Another successful week with a great hatch of buzzers. The wind has been from the East until Sunday which saw a fairly brisk Westerly, braved by 12 boats who caught 64 fish between them. The most successful angler was Steve Cochrane from Guidepost who caught and returned 13 rainbows and 1 brown trout on diawl bachs and a black c.d.c. His biggest fish was an impressive 5lb over wintered rainbow.
There is a large number of fit, strong, over wintered fish in both lakes this season – perhaps a result of the unusually warm winter which is causing much comment from visiting anglers.
We were visited by 75 rods who caught 237 rainbow, 5 blue and 6 brown trout; 207 of these were returned safely to the lake.
As the fly patterns testify fish were caught on a wide variety of flies including : Cats whisker, yellow dancer, black nomad, cormorants, buzzers, daddies, hoppers, diawl bach and cdc.
Another great week at the fishery has seen more excellent double figure catches.
Visits from Chris Guthrie this week saw a catch of 38 fish in partnership with Gary Hays on Wednesday and a catch of 35 fish on Friday.
Notable fish have been Monday’s 5lb rainbow caught by David Herdman of Wark on a Woolly Bugger and Mr. J Youngman’s 4lb 14oz Rainbow caught on Sunday.
Both the Lower Lough and the Great Lough Have been fishing well and in total 326 rainbows,8 blue and 4 brown trout have been caught 92 of these were taken and 234 returned safely to the water.
We were hosts to the Berwick Bears on Sunday and their loch style competition. The winner was Mr. G Inkpen with a 3 fish bag of 7lb 7oz. He also returned 9 fish.
Successful fly patterns were: olive dries, black dries, Kate McClaren, Diawl bach, PTN, Black Tadpole, bibio, Dawsons Olive and Yellow.
Finally the return of the Cuckoo, heard on Friday and on Sunday perhaps attests to the arrival of Spring!
A great week at the fishery has seen some excellent double figure catches.
Nick Dales from Whitley Bay caught and returned 21 on Tuesday , David Wright of Dunston took a rainbow from the Great Lake on Friday which was weighed at 5lb 10oz but Yesterday saw 9 rods catch a whopping total of 81 fish.
Biggest bag went to Richard Wood of Belsay who caught and released 25 trout in the Great Lake, the biggest of which was estimated to be 6lb.
The water is starting to warm up and the majority of fish this week have been taken on buzzers and nymphs. The return of the housemartins happily coinciding with a hatch of little black flies which are proving hard for the angler to match.
Total catches this week: rainbow trout 189, blue trout 5, brown trout 1, 21 fish taken.
Successful fly patterns: Emergers, buzzers, black bug, bloodworm, black fritz, cormorant, booby, cats whisker, dawson’s olive, diawl bach, black Pennell.
Sweethope Fishing Report 6th April 2014
Up until the week-end apart from Tuesday afternoon Sweethope has been a very misty and damp place. Tuesday’s sunshine saw fish breaking the surface all afternoon and evening, giving two members of the Benedictine club an excellent night’s sport, taking 3 rainbows and returning 8 fish.
The weekend has seen lots of activity: 10 rods caught 44 fish on Saturday and 19 fish were caught by another 10 rods today. In total this week 104 rods visited the fishery and caught 104 rainbow, 1 blue and 1 brown trout. 75 fish were returned to the water.
The best fish was caught by Mr.Dales of Whitley Bay and was estimated to weigh 4lb.
Most fish have been caught on lures but as the water temperature has improved natural patterns have been becoming more effective.
Successful fly patterns: Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Damsel Flashback, Blue Flash Damsel, Tadpole, Emerger, orange Fritz, Orange Blob, Yellow Dancer,Olive Fritz, Dawson’s Olive.
Sweethope Fishing Report 30th March 2014
Having restocked last week this seems an appropriate time to renew my weekly report from the fishery. Our stocking policy will be one of regular stocks of 300-500 fish from our suppliers in North Yorkshire. We and our customers were very pleased with these fish last season, they were in fine condition took well to the environment in Sweethope and gave a very spirited fight.
Our first week has been very successful and fish have been caught in both lakes. Despite the cold East wind fish have been located towards the surface as well as at depth.
Fish that have over-wintered are in great condition and the mild winter conditions have been very kind to existing stock.
We have been visited this week by 29 anglers who have caught a total of 23 Rainbow Trout from the Small Lake and 14 Rainbow and one Blue Trout from the Great Lake. 17 of these fish were returned to the lake.
Successful fly patterns: Cats Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Dawson’s Olive, Hare’s Ear, White Nomad, Black & Green, Buzzer.
Best fish: a 4lb over-wintered Rainbow Trout, caught today from the Small Lake by Mr.J. Telford of Co. Durham.
We are open to trout fishing – as we have been throughout our snowless winter – and are expecting our first delivery of 300 fine trout averaging 2.5lb on March 21st, 2014.
Pike fishing will cease on March 15th, 2014.
The new price list for fishing in 2014:
Sporting ticket(catch and release)
Take ticket (3 fish)
Motor and battery hire
Parent & child (3 fish)
Concessions: £2 off fishing tickets
We continue to not have any set session times, so that you can turn up at any time to start fishing. If are wanting an early start (i.e. before 8am) call Chris at the fishery on 01830 540 349 or Tony on his mobile on 07791707097.
There are 20 boats for hire as well as three engines – if you require an engine, please ring in advance.