friday and there is no shortage of fish to be caught!

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 31

Number of fish returned: 124

Number of visiting anglers: 70

Successful fly patterns: diawl bach, black & peacock, blue flash damsel, claret hopper, sedge, bibio.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 3rd Sepetmber 2017

Very busy week at Sweethope with a bank holiday, mainly light winds and very little rain encouraging anglers from all over the region. A big hatch of very small, black flies has resulted in great top of the water sport for those fishing size 14 and smaller black dries.

Performance of the week was that of Messrs. Clark and Horn from Morpeth who returned 16 rainbows and 2 blue trout to the Great Lough on Friday.

On Sunday, unfortunately the windiest day of the week we hosted the Kelso Angling Association. 17 anglers took 26 trout and returned a further 6. Ronnie  Glass took 3 trout, weighing 5lb 5 oz, Tam Brown 3 for 4lb 9oz and Kenny Dumma 2 trout for 4lb 7oz, the heaviest weighing 2lb 8oz.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 68

Number of fish returned: 169

Number of visiting anglers: 110

Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, olive buzzer, PTN, Shipman’s buzzer, black daddy, damsel, muddler, PTN, cdc, hopper, bibio, klinkhammer, sedge, diawl bach, black spider.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 27th August 2017

Sweethope has been well attended again this week and all anglers have been rewarded by some great fishing and some hard fighting trout. Ample hatches of insect life have led to some great top of the water action on dry fly.

Neil Hodgson from Stanhope did particularly well on Tuesday, bringing 19 rainbow and 2 brown trout to the boat, fishing shuttlecock. Another fine performance was that of Rob Frame on Sunday. Boat  fishing with  a black Shipman’s buzzer, Rob successfully returned 22 rainbow trout to the Great Lough.

The Small Lough also fished well. Stew Younger safely returned 13 rainbows, fishing dries and boat pair Dicky Lawson and Johnny Thackray returned 1 blue and 16 rainbow trout, their best fly being a dog nobbler.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 33

Number of fish returned:196

Number of visiting anglers: 63

Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, PTN, green spider, cdc, yellow buzzer, shuttlecock, Shipman’s buzzer, blue flash damsel, muddler, dog nobbler.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 20th August 2017

A good week at the fishery with only Friday totally blitzed by windy wet weather, even then Raymond Smee and Steven Sloane managed to return 5 fish to the relatively sheltered waters of the small Lough. Saturday treated us to the tail end of America’s hurricane but a creditable 12 fish were caught and returned by 8 anglers.

More friendly conditions on Sunday helped Darren Slaughter and P. Talbot return 15 rainbow trout each to the Great Lough and Eric Carmichael return 11 rainbow and 2 blue trout.

A great day was had on Monday when we hosted the Jack Charlton Disabled Fishing Club to a competition. Participants attended from all over the North-East and Cumbria, despite the forecast the weather was kind and all enjoyed the day.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: J.C.comp 101 fishery: 15

Number of fish returned: 145

Number of visiting anglers: 60 (ex J.C. comp)

Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, hawthorn fly, black gnat, Black Pennel, Northern spider, Kate McClaren, bibio, bloodworm, hare’s ear.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 13th August 2017

The Loughs have both fished well this week with the best performance probably being that of Angus and David Slack of Prudhoe. Fishing the Little Lough they managed to return 1 blue and 20 rainbow trout, fishing from both boat and bank. Father and son team, Simon and Elliot Guthrie, fishing from a boat on the Great Lough returned 1 brown and 15 rainbow trout.

Lots of insect life on the water this week-end, including a hatch of Hawthorn Flies.

The weather has been all over the place with wind from every quarter, rain, wind and sun! Let’s hope for some settled weather in the near future.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 26

Number of fish returned: 221

Number of visiting anglers: 76

Successful fly patterns: cdc, bibio, Ally Mc Coist, dancer, Greenwell’s glory, hopper, damsel. viva, clan chief muddler, blob, Dawson’s olive, black & peacock.

 

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 6th August 2017

Sweethope has been fishing well this week with some excellent performances from visiting anglers.

On Monday Richard Adamson from Co. Durham, our sole visitor, caught and returned 18 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. Richard was using an orange fritz and a buzzer. On Wednesday Mark Ward and boat partner caught and returned 40 rainbows to the Great Lough. Chris Stafford from Blyth caught and returned 16 rainbow and 2 blue trout to the Small Lough on Sunday, Gareth Tilley and boat partner A McPhail from Lanchester caught and returned 24 rainbows to the Great Lough, fishing CDC and bibio.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 15

Number of fish returned: 282

Number of visiting anglers: 49

Successful fly patterns: cdc, bibio, hopper, Invicta, muddler, damsel, black midge, cat’s whisker, Dawson’s olive, buzzer.

 

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 30th July 2017

Windy, wet and cool weather have ensured that the water temperature at the fishery has remained relatively cool. Together with a recent stocking this has ensured some great fishing.

Performance of the week was hat of John Scott who caught and returned 32 trout on Tuesday fishing both lakes for 6 hours with a pheasant tail nymph and a hopper. Well done John, a personal best.

Also well done to Adam Collinson and Shaun Ramshaw from Stanhope who managed to return well over 30 fish between them ,fishing the Great Lough from a boat on Saturday.

All fish appear to be in good condition and are putting up some spirited resistance.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 28

Number of fish returned: 178

Number of visiting anglers: 45

Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, black hopper, cormorant, sedge, black cat, hopper, PTN, Dawson’s Olive, cdc, blob, daddy.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 23rd July 2017

Happily the road situation is back to normal mow and customers from the Morpeth direction do not have to travel miles out of their way any longer.

Both loughs are cooling down slowly and by the end of the week fish were feeding on naturals. Most fish remain deep, however and lures such as Cat’s Whiskers are catching fish. Mac Arhcbold from Cramlington had a good day on Friday, returning 8 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. On Saturday Anthony Dinsmore returned an 3lb brown trout and 10 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. The biggest of the rainbows was about 7lb. These fish were all caught on a hawthorn fly. Also on dries, this time a carrot fly, Lee Cartmail returned 1 brown, 1 blue and 9 rainbow trout to the Great Lough.

On Sunday two pairs were successful: on the Great Lough Paul Tweddle and Neil Hodgeson returned 1 brown and 24 rainbow trout to the Great Lough. Simon Nichols and Guy Nicholson returned 21 rainbow and 1 blue trout to the Small Lough.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 7

Number of fish returned: 135

Number of visiting anglers: 54

Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, carrot fly, hawthorn bibio, diawl bach, black hopper, cormorant, sedge, black beetle, Kate McClaren, PTN, zonker.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report, Week ending 9th July 2017

We have had a successful week at Sweethope, hosting two club competitions and many individual fishermen. Conditions were perfect on Wednesday. Guy Nicholson brought 19 rainbows and 1 brown trout to the net and his boat partner, Jim Burtle managed 8 rainbows, including one weighing over 12lb. On the same evening Gordon Boulding from the Kingfishers recorded catching so many fish he lost count from the dam end of the Small Lough!

We hosted the Northumbrian Police Open Competition on Thursday which was won by Nathan Crain with a total weight of 12lb 12oz. Best fish was that taken by Eric Brunton which weighed 3lb 2oz.

On Saturday we hosted the British Float Tube Association. It was impressive to see 9 tubes all set afloat on the Great Lough and also pleasant to report that all tubers caught fish! Perhaps no surprise to note that with home advantage Tony Barclay was declared the winner taking 3 fish for 6lb 10oz and returning a further 9.

 

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 53

Number of fish returned: 170

Number of visiting anglers: 76

Successful fly patterns: Hopper, Shipman’s, viva, cormorant, olive, muddler, sedge, bloodworm, hare’s ear, daddy, hawthorn fly.

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