Northumbrian side take second

The six-man Northumbrian Water team finished second out of 17 teams in this year's Water Industry Game Fishing Championships, hosted by Thames Water at Farmoor reservoir near Oxford.

The six-man Northumbrian Water team finished second out of 17 teams in this year's Water Industry Game Fishing Championships, hosted by Thames Water at Farmoor reservoir near Oxford.

It was the team's best performance in the 28 years of the competition which saw more than 100 fly fishers from throughout England and Wales - representing the big water and sewerage companies, the Environment Agency regions and head office and the Association of River Trusts - competing for top spot.

Northumbrian Water's Andrew Scott came second overall in the individual category and was a section winner, catching a limit bag of eight trout before the competition finished to add a time bonus to his score. Peter Pattinson was fifth in the individual category and was also a section winner. Alistair Baker, Brian Lillie, Alan Bolton and Phil Wagget added to the combined catch to land the top team spot. Kevin Pick, fishing in the reserve competition for Northumbrian Water, was third in a difficult section which saw only five competitors catch a fish.

Team captain Alistair Baker said: "This was a tremendous team effort. We are very proud to have done so well against such strong competition which included many international and expert anglers."

Morpeth Lions held their charity fishing competition at Fontburn Reservoir on Saturday with proceeds going to local charities. Ashington angler Jack Vout had the week's largest fish at 6lb while W Miller and the Turner brothers all caught their bag limits with each weighing in at 25lb. J Gardiner had a 19lb bag with all fish taken on a Muddler. Isabel Adams caught her limit bag for 17lb within three hours.

Edward Norton had the heaviest brown trout of the season to date at Kielder Water with a fine specimen of 2lb 5oz from Merlin Brae.

After the heavy rain and subsequent rise in water levels there were improved returns with anglers, particularly those at Little Whickhope, at the top of the main Whickhope inlet and below the Elf Kirk Viewpoint north of the Tower Knowe visitor centre, recording good catches.

Ian Simpson had rainbows of 3lb, 2lb 120z and 2lb 6oz on the fly below the Mirage at the top end of Kielder Water.

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The weather at the upland wild brown trout fishery at Cow Green made angling very difficult though the trout were willing to come to the fly as hatches of Hawethorn flies brought them to the surface to feed.

R Stockdale, fishing a Snipe and Purple, brought 13 trout to 13 inches to the net.

Malcolm Gowland took advantage of the prolific Hawthorn hatches at Grassholme using small Black Hoppers to take a hefty limit bag while season ticket holder Jack Thompson defied gale force winds and driving rain to take a 6lb rainbow on worm and Powerbait cocktail.

The first big flies of the year put in an appearance at Blackton this week with Hawthorn flies hatching in large numbers and anglers at Scaling braved strong to gale force winds to land excellent catches.

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