Sadly the recent rain has done little either to restore water levels or to cool down water in either lake. I have just been out and measured the water temperature in the Great Lough and it is currently averaging 18 degrees. A few cool nights and we may achieve more typical temperatures and be able to introduce some new stock.
We are hosting the Jack Charlton disabled fishing competition next month on the 13th August so fingers crossed the lakes cool down by then. Anyone interested in giving a hand on the day please get in touch with the fishery.
Please will all visiting anglers be careful handling fish, especially when fishing the bottom lake catch and release. Last week I cleaned out at least 10 dead fish. Hot weather and rough handling kill fish
Number of fish taken: 6
Number of fish returned: 13
Number of visiting anglers: 34
Successful fly patterns: Hare’s ear, bibio, cat’s whisker, olive snatcher, Dawson’s olive.
More of the same conditions but with a bit of wind of late to stir the water up and possibly cool it down.
Stwart Bettinson, staying at one of the holiday cottages had a great day on the Great Lough on Wednesday, bringing 6 trout to the boat, fishing dries. Thursday in similar conditions he blanked but the water temperature had increased by 2-3 degrees. Enough to put the fish off feeding and drive them down into deeper water!
On Saturday we hosted the British Float Tube Association and 8 anglers who took 12 fish and returned 13 safely to the lake.
Number of fish taken: 15
Number of fish returned: 34
Number of visiting anglers: 40
Rod average: 1.0
Successful fly patterns: Hare’s ear, black & brown, black foam spider, bibio, black muddler,cat’s whisker, assorted dries.
It’s a bit cooler today and rain is forecast so hopefully the 20 degree water may cool down a little in the near future and we will be able to think about restocking without stressing the new arrivals too much!
There has been a steady stream of anglers visiting Sweethope this week and fish are still being caught.
Performance of the week was from Neil Hodgson from Stanhope who brought 10 rainbow trout to the boat on Friday, best fly being a booby.
We hosted the Weardale fly fishers on Sunday, 8 anglers took 8 fish which with an average weight of about 2lb. Best performance was that of Ian Malpass who took 2 fish and returned 1 to the lake.
Number of fish taken: 12
Number of fish returned: 49
Number of visiting anglers: 62
Rod average: 1.0
Successful fly patterns: buzzers, Dawson’s Olive, bloodworm, cat’s whisker, orange dancer, Kate McClaren, black dries, hopper, black foam spider.
The water temperature remains warm and fish are still pretty deep. Towards the end of the week some success was being achieved with dries.
Notable catches include that of Eric Caisley who brought 10 rainbows to the boat, fishing the Great Lough on Monday.
Thursday saw us host 10 anglers to the Police open which was won by Dave Johnson (unless I’ve got the wrong Dave and it’s Dave wood!). The total number of fish taken was 17
Number of fish taken: 24
Number of fish returned: 36
Number of visiting anglers: 50
Rod average: 1.2
Successful fly patterns: Black foam spider, lures, green fritz.
The heatwave continues, I have just been out on a boat measuring the water temperature across the Great Lough and it averages 20 degrees c. The fish are not in a mood for feeding and the bright sunlight is keeping them down in the water.
Considering the conditions some very good catches have been made. Dave Moody and Jim Foreman brought 8 rainbows to the boat on Monday and after a very early start Eric Caisley managed to return 10 rainbows, also fishing from a boat on the Great Lough.
Conditions are still best first thing in the morning.
Number of fish taken:10
Number of fish returned: 38
Number of visiting anglers: 45
Rod average: 1
Successful fly patterns: Black foam spider, bibio, black buzzer, green blob, pink bunny leech, booby, bob’s bits.
Sorry, because of building work here at Lough House I have not been able to write this week’s report until now. I’ll just give you the statistics.
It remains hot here as everywhere. Fishing conditions are probably best early mornings.
Number of fish taken: 19
Number of fish returned: 97
Number of visiting anglers: 56
Rod average: 2
Successful fly patterns: Muddler, orange blob, damsel, bibio, diawl bach, sedge.
Strong winds and storm Hector made Thursday unfishable but the rest of the week has been hard but on the whole fruitful.
Ray Wilson had a successful session on the bottom lake on Wednesday, bringing 12 rainbow trout to the boat fishing with: muddler and assorted black dries.
On Friday Josh Piper also brought 12 fish to the boat, 10 rainbows and 2 blues, this time on the Great Lough.
Fishing was brought short on Saturday with a big thunder storm but in all a good week.
Number of fish taken: 27
Number of fish returned: 106
Number of visiting anglers: 57
Rod average: 2.3
Successful fly patterns: Gold fritz, Black Pennel, Black Spider, Montana, Daddy, Muddler, Foam Beetle, Dancer, Hare’s Ear, Snatcher, Bibio, CDC, Damsel.
This week has been warm and humid with light winds mostly from an easterly direction, the water temperature has been warm and trout have only been feeding on the surface early and late.
There have been insects hatching out but most fishing has been blind. There have been some impressive catches on dries: sedges and daddies proving to be deadly on the bottom lake.
Most anglers have returned home after a successful session and though the going may sometimes be hard fish are being caught in all conditions.
Number of fish taken: 70
Number of fish returned: 190
Number of visiting anglers: 108
Rod average: 2.4
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, damsel, daddy, sedge, cat’s whisker, Invicta, Black Pennel, buzzer, CDC, hare’s ear.
Another good week with plenty of fish caught in both lakes. On balance buzzer fishing has been the the most successful method but a wide range of wets, dries and lures have been employed with success. The week-end’s warm weather has brought on a hatch of tiny black flies but they are very difficult to match. Fish of the week was that caught by Gary Braden on Saturday, a 12lb 2oz rainbow. Gary was fishing with nine other members of the Fly Tying Guild in a competition.
We also hosted 12 members of the Northumbrian Water Anglian Club on Saturday, one of the busiest days of this season so far.
Number of fish taken: 54
Number of fish returned: 195
Number of visiting anglers: 104
Successful fly patterns: Hare’s ear, diawl bach, buzzers, butcher, Shipman’s buzzer, sedge, muddler.
A very busy week at Sweethope with a record number of fish being returned to the water. Conditions have been varied from cool and windy to warm and sunny but every day has produced fish.
We hosted H.M.R.C. on Wednesday with 7 anglers having a successful day, taking 11and returning61 fish to the water, fishing from boats on the Great Lough.
On Saturday we were hosts to the Ashington Kingfishers who had a splendid day with 23 anglers returning 119 fish within the competition and a further 34 outside the 8 fish limit.
Winner of the competition was Alan Morton with 8 fish for 9.64 kilos, 2nd Steve Bowden with 8 fish for 9.23 kilos and 3rd was Derek Johnson with 8 fish for 8.95 kilos
Biggest fish was that returned by John Sutherland which weighed in at 3.79 kilos (it was longer than the measuring gauge!)
John Metcalf returned a fine brown trout to the Great Lough on Wednesday, weighing over 10 lbs. and together with Willy Emery returned 20 rainbow trout.
Number of fish taken: 45
Number of fish returned: 530
Number of visiting anglers: 131
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, buzzers, cruncher, diawl bach, Kate McClaren, emergers, Black Pennel, damsel.