Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rainbow Reward of Mark's Triple; TROUT TOPICS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rainbow Reward of Mark's Triple; TROUT TOPICS

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Byline: By ANDREW WILKINSON

MARK Walker caught a hat-trick of stunning rainbows at LOCKWOOD BECK.

He returned trout of 10lb, 8lb 8oz and 7lb 8oz in a lively evening session in which he caught 12 on a White and Orange Okey Dokey fished under an indicator at the moorside.

The surface has been alive with rising trout, which have come up to feed on the swarms of black ants which are blowing onto the water.

A range of dries are working, though small dark dries are best as John McGarrell proved by catching 14 on Ants in an evening session.

Steve Trafford caught 10 fish from a boat on Black Ant patterns.

A further 210 rainbows and browns to around 7lb have been stocked.

AT SCALING DAM Derek Ogden from Redcar landed the best rainbow taken on fly during the last week.

His 6lb 4oz trout was tempted by a Dawson's Olive.

Bait angler Kevin Potter from Eston, fishing at the West end of the dam, weighed in a five-fish catch of 19lb which included the best fish of the week at 9lbs. He legered Yellow Powerbait.

Although fish are well spread, the South shore, particularly around the groyne area, was on top form with many anglers catching a full limit within a couple of hours.

All the popular baits brought success, with worm and Powerbait best.

The East end of the South shore was the top location for fly anglers, with several of the regulars taking a limit on traditional wet patterns, Invicta being best.

During the last week 27 anglers took a limit with several weighing over 20lbs.

EDWARD Peterson of Yarm caught a rainbow of 15lb 6oz at WEST HOUSE. His successful method was to drift a Hare's Ear under the surface in windy weather.

The lakes are starting to clear again, and anglers are returning to summer tactics of fishing small natural flies, including Hare's Ear, or Diawl Bach fished very slowly just under the surface.

Anglers are now allowed to use two flies instead of one and this will help the presentation of these small natural patterns.

Simon Buckley used the Diawl Bach to good effect landing 14 fish in a hectic evening session, his best fish being around 9lb. …

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