Anything goes at Derwent Reservoir

DERWENT Reservoir remains in fine form – all angling methods accounting for good catches with 25 limit catches recorded.

DERWENT Reservoir remains in fine form – all angling methods accounting for good catches with 25 limit catches recorded.

Tommy Richardson from Ponteland landed an excellent 3lb 8oz rainbow and fellow junior A Jackson from Durham took a superb 5lb 8oz rainbow from Pow Hill.

Doug Pearson had a good day spinning when he landed an eight-limit, including the heaviest fish of the week at 8lb 8oz, for 26lb.

Fly angler George Wind, using his favourite set-up of an intermediate line with a fast sinking tip and a Booby, took an eight-fish limit catch, including one of 4lb 8oz, for 19lb 8oz.

At time of writing, the tiger trout jackpot still stands at £800.

Anglers enjoyed excellent sport from most areas of Kielder Water with eight-fish limit catches recorded from both ends of the reservoir.

T Smyth took a fine eight-fish limit from Matthews Linn while K Foster fished Stocky Bay to land seven. Steve McGlen recorded the heaviest catch with eight, including three rainbows of more than 3lb each, for 18lb 9oz and William Gill caught the heaviest fish of the week at 5lb.

Kielder Water is open to bank anglers until Friday, November 11. Tower Knowe Visitor Centre is closed for the season and day permits can be purchased from Leaplish Waterside Park from 8am.

Fontburn remains in fine form with anglers continuing to land good numbers of fish of more than 4lb.

Sarah Young, fishing from the north shore, caught the fish of the week, a fine 9lb rainbow.

Jack Vout had a 5lb 4oz rainbow while G Dixon landed a fine 4lb 8oz blue and G W Clark took one of 5lb 8oz from the North Shore Bay.

D Rawson had an eight-fish limit catch of three rainbows and five blues for 16lb 8oz from the corner of the dam wall; John Playford also took three rainbows and five blues for 11lb 12oz; and W Stobo took fish of 2lb, 3lb and 4lb.

On the fly, Harold Graham took four rainbows from the south shore and D Valance took three rainbows and three blues and returned a further six.

Star angler at Grassholme this week was 10-year-old Conner Brown from Wingate, County Durham, who was fishing worm next to the boat ramp with his granddad on Wednesday and landed the heaviest fish of the week, a fine 5lb 2oz rainbow.

Anglers enjoyed good surface sport at Hury this week with unexpected hatches of daddies and small black buzzers. The reservoir’s free rising fish were soon up and feeding and anglers caught on a variety of different dries.

Derek Ogden from Redcar had another action packed day at Scaling Dam, taking eight fish and returning a further four. Brian Lees from Normanby also had a great session catching 10, keeping three.

The biggest fish this week – a stunning 9lb 1oz rainbow – was caught from the west end of the dam wall by Colin Rushforth from Stockton.


Derwent: Dawson’s Olive Hot Tail, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Zulu, White Booby, Cat’s Whisker.

Fontburn: Daddy Long Legs, Black and Peacock Spider, Dawson’s Olive.

Grassholme: Orange Nomad, Cat’s Whisker, Bibio.

Hury: Humongous, Minky, Daddy Long Legs, Black Hopper.

Kielder: Cat’s Whiskers, Dawson’s Olive.

Scaling: Goldhead Dawson’s Olive, Green Nymph, Muddler Minnow, Black Pennell.


Derwent: Orange PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a swim feeder, Flying C spinners.

Fontburn: Ledgered Yellow PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Grassholme: Yellow PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, Pink PowerBait Paste, Mepps Spinner.

Kielder: Yellow PowerBait and worm.

Scaling: Worm, Chartreuse PowerBait Paste and Eggs, Mepps Red Spinner.


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