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, Shipmanâs, 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 Dawsonâs olive and a muddler.
Anthony Meadows is to be congratulated for organising a competition inÂ aid of the RNLI on Sunday. 28 anglers attended and Â£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, hareâs 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 dayâs 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,Â 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 dayâs 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.
A large number of fishermen visited this week despite windy and damp conditions at the week-end. All were rewarded with some great fishing with hatches of mayfly, hawthorn fly and sedges coming off the water when the wind dropped.
Ashington Kingfishers visited on Sunday for their social competition which was won by Keith Row. 20 anglers participated, returning 95 fish at a rod average of 4.75.
Number of fish taken: 35
Number of fish returned: 502
Number of visiting anglers: 127
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, Dawsonâs olive, buzzer, CDC, damsel, Kate McClaren, hopper, cruncher, fritz, klinkhammer, ptn, various small black dries.
Some great sport this week with a tremendous hatch of Hawthorn Flies. Also proliferating were small green beetles which the trout were voraciously taking but were very hard to match. It was easier to go sub surface with an intermediate line.
Having said that it was reported that some success was had from foam daddies on the surface and various emergers.
Best result of the week was that of John Metcalfe and Billy Emery on Friday who brought 30 trout to the boat between them, fishing the Great Lough.
Northumbrian Water Anglers had a competition on Saturday. Heaviest fish was caught byDerek Bolton, weighing 2lb 15oz. heaviest bag was that of Gary Bolton: 3 trout for 7lb 3oz.
We stocked on Friday and both lakes are currently full of fish
Number of fish taken: 68
Number of fish returned: 344
Number of visiting anglers: 114
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, daddy, Dawsonâs olive, buzzer, CDC, damsel, Kate McClaren klinkhammer, catâs whisker, black spider, silver Invicta, midge, various dry fly patterns.
Another busy week with some fine performances. Anthony Meadows and Harrison Douds brought over 50 fish to the net on Monday in an 8 hour session on the Great Lough. Lee Cartmail with a total of 40 fish and James Carr with a total of 30 did well on Saturday.
On Sunday we were hosts to the Ashington Kingfishers who held a loch style competition on the Great lough.
First was Alan Morton with a total of 8 fish for 8.68 kilos. Scott Nellins came in second with a bag of 7.98 kilos and Â third was Steve Bowden at 7.63 kilos.
Honours were shared for heaviest fish at 1.20 kilos between Alan Morton, Scott Nellins, Keith Roe, John Taylor and John Cowell.
Best junior angler of the week was Evie Nicholson, aged 9 who brought 9 trout to the boat on Sunday, fishing the lower lough.
Number of fish taken: 27
Number of fish returned: 583
Number of visiting anglers: 90
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, black dabbler, bibio, damsel, bloodworm, ant, midge, buzzer, cormorant, PTN, Kate McClaren.
Sweethope continues to fish well with anglers achieving great results from both lakes. Best performance of the week undoubtedly came from James Carr who returned 54 fish on Saturday to win the Troutmasters fish-off. Billy Emery wasnât far behind with 30 to the net.
Stewart Younger also fared well on the lower lake on Sunday returning 25 rainbows and 2 blues. Phil Green fished the lower lake on Wednesday, bringing 1 brown and 36 rainbow trout to the net.
We will continue to stock the lake with healthy, strong rainbow and blue trout and will shortly be stocking some tiger trout.
Number of fish taken: 26
Number of fish returned: 279
Number of visiting anglers: 75
Successful fly patterns: blobs, buzzers, hareâs ear, damsel, Dawsonâs olive, cormorant, dries.
Conditions remain favourable at Sweethope with both lakes fishing extremely well. We have seen some great performances from M. McKenzie (26 to the boat) and Angus Slack (30 to the net) as well as all those practising and participating in the Scierra Pairs competition.
10 angling pairs competed this year with the winning pair, Alan McPhail and Gareth Tilley taking their bag of 8 trout, weighing a total of 20lb in just under an hour. Second and also qualifying to go forward to the final, held at Grafham Water were Jim Youngman and David Auld who took their 8 fish, weighing a total of 18lb 14 oz also in just under an hour. Both boats profited by fishing the west end of the lake even though this was a bigger travel.
The biggest fish was caught by Ross Cameron and John Wiliamsâ boat and weighed 4lb 7oz.
Everyone caught their bag and then went on to enjoy a catch and release session in fine weather.
Number of fish taken: 99
Number of fish returned: 471
Number of visiting anglers: 85
Successful fly patterns: Buzzer, diawl bach, bibio, damsel, cormorant, PTN, catâs whisker, Dawsonâs olive
We have just had a most successful week at Sweethope with some impressive catches. The fish were reported as fighting hard and being in great condition. Both lakes are performing with Anthony Meadows and Guy Nicholson bringing more than 60 trout to the boat on Wednesday on the Great Lough, Eric Caisley and Graham Sanderson bringing 40 to the boat on Saturday, also on the Great Lough. The Small Lough also fished well with John Whittonstall netting 40 trout on Friday, Stewart Younger and Peter Davison bringing 54 trout to the boat, fishing buzzers and Diawl bachs and Rob Frame and Harrison Dodds bringing 60 trout to the boat fishing buzzers.
The warmer weather is attracting fish and anglers, long may it continue!
Number of fish taken: 20
Number of fish returned: 495
Number of visiting anglers: 70
Successful fly patterns: Pink buzzer, black buzzer, diawl bach, catâs whisker, bloodworm, Dawsonâs olive, dries, damsel.