Sweethope Fishery Report 16th August 2015

Bright sunshine all week apart from Friday which was very wet, especially in the morning. As a result the rod average has been down on previous weeks. The water temperature has come down to a reasonable level so that we put some new stock in on Friday and will repeat the operation next week.

We were visited by Northumbrian Water Game Angling Club on Sunday who held a boat competition. Heaviest bag of three fish went to Phil Waggett with a total of 6lb 5oz. Heaviest fish was a 4lb 14oz rainbow, caught by David Turnbull.


Fish brought to the net: 69 rainbow, 1 blue and 2 brown trout

Fish safely returned to the water: 49

Number of visiting rods: 75

Successful fly patterns: yellow midge, yellow hopper, daddy, snipe and purple, GRHE, diawl bach, goldhead dawson’s, cat’s whisker, blob, black/green f-fly, assorted dries.


Sweethope Fishery Report 9th August 2015

Most action this week has been on dries although fish have been shy of showing themselves as the wind and sun conditions change from minute to minute. Visitors have managed to make some fine catches. The team of J. and M. Hedley netted a 5lb rainbow from the Great Lough on Tuesday on an orange fritz, Joe Pooley took a 4lb 6oz fish from the lower Lough on Thursday with a snipe and purple and James Carr brought a 5lb 10 oz fish to the boat in the Great Lough on Friday with an F Fly.


Number of fish caught: 126 rainbow, 3 blue and 12 brown trout.

Number of fish returned safely to the water: 124

Visiting rods: 17

Successful fly patterns: Muddler, Black Gnat, Orange Fritz, CDC, Buzzer, Ginger Hopper, F Fly, Snipe & Purple, Kate McClaren.


Sweethope Fishery Report 2nd August 2015

Not a very productive start to the week with strong winds, lashing rain and few visitors but things have improved and by the end of the week conditions have been excellent. Cool water and light winds plus cloud cover have seen some great sport on dries.

Fish of the week was a 5lb7oz blue trout, caught by James Carr on Friday evening with a Diawl Bach and the biggest bag went to Rob Frame who brought 12 fish to the boat on Sunday. The Lower Lough also fished well on Sunday with W Jamieson bringing 7 rainbows to the net and Gary Parmley 2 rainbows and 3 blue trout all on buzzers.


Number of fish caught: 96 rainbows, 5 blue and 5 brown trout.

Number of fish returned to the water: 97

Number of visiting rods: 47

Successful fly patterns: Red Tag, Bob’sBits, Buzzer, Black and Peacock, PTN, Snipe and Purple, Muddler, Hopper, Diawl Bach, Clan Chief, Black Dries, Black Beetle, Dawson’s Olive.


Sweethope Fishery Report 26th July 2015

Cooler weather and some rain have dropped the water temperature of both lakes still further, improving conditions. Most anglers have had successful visits but the fishery probably performs best at the beginning and at the end of the day at present.

There have been some notable fish caught and returned to the lake: probably the best of them was the 5lb rainbow brought to the boat by Ryan Tones on Monday from a boat on the Small Lough. Stevie Bowden from the Ashington Kingfishers had a good evening on Saturday, bringing 9 rainbow and 1 blue trout to the net. All were reported to have been caught on a Daddy, despite the fact that none of that species were in evidence upon the water.


Number of fish caught: 164 rainbow, 13 blue and 2 brown trout.

Number of fish returned to the water: 163

Number of visiting rods: 62

Successful fly patterns: Daddy, Black & Peacock Spider, Red Tag, Diawl Bach, Muddler, Bibio, Black Hare’s Ear, Yellow Dancer, Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Emerger, Damsel, Griffiths Gnat, Cruncher.


Sweethope Fishery Report 20th July 2015

Another good week at Sweethope. The early half of the week fished well but the latter half was plagued by strong winds. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were most productive with most fish caught on dry fly. By the week-end the fish had gone deep and catches were achieved by the use of nymphs and lures.

On Saturday we were visited by members of the British Float Tube Association who had to use the Lower Lough on account of the very strong winds. 7 anglers caught 14 trout but the competition was won by Dick Barton with a bag of 3 fish, weighing 8lb 3oz, caught within 2 hours.

I have just been out on the lake in flat calm conditions to measure the temperature and I am happy to report that I recorded 15 degrees on the Great Lough and noticed insect life all over the surface with associated fish activity. Hopefully this will continue!


Number of fish brought to the net: 140 rainbow, 8 blue and 1 brown trout

Number of fish returned safely to the water: 122

Number of visiting anglers: 74

Successful fly patterns: klinkhammer, olives, yellow owl shuttlecock, daddy, black hopper, sedge, CDC, shipman’s buzzer, buzzer, diawl bach, goldhead damsel, nymphs, orange lure, Dawson’s Olive.


Sweethope Fishery Report 12th July 2015

Water temperature remains warm, measured at 18 degrees C on Sunday morning but wet colder weather is cooling both loughs. Best of the fishing has been the south bank and far west end of the Small Lough has provided some good catches, including the heaviest fish of the week, a 6lb 2oz rainbow, caught by Terry Richmond.

There has been lots of insect life hatching out in the warm, damp conditions and small dry flies have been most effective. Visiting rods have achieved a rod average of 2.6.


Number of fish brought to the net: 152 rainbow, 10 blue and 4 brown trout

Number of visiting anglers: 77

Number of fish returned safely: 129

Successful fly patterns: Hoppers, sedges, F Fly, Klinkhammer, bibio, diawl bach, hare’s ear, hare’s ear shuttlecock, okey dokey, PTN, cat’s whisker, Dawson’s Olive.


Sweethope Fishery Report 6th July 2015

Warm weather and increasing water temperatures have resulted in lethargic fish and more difficult angling conditions but visitors to the fishery have still managed a rod average of 2.66.

A violent thunder storm yesterday evening, causing anglers to shelter from the lightning in their cars and previous downpours have freshened things up, lowering the water temperature. Added to a new delivery of trout on Thursday catches and conditions should improve dramatically for visitors this week.

On Wednesday we were visited 7 members of the Northumbria Police Angling Club for a competition which was won by Tony Barclay.

Friday was busy, Eddie Rendles took a fine bag of 3 rainbows, weighing 9lbs 8oz and Nick Dales caught and returned 2 rainbows in the Great Lough, 13 rainbows and 3 blues in the Lower Lough.

Fish of the week was a rainbow taken from the Lower Lough by Stewart Carr, weighing 6lb 5oz.


Fish caught: 216 rainbow, 14 blue and 1 brown trout.

Fish returned safely to the water: 188

Number of visiting anglers: 87

Successful fly patterns:

G.R.H.E., klinkhammer, sedge, black beetle, muddler, dabbler, Kate McClaren, knotted midge, Invicta, hopper.



Sweethope Fishery Report 28th June 2015

A good week at Sweethope with as usual very varied weather, from rain to strong winds. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw lots of hatches and action on the surface with dry patterns. Many fishermen are taking advantage of the late evenings and fishing up to dark with impressive results, Scott Nellins and Ben Tempson, bringing 20 fish to the boat on Wednesday evening.

Hopefully if Northern Trout’s lorry is back on the road we will be receiving another delivery of fighting fit trout this week.


Number of fish caught: 268 rainbow, 24 blue and 5 brown trout

Number of fish returned safely to the water: 276

Visiting rods: 107

Heaviest fish: 4lb

Best fly patterns:

Hopper, buzzer, Kate McClaren, sedge, muddler, Black Pennel, daddy, bibio, klinkhammer, montana, PTN, bibio, cruncher, Peter Ross.


Sweethope Fishery Report 21st June 2015

A wonderful start to the week with Monday and Tuesday providing perfect conditions and catches of 58 and 62 fish respectively. The windy weather returned with a vengeance on Wednesday and Thursday. Many thanks to Jim Lumsden, Ken Ward and Ken Glenton who managed to provide the R.A.F. Regiment with some freshly caught fish for a survival course in challenging conditions on the lower Lough.

The wind died down somewhat for the week-end. On Friday the week’s best performance was put in by Billy Emery and Chris Guthrie who brought 35 fish to their boat in a 4 hour session on dries.

The fishery is well stocked and producing good catches and another top up stock of excellent trout will be arriving from Northern Trout on Friday.


Fish caught: 307 Rainbow,11 blue and 3 brown trout.

Fish returned to the water: 283

Number of visiting rods: 93

Successful fly patterns: Bibio, Daddy, hoppers, black buzzer, shipman’s buzzer, PTN, klinkhammer, zulu, diawl bach partridge & orange, muddler, hare’s ear.


Sweethope Fishery Report 14th June 2015

A busy week at Sweethope which has seen consistently good catches and fine weather. Trout have been taken from the top of the water and from just under the surface on dries and wets on both lakes. The quality of the fish has been remarked upon by many anglers who have had a fight on their hands. As many fish have been lost as have been brought to the net.

In a new innovation 7 students from Kenton School visited on Tuesday and were given an introduction to angling by Richard Wood. It was a very successful day and the students were a credit to their school and welcome to return at any time.

The best fish of the week was a 4lb Rainbow trout, caught in the lower lake by Jim Lumsden and performance of the week must go to Nick Dales who brought 25 rainbow and 5 blue trout to the net on Friday.

We hosted a loch style boat competition for the Ashington Kingfishers on Saturday which was a great success. 19 anglers attended and the biggest fish was caught by Ian R. Fairgreave, a rainbow weighing 1.74 kg. The competition was won by Keith Row with a bag of 8 fish weighing 8.82kg. Second was Ian S. Fairgreave with a bag of 8 fish weighing 8.45 kg. and third was Steven Taylor with a bag of 8 fish weighing 8.43kg. The total number of fish brought to the net was 107, giving the club a rod average of 5.63.


Fish brought to the net: 371 rainbows, 52 blues, 14 browns

Fish returned : 395

Visiting Rods: 90

Successful fly patterns: Shipman’s buzzer, Kate McClaren, hare’s ear, hoppers, buzzers, damsels, Peter Ross, Clan Chief, bibio, daddies, Black Pennel, Diawl Bach.

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