Autumn continues to provide excellent sport on both lakes. Most anglers have been fishing with lures and nymphs with great success. The best performance of the week was from temporary resident Mike Rawlings, staying in one of the holiday cottages. In 5 day’s angling he caught a total of 40 rainbow trout, mainly using a Klinkhammer and reported experiencing the best dry fly fishing of his career. This result was accomplished fishing from a boat on the lower lough.
Paul Talbot from Cramlington had a good day on Sunday, bringing 13 fish to the net, also from the lower lough. His heaviest fish was estimated to weigh 4lb and caught using a tinny.
Number of fish taken: 14
Number of fish returned to the water: 122
Number of visiting anglers: 32
Successful fly patterns: Klinkhammer, cat’s whisker, yellow dancer, black zonker, tinny, damsel, apps bloodworm.
The fishing has been excellent this week and has improved as time passed. Winds have been light there has been plenty of cloud cover and the water temperature is once again low enough to encourage the trout population to feed.
Buzzers, nymphs and wets have been most effective but on occasion the fish have been moving on the top of the water and hoppers and emergers have been effective.
Best performances of the week were on Saturday when Messrs. Thompson and Hodgson returned 21 fish to the water, including a 6lb rainbow trout and on Sunday when Messrs. Gadd and Speight returned 15 rainbow trout and one brown trout to the Great Lough.
Number of fish taken: 29
Number of fish returned: 95
Number of visiting anglers: 41
Effective fly patterns: Orange & peacock, hare’s ear, buzzer, black & peacock, olive, clan chief, cdc, black spider, cat’s whisker, bibio, hopper, shipman’s buzzer.
High winds have led to a disappointing fall in the number of anglers visiting the fishery this week but catches remain encouraging. A good hatch of sedges and calmer weather resulted in the most successful day’s fishing of the week on Saturday with a rod average of 2.3 from 12 visiting anglers.
Number of fish taken: 12
Number of fish returned: 47
Number of visiting anglers: 30
Successful fly patterns: bibio, black pennel, cat’s whisker, daddy, treacle parkin, yellow dancer, silver Invicta.
A return to more seasonal Autumnal weather has increased the success rate of anglers at the fishery. More fish are moving about and appear to be more interested in taking flies. Added to this we re-stocked on Friday and this seems to have stirred matters up, especially in the small lake.
Number of fish taken: 16
Number of fish returned: 99
Number of visiting anglers: 67
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s olive, snatcher, bibio, hopper, black peacock spider, black fritz, goldhead hare’s ear, teal & silver, muddler, silver Invicta, orange blob, daddy.
More settled conditions this week with some very unseasonal warm, bright weather towards the week-end making fishing very difficult. With the water now cooling down we will be re-stocking at the end of this week- probably on Friday. It is to be hoped that this livens up the resident fish population.
Club visitors this week included on Saturday 5 anglers from Alston and 5 anglers from Dalston.
Number of fish taken: 26
Number of fish returned to the water: 30
Number of visiting anglers: 54
Successful fly patterns: Blue/green, klinkhammer, Shipman’s buzzer, buzzer, diawl bach, Invicta.
Varied conditions this week but a forecast for more settled conditions next week should Improve catches. The Lower Lough has again been the more productive of the two Saturday saw Nick Dales bring 11 rainbows to the net fishing with small black hoppers. Yesterday Mathew Daric from Consett brought the best fish of the week to the net, a 6lb 2oz rainbow. He and his fishing partner, Aaron Copeland accounted for another 12 trout and a jack pike, fishing with buzzer, chammy and blob.
Number of fish taken: 11
Number of fish returned: 68
Number of visiting anglers: 45
Successful fly patterns: John Storey, size 18 black dry, green bloodworm, black Shipman’s buzzer, booby cat, Dawson’s olive, black hopper, corrixa, grey fritz, buzzer, chammy, blob.
Conditions have been slowly turning more Autumnal lately but warm water and winds have caused fish to be deep. When on the surface they have mainly feeding on very small insects which are quite hard to imitate but on occasion good sport has been had on Daddies and hoppers.
Again those fishing the lower Lough have been more successful than those fishing the Great Lough and fishing from a boat has been more successful than from the bank.
Number of fish taken: 14
Number of fish returned: 50
Number of visiting anglers: 40
Successful fly patterns: Daddy, black gnat, Invicta, diawl bach, hopper, shipman’s buzzer, klinkhammer, buzzer, Dawson’s Olive, lures.
Bright sunshine, strong winds and heavy showers have all been part of this week’s story making fishing on the Great Lough especially a bit challenging. The small lough has been fishing well and providing some great takes on Daddies and on hoppers.
Some good fishing on the Great Lough too with Jim Tuck and Lee Cartmail bringing 6 fish each to the boat on Sunday, Michael Hall managed 8 to the net on the same day.
Sunday also saw the annual visit of the Kelso Angling Association who caught and took 29 fish: a rod average of 1.3. The heaviest fish was taken by Tam Brown who weighed in a rainbow at 3lb 15 oz. The heaviest bag of 3 fish was caught by Peter Hottinger and weighed 7ln 1oz.
Winner of the return ticket draw this week was Alan Tait who can claim a 4 hour catch and release session on his next visit.
Number of fish taken: 46
Number of fish returned: 75
Number of visiting anglers: 85
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s olive, hopper, viva, damsel nymph, daddies, small black cdc, silver Invicta, red buzzer, booby.
The weather has been a lot kinder to us all this week and some great day’s angling have been enjoyed by all our visitors. On average each day has produced 19 fish and until the week-end we were strangers to the wind and rain which have been a feature of this season.
On a point of management it is becoming increasingly difficult to compile the statistics for this weekly report as a few anglers are not completing their fish returns. Please could you do this for me, whether you are taking or returning fish. As an incentive all completed returns will be put in a weekly draw the winner receiving a complimentary 4 hour catch and release ticket.
Number of fish taken: 12
Number of fish returned: 107
Number of visiting anglers: 75
Successful fly patterns: Claret bumble, white lure, bloodworm, bibio, damsel nymph, dries, cdc, black emerger, daddy, hopper, cat’s whisker.
Another week of strong winds and showers. By Sunday it was starting to quieten down a bit but the cool northerly wind was gusting to at least double the forecast 10 mph. As a result anglers have found conditions hard. The lower lake has proved the easiest to fish but results have been achieved on both.
Three members of the Dalston Angling Club visited on Tuesday, taking 9 fish and returning 8 to the lower lake, fishing from boats. Hoppers proved to be the most effective fly pattern.
Sunday saw a great catch from a boat on the Great Lough, Robbie Bell and Bob Cockburn returned 20 Rainbow Trout to the water, the heaviest was recorded as being 5lb. The most effective fly pattern was a Daddy.
Also on Sunday we hosted the Lady kirk and Norham Angling Association who held the annual Oliver Purvis Cup competition. The competition was won by Dean Cockburn with a bag of 3 fish, weighing 7lb 8oz. Second was Jim Yeomans (3 fish for 7lb 7oz) and third was Jim Cameron (3fish for 6lb 11oz)
Number of fish taken: 33
Number of fish returned: 116
Number of visiting anglers: 70
Effective fly patterns: Daddy, hopper, Klinkhammer, buzzer, sedge, damsel, blob, p.t.n. white fritz.