Fishery Report 24th November 2014

Cooler weather is seeing fewer visitors and scarcer catches. Fish are there to be caught though and on Wednesday a great day was had in still and warmish conditions when 6 rods caught 10 rainbow and 3 blue trout on Bibio and on Cats Whisker.

The best fish recorded weighed in at 3lb.

We were visited this week by a total of 22 rods who caught 2 brown, 3 blue and 20 rainbow trout. 12 rainbows were taken and the other fish were returned safely to the water.

Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, a silver & black lure and Bibio.

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Sweethope Fishing Report November 17th 2014

As the season draws to a finish those anglers who have not yet put their rods away and are prepared to wrap up warmly are enjoying some good days on the water.

On Tuesday Eddie Rendles and Denis Harrington took their full bag of six rainbow trout, boat angling on the Great Lough and on Saturday Alan Reed from Slaley took three rainbows and returned three to the Lower Lough.

Most of these catches have been on lures but Joe Pooley, persevering with his self tied naturals caught a fine rainbow in the Lower Lough on Sunday.

Water temperature remains at 8 degrees C. despite some cold nights and the fishery is still worth a visit.

Visiting rods this week: 20

Fish caught: 19 rainbows, 2 blue. (8 taken 13 returned to the water)

Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Muddler.

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Sweethope Fishing Report October 19th 2014

As the water cools down Cat’s Whisker and Dawson’s Olives have become the favourite fly patterns to the visiting angler. Other successful patterns have been: bibio and diawl bach. We will remain open, weather permitting until Christmas.

We were visited by the Police Angling Club this week on Wednesday and they had a very successful match against their colleagues from Fife. The match was very narrowly won by the Scottish visitors who caught 15 rainbows weighing 41lb 12oz to Northumbria’s 13 weighing 29lb 14oz.

For those planning a visit the loughs appear to fish better in the afternoon than the morning.

Total number of visitors: 39

Fish caught: 57 rainbows

Fish returned:19

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Sweethope Fishing Report November 9th 2014

Conditions by the end of the week were excellent and Sunday gave us still and warm conditions with a hatch of sedges on the Great Lough. The trout appear to be in fine, fit condition with even a 2lb rainbow fighting well above its weight and taking me right down to my backing line.

We were visited by 14 rods this week who caught 20 rainbows, returning 6 to the water.

Successful fly patterns: Damsel nymph, cat’s whisker, black dancer, orange fritz goldhead and u.v. cat.

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Sweethope Fishing Report November 2nd 2014

Trout fishing returns have been encouraging on both lakes and the lower Lough has seen some excellent pike catches both on lure and on dead bait. Yesterday Mark Frain caught a ten lb pike on a lure and earlier Jimmy Short caught his heaviest pike to date on dead bait, weighing in at 12lb 8oz.

With the water temperature at a respectable 10 degrees C. trout are still feeding well and taking dries and buzzers as well as lures.

Fish caught: 25 rainbows

Fish Taken: 8 rainbows

Rods: 17

Successful fly patterns: Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Black Hopper, Buzzers, Dries.

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Sweethope Fishing Report October 27th 2014

The fishery has been in the grip of extremely windy weather this week and angling has been difficult. Fish have been caught from boats on the sheltered South Westerly margins of the top Lough but the catch of the week was without a doubt that of Messrs. Wade and Kane who, deciding conditions were too windy for boating caught and returned 17 rainbows and several jack pike to the Lower Lough yesterday. It was reported that many fish were spotted breaking the surface and seemed to be feeding on nymphs.

I am going to put the final top up of stock in the Upper Lough today which should improve conditions for the closing weeks of the season so that if the wind dies down a bit come and have a fish.

Fly pattern of the week: Cats Whisker

Number of rods: 10

Rainbows returned to the water: 22

 

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Sweethope Fishing Report October 19th 2014

As the season draws to its close and the water cools down Cat’s Whisker and Dawson’s Olives have become the favourite fly patterns to the visiting angler. Other successful patterns have been: bibio and diawl bach . We will remain open, weather permitting until Christmas and I will arrange a final stock top up later on this week.

We were visited by the Police Angling Club this week on Wednesday and they had a very successful match against their colleagues from Fife. The match was very narrowly won by the Scottish visitors who caught 15 rainbows weighing 41lb 12oz to Northumbria’s 13 weighing 29lb 14oz.

For those planning a visit the loughs appear to fish better in the afternoon than the morning.

Total number of visitors: 39

Fish caught: 57 rainbows

Fish returned:19

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Sweethope Fishing Report October 12th 2014

After some appalling weather at the start of the week, things settled down to some relatively still conditions. Some amongst us were catching fish on small fly patterns using size 16 and smaller hooks. These included buzzers, emergers and dries. Some were catching on lures and blobs: Cat’s Whisker and Dawson’s Olive being favourite.

As an experiment I went out on the lower lake yesterday and fished from a canoe. I experienced some success with a size 16 diawl bach and am considering putting down 2 moorings next season so that anglers can fish from 2 boats in the middle of the lake on these. I would appreciate feedback from anglers on this suggestion.

We will stay open again this year through November and December, stock levels appear to be adequate at the minute but I can’t guarantee the mild Winter and subsequent number of over-wintering fish that we experienced last year!

Number of anglers visiting: 30

Fish caught: 19 Rainbows

Fish returned to the water: 14

Successful fly patterns: Hopper, buzzer, diawl bach, shuttlecock, orange blob, bloodworm, cat’s whisker, Dawson’s olive.

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Sweethope Fishing Report October 6th 2014

A good fishing week until Autumn arrived with a vengeance on Friday. Despite the wet and windy conditions on Friday, Gregg Johnson from Ashington managed to catch and return 6 rainbow trout to the Little Lough.

The wind had dropped by Sunday and a better day was enjoyed by the 14 visiting anglers. Dave Moody and Mark Strachan from Norham caught and returned 8 rainbow and 1 blue trout to the Great Lough and three visitors from the Kelso Angling club also had a rewarding visit, catching and returning 12 fish.

The best fish of the week was a 4lb rainbow, caught by Ken Davison from the Great Lough on Wednesday.

This week we were visited by 49 rods who caught 80 rainbow, 2 blue and 7 brown trout. Of these 79 were returned safely to the water.

Successful fly patterns were: Black Dries, hoppers, diawl bach, whisky muddler, damsel nymph, booby, Kate McClaren, buzzers, bloodworm.

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Sweethope Fishing Report September 29th 2014

The early part of the week and the end of the week have provided good conditions at the fishery but Thursday and Friday were too windy for successful angling. Furthermore we added to the fish stock on Friday so that tis week anglers should experience productive fishing conditions.

Seven members of the Benedictine Angling Club held a competition on Saturday which was won by Ian Macauther who had 12 Rainbow trout to the boat. His winning catch weighed 14lb.12oz. Second was Adam Calvin and third Jimmy Calvin who also caught the heaviest fish, weighing in at 3lb.2oz.

Heaviest fish of the week was a blue trout, caught by Mr. Purves of Forres who visited on Tuesday.

We were visited by 26 rods who caught 59 rainbow, 1 blue and 2 brown trout. £6 of these fish were successfully returned to the water.

Best fly patterns: Black Pennel, Hare’s Ear, Dabbler, CDC dries, F fly, Lures.

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