Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Improved Weather Warms the Heart
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE
WELCOME relief from the recent cold arrived at the end of the week at Sharpley when midge could again be seen dancing in still, warm spots. Pupal patterns did their stuff - provided they were black.
Otherwise, the bloodworm imitations have continued to work well, with pinkies and blood red rubber legs the pick of the bunch.
Lures in black or white took trout reliably too.
Occasionally an intermediate or slow sinker was required though and a dead slow retrieve.
Doxford Lake has fished best, its depth and volume ensuring a greater comfort zone for the fish when temperatures elsewhere can be sub-zero.
The FritznFly series qualifier was won by Paul Fenny from Hartlepool with 10 fish.
Second was James Stephenson from Middlesbrough with nine and third Glen Appleby from Peterlee with eight. Total fish caught 79.
Sharpley will open every day over the Christmas holidays. Visitors are welcome to join regulars on Christmas Day for complimentary sporting fishing.
At Chatton fishery, both Chatton and Ross Lakes are starting to clear after the heavy rain and fish are being caught in the first four feet of water and quite close to the banks. …