Trout ticklers receive their trophies

HIRST Park Trout Ticklers recently held their annual presentation night in the Whitehouse, Ashington, when more than 20 trophies and shields were presented by Don Coe of Northumbrian Water.

HIRST Park Trout Ticklers recently held their annual presentation night in the Whitehouse, Ashington, when more than 20 trophies and shields were presented by Don Coe of Northumbrian Water.

The disco/buffet evening also featured a raffle with prizes including a year’s free fishing supplied by Northumbrian Water, a weekend in one of Kielder’s luxury log cabins, a £200 gift voucher supplied by Hardys of Alnwick, a rod and reel donated by the Trout Ticklers and prizes donated by Game Fishing Supplies, Morpeth, and McDermotts Fishing Tackle of Ashington.

There were also parent awards and prizes for fly tying and group fishing champions awards from first school through to high school and there was a special award for Alan Young, one of the club’s founding members who retired as chairman earlier this year.

For more details on the Hirst Park Trout Ticklers call Hirst Park Middle School on 01670 813111, email them on or visit their website by logging on at The milder weather has seen excellent fly hatches bringing fish to the surface at Sweethope Loughs, where N Straughan from Durham landed a cracking 7lb rainbow on a Cat’s Whisker. S Younger from Blyth had the week’s best bag with 13 trout caught on Montana Nymphs and Hares Ear Nymphs.

The annual Northumbrian versus Lothian and Borders Police Boat competition, which took place at the loughs recently, was won by Lothian and Borders by 52 fish to 25. Most fish were taken on small lures odd fish taken from surface on Cormorant patterns.

Worm fishing is now available on the top Lough, more information from Rob Tate on 01830 540341.

Vic Young took advantage of good fishing conditions at Langley Dam to land both the week’s best fish – 7lb 8oz – and best bag with four for 15lb 8oz.

There were three double-figure fish brought to the net at Jubilee Lakes this week.

Andrew Roe from Coundon, fishing a Black Zonker, had one of 21lb 12oz; Alan Proud of Redcar had one of 16lb 12oz on a Black Cat’s Whisker, and Phil Totten from Lanchester, fishing a Black Vibrator Daddy, brought a trout of 10lb 5oz to the net.

Both boat and bank anglers have caught well at Lockwood Beck this week. S Jones and his boat partner caught 22 on lures. Jeff Darling caught eight rainbows and two browns in four hours, keeping four for 12lb. Paul Richardson used the wheely boat to catch six fish on Diawl Bach and Brian Graham caught fish on nymphs, keeping one of 6lb.

Bank anglers Ian Morrison and Michel Kilvinton caught 14 between them from the dam on Cat’s Whisker, Michel kept two for 10lb 8oz, the best at best 7lb, and Ian kept two for 6lb.

Paul Harvey kept a lovely 7lb rainbow taken from the high bank on olive buzzer. W Hyde had seven from the dam tower on Cat’s Whisker, keeping one of 4lb 8oz and Ian Wallis had the week’s best fish – an 8lb rainbow – from the point.

Chris Cookson, with a 7lb 8oz rainbow on a Zonker, had the week’s best fish at Caistron lakes. Jim Scott, with four for 11lb on Buzzers, had the week’s best bag, safely returning six more. Six-year-old Jack Wilkinson of Ashington had a 3lb 8oz blue.

T James had the best fish on worm at 6lb 8oz. 6.5 lb.

There will be a fly competition at the fishery on October 20, followed by a worm competition on October 21.


Jubilee: Cat's Whisker, Black Vibrating Daddy, Black Zonker, White Nomad, Goldhead Damsel, CdC Buzzers, Grey Dry flies, Hare's Ear .

Langley: Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Black Hoppers, Cat’s Whisker.

Lockwood: Daddies, CdC Shuttlecock, Elk Hair Sedge and Shipman’s, Hare’s Ear. Pheasant Tail Nymph, Black and Olive Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whisker, Minky, Dawson’s Nomad, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz. Muddlers.

Sweethope: Daddies, Hoppers, Sedges, Bibios, Kate McLaren.


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