Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hatches, Matches and Great Catches

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hatches, Matches and Great Catches

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Byline: By George MacIntyre

Phenomenal dry-fly action is to be had at Sharpley Springs Complex with regular midge hatches. There are also olives hatching from the up-wind, hawthorns have just made an appearance dead on cue and rape beetles from neighbouring farms.

The dries have produced big bags and specimen fish this week - the largest a healthy 17lbs 8oz was caught by Wade Brown of Preston village who also accounted for a further 29 fish.

The best of double duos was Gordon Grear from Blyth with 13lb 7ozs and 12lb 7oz - just two of 47 fish caught and safely returned. Antony Kelly, regularly in the doubles at Sharpley, released a fully finned double of 15lbs. Michael Taylor of Tyne and Wear, fishing a Hare's Ear, netted a fine 14-pounder. John Wilson and Bob Gibson both had fish of more than 11lbs

The Appleby trio from Newton Aycliffe, Peter, Dean and Gary hauled in a total of 65 fish in one session. Brian Mulholland, another angler using dries, netted over 36 trout.

At Higham lakes, Trevor Woodhall from West Denton safely returned a 20lb rainbow that took a Yellow Dancer. Also fishing the Yellow Dance, Richard Wood, from Belsay, accounted for a fish of 15lbs 7oz. Richard Lee from Felton returned a 15-pounder that he took on Black Buzzer.

Higham's biggest bag of the week went to John Kensit from South Shields with four fish for 18lb 2oz, all taken on buzzers.

Robert Wood of Penrith had the biggest fish of the week at Langley Dam - 7lb 4oz - while Brian Water of Leamington had five fish for 14lb 12oz to record the week's best bag.

The fishery will be closed during the day tomorrow for a club booking but evening fishing will be available from 5pm.

There has been some good sport on floating line and black buzzers at Jubilee Lakes this week and anglers are anticipating more good fishing as the Hawthorns hatch. On brighter days anglers fishing deep with Olive Zonkers and White Bunny Leech have been producing results.

The Troutmasters fish-off produced some fine sport with Andrew Scott - originally from Lanehead in Weardale but now living in Colne in Lancashire - winning the day with 21 trout. …

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