Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

NOW the Weather Has Warmed [...]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

NOW the Weather Has Warmed [...]

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NOW the weather has warmed up, more anglers are venturing on to the upland waters of Cow Green, Selset and Balderhead to enjoy some excellent sport.

During the last week A Ghant returned more than 30 of these super-fit, wily trout. Mr. Hay also returned more than a dozen. Most of the trout have been in the 10oz to 12oz range. However good numbers of fish just more than the pound have also started to feature in the catch reports.

Virtually any small, black fly fished dry or sub-surface has taken fish, both the Peter Ross, and March Brown are also working well with a gold-bodied version being the best. Mr Currie caught the fish of the week at Derwent Reservoir, taking a fine 9lb 8oz rainbow from Cronkley on small Hawthorn dry flies.

Bait anglers are finding the float fished worm much more successful than earlier in the season and a small spinner just under the surface should work a treat.

Fontburn regular Jack Vout was quick to reach his limit with eight blues for 18lb including one fine fish at 3lb 8oz taken on ledgered Orange Powerbait from the North Shore. Keen young angler John Cook, seven, enjoyed a good day's fishing catching a 3lb 8oz blue on ledgered sweetcorn and Yellow Powerbait.

Fly anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport at Grassholme with a floating line producing the best results. Bait anglers have also done well with both float and ledgered baits.

Anglers recorded 21 limit catches for the week with many hard-fighting blues featuring in the returns.

Some of the best hatches of both terrestrial and water borne fly life for years occurred at Hury this week. Snglers have taken advantage using Black and Olive Buzzers or small dries.

Hoppers, Sedgehogs and Daddies are also beginning to take fish as the first of the Crane flies are now appearing.

The hot, bright and often still weather has meant that sport at Kielder has been challenging with the fish pushed well off shore and into deeper water.

On Sunday, the second heat of the Kielder WaterAid pairs fishing competition was held with father and son team Ian - senior and junior - Fairgrieves qualifying for the final. The pair landed 11 fish in total for a weight of 20lb 2oz, with the largest fish weighing 2lb 13oz. …

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