Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wild Brown Season Ends with Flourish

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wild Brown Season Ends with Flourish

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ANGLERS who ventured to the upland wild brown trout fisheries enjoyed good sport in the final full week of the season.

G Davies-Jones had an excellent day at Cow Green, safely returning 10 fish caught mainly with small wet flies on a floating line. The east end of the reservoir at Balderhead provided the best sport with large numbers of fish congregating around the feeder streams in preparation for spawning.

The season on the wild brown fisheries ended yesterday.

It was another good week at the Derwent Reservoir with a number of excellent quality fish brought to the net.

Len Broxon, fishing a Toby spinner at Hunter House, landed an outstanding brown trout of 5lb while M Tiffin from Corbridge landed the week's best rainbow at 8lb.

There were numerous limit catches at Fontburn as the fish feed up for winter and eagerly take any bait offered.

B Smith had a limit bag of 20lb, including a 5lb rainbow, while N Parts, fishing a 12-fish permit, caught his limit for 34lb, including three over 3lb, and N Lilico had seven for 18lb from the north shore. Fontburn regulars Irving Brace from Whitley Bay and D Allen each recorded eight-fish limits for 18lb and 17lb 7oz respectively.

Grassholme also saw fabulous sport with fish of between 6lb and 10lb being brought to the net most days.

J Whealer was rewarded for his walk to pebble Beach with a bag of five, including one at 7lb 8oz, taken on black and green lures on an intermediate line.

Tina Brown, fishing ledgered yellow Powerbait Eggs from the tower at the dam wall, caught a 9lb 12oz rainbow while John Reed from Fishburn, fishing ledgered pink Powerbait Eggs in the south corner of the dam wall, landed the heaviest fish of the week - a 10lb 4oz rainbow.

Fishing from the west end of the reservoir with a float fished worm and sweet corn cocktail has proved very successful this week. …

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