Game Angling: Streams providing great sport at Kielder

Anglers fishing near the feeder stream mouths at Kielder Water have recorded excellent catches

Fly rods fishing in the calmer water in the settled bays have also enjoyed good dry fly sport to daddies and hoppers.

Bank angler Tom Holland landed the week’s best eight-fish limit, weighing in at 21lb, from the top of Whickhope Inlet and the week’s best fish, a well-conditioned rainbow of 4lb 6oz, was caught by Ken Anderson from the lower car park at Tower Knowe.

With the change in temperature, the fish are rising freely at Knitsley Mill, where the bounty on the tagged fish is £215, and good numbers are being taken on floating lines. Matthew Lee, 15, had a good session, landing nine rainbows and a blue.

Lesley Johnston from Chirnside, fishing with the Ladies Fishing group ( at Chatton Lakes on Saturday landed a well-conditioned 7lb 9oz rainbow. The fishery closes at 7.30pm (5.30pm Saturdays).

At Derwent Reservoir, Alan Kinsey from Gateshead caught four rainbows to 4lb from Cronkley and A Woodmas recorded the heaviest catch of the week, landing an eight-fish limit for 19lb 8oz next to the feeder stream on the south side of the reservoir.

Jack Waterston from Felton, who turned 12 on Sunday, celebrated his birthday a day early at Fontburn by landing first-ever brace of trout from the north shore bay.

At Sharpley Springs, dry fly fishing has been superb, although fascinatingly challenging with droves of pond Olives and midge feasts, and should be even better this coming week with the forecast drop in temperature.

Andy Waring from Sunderland returned a 16lb 8oz rainbow, Lee Wilkinson from Consett bagged one of 9lb 4oz rainbow, fishery regular Dan Sefton from Burnopfield netted fish of 11lb and 8lb and Stan Short from Gateshead had one of 11lb 7oz in a bag of six trout.

The best bags this week at Witton Castle Lakes were recorded by B Woods, who caught 26 in two visits, G Hurst with 15 and O Shepherd’s 12. The biggest fish was a 9lb blue caught by J Walton. Several 4lb -6lb landed.

There has been a report of a 12lb salmon off the River Tees while the River Wear has fished very well after the good rise in water. There have been some excellent catches off the Bishop Auckland AC waters with P Sheldon landing four salmon to 14lb and two sea trout on Tuesday.

The best catches of the week at Naworth were recorded by J Wardrope with 23 to 3lb; A Bain, D Taylor and P Scott with 12 each to fly and B Rowley with 10 to fly.


Chatton: Hoppers, Buzzers, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bachs, CdC patterns, Cat’s Whisker.

Derwent: Daddies, Dawson’s Olive Hot Tail, Black Fritz, Kate Maclaren, Bibio.

Fontburn: Black Gnat, Daddies, Black Spider.

Kielder: Daddies, Hoppers, Orange Fritz, small gold head lures

Knitsley: Daddies, Egg Flies, Buzzers.

Naworth: Red Fritz, Bloodworm.

Sharpley Springs: Olive emerger, Hare’s Ear Foam Head, Green Buzzer, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph, Olive Shuttlecock, Sedgehog, G & H Sedge, green F Fly, Daddies, Green/Black mini lures.

Witton Castle: Shuttlecock Buzzer, CdC patterns, Shipman’s Buzzer, small smut imitations, small dry flies.


Derwent: Yellow or Pink PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Fontburn: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Yellow Paste and Magic Dust in a feeder.

Kielder: Worm, Orange PowerBait and sweetcorn


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