Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Windy Weather Makes Trout Fishing No Breeze; GAME ANGLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Windy Weather Makes Trout Fishing No Breeze; GAME ANGLING

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Byline: George Macintyre george.macintyre@sky.com

RESERVOIR anglers yearning for trout to move close to shore have had their wish granted - but with a sting in the tail.

The fish headed to the Derwent margins to escape choppy water stirred by strong winds - weather which made it difficult to cast a fly anywhere near them.

Yet most visitors managed to net a couple and fly angler Ray Fothergill took seven fish, five of more than 3lb, on the western fringe.

Bait angler Turan Deneri had the catch of the week with a 19lb bag including a "salmon-like" 6lb rainbow.

Another 1,500 trout are being stocked this week, with four more tagged fish.

There was another reminder of anglers' tribulations as warm weather becalmed fish at Witton Castle.

Some 22 anglers managed a rod average of just one half.

Top rods were F Walton and J Cook, with two each, the latter taking a seven-pounder.

After a clear-out, Knitsley Mill has restocked its bottom lake with fish of 2lb to 17lb. Rob Fowkes netted 30, eight in double figures. On a fourhour evening ticket, Martin Bone netted 12, with six doublers.

Connor Metcalf won the monthly competition with Robbie Dodds finishing in second place. The next is on September 4. Mornings and evenings at Chatton are producing great dry-fly sport, but fish are deeper during the day.

Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 12 in his first outing to the fishery and eight on a second.

Michael Watson from Newcastle captured 14. Martin Currah from Twizell kept one rainbow and returned six.

The fishery remains open this Saturday on the annual open day with APGAI and GAIA casting instructors. Booking advisable.

The next junior fly-fishing taster day is on Friday, August 19.

At Thrunton a few places are left for junior fly tying with Paul Griffin on August 16.

The highlight of the week came from 12-year-old Jack Metcalf, who managed to net a personal-best 14 fish in one session.

Paul Marshall of Chester-le-Street returned 13, all on dries and Gregg Johnson from Ashington used dries & lures to land 14 to 6lb. …

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