Both lakes are fishing well. A cold Easterly wind has meant that fish are well down in the water, blob and lure fishing being effective. Some success has been achieved on buzzers, the performance of the week being from Eric Carmichael on Thursday, returning 30 rainbows to the lower lough. A pink buzzer was the go to fly pattern. Eric Caisley also did well on Thursday, returning 25 rainbow trout to the Great Lough. Eric was fishing a pink blob and black buzzer.
A very cold East wind on Sunday did the Hoy and Hope Club no favours for their first official visit of the year to Sweethope. Nevertheless nearly everyone caught their bag of 3 trout, the competition was won by Tommy Stevenson with a total weight of7lb 13 oz. Everyone was so cold when weighing in that we did not manage to record the heaviest fish!
Number of fish taken: 32
Number of fish returned: 127
Number of visiting anglers: 36
Successful fly patterns: Pink buzzer, pink blob, black buzzer, humongous, diawl bach, assorted buzzers and lures.
A great week to start the 2019 season. Both lakes are well stocked and fishing well. Although it was cold mid week with snow and north easterly winds there has been some evidence of fish moving on the surface. Most of the action has been from lures and blobs but there has been some success from buzzers and bloodworms.
We entertained the Border Bears on Sunday who held a very successful competition day. 8 anglers took 22 fish and returned many more. The competition was won by Davie with 3 rainbows for 6lb 8 oz, returning a further 18 fish!
Number of fish taken: 32
Number of fish returned: 202
Number of visiting anglers: 40
Successful fly patterns: Catâs Whisker, zonker, bloodworm, damsel, buzzer, blob, nomad, montana. PTN, hareâs ear.
As we move into Autumn and conditions cool and become more windy anglers are becoming thinner on the ground. In some of the more sheltered portions of the Great Lough fish are moving on the surface and some success has been had with emergers but most of the action has been with lures and sinking lines. A rod average of 2 indicates that there is still some sport to be had in the tail end of the season.
Number of fish taken: 1
Number of fish returned: 32
Number of visiting anglers: 16
Successful fly patterns: CDC, pheasant tail nymph, black lure, catâs whisker, orange fritz, black fritz, cormorant.
The Great Lough continues to fish well in sheltered locations and as the wind decreases. Forecasts for the coming week are favourable, the best days look to be Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday but a lot may happen by then!
Stew Cameron caught 2 rainbows and a blue trout on Wednesday, fishing the Small Lough and returned 3 rainbow trout. Also on Wednesday, possibly the best day of the week, D. Thompson returned 10 rainbow trout and took 3, fishing the Great Lough.
Number of fish taken: 18
Number of fish returned: 59
Number of visiting anglers: 30
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, orange booby, buzzer, catâs whisker, Dawsonâs olive, buzzer, daddy, humungus, damsel. Nomad, olive bumble.
A cool and very windy week has given very challenging conditions to all visitors.
Northumbrian Water held a competition on Saturday which was won by Mr. D. Wilson who caught a bag of 3 trout, weighing 6lb 3oz., heaviest fish was taken by Mr. G. Bolton and weighed 2lb. 4oz. Compliments to all participants who braved winds gusting at over 30 mph!
On Sunday the wind abated slightly but conditions were still challenging for the Ashington Kingfishers who held a loch style competition. Best catch was that of David Long who returned 5 fish for 4.59 kilos. Second was Steve Bowden with3 fish for 3.30 kilos and third was Bruce Tait with 3 fish for 3.10 kilos. Heaviest fish was a brown trout returned by John Taylor, weighing 1.39 kilos . The heaviest rainbow was returned by Bruce Tait and weighed 1.29 kilos.
Well done to everyone , a great effort in challenging conditions.
Number of fish taken: 10
Number of fish returned: 44
Number of visiting anglers: 55
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, orange fritz, buzzer, catâs whisker, Dawsonâs olive, booby, orange blob.
A cool north westerly air stream with some strong winds has tended to put the fish down in the water. Consequently lures have been the fly pattern of choice with the exception of the bottom lake where calmer conditions have allowed some good top of the water sport.
Number of fish taken: 4
Number of fish returned: 81
Number of visiting anglers: 40
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, catâs whisker, Dawsonâs olive, booby, orange blob, black fritz, damsel, black spider.
Things appear to be returning to normal windy weather patterns have returned and the water temperature is a respectable 13 degrees. Combined with a re-stock on Friday this means that most visiting anglers have been rewarded with fish. Anglers had a rod average of 3.
We hosted the âHoy and Hope â club on Sunday and a good day was enjoyed by all, despite the fresh and cool conditions.
The competition was won by Alec Harvey with a bag of 3 trout for 7.83 lb. Josh Piper and Willy Emery were equal second with a bag of 7.38 lb each. The heaviest fish was caught by Neil Turner and weighed in at 4.51 lb.
Number of fish taken: 48
Number of fish returned: 93
Number of visiting anglers: 46
Successful fly patterns: Sedge, dries, catâs whisker, damsel, goldhead PTN .
The last week has been particularly successful and conditions have been nigh on perfect towards the end of the week, overcast, warm and a slight ripple.
Most anglers have taken advantage with big catches: John Scott managed to return 4 to the small lake and 8 to the Great Lough on Tuesday, fishing a Kate McLaren, Rob Frame, fishing the Great Lough from a boat on Thursday returned 3 brown trout and 17 rainbows, fishing a Shipmanâs buzzer and Andy Campbell returned 17 rainbows to the boat, fishing Daddies and cormorants on Saturday.
Number of fish taken: 10
Number of fish returned: 254
Number of visiting anglers: 76
Successful fly patterns: Black dabbler, bloodworm, PTN, cdc, diawl bach, cruncher, emergers, hoppers, daddies, cormorant, Â black gnat, shipmanâs buzzer, Kate McLaren.
Things are starting to return to normal now with an ambient water temperature of 13.5 degrees and with hatches of sedges and plenty of daddies there are plenty of dry fly opportunities in the more sheltered parts of the lake. With a ripple in other areas diawl bachs, cormorants and bibios fished under the surface have been the most successful patterns.
I have now received the results of the Jack Charlton competition which I have appended to the end of this report.
The best performance of the week was that of Eddie Keers, bringing 15 rainbow trout to the boat on the Small Lough, fishing with his favoured sedgehog.
Number of fish taken: 20
Number of fish returned: 122
Number of visiting anglers: 42
Successful fly patterns: Tequila blob, ginger emerger, dries, daddies, yellow dancer, black minkie, catâs whisker, sedgehog, diawl bach, cormorant.
Jack Charlton Cumbria & Northumbria Trout Cup â Best Bag
Paul King – 4 fish- 8lb.
Northern Game Angler J.C.D.A.A.Â â Heaviest Bag on flyÂ (Boats)
Charles Cervantes â 3 fish â 6lb 4oz.
A.N.C. Rosebowl â Heaviest Bag on Worm
Dave Cormack â 4 fish â 6lb 15oz.
Salmon & TroutÂ Association Cup â Heaviest Fish on Fly
William Ashcroft â 3lb 2oz
Northern Bait Farms Cup â Heaviest Fish on Worm.
David Craven â 2 lb 10 oz.
J.C.D.A.A. –Â Best Boat Pair
Charles Cervantes & Paul Scott – 5 fish –Â 9lb 11oz
David Mullarkey Shield â Angler of the Match
John Redfern Memorial Trophy âÂ Best Junior Angler.
Daniel Hall âÂ 1 fish â 2lb 3oz.
William Armstrong Cup – Best Bank Fly Angler
William Ashcroft â 3 fish â 6lb 14 oz.
Carlisle City Council ShieldÂ –Â Â Best Bank Wheelchair Angler
David Phillips â 1 fish â 2lb
Lowther Caravan Park Shield â Winning Club.
Azure Hexham â Average 3lb 3oz.