Sunshine, wind and warm water continue to make angling challenging but after all it is July, what do we expect?
Ronnie Glass from Kelso visited on Tuesday and had a splendid afternoon, catching 9 rainbow and 2 blue trout. The early part and the late part of his session proved to be the most fruitful. Most of the fish were enticed out of the reeds on dries.
Saturday saw a visit from the float tube association. 7 rods caught and kept 14 fish and returned 3 to the water. A great day was had by all but unfortunately rain put a stop to the post match barbeque.
We were visited by 31 rods up to Saturday who caught 56 rainbow and 6 blue trout 44 fish were successfully returned to the water.
I must stress that at this time of year we must take extreme care not to stress fish when handling them and returning them to the lake.
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s Olive, Kate McClaren, Diawl Bach, Muddler, Hoppers and Dabblers.
A gradual rise in water temperature has made fishing more difficult as the week has progressed. Saturday night’s rainstorm did nothing to alleviate this and in point of fact warm water running off warm rocks only served to increase water temperature!
I measured the water temperature at 20 degrees C on Sunday afternoon in the Great Lough but happily water temperature has decreased to 15 degrees C. this morning and should herald some easier fishing.
We were visited this week by 71 rods who caught 77 rainbow, 2 blue and 1 brown trout. 56 fish were returned to the water.
Sunday proved to be the hardest day but Mr.Watts who travelled all the way from Belgium to fish here was rewarded with a fine rainbow of 2lb 11oz and a brown trout.
Successful fly patterns: Black Beetle, Diawl Dach, Connemara Black, Daddies, Nymphs, Sedges, Buzzers, Dabblers and various wets.
With wind from all directions this week including some periods of calm, fishing has been quite varied and many different techniques and fly patterns have been employed. Visitors have all enjoyed some great sport.
A visiting team of four rods from Liverpool caught 56 fish over the week-end, including one rainbow that was weighed in at 6lb.
Other visitors included a team of Craig Wilson and 10 work colleagues who recorded a catch of 21 fish on Sunday. Mainly on Black Buzzers.
Over the week we were visited by 55 rods, catching 151 rainbow, 5 blue and 1 brown trout. 55 fish were taken and 102 retuned to the water.
Successful fly patterns included: Hare’s Ear, Soldier Palmer, Whickham’s Fancy, Emergers, Buzzers, Hoppers, Daddies, Sedges and Nymphs.
Warm bright weather have again led to challenging fishing conditions and many anglers have chosen to wait for better, cooler conditions for their next visit. Happily these are forecast to arrive in the very near future.
On Saturday we hosted thirteen members of the Benedictine Angling Club for a day’s fishing and despite hard angling conditions 27 fish were found lying in deeper, cooler parts of the Great Lough. Of the two lakes the Lower Lough provided the best sport.
The heaviest fish of the week was caught by Mr. B. Robinson, a visiting angler from Hampshire from a Float tube, weighed in at 5lbs and was attested to be 22” in length. The total catch for this week was 88 rainbow, 1 Blue and 5 brown trout. 58 were successfully returned to be caught another day, older and wiser. 64 anglers visited the fishery and successful fly patterns were: Daddies, Hawthorns, Hare’s Ears, Hoppers, Green & Black Buzzers, C.D.C., Coachman, Diawl Bach and a Partridge Mayfly.
Yet again a busy week at the fishery. Conditions have been warm and close most of the week and the consequently warm water temperature has made for some challenging fishing. Both lakes have produced fine fish but Mr. Lofthouse’s 4lb 12oz rainbow caught yesterday in the Great Lough was the fish of the week.
Some anglers have done very well with catches of up to 20 fish with Tony Barclay regularly achieving double figures from his float tube.
Visitors included the Brownie Club who held their annual meet followed by dinner at a neighbouring hotel.
Total number of rods visiting the fishery: 73
Fish caught: 187 rainbows, 2 blue, 5 brown trout.
Fish returned: 121
Successful fly patterns: Kate McClaren, Black Beetle, Black Emerger, Daddy, Olive Damsel, Black Spider, Black Pennel, Dawson,s Olive, Cormorant, White Fritz, Cat’s Whisker.
A very mixed week at Sweethope with all sorts of weather. Still days, the usual windy days and some torrential rain.
Best fish of the week was a rainbow weighing 3lb 11oz caught in a downpour on Saturday by Mr. D.Clark of Sunderland who was wet but happy.
Most visitors to the fishery experienced good catches and a total of 60 visiting anglers caught 189 rainbows, 8 blue, and 10 brown trout. 150 fish were returned to the lake.
Best fly patterns were: G.R.H.E., Bibio, P.T.N., Buzzers, Hoppers, Black Emerger, Daddies and Dawson’s Olive.
A beautiful day here at Sweethope as I write this report. The Sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze from the South East and the cuckoo just keeps on calling until dusk. Most of the week has been overcast and has seen some great fishing.
The Electrical fishing club visited us on Tuesday for a competition which was won by Mr. W. Ross with a 3 fish bag, weighing 9lb 4oz.
Rob Frame has visited us twice this week and has totalled a catch of 50 fish.
In total 519 fish were caught and 421 returned safely to the water. The biggest reported was a rainbow of 6lb.
A total of 95 rods visited the fishery and good sport was had by all.
Successful fly patterns: Dawson’s olive, GRHE, black gnat, zulu, bumble, buzzers, shipman’s, diawl bach, bibio, black spider, Kate McClaren, muddler, yellow dancer.
Cool and windy weather but some great catches. Fish of the week was Monday’s 5lb 4oz rainbow, caught in the great lake by James O’Hara. Other notable catches include the seven rainbows caught by 7 year old Milo Jones, fishing the Great Lake with his father.
Visitors have noticed some wooden structures in the car park – I thought they were perches for birds but no they are state of the art rod rests – Thank you very much Brian.
79 rods caught 186 rainbows,5 blue and 6 brown trout this week,131 were returned safely to the water.
Successful fly patterns: Cat’s whisker ,Kate McClaren, Hoppers, buzzers, dries, diawl bach, GRHE, montana, black pennel, dancers black & yellow.
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!