Younger anglers flocking to Chatton Lakes

THE half-term attracted a number of keen young anglers to Chatton Lakes with Theodore Smalley, eight, from Ewart, near Wooler, landing a 3lb rainbow on a green fly on his first time fly fishing.

An angler
An angler

THE half-term attracted a number of keen young anglers to Chatton Lakes with Theodore Smalley, eight, from Ewart, near Wooler, landing a 3lb rainbow on a green fly on his first time fly fishing.

Darius Yousefi, nine, from Buckinghamshire caught two rainbows and Harry Simpson, seven, from Huddersfield caught a 2lb rainbow.

Chatton Lake is booked on Tuesday from 10am to 4pm. Ross Lake and Dunnydeer Lake will open as normal. The fishery closes at 10pm on Fridays.

For more information on the fishery’s school holiday fly fishing taster days for juniors, running for six weeks from Tuesday, June 23 with qualified instructor Bob Smith, please visit www.chattontroutfishery.com

South Linden has continued to fish well since the bank holiday Big Fish event, John Ord of Morpeth landing a rainbow estimated at 23lb.

The evening sessions where fly anglers can fish from 5-9pm for only £8, are popular. The bait lake again produced quality fish in the 3lb to 4lb range.

Once again Richard Lansbury led the way at Aldin Grange, taking 29 good fish.

Best catch of the week at Naworth was W Jamieson’s 19 fish, including rainbows of 22lb and 12lb on Buzzers.

An extremely good variety of flies have hatched on all lakes at Sharpley Springs this week, making sport interesting and challenging with both waterborne and terrestrials present in good numbers.

Evening rises have been the best of the year and anglers of all abilities have been enjoying the sport and taking advantage of the fishery opening until 10pm.

Paul Kirkhouse from Sunderland returned a 13lb 8oz rainbow with Steven Greathead taking one of 1 lb 6oz while fishing on a four-hour ticket.

At Jubilee Lakes, Ben Langdale from Hunton landed a 4lb 7oz rainbow, David Frew from Durham took one of 4lb 4oz.

Anglers at Fontburn have seen some of the most exciting fishing for years. Vast shoals of minnows and frequent hatches gave fish good feeding near the surface and in the margins.

Fly anglers made the most of vigorous takes on lures as Dawson’s Olive and Humungous patterns worked well. B Laybourne recorded the fish of the week with a 7lb 4oz rainbow trout. Six-year-old Olivia Briggs of Shiney Row was delighted with her best rainbow of 1lb 12oz.

More than 10,000 fish have been netted, many overwintered, with the season rod average well above an exceptional five.

Kielder’s busiest week of the season provided outstanding sport with a rod average of almost seven. This is being attributed to the slow start to the season, when many fish were introduced but proved reluctant to feed. In warmer conditions, they are feeding well and can be found from most banks and giving great surface sport in the bays.

At Derwent the first of the recently-stocked “net busters” was caught when Claude Juilett from Whitley Bay netted a 16lb rainbow on a small Black Buzzer with a sinking line near the Tower.

All areas, methods and tactics are catching, but these need to be matched with the conditions as anglers see extreme changes in weather.

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