Daddy to give anglers a leg up

This weekend's small flood was good news for local salmon and sea trout anglers with a good run of fish being produced at all points up the River Coquet.

This weekend's small flood was good news for local salmon and sea trout anglers with a good run of fish being produced at all points up the River Coquet.

On Saturday, D Lee caught four salmon at High Park but most anglers regarded a cracking 5lb 5oz brown Trout caught at Felton on a small ally shrimp by Kevin Harding to be the best catch of the week.

The eagerly-awaited hatches of heather fly have not yet materialised at Cow Green but daddy longlegs are starting to appear in numbers and are likely to provide a feeding bonanza for the residents of this upland fishery. A suitable pattern skipped through the waves will give memorable sport from these hard-fighting, wild brown trout.

Derwent Reservoir continues to provide excellent sport for both bait and fly anglers with good numbers of fish in the 7lb to 9lb range being brought to the net. Gordon Thompson, fishing a Black Fritz above the sailing club, took the week's best rainbow at 9lb while David Middlemass had the week's best bag at 16lb 4oz.

Whitley Bay angler George Batey, fishing ledgered green Powerbait off the north shore at Fontburn, had seven fish, including the week's heaviest at 7lb 8oz. Jake Picking, 13, had a 5lb 4oz rainbow in his shared eight-fish bag limit while J Purvis, on his first day's fishing, took five of the six in a shared bag with Alan Buck from Ashington. D Allan had eight for just over 19lb.

Due to draw down conditions the dam wall is now out of bounds and all anglers should check at the lodge for the latest information on fishing boundaries.

Grassholme has continued to fish well with fly anglers returning up to 10 fish or more per visit with Daddies (both wet and dry) accounting for most of the fish taken.

As at Grassholme, Daddies have proved the most effective patterns at Blackton Reservoir with trout of up to 5lb 8oz taking both wet and dry versions.

Alan Hindmarsh caught, and safely returned, the best brown trout to date at Kielder Water - a magnificent, hard-fighting fish of 3lb 2oz taken on worm and sweetcorn at the top end of the Whickhope inlet. The week's best rainbow was taken by T Gradwell and weighed in at 5lb.

Blackton: Daddies, Black and Peacock Spider, Cat's Whisker, Bibio, Kate McLaren.

COW GREEN: Daddies, Bibio, Kate McLaren.

DERWENT: Bibio, Black and Peacock Spider, Daddies.

FONTBURN: Black Fritz, Cat's Whisker and Dawson's Olive.

GRASSHOLME: Daddies, Dawson's Olive, Black Fritz, Bibio.

KIELDER: Dry flies, Grey Duster, Ginger Quill, Daddy Long-legs.

SCALING: Daddies, Montanas, Invictas.

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