Promising beginnings at Derwent Reservoir

THE hot start to the angling season at Derwent Reservoir shows no sign of cooling with anglers continuing to record high rod averages and large numbers of eight-fish limit catches.

THE hot start to the angling season at Derwent Reservoir shows no sign of cooling with anglers continuing to record high rod averages and large numbers of eight-fish limit catches.

Gordon Swain and Chris Williams, fishing with fly, enjoyed terrific sport between Cronkley and Millshields with Chris landing the fishery’s second tagged fish of the season at Millshields and Gordon hitting on a shoal of 3lb fish to land his eight-fish limit.

Benjamin Redmond, seven, from Witton Gilbert caught three cracking fish including a three-pounder.

Anglers have had great sport from hard-fighting fish at Witton Castle Lakes with good numbers of 10-fish bags reported.

Joe Lindsay landed a nice 9lb rainbow and Mr Hibband switched to a dry fly at the end of a sunny day and was rewarded with a beautiful 10lb brown trout that was safely returned.

Weardale Angling Club held a competition on the lakes on Sunday with great sport and good fish landed, including 5lb 8oz rainbow for club member Christopher Bramfits.

Rod averages at Grassholme remain at more than four with quality fish up to 4lb 8oz. A Grainger and R Thompson recorded limit catches for 19lb and 18lb 8oz respectively.

The Sharpley Springs Troutmasters fish-off was held on Doxford Lake with Paul Fenny from Hartlepool overcoming the bright, challenging conditions to take first place with 14 fish.

John Maguire from Newbottle was second with 11 and the biggest netted on the day was a 13lb 8oz rainbow.

Plenty of good hatches this week of small black midge allowed dry fly anglers to tempt trout at the surface with excellent sport on the dry-fly only Hangman’s Lake.

Gareth Boagarie from North Shields caught a 9lb brown; Dave Hunt from Newcastle brought a 10-pounder to the net; Steve Greenwood safely returned a 10-pounder; and G Parmby from Ashington had a 15-pounder.

Anglers who recorded good bags included Glen Appleby who released 32; Ross Middleton of Roker who returned 30, all taken on small dry flies, in one session; John Loyce from Hartlepool who had 19; and Alan Swales who netted 18.

Anglers have had some extraordinary sport on the calm light ripple days at Hury. William Harvey landed the biggest fish to date with a cracking 5lb rainbow.

Bank anglers have enjoyed good sport at Lockwood Beck with Walter Behrens catching 26 rainbows to 5lb from the dam wall over two days, keeping five for 18lb.

Colin Brown caught 23 rainbows to 5lb; Dave Batchelor had 14 to 13lb 12oz; Andrew Grabham and Andrew Bogan each had 13; Andrew Greet caught 11 to 4lb and Peter Blight caught eight, keeping six for 12lb.

Boat anglers were also among the fish with John McGarrell landing 31 rainbows to 13lb 12oz over two days on size 14 Black Buzzers.

Jubilee Lakes will stay open an extra hour on a Thursday and Saturday but Friday will be a late night with the fishery closing at 8pm.


Aldin Grange: Small spiders, Crunchers, CdC patterns, Buzzers, Beetles.

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

Grassholme: Gold headed Dawson’s Olive, Cats Whisker, and Black Fritz.

Hury: Shuttlecock Buzzer, Dry Black and Peacock Spider, Kate McLaren, Devastator.

Lockwood: Buzzers, Blobs, nymphs, small black dry flies, small lures, Olive/Black Cruncher, Northern Spider.

Scaling Dam: Dawson’s Olive, Viva, Kate McLaren.

Sharpley: Olive/Black Shipman’s Buzzer, Grizzle Spider, Hare’s Ear Foamhead, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear (size 18), Grey Shuttlecock, Black/Brown F Fly, Damsel Nymph, Bloodworm.

Witton: Olive Dancers, Dawson’s Olive, Black Buzzers and CdC patterns.


Derwent: Orange Gulp Eggs, Orange PowerBait, Magic Dust in a swim feeder, worm.

Grassholme: Ledgered PowerBait and Gulp Eggs, Flying C and Mepps spinners.

Scaling: Worm, White Gulp Eggs, Dark Green and Chartreuse PowerBait.


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