Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 4th June 2017

We have just experienced or busiest week of the season, playing host to the Brownie Club on Thursday and to the Nomads, who stayed in the cottages this week-end.

Best fish caught and released this week were a 12lb rainbow from a boat on the Great Lough by John Williams on a Kate McClaren and a 10lb rainbow caught from a float tube by Ashley Woodcock on a daddy.

Performance of the week was definitely that of John Williams and Ross Cameron on Friday with 25 rainbow trout and 3 blue trout to the boat.


Number of fish taken: 20

Number of fish returned: 237

Number of visiting anglers: 101

Successful fly patterns: Black Pennel, Kate McClaren, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson ‘s Olive, bibio, buzzer, sedgehog, diawl bach, daddy, Invicta, blob, bloodworm, damsel.


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 28th May 2017

Another successful week at Sweethope with some notable catches. Performance of the week was from Kevin Dunn who netted 10 rainbows, returning one at 10 lbs plus and another at 13lb 4oz.

The weather has been warm with slight to moderate easterly winds culminating in an extremely hot day on Saturday. Water temperature in both lakes has risen and now stands at a more normal temperature for this time of year.

Unfortunately, the sunny weather did not extend to Sunday when the Ashington Kingfishers held their social meet and barbecue. 22 anglers attended and despite windy conditions managed a rod average of 3.2, bringing 71 trout to the net.

Conditions are looking favourable for the coming week and there are still plenty of specimen double figure fish to be had.


Number of fish taken: 14

Number of fish returned:280

Number of visiting anglers: 94

Successful fly patterns: dries, bibio, mini muddler, clan chief, black pennel, buzzer, Dawson’s olive, bloodworm, blob cormorant, damsel.


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 21st May 2017

The weather has largely been kind to anglers this week, light south westerly winds turning to the east on Friday, a deluge on Saturday and moderate south westerlies yesterday. Warmer weather conditions have produced a great hatch of Hawthorn flies and of olives and the surface of both lakes are covered in insect life.

Notable performances this week have come from Kieran Holliday from Prudhoe with a 12lb rainbow, caught on Black & Peacock, Kevin Pick with a 9lb rainbow and Guy Nicholson with a 15lb rainbow, caught on a Tequila Blob.

Northumbrian Water Angling Club had a meet on Sunday and 7 anglers took 13 fish. Best performance was from Kevin Pick with 3 rainbow trout for 13lb 10oz.


Number of fish taken: 56

Number of fish returned: 212 rainbows, 8 brown trout.

Number of visiting anglers: 77


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report – Week ending 14th May 2017

Warmer weather and more moderate winds have seen fish moving all over both lakes with plenty of natural brown trout. Brownies were especially to be found toward the North bank of the Great Lough. The best fish of the week was caught from a float tube and was a rainbow estimated to weigh about 13lb.

The lower Lough has been fishing extremely well and one of our visitors to the holiday cottages had a great holiday, catching and releasing 59 trout in 6 days.

On Sunday we were hosts to the Ashington Kingfishers for a very well attended club competition. 25 anglers competed against each other and a freshening westerly wind, bringing 81 fish to the boat: a rod average of 3.24. The event was won by Bruce Tait with a catch of 8 trout for 8.89 kg. a very close second was Keith Row with a catch of 8 fish for 8.84 kg., third was Scott Nellins with a catch of 6 fish for 8.29 kg.

Best fish of the day was a 2.14 kg. rainbow brought to the boat by David Yorke.


Number of fish taken: 19

Number of fish returned: 298

Number of visiting anglers: 85

Successful fly patterns: Hawthorn, Griffiths Gnat, bloodworm, muddler, buzzer, CDC, midge, Kate McClaren, hopper, damse, GRHE.



Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 1st May 2017

A cool easterly airstream has not put anglers off this week and the fishery has been very well attended by clubs and by individuals. We were visited by seven anglers from the DWP on Tuesday who had a very successful day fishing the Great Lough from boats. Best performance was from John Prudhoe who took 3 fish and returned 4. The biggest fish was a rainbow, weighing in at 13lb 14oz! Another fine performance was given by John Heppell who took 3 trout and returned 9.

Regular visitor Harry Robinson of Kirkharle narrowly missed out on catching a fish, of 10lb or over for the first time in his life by taking a rainbow weighing 9lb 7oz. Still a personal best though.

On Saturday we held our heat of the Troutmasters competition which was poorly attended due to other regional and national competitions taking place at the same time. James Carr of Blyth qualified, returning 11 trout to the lake in 6 hours of fishing.

Hoy and Hope visited on Sunday and after being fortified by Chrissie’s bacon sandwiches had a great day’s sport. The competition was won by  Claud Lucan with three trout for 7lb 10 oz, the heaviest of which was 2lb 14 oz.


Number of fish taken: 53

Number of fish returned: 142 rainbow trout, 2 brown trout, 4 blue trout.

Number of visiting anglers: 97

Successful fly patterns: Buzzer, Goldhead Mayfly, Pitsford Pea, Dawson’s Olive, Damsel Nymph,  Hare’s Ear, Bloodworm, PTN, Cormorant, Black Spider,Sedge, Black Emerger.


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 30th April 2017

Another good week at Sweethope. Unseasonably cold and windy weather gave way to better conditions toward the week-end. Friday saw 10 rods take 6 and return 46 trout, Saturday saw 37 rods take 17 and return 105 trout. Best fish being a rainbow trout weighing in at 12lb 10oz caught from a boat on the Great Lough by James Carr from Blyth.

Other 12 lb plus fish were caught by John Barnes from Guide Post and John Williams from Morpeth.


Number of fish taken: 26

Number of fish returned: 188 rainbow trout, 6 brown trout.

Number of visiting anglers: 65

Successful fly patterns: Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Pitsford Pea, Damsel Nymph, Coves Nymph, Hare’s Ear, Bloodworm, PTN, Emerger.

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Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 23rd April 2017

This has been a tremendous week for the fishery with reasonable weather bringing on some fine angling performances. On occasion fish have been feeding on the top of the water and have been tempted by hoppers and by daddies but the majority of the sport in fresh conditions has been had on buzzer, diawl bach, bloodworm and lure.

We hosted a Scierra Pairs heat on Saturday which was well contested, 8 pairs entering. All pairs successfully filled their bag of 8 trout with the last pair returning after three and a half hours fishing. A time bonus was had by those filling their bags fastest, James Carr and partner returning after only 45 minutes fishing and gaining a bonus of 12lb 8oz.

Slow and steady won the race, however, as the last pair landed a trout, weighing in at 12lb 4oz winning the competition with a score of 35lb 6 oz.

The winners, Stevie Whitehead and Eck Moffat and runners up James Carr and partner go through to the final which will be fished later on in the year at Llyn Brennig.

Third were Ken Wanless and Billy Emery who missed out by only 9 oz including time bonus despite having the second heaviest bag of 18lb 3oz.


Number of fish taken: 63

Number of fish returned: 235 rainbow trout, 5 brown trout

Number of visiting anglers: 80

Successful fly patterns: diawl bach, buzzer, bloodworm, cat’s whisker, daddy, hopper, Dawson’s olive, Afghan black, damsel, Kate Mclaren, hare’s ear.



Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 16th April 2017

April continues to produce some very windy weather and until the end of the week the Great Lough has been barely fishable. Some sheltered spots at the West end of the lake have produced results. Calmer conditions at the end of the week have seen some remarkable catches. Friday was probably the best day with 10 rods bringing 76 trout to the net. Grant Downie and Mitch Fawcus returned 25 rainbows, James Carr 19. A. Tuber also did well, bringing17 rainbows to the net.

Saturday saw windy conditions return but Sunday saw the wind decrease all day but rain appear after lunch. Nevertheless most anglers caught fish.


Number of visiting anglers                            42

Number of fish taken                                     18

Number of fish returned                               132

Successful fly patterns :                                 Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Kate McClaren, Viva, Green Tailed Hare’s Ear, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Invicta, Hopper, White Fritz, Bibio.


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report, Week ending 9th of April 2017

A cold and windy start to the week provided challenging conditions on the Great Lough but more shelter on the Little Lough but the weather proved kinder towards the week-end when anglers enjoyed some good sport.

A good hatch of olives brought on some top of the water action on Saturday afternoon but the most effective fly have been blobs and buzzers.

Walter Robson did particularly well on Sunday afternoon, bringing 15 rainbow trout to the boat, fishing a damsel.

We are hosting a heat of the Scierra pairs competition on Saturday 22nd April and still have places available. Should you wish to enter contact Phil Dixon at www.scierrapairs.co.uk or Chris at the fishery.


Number of visiting anglers                            39

Number of fish taken                                     11

Number of fish returned                               83

Successful fly patterns : Pitsford pea, buzzers, orange blob, black & green lure, cat’s whisker, damsel, Pitsford pea.


Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report – Week ending 12th March 2017

24 rods attended our opening week-end, 12 on each day. Saturday produced a rod average of 1 with Chris Makepeace bringing 5 rainbows to the net. 1 was caught from the bank in the Great Lough, 4 from the bank on the lower Lough, mainly on buzzers.

Sunday produced a rod average of 3.5 with 8 rainbows from the Great Lough and 28 from the lower Lough. By far the best achievement was that of Tony Barclay in his float tube, bringing 16 fish to the net, catching on bloodworm and Pitsford pea.

Other successful fly patterns were: orange blob, Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker.

Best fish was a rainbow trout, caught on the Great Lough from the boat of Owen Ibbotsen and Dave Yorke weighing 3 1/2lb.

We will continue to stock both lakes regularly throughout the season, next stocking planned for 2 weeks time.

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