A couple of season-best fish have been landed this week at Northumbrian Water fisheries, setting the scene for what is hoped to be a very productive summer.
At Fontburn, Gordon Brown of Spennymoor brought a hard-fighting rainbow of 9lb 3oz to the net while at Scaling Dam Keith Hall from Normanby - fishing off the west end of the dam wall - had one of 7lb 12oz. K Stoddart equalled the heaviest rainbow at Blackton with a cracker of 6lb 8oz and then went on to land the best blue to date at 3lb 10oz.
At Kielder, Andrew Rowell, fishing worm and sweetcorn at Little Whickhope, had the week's best fish at 6lb 2oz while Morpeth angler Christopher Fairbrother, fishing the north shore below Falstone Pit, had the heaviest bag at 22lb 7oz.
Anglers prepared to move around in search of fish at Fontburn were rewarded with good catches this week. D Ranson had eight for 25lb, G Nicholson bagged eight for 24lb and J Brennand (correct as supplied by email) caught five for 17lb.
A good number of fish in the 2lb to 3lb range have been taken on Hoppers at Derwent Reservoir this week. T Moffat had the best fish caught this week at 6lb 4oz but D Middlemass safely returned a fish in the 12lb range and still managed to weigh in 26lb.
The good sport continues at Blackton where M Gill weighed in an eight-fish limit bag at 19lb.
There was plenty of dry fly action at Cow Green where anglers should try small dries to imitate the flying ants and heather flies that are plentiful.
The trout are well spread throughout Grassholme so anglers must be prepared to travel to reap the rewards. M Firth had this week's best rainbow at 4lb.
On Saturday, June 23, Kelso will become home to the 21st Orvis store in the UK. Headed by Ronnie Glass, the store's extensive fly fishing department will include a full range of Orvis rods, reels, accessories, fly tying materials and literature to help anglers find the right equipment to suit their needs. The store will also stock men's and ladies' clothing and gifts.