Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dry Flies Are Doing the Business

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dry Flies Are Doing the Business

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DRY flies have worked well at Chatton Lakes this week, although the fish have been driven deep on the brighter days.

Tom Russell jnr from Earlston had a great session, catching 15 fish, including a 9lb brown trout; Rob Frame from West Denton and Tom Snowdon from Cramlington each caught 14; Robert Hopper from Durham caught 13; Julian Bales from Wooler caught 12 and A Byers from Bonchester Bridge kept four and returned five using buzzers and damsel nymphs.

Bill Henderson from Stakeford kept two and returned five in a four-hour session.

Tomorrow is the fishery's last 10pm closing for the season. From then it closes at 9pm.

Higham Lakes are fishing well to various black patterns - whether these are lures, Buzzers or dry flies.

Dry flies on particularly well in the early morning and late evening whereas lures fished on an intermediate or sinking line have taken fish throughout the day, Ken Allman from Hazelrigg returned 14, including a 7lb rainbow, to a Black Fritz, Gary Haughton from Ashington had fish of 6lb and 13lb 4oz on a Black Snatcher and Tom Grey from Consett had one of 11lb 2oz on a Black Pheasant Tail Nymph.

The daily weed cut has increased the number of rods to Witton Castle Lakes with 83 anglers recording a rod average of 3.26 and enjoying excellent sport.

The introduction of the four-hour sporting ticket has been very popular with anglers slotting a fishing session in between coverage of the Olympic Games.

The fish still on and just below the surface and the weed cut is encouraging trout to feed with Mr Roddy and Mr Todd each catching limit bags, including rainbows of 5lb 8oz on South lake. Chatton Ladies with partners/husbands and children fished Witton on Saturday. Top bags came from beginners. Junior angler Matthew Anderson (16), on his second fishing session, caught five on East Lake with a fly tied by his mother Alison Anderson. …

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