Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warming to the Task as Tactics Change

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warming to the Task as Tactics Change

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Anglers prepared to change tactics to suit the conditions have had the best results on Northumbrian Water fisheries this week.

The bright, warm conditions have made fishing challenging, with trout in some fisheries staying close to the surface film and lying in the shallows while in others they have been driven into deeper, colder water.

The south abutment area at Kielder Water has been very productive this week with 11 fish over the 3lb mark being brought to the net. Ian Roper, fishing orange Powerbait at the Lewisburn, had the week's best fish at 4lb. Boat anglers recorded good catches from Gowanburn on the north shore and also at the Belling. The reduced boat prices (a full day now costing pounds 11.50 and a half-day pounds 6) will continue throughout July but boats must be pre-booked at Leaplish Waterside Park. Tel: (01434) 250294.

The water level has continued to drop over the last week and anglers planning to fish the top of the Whickhope Burn opposite the Calvert trust should note that they will not be able to turn their vehicles close to the shore because areas of soft mud have been exposed.

With large numbers of terrestrials being blown on to the water those anglers prepared to walk and cover the maximum number of fish have enjoyed good sport at the upland wild trout fishery at Cow Green where intermediate or floating lines have been producing the best results.

Fishing at Fontburn has been excellent on most days this week although there have been a few quiet spells. J Wilims took eight and safely returned a further six on his way to recording the week's heaviest bag of 17lb. Despite the sunshine many fish have been taken on small patterns, such as size 14 Black and Peacock Spider, fished in the surface film.

Despite bright, hot days, the fishing at Grassholme picked up this week with good catches reported from the middle of the north and south shores as well as off the dam wall. Ledgered Powerbait proved the most effective method while fly anglers who persevered with floating and intermediate lines ( only resorting to sinking lines for a few hours around noon on the brightest days ( also reported good catches. …

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