No boat hire due to Kielder Marathon

The Kielder Marathon takes place this weekend (Oct 5 and 6) and there will be no boat hire on either day and the fishery will be closed on Sunday

Kielder Water
Kielder Water

The Kielder Marathon takes place this weekend (Oct 5 and 6) and there will be no boat hire on either day and the fishery will be closed on Sunday.

Bank fishing on the Saturday will be limited to Tower Knowe, with permit sales on the day at Tower Knowe shop and not Leaplish Waterside Park.

A steady week’s sport at the fishery saw Henry Walton land a rainbow of 5lb at Gordon’s Wall on the north shore close to the mouth of Belling Inlet, following this with one of 4lb to round off a cracking day.

Alan Potts recorded the heaviest bag of the week – 17lb 5oz – on ledgered worm at Leaplish. This autumn boats will be available to hire right up to the last day of the season - November 15.

Chatton Trout Fishery is hosting the England National Bank Finals on Saturday and Sunday (Oct 5 and 6) and will be closed to regular anglers both days.

The Fishery will close at 6.30pm this week and 5.30pm on a Saturday.

The best fish of the week at South Linden was a 9lb rainbow, which was part of a 10-fish bag landed by G Lumsden of Amble. P Lewin of Morpeth caught and released five in a two-hour session.

The big fish week will be held during the school holidays and starts on October 26. See for details

With the onset of the darker nights, the evening sessions at Knitsley Mill are drawing to a close. Although a few anglers are still turning up for a few hours on the dry fly after tea.

Sport has improved as the weed has died back, with good fish still being brought to the net. Saturday’s monthly competition starts at 9am. Winter prices and condition updates available on

Lockwood Beck is coming back on to top form as the weather cools down, with 141 anglers landing 475 rainbows to 6lb 8oz and a 2lb 8oz brown for a rod average of 3.4. And 104 fish kept for an average weight of 2lb 8oz.

Keith Maxwell from Ovingham had a great day at Derwent Reservoir on Wednesday, netting a lovely fish of 4lb 8oz, contributing towards the biggest catch of the week - an impressive 19lb.

Hillary Paggum enjoyed good sport in front of Hunter House on Sunday, netting eight cracking rainbows around the 2lb mark.

Anglers have enjoyed good late season sport from all areas of Fontburn as temperatures continued to fall.

Two £200 tagged rainbows were caught on Saturday. Les Little hooked his 2lb fish from the north shore point, and Derek Hodgson netted his to complete his limit catch for 15lb 8oz catch.

The best fish of the week, a cracking 8lb 4oz rainbow, was landed by M Dunn on ledgered PowerBait from the south shore. Keith Hogland had the heaviest bag of the week, with eight rainbows, including a brace of three-pounders, for 19lb.

Harold Graham caught and released four rainbows; K Spark had three rainbows and five blues for 14lb, returning a further five; and Sid Barnes had four rainbows, including two three-pounders, for 10lb 12oz.

There has been great sport at Naworth all week to fly and worm, with 10 double-figure trout to 20lb brought to the net.

B McNeill landed 13 fish, including rainbows of 13lb and 20lb, to fly; P McNeill landed 19 fish, including rainbow of 16lb, 16lbs and 18lb; D Taylor landed six, including rainbows of 12lb 8oz and 15lb; M Proudfoot landed 18 to 3lb on fly; C Clayton brought fish of 13lb and 17lb to the net; and T Mark landed a fish of 12lb to fly.

Bright sunshine and flat calm conditions at the beginning of the week made fishing very difficult at Witton Castle lakes, with a catch average of two.

At Witton Castle, S Campbell landed 12 on dry fly, M Appley netted 11 on small dry flies, P Raysbeck had 10 on a variety of dry patterns and T Ross landed eight in a four-hour session on an Olive CdC.

Sport has slowed on the River Wear, although night fisherman are still picking up the odd fish, the best reported was a 10 lb 8oz sea trout taken on a Black and Gold tube fly. Some salmon are being caught on shrimp, the best reported a 12lb fish.


Chatton: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Cat’s Whiskers, Daddies have all been working well.

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

Fontburn: Yellow Dancer, Dawson’s Olive, hoppers, Grey Wulff.

Kielder: Claret Hopper, Black Midge, Diving Daddy.

Knitsley: CdC Shuttlecocks, Buzzers, Bunny Leech, Egg Flies.

South Linden: Black Buzzzers, various lures, Black Cat’s Whisker, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Orange Fritz.

Witton: Black and Olive Buzzers, Hare’s Ear, Black and Olive F fly, Shuttlecock patterns.


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

Fontburn: Orange/Chartreuse PowerBait.

Kielder: Ledgered worm, Orange PowerBait Eggs.


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