A good week at the fishery with only Friday totally blitzed by windy wet weather, even then Raymond Smee and Steven Sloane managed to return 5 fish to the relatively sheltered waters of the small Lough. Saturday treated us to the tail end of America’s hurricane but a creditable 12 fish were caught and returned by 8 anglers.
More friendly conditions on Sunday helped Darren Slaughter and P. Talbot return 15 rainbow trout each to the Great Lough and Eric Carmichael return 11 rainbow and 2 blue trout.
A great day was had on Monday when we hosted the Jack Charlton Disabled Fishing Club to a competition. Participants attended from all over the North-East and Cumbria, despite the forecast the weather was kind and all enjoyed the day.
Number of fish taken: J.C.comp 101 fishery: 15
Number of fish returned: 145
Number of visiting anglers: 60 (ex J.C. comp)
Successful fly patterns: Black buzzer, hawthorn fly, black gnat, Black Pennel, Northern spider, Kate McClaren, bibio, bloodworm, hare’s ear.
The Loughs have both fished well this week with the best performance probably being that of Angus and David Slack of Prudhoe. Fishing the Little Lough they managed to return 1 blue and 20 rainbow trout, fishing from both boat and bank. Father and son team, Simon and Elliot Guthrie, fishing from a boat on the Great Lough returned 1 brown and 15 rainbow trout.
Lots of insect life on the water this week-end, including a hatch of Hawthorn Flies.
The weather has been all over the place with wind from every quarter, rain, wind and sun! Let’s hope for some settled weather in the near future.
Number of fish taken: 26
Number of fish returned: 221
Number of visiting anglers: 76
Successful fly patterns: cdc, bibio, Ally Mc Coist, dancer, Greenwell’s glory, hopper, damsel. viva, clan chief muddler, blob, Dawson’s olive, black & peacock.
Sweethope has been fishing well this week with some excellent performances from visiting anglers.
On Monday Richard Adamson from Co. Durham, our sole visitor, caught and returned 18 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. Richard was using an orange fritz and a buzzer. On Wednesday Mark Ward and boat partner caught and returned 40 rainbows to the Great Lough. Chris Stafford from Blyth caught and returned 16 rainbow and 2 blue trout to the Small Lough on Sunday, Gareth Tilley and boat partner A McPhail from Lanchester caught and returned 24 rainbows to the Great Lough, fishing CDC and bibio.
Number of fish taken: 15
Number of fish returned: 282
Number of visiting anglers: 49
Successful fly patterns: cdc, bibio, hopper, Invicta, muddler, damsel, black midge, cat’s whisker, Dawson’s olive, buzzer.
Windy, wet and cool weather have ensured that the water temperature at the fishery has remained relatively cool. Together with a recent stocking this has ensured some great fishing.
Performance of the week was hat of John Scott who caught and returned 32 trout on Tuesday fishing both lakes for 6 hours with a pheasant tail nymph and a hopper. Well done John, a personal best.
Also well done to Adam Collinson and Shaun Ramshaw from Stanhope who managed to return well over 30 fish between them ,fishing the Great Lough from a boat on Saturday.
All fish appear to be in good condition and are putting up some spirited resistance.
Number of fish taken: 28
Number of fish returned: 178
Number of visiting anglers: 45
Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, black hopper, cormorant, sedge, black cat, hopper, PTN, Dawson’s Olive, cdc, blob, daddy.
Happily the road situation is back to normal mow and customers from the Morpeth direction do not have to travel miles out of their way any longer.
Both loughs are cooling down slowly and by the end of the week fish were feeding on naturals. Most fish remain deep, however and lures such as Cat’s Whiskers are catching fish. Mac Arhcbold from Cramlington had a good day on Friday, returning 8 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. On Saturday Anthony Dinsmore returned an 3lb brown trout and 10 rainbow trout to the Small Lough. The biggest of the rainbows was about 7lb. These fish were all caught on a hawthorn fly. Also on dries, this time a carrot fly, Lee Cartmail returned 1 brown, 1 blue and 9 rainbow trout to the Great Lough.
On Sunday two pairs were successful: on the Great Lough Paul Tweddle and Neil Hodgeson returned 1 brown and 24 rainbow trout to the Great Lough. Simon Nichols and Guy Nicholson returned 21 rainbow and 1 blue trout to the Small Lough.
Number of fish taken: 7
Number of fish returned: 135
Number of visiting anglers: 54
Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, carrot fly, hawthorn bibio, diawl bach, black hopper, cormorant, sedge, black beetle, Kate McClaren, PTN, zonker.
We have had a successful week at Sweethope, hosting two club competitions and many individual fishermen. Conditions were perfect on Wednesday. Guy Nicholson brought 19 rainbows and 1 brown trout to the net and his boat partner, Jim Burtle managed 8 rainbows, including one weighing over 12lb. On the same evening Gordon Boulding from the Kingfishers recorded catching so many fish he lost count from the dam end of the Small Lough!
We hosted the Northumbrian Police Open Competition on Thursday which was won by Nathan Crain with a total weight of 12lb 12oz. Best fish was that taken by Eric Brunton which weighed 3lb 2oz.
On Saturday we hosted the British Float Tube Association. It was impressive to see 9 tubes all set afloat on the Great Lough and also pleasant to report that all tubers caught fish! Perhaps no surprise to note that with home advantage Tony Barclay was declared the winner taking 3 fish for 6lb 10oz and returning a further 9.
Number of fish taken: 53
Number of fish returned: 170
Number of visiting anglers: 76
Successful fly patterns: Hopper, Shipman’s, viva, cormorant, olive, muddler, sedge, bloodworm, hare’s ear, daddy, hawthorn fly.
Sweethope has been fishing well this week, Monday and Friday provided the best days but anglers have caught fish throughout the week. Monday’s best performance was that of Darren Howie who fishing both lakes managed a creditable 16 fish to the net fishing Shipman’s buzzer, hopper and bibio. The latter end of the week provided the best performance which was that of James Carr on Saturday, bringing 19 rainbows to the boat on the Great Lough, fishing a damsel.
This coming week-end we will be hosting the British Float Tube Association who are holding a competition at Sweethope.
Number of fish taken: 22
Number of fish returned: 224
Number of visiting anglers: 57
Successful fly patterns: Dun hopper, hare’s ear, cormorant, blob, sedgehog, olive emerger, montana, bibio, Shipman’s, black spider, damsel, ptn, muddler.
What a contrast in the weather this week. Heatwave at the start and very fresh winds at the week-end, accompanying a drop in temperature of over 10 degrees.
Catches of course have reflected this, Tuesday and Wednesday provided the best fishing Billy Emery and John Metcalf brought 17 fish to the boat on Tuesday on the Great Lough. On Wednesday Graham Sanderson and Eric Caisley brought 15 to the boat also on the Great Lough. Performance of the week-end was that of Stew Cameron who found some shelter on the Lower Lough, took 3 fish and returned 12 catching on Kate McClaren and a beadhead damsel.
Both lakes were stocked again on Friday.
Number of fish taken: 6
Number of fish returned: 75 rainbow, 4 blue and 1brown trout.
Number of visiting anglers: 46
Successful fly patterns: Olive damsel, buzzer, olive hopper, cat’s whisker, bead head damsel Kate McClaren, Ally McCoist.
Wind has been the predominant feature of this week’s weather followed by a bright, sunny week-end. Despite the sunshine Eddy Keers managed the performance of the week on the Lower Lough, bringing 26 fish to the boat. Jim Lumsden managed to land a huge 14lb 5oz rainbow on Tuesday, wading on the South bank of the Great Lough and fishing a cat’s whisker.
This week we will be getting on with the job of cutting weed in the Lower Lough which will be topped up with fresh stock on Friday. The Great lough has just been stocked.
Number of fish taken: 18
Number of fish returned: 110
Number of visiting anglers: 63
Successful fly patterns: Hopper, PTN, black & grey fritz, orange fritz, hare’s ear, sedgehog, damsel, yellow muddler, copper nymph cat’s whisker, klinkhammer, sedge, yellow foam beetle, CDC.
A mixed bag of weather and of results this week. Biggest enemy to the angler has been the wind but the Sweethope angler has also had to contend with torrential rain.
Nymph fishing has been the most effective technique, pheasant tails and diawl bachs being the most popular fly patterns.
On occasion fish have been tempted to the surface with dry flies and there have been lots of fish moving in the quiet periods between gusts of wind.
All in all though a difficult week let’s hope for better conditions this week.
Number of fish taken: 23
Number of fish returned: 66
Number of visiting anglers: 42
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, Pitsford pea, damsel, red buzzer, mayfly, pheasant tail nymph, dries, various nymphs