At last Spring appears to have arrived and both waters are starting to warm up. Insects are beginning to hatch out and trout are moving on the surface. Successful fly patterns and techniques are tending more to floating lines and traditional wets. Some success has been achieved on dry fly.
Having said that, however, Mark Cromer from Morpeth managed to return 25 rainbow and 2 blue trout fishing a blob.
On Saturday Tony Patterson and John Durkan returned 29 rainbows to the Small Lough, fishing hare’s ear, Greenwell’s glory, spider and butcher and Mark Butcher and Charlie Loizou returned 23 rainbow and 2 blue trout to the Small Lough.
Sunday’s best performance was that of Eric Carmichael of Rowlands Gill who returned 16 rainbow and 3 blue trout, buzzer fishing.
Number of fish taken:46
Number of fish returned:234
Number of visiting anglers: 73
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, green buzzer, black buzzer, black gnat, cruncher, damsel, Kate McClaren, GRHE, Greenwells Glory, spider, butcher, blob, dries.
A very cold and windy week has made fishing conditions difficult. We have consequently had a reduced number of visitors but all have been rewarded by some good sport. Even when the Great Lough has had waves and white horses it has been possible to find some shelter on the Little Lough. Best performance of the week was probably that of Billy Emery and John Metcalf who returned 24 rainbow trout to the Great Lough on Friday, fishing from a boat.
Number of fish taken:18
Number of fish returned:198
Number of visiting anglers:35
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, viva, hare’s ear, bibio, cormorant, black fritz, hopper, buzzer.
A short report this week due to weather forecast induced lower numbers. Both lakes continue to provide fish, wets and lures being the order of the day despite the occasional big hatch of flies when the conditions have been right.
I will continue to write a weekly report until the end of November and then recommence in April when the new season begins.
Number of fish taken: 10
Number of fish returned: 20
Number of visiting anglers: 24
Successful fly patterns : Dog nobbler, cat’s whisker, cormorant, diawl bach.
Yet again another hard week at Sweethope. Cold water temperatures, strong winds and rain, improving by the end of the week. Once ex-hurricane Ophelia has passed through things will improve for the coming week.
The best performance this week was that of Charlie Loizou and Mark Johnson, fishing from a boat on the bottom lake. Fishing buzzers they returned 21 rainbow and 1 blue trout to the water.
Number of fish taken: 9
Number of fish returned: 43
Number of visiting anglers: 25
Successful fly patterns : Buzzer, red nymph, Kate McClaren, cruncher, cormorant, diawl bach,
Windy, wet and cold conditions have made for a difficult time for visiting anglers this week. Sunday was probably the best day of the week with some good catches from the small lake. The Great Lough proving to be a little too cold and choppy.
Number of fish taken: 3
Number of fish returned: 44
Number of visiting anglers: 20
Successful fly patterns : Buzzer, black cruncher, hare’s ear, black dries.
Another productive week for the fishery. Despite a couple of rainy days mid week we have been fairly well attended.
Saturday was the best day with 24 visiting anglers taking 6 trout and returning 78 safely to the water. Best performances were those of Peter Davison and Ali Tait fishing from a boat on the Lower Lough. Peter returned 24 and Ali 13 trout, fishing damsel and cat’s whisker respectively.
For most of the week conditions have been perfect for fishing dries with light to moderate winds producing a gentle ripple and insect life hatching in abundance.
Number of fish taken: 27
Number of fish returned: 137
Number of visiting anglers: 60
Successful fly patterns :Dawson’s olive, snake, black hopper, cat’s whisker, damsel, buzzer, daddy, hare’s ear, small black dries, diawl bach, cormorant, midas dry, black cruncher, black nobbler.
Again a slow week owing to wet, cold and windy weather but made up for by some excellent sport over the week-end.
The Small Lough has been fishing especially well and fishing from a boat on Saturday, Peter Davidson caught and returned 26 rainbows, Ali Tait caught and returned 23.
On Sunday Eddy Keers, also fishing the Small Lough caught and returned17 rainbows.
The Great Lough provided some good sport as well with John Williams and David Duncan bringing 23 rainbow trout to the boat on Saturday and Andy Campbell and John Brown bringing 19 rainbow trout to the boat on Sunday.
We hosted a competition for the Fly Tiers Guild on Sunday which was won by Malcolm Halliman.
Number of fish taken: 21
Number of fish returned:202
Number of visiting anglers: 60
Successful fly patterns: cormorant, blue flash damsel, olive fritz, lures, buzzer, black snake, bibio, hopper, zonker, diawl bach, ace of spades.
A slow start to the week but an extremely busy week-end. A pleasure as always to host the Ashington Kingfishers for their memorial day on Sunday. Despite the frequency of the downpours we managed to make a success of the barbecue!
18 rods attended with a rod average of 1.33. The competition was won by John Taylor with a total weight of 2.21 kg and a best fish of 1.29 kg, Sid Dixey cams a very close second with a total weight of 2.20 kg and a best fish of 1.19 kg.
Saturday’s best performance was that of James Carr and boat partner Barry Keenan. James had 17 fish to the boat and Barry 10. Heaviest fish was 3lb.8oz and the most effective fly pattern was a diawl bach.
We topped the stock up in both lakes on Friday and there is no shortage of fish to be caught!
Number of fish taken: 31
Number of fish returned: 124
Number of visiting anglers: 70
Successful fly patterns: diawl bach, black & peacock, blue flash damsel, claret hopper, sedge, bibio.
Very busy week at Sweethope with a bank holiday, mainly light winds and very little rain encouraging anglers from all over the region. A big hatch of very small, black flies has resulted in great top of the water sport for those fishing size 14 and smaller black dries.
Performance of the week was that of Messrs. Clark and Horn from Morpeth who returned 16 rainbows and 2 blue trout to the Great Lough on Friday.
On Sunday, unfortunately the windiest day of the week we hosted the Kelso Angling Association. 17 anglers took 26 trout and returned a further 6. Ronnie Glass took 3 trout, weighing 5lb 5 oz, Tam Brown 3 for 4lb 9oz and Kenny Dumma 2 trout for 4lb 7oz, the heaviest weighing 2lb 8oz.
Number of fish taken: 68
Number of fish returned: 169
Number of visiting anglers: 110
Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, olive buzzer, PTN, Shipman’s buzzer, black daddy, damsel, muddler, PTN, cdc, hopper, bibio, klinkhammer, sedge, diawl bach, black spider.
Sweethope has been well attended again this week and all anglers have been rewarded by some great fishing and some hard fighting trout. Ample hatches of insect life have led to some great top of the water action on dry fly.
Neil Hodgson from Stanhope did particularly well on Tuesday, bringing 19 rainbow and 2 brown trout to the boat, fishing shuttlecock. Another fine performance was that of Rob Frame on Sunday. Boat fishing with a black Shipman’s buzzer, Rob successfully returned 22 rainbow trout to the Great Lough.
The Small Lough also fished well. Stew Younger safely returned 13 rainbows, fishing dries and boat pair Dicky Lawson and Johnny Thackray returned 1 blue and 16 rainbow trout, their best fly being a dog nobbler.
Number of fish taken: 33
Number of fish returned:196
Number of visiting anglers: 63
Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, PTN, green spider, cdc, yellow buzzer, shuttlecock, Shipman’s buzzer, blue flash damsel, muddler, dog nobbler.