June charity events lined up

The next Northumbrian Water event in aid of the charity WaterAid will be a fly-only boat pairs competition at Kielder Water on Sunday, June 24.

The next Northumbrian Water event in aid of the charity WaterAid will be a fly-only boat pairs competition at Kielder Water on Sunday, June 24.

Registration will start between 8.30am and 9am with fishing from 10am to 4pm. Full details are available from Leaplish Waterside Park on (01434) 251000.

On Sunday, June 10, Northumbrian Water hosts The Big Fish event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at Derwent reservoir.

Jane Curry, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Northumberland, said: "The scene is set for a really good day. Now, all we need is as many anglers as possible to join in."

Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton, a keen angler, is backing the event. He said: "I've been a keen fisherman for years and love nothing more than casting a line and hoping for success. Being able to do this while raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support sounds like a perfect combination to me."

If you want to join in The Big Fish contact Macmillan Cancer Support on (01670) 856 510 or call Derwent Reservoir on (01207) 255 250.

The heaviest fish at Kielder this week - a 5lb 4oz rainbow - was taken off the south dam abutment by F Waggott. The best bag of 21lb 3oz was recorded by Ian Ballentyne. (as supplied by email) There are still places available for the Lexus European Fly Fishing Championship on July 15.

Call (01761) 490367 or email lexus@john horsey.co.uk for details.

Most of the anglers visiting Fontburn this week went home with limit bags with rod averages hitting more than five on some days. L Walker took eight for 23lb and B Bainbridge had a 4lb 9oz blue trout in his eight-fish bag. Blackton is continuing to fish well with J Taylor taking the week's best fish with a 4lb 8oz rainbow.

Anglers have had great sport at the uphill fishery at Cow green with 29 wild brown trout to 8oz being brought to the net.

Bait anglers at Scaling Dam this week found the fish feeding about 14 inches off the bottom, returning good catches on worm and Powerbait cocktail. Stephen Jones from Blyth won the boat open competition at Caistron Lakes at the weekend with four for 11lb 8oz.

Sporting permit anglers A Curry and A Tate safely returned 23 fish while S Wilson had this week's best fish taken on worm - a 5lb 12oz rainbow and D Dobson had the week's best worm bag with four for 13lb 8oz.

New summer tickets - four-hour session, five-hour session or full day and one-fish to-five-fish limit - are now available at Higham Lakes.

A 10% discount is now also available concessionary rod licence holders.

Blackton: Dawson's Olive, Black Fritz, Cat's Whisker, Bibio, Black Hopper, Kate McLaren.

Cow Green: Soldier Palmer Muddlers, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Hoppers, Black Gnat.

Derwent: Various Frit patterns, Blobs.

Fontburn: Black Foam Hopper, Consett Budgie, Dawson's Olive.

Grassholme: Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Dawson's Olive, Black Hoppers, Yellow Dancer, Soldier Palmer.

Knitsley Mill: Diawl Bach, Damsels, Hawthorn, Black Fritz, Black Buzzer.

Scaling: Silver Invicta, Sedges, Damsels.

BAIT BOX

Cow Green: Worm.

Derwent: Chartreuse Powerbait fished with worm.

Fontburn: Multicoloured Powerbait, worm on a float.

Grassholme: Powerbait, worm, sweetcorn, maggot.

Kielder: Worm, Green Powerbait.

Scaling: Worm and Powerbait cocktail.

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