A warm and sunny week at Sweethope with the weather not turning until Friday. Over the week-end damp and still conditions have produced a fine hatch and perfect conditions for fishing dry flies.
The fishery has welcomed two different organisations this week as well as a healthy number of private anglers. On Thursday we were hosts to the Brownie Club’s annual competition in brilliant, sunny weather and on Sunday we were very pleased to welcome the Northumberland Fly Tiers Guild to Sweethope for a competition which was hard fought and enjoyable.
Sunday’s competition was won by David Billbrough with the heaviest bag, weighing 8 lb 1oz. Heaviest fish was a rainbow, weighing 3lb 2oz, caught by Frank Thresher.
Also on Sunday MikeWatson, fishing with Joe Cook, brought 14 fish to the boat all of which were reported to have given a great fight.
On the bottom lake on Thursday, regular visitor Angus Slack managed to return 15 rainbow and 5 blue trout to the water.
This week contractors will be here on Wednesday and Thursday to deal with weed in the bottom lake.
Number of visiting anglers: 92
Number of fish taken: 75
Number of fish returned: 205
Rod average: 3
Successful fly patterns: Diawl bach, bibio, buzzer, cdc emergers, Dawson’s olive, hare’s ear, sedgehog, black pennel, hawthorn fly, cat’s whisker, soldier palmer, hopper, sedge, muddler.