Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Great Dry Fly Sport at Sharpley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Great Dry Fly Sport at Sharpley

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Anglers are enjoying superb dry-fly sport at Sharpley Springs/Water Complex with a large and varied menu of natural fly life attracting the interest of well-conditioned browns, battling blues and resident rainbows alike.

Young anglers were among the fish this week with 17-year-old Carl Armstrong of Ashington bringing a personal best rainbow of 9lb 8oz to the net. Jamie Bell, 12, from Hartlepool, had one of 7lb 1oz and Matthew Holleroyd, also 12, from Northumberland had a fine fish of 3lb 10oz.

The heaviest fish of the week ( a fine 17-pounder from the Doxford ( was brought to the net and safely returned by Tom Scobie from Fencehouses. Mark Lisgo had two for 22lbs 12ozs, Alan Burn releasing one of 11lb 8oz and Gordon English and Brian Lewin each had fish of 10lb.

Boat anglers Ian and Adam Greensmith caught 23 fish from Lockwood Beck around the culvert, M Frances and D Finch caught 22 from the area around the point and Andrew Davison and Ray Barrett had 37.

Bank anglers Mike Ayton and Robert Thompson each caught 20 fish on dries from the top block on the moor side. Colin Green had 18, John Cowely 16 and Ian Vickers 15 while wading in the area around the culvert and Keith Bunnett and Bernard Brown each caught 12 from the holly bush.

A total of 15 anglers competed for a place in the final of the Airflo CEFF competition on Saturday, catching a total of 97 fish. S Fish, J Foster and M Ruddick won the team event with 24 fish, S Fish had the heaviest fish at 11lb 5oz. S Parker won the individual competition with 13 fish.

There were cracking blues showing at Higham Lake. Andrew Hale from Washington had a good day, safely returning 11 fish including two blues.

Rob Frame had another good week returning 22. Richard Campbell from Winlaton caught and safely returned the only double of the week ( a 14lb 9oz rainbow.

Alan Corr from Wingate fishing at Jubilee Lakes brought a fine fish of 14lb 11oz to the net while Alan Kay from Barton, Richmond, had one of 11lb 6oz. …

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