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Chatton Trout Fishery played host to the national final of the Greys Bank competition

Chatton Trout Fishery played host to the national final of the Greys Bank competition, with local rod Steve Cochrane from Guide Post taking top place in the individual event.

The Jubilee Fly Fishers from County Durham – Paul Renec, James Stephenson and Lee Haslam – took top place in the team event.

Home team Chatton Chasers – Jim Tuck, Rob Frame and Gordon Swain, who won last year – were second.

The Environment Agency has announced the River Tyne upstream count for September was 8,395, the sixth highest on record.

The count is 755 higher than the five-year average and 1,325 higher than the long-term average.

The count for the year to the end of September is 26,206 and is the fourth highest on records.

Caistron was stocked this week and, coupled with good conditions, sport has been prolific.

M Battensby of Wallsend took 13 rainbows to 5lb on a four-hour ticket.

Most of the activity has been around the surface, with good numbers of fish falling to Hare’s Ears Emergers fished just under the surface film.

The week at South Linden got off to a good start, a good number of fishery regulars landing full bags of 10 fish.

P Walker of Morpeth caught 10 and released eight, including an 8lb blue. The well-stocked bait lake is also fishing well with many full bags, including good-size rainbows and blues, recorded.

Fish of between 8lb and 16lb were among those stocked at Knitsley Mill and some showed in the returns for Saturday’s monthly competition, won by Lee Moore with two for 17lb 2oz, his best 15lb. The next monthly competition will be on Saturday, November 2, with a 9am start.

At Fontburn, George Wind made use of his years of angling experience, landing a nice eight-fish 20lb catch limit,including the best fish of the week - a 3lb 8oz blue trout.

Mick Rutherford from Morpeth had the heaviest fish of the week at Kielder Water – a 5lb 7oz rainbow.

At Jubilee Lakes, Keith Armstrong of Bishop Auckland took a 6lb 11oz rainbow on a Hare’s Ear.

Last week’s high winds kept rod numbers down at Lockwood Beck and kept the boats off the water on most days, bank anglers enjoying the best sport from sheltered areas.

In total, 110 anglers landed 381 rainbows to 10lb 4oz for a rod average of 3.5, with 91 kept for an average weight of 2lb 8oz.

J Wardrope got the week at Naworth off to a flying start with a 22lb rainbow – 1lb shy of the fishery record – on fly.

Best bags of the week at Witton Castle Lakes included T Ross and J Walton who had 10 each, D Jones (nine) and A Spencer (seven).

At Derwent Reservoir, Gavin Huntley from Washington caught the heaviest fish of the week – a 5lb rainbow.


Derwent: Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive Hot Tail.

Fontburn: Black Spider, Buzzers.

Jubilee: Dawson’s Olive, Snake Fly, Daddy, CdC Hoppers, Adams, Shuttlecock Buzzers.

Kielder: Claret Hoppers, Diving Daddy, Alexandra.

Lockwood: Small Klimkhamers, Buzzers, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Spiders, various dry flies.

South Linden: Viva, Black Nymph, Black Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, various lures.Witton Castle: small Olive CdCs, size 18 Black Shuttlecock, Red Diawl Bach, small dry flies.


Derwent: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs and worm with Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Fontburn: Red Gulp and Worm.

Kielder: Ledgered worm, Yellow PowerBait Eggs.


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