A cool East wind has made fishing challenging but as ever when the wind has dropped fish have been rising to dry patterns such as hoppers and black gnats. Buzzer fishing has also provided results as have lures such as the Dawson’s Olive.
The largest fish of the week, a 6lb rainbow was brought to the net by Ray Wilson from a boat in the lunch hut bay and anglers enjoyed a rod average of 2.8.
Both lakes were stocked on Friday and are producing catches.
Number of fish brought to the net: 89 rainbows
Number of fish returned to the water: 80
Number of visiting anglers: 32
Successful fly patterns: Ace of Spades, bloodworm, bibio, hopper, buzzer, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, klinkhammer, cruncher, blue flash damsel, orange nomad, yellow dancer
The mild, sunny weather has brought good conditions to the fishery. Early on in the week fish were mainly feeding in the margins of the Great Lough, making for tricky angling in the shallow water. The Little Lough provided conditions more favourable to the angler with many fish moving in the deeper water by the cottages.
By the end of the week the weather was less bright and numbers of fish caught increased as did visitor numbers to the fishery. Tony Barclay brought 10 fish to the net on Saturday from his float tube on the Great Lough, his most successful fly pattern being a cruncher. Grant Downie, again employing buzzers, wading in the Great Lough Brought 9 fish to the net and missed many more.
Best fish of the week were both estimated to be 5lb and were caught by Ken Ward in the Little Lough on Thursday and by M.Dixon of Prudhoe in the Great Lough on Sunday.
Number of fish brought to the net: 114 rainbow trout
Number of fish returned: 87
Number of visiting rods: 51
Successful fly patterns: Bloodworm, damsel, cruncher, buzzer, hopper, klinkhammer, Ally McCoist, sedge, spider, sugar cube, bibio, diawl bach.
A very mixed week at Sweethope: Monday to Friday windy and cold with fish hard to find but Saturday and Sunday warmer and calmer with some great catches.
Rory Corbett did well on Monday to take 2 rainbows and bring a further 11 and one brown trout to the boat fishing the Great Lough.
On Saturday Jim Burtle, fishing the Little Lough took 3 rainbows and returned 15, Jim Lumsden took the biggest fish of the week, a rainbow weighing 4lb 12 0z.
Sunday saw Grant Downie put in the biggest return, bringing 13 rainbows to the net from the Great Lough, all except one on buzzers. We were also visited by Wark Angling Club who had an excellent morning. The competition was won by Philip Wanless with a bag of three trout, weighing 7 lb 12oz.
Number of fish brought to the net: 162 rainbow, 1 blue and 1 brown trout.
Number of fish taken: 37
Number of visiting anglers: 56
Successful fly patterns: Daddy Muddler, Ace of Spades, CDC Shuttlecock, Orange Lure, nymph, Blue Flash Damsel, Spider, Orange Fritz, Buzzer, Bibio, Hopper.
In contrast to last week-end conditions over the last few days have been nigh on perfect. Anglers have been catching fish on dries nymphs and lures, according to their preference. Probably the majority of fish have been caught on dries, buzzers and diawl bachs.
Yesterday we were visited by the Ashington Kingfishers who had a great days sport, holding their Sweethope Loch Style Competition. The day was a great success and 24 anglers from the club caught and returned 88 fish, a rod average of 3.66.
The competition was won by Alan Morton who returned 8 fish for 10.01 kg. Second was Keith Row with 8 fish for 8.63 kg. and third Scott Nellins with 8 fish for 7.53kg.
Other notable achievements this week were by John Scott who took three fish and returned 17 on Thursday, Tony Barclay who returned 16 on Friday and James Carr who returned 12 also on Friday.
Number of fish to the net: 315
Number of fish returned safely: 275
Number of anglers: 86
Successful fly patterns: Daddy, Hopper, Black Gnat, Shuttlecock, Muddler, Sedge, Sedgehog, Olive, Bloodworm, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Blue Flashback Damsel.
We have experienced a rather better week in respect of visiting anglers who have largely been rewarded with some great sport. The exception was Saturday which had been booked for Alston Anglers’ annual visit and experienced some of the worst conditions of the year with fresh winds and torrential rain. Ken Little managed to take 3 rainbows to win the competition.
Sunday was a different kettle of fish with light winds from the South West and no rain. 15 visiting anglers brought 45 fish to the net, Nick Dales and Grant Downie accounting for ten each mainly on dries and buzzers.
The fly patterns used this week suggest the varied nature of the fishing and we have topped the stock up on Saturday so there are now even more fish to test your skills against.
Total fish brought to the net: 132 rainbow and 3 brown trout
Number of fish taken: 28
Number of visiting anglers: 66
Successful fly patterns: Buzzers, Okey Dokey, Diawl Bach, Daddy, Bibio, John Storey, beetle, CDC, Hoppers, Damsels, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson,s Olive.
Perhaps as a result of the school holidays coming to a close the number of anglers visiting the fishery has been disappointing despite conditions being favourable. Catches have been impressive for those who have come to fish and those visiting on Sunday have done particularly well. Bob Cockburn and father brought 16 fish to the boat, Lucy Bowden and boat partner Howard 16 fish and Robbie Bell 11.
Conditions were windy and bright and the forecast for this week is light to moderate south easterly winds and variable cloud cover.
Number of fish brought to the net: 135 rainbow, 9 blue and 8 brown trout.
Number of fish taken: 10
Number of visiting anglers: 49
Successful fly patterns: Cruncher, Olive Worm, CDC Shuttlecock, Black CDC, Daddy, Dawson’s Olive, Daddy, Black Gnat, Damsel, Black Bits.
Apart from the usual angling activities, Sweethope has been host to a film crew this week as anglo- saxon warriors camped out by the lower Lough. I can’t give too much away but one of them may have had an argument with a big fish and come off second best. Thankfully the same fate has not befallen any of our more traditional visitors who have resorted to no more than rod and line and tangled only with trout no bigger than 4lb!
We were visited on Sunday by the Kelso Angling Association who brought 23 members to the Lough for a competition. Heaviest bag was shared by Andy McHarg and Derek Halliday at 6lb 8oz and the heaviest fish was landed by Alan McHarg and weighed in at 3lb 1oz. Apart from the 3 fish that he weighed in, Ronnie Glass returned 7rainbow, 2 blue and 1 brown trout to the water.
On the lower Lough Ian Wade had a successful morning fishing from one of the boats and returned 21 rainbow and 1 blue trout. In the afternoon Terry Richmond returned 11 and kept 3 rainbows, fishing from the same spot.
Number of fish brought to the net: 190 rainbow, 16 blue and 7 brown trout.
Number of fish taken:72.
Visiting rods: 76
Successful fly patterns: buzzers, daddies, klinkhammer, consett budgie, spider, G.R.H.E., bibio, sedge, muddler, hopper, cat’s whisker, Dawson’s Olive.
Some good conditions this week but latterly an East wind has given anglers a challenge. Never the less good results have been achieved by most visitors. Wednesday saw 14 rods bring 33 fish to the net, Thursday saw 11 rods bring 22 fish to the net.
A further delivery of fish to both lakes on Friday may liven affairs up for next week.
Number of fish brought to the net:124 rainbow, 1blue and 2brown trout.
Number of fish returned to the water: 87
Number of visiting anglers: 68
Successful fly patterns: Peter Ross, Bibio, Hopper, Chammy, oldier Palmer, Black & Peacock, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Sedge, Muddler, Whickham’s Fancy, Damsel, Spider, Daddy, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive.
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.
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.