A mixed week at Sweethope with some excellent overcast days and some bright days which have given both perfect and challenging conditions.
The best conditions were probably found on Thursday when 8 rods brought 36 fish to the net. The best of these was without doubt a 6lb Brown Trout, caught by Bob Todd from Brampton.
Conditions were a little more challenging on Saturday when we held a catch and release boat competition but the competition was well attended by 15 anglers. The event was won convincingly by Scott Nellins with a total of 19 fish. Second Chris Guthrie and third Richard Wood. Many thanks to all who attended and made the event a success.
Total number of visitors to the fishery this week: 67 rods.
Fish caught: 89 in competition, 144 rainbows, 1 blue, 11 rainbow. Total: 245.
Rod average: 3.66
Number of fish taken: 16
Best fly Patterns: Bibio, Hopper, Daddy, Buzzer, Black Beetle, Black Spider, Knotted Midge, Montana, Diawl Bach, Black Cormorant, Sedge, Muddler, White Hare’s Ear.
Saturday’s Sweethope sunset taken by Kevin Dotchin.
The fishery continues to perform well as the water temperature remains at levels appropriate to the welfare of rainbow trout.
We were hosts to “Hoy and Hope” from Ashington on Sunday who participated in a club competition. The event was won by Jim Carr who took a bag of 3 trout, weighing 7lb 2oz.
Heaviest fish of the week was a 5lb rainbow, caught by “Mitch” in the Great lough on Monday and other notable angling performances have been made by: Grant Downie ( 37 fish from 2 visits), Scott Nellins( 29 fish) and Rob Frame and Jim Tuck (40 fish).
Total visiting anglers this week have been 67 rods who caught: 346 rainbow, 6 blue and 5 brown trout. 59 fish were taken and 298 returned to the water.
Successful fly patterns: Damsel nymph, Nomad, Bibio, Diawl Bach, Sedgehog, Hoppers, Daddies, Invicta, Buzzers, Small Black Beetle, Black Spider.
Next week’s competition starts at 10, refreshments will be available from 9.00. a.m. at Lough House.
Due to our friends in Corsenside deciding not to go ahead with their competition on the 6th September we have decided to hold our own competition on the same date.
Entries will cost £30, the competition will be a “catch and release” competition and competitors will be paired up in boats. The winner will be deemed to be the one who has caught and returned the most fish and will be monitored by his or her partner in the boat who will record the time of each catch.
First, second and third prize will be awarded and refreshments will be available at the lodge.
Entries to Chris at Sweethope by phone or email.
Sunday saw the best fishing day of the season with an astonishing bag of 176 fish from 40 rods. 20 of those anglers were from the Kelso Angling association whose competition accounted for 110 of those fish, 61 of which were returned to the water. The heaviest fish at 5lb was caught by Ronnie Glass who had the heaviest bag of 3 fish at 8lb 14 oz. The largest number of fish was caught by Mick Tait who caught 3 fish for 7lb 1oz and returned 11 rainbows and 1 brown trout.
Thursday was another successful day with 58 fish caught by 9 rods. Paul Bennett accounted for 23 of them.
The wind has been largely Westerly and of moderate strength and conditions have been kind: cool and not too bright. The water seems well oxygenated with a neutral p.h. and a steady temperature of around 14 degrees.
In summary we were visited by 77 rods who caught 330 rainbow, 4 blue and 9 brown trout, 256 were returned successfully to the water.
Successful fly patterns: Invicta, Muddler, Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Daddies, Hoppers, P.T.N., Hummungus, Grey Wulff, Snipe & Black, Orange Fritz
A new delivery of rainbow trout on Thursday has done much to perk up the current population and already established itself all over both lakes. Currently both lakes are fishing very well with Dave Moody from Berwick bringing 9 fish to the net yesterday and Reuben Poole from the Wansbeck and Blyth A.C. taking 3fish for 9lbs 11oz and returning a further 4 fish on Saturday.
I have tested the temperature in both lakes and we are currently at 15 degrees which is a great improvement.
Unfortunately gale force winds saw two competitions postponed on Sunday when conditions were unfishable but the fish remain to be caught another day.
We have been visited by 21 rods this week and31 fish have been caught, 21 returned to the water.
Successful fly patterns: Hopper, Viva, black hammer, black wets with a red tip, Hare’s Ear, Dawson’s Olive, Muddler and Fritz.
Sunshine, wind and warm water continue to make angling challenging but after all it is July, what do we expect?
Ronnie Glass from Kelso visited on Tuesday and had a splendid afternoon, catching 9 rainbow and 2 blue trout. The early part and the late part of his session proved to be the most fruitful. Most of the fish were enticed out of the reeds on dries.
Saturday saw a visit from the float tube association. 7 rods caught and kept 14 fish and returned 3 to the water. A great day was had by all but unfortunately rain put a stop to the post match barbeque.
We were visited by 31 rods up to Saturday who caught 56 rainbow and 6 blue trout 44 fish were successfully returned to the water.
I must stress that at this time of year we must take extreme care not to stress fish when handling them and returning them to the lake.
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, Kate McClaren, Diawl Bach, Muddler, Hoppers and Dabblers.
A gradual rise in water temperature has made fishing more difficult as the week has progressed. Saturday night’s rainstorm did nothing to alleviate this and in point of fact warm water running off warm rocks only served to increase water temperature!
I measured the water temperature at 20 degrees C on Sunday afternoon in the Great Lough but happily water temperature has decreased to 15 degrees C. this morning and should herald some easier fishing.
We were visited this week by 71 rods who caught 77 rainbow, 2 blue and 1 brown trout. 56 fish were returned to the water.
Sunday proved to be the hardest day but Mr.Watts who travelled all the way from Belgium to fish here was rewarded with a fine rainbow of 2lb 11oz and a brown trout.
Successful fly patterns: Black Beetle, Diawl Dach, Connemara Black, Daddies, Nymphs, Sedges, Buzzers, Dabblers and various wets.
With wind from all directions this week including some periods of calm, fishing has been quite varied and many different techniques and fly patterns have been employed. Visitors have all enjoyed some great sport.
A visiting team of four rods from Liverpool caught 56 fish over the week-end, including one rainbow that was weighed in at 6lb.
Other visitors included a team of Craig Wilson and 10 work colleagues who recorded a catch of 21 fish on Sunday. Mainly on Black Buzzers.
Over the week we were visited by 55 rods, catching 151 rainbow, 5 blue and 1 brown trout. 55 fish were taken and 102 retuned to the water.
Successful fly patterns included: Hare’s Ear, Soldier Palmer, Whickham’s Fancy, Emergers, Buzzers, Hoppers, Daddies, Sedges and Nymphs.
Warm bright weather have again led to challenging fishing conditions and many anglers have chosen to wait for better, cooler conditions for their next visit. Happily these are forecast to arrive in the very near future.
On Saturday we hosted thirteen members of the Benedictine Angling Club for a day’s fishing and despite hard angling conditions 27 fish were found lying in deeper, cooler parts of the Great Lough. Of the two lakes the Lower Lough provided the best sport.
The heaviest fish of the week was caught by Mr. B. Robinson, a visiting angler from Hampshire from a Float tube, weighed in at 5lbs and was attested to be 22” in length. The total catch for this week was 88 rainbow, 1 Blue and 5 brown trout. 58 were successfully returned to be caught another day, older and wiser. 64 anglers visited the fishery and successful fly patterns were: Daddies, Hawthorns, Hare’s Ears, Hoppers, Green & Black Buzzers, C.D.C., Coachman, Diawl Bach and a Partridge Mayfly.
Yet again a busy week at the fishery. Conditions have been warm and close most of the week and the consequently warm water temperature has made for some challenging fishing. Both lakes have produced fine fish but Mr. Lofthouse’s 4lb 12oz rainbow caught yesterday in the Great Lough was the fish of the week.
Some anglers have done very well with catches of up to 20 fish with Tony Barclay regularly achieving double figures from his float tube.
Visitors included the Brownie Club who held their annual meet followed by dinner at a neighbouring hotel.
Total number of rods visiting the fishery: 73
Fish caught: 187 rainbows, 2 blue, 5 brown trout.
Fish returned: 121
Successful fly patterns: Kate McClaren, Black Beetle, Black Emerger, Daddy, Olive Damsel, Black Spider, Black Pennel, Dawson,s Olive, Cormorant, White Fritz, Cat’s Whisker.