Still­wa­ter sport hold­ing up well

The Chronicle - - Hooked - By DAVID CARRICK

SPORT on the smaller still­wa­ter trout fish­eries held up very well over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

The larger reser­voirs had mixed for­tunes with Grassholme, Hury and wild havens Balder­head, Selset and Cow Green all ben­e­fit­ting from blown-on ter­res­tri­als which seem to bring the trout up al­most im­me­di­ately.

Large falls of Heather fly can bring great sport for the fly an­gler as the await­ing trout of­ten gorge them­selves on these large of­fer­ings.

These red and black ter­res­tri­als cer­tainly at­tract the trout to the sur­face.

Suc­cess­ful fly an­glers dress their own spe­cial pat­terns for this time of the year. A good copy of a Heather Fly can mean a great day’s sport. The Bibio is a good sub­sti­tute es­pe­cially when there is a good wave on the fish­ery.

Trout will take them with con­fi­dence given a swell and cloud cover. Bait an­glers did well at Der­went and Kielder Wa­ter with Power­baits do­ing the trick.

Other fish­eries close to heather moor­lands have had flur­ries of Heather Fly; while oth­ers saw good sport to var­i­ous dry flies.

Pat­terns such as Sedges, Hop­pers, Dad­dies and a va­ri­ety of black dry flies pro­duced some good catches.

Evenings are prov­ing top times to fish along with early morn­ings. Ship­mans, CdC’s, Di­awl Bach and Hare’s Ear Nymphs have also been suc­cess­ful pat­terns.

Many of our lo­cal fish­eries are very well stocked and this in­cludes Northum­brian Wa­ter Reser­voirs.

July and Au­gust have in the past seen per­sis­tent “dog days” when trout dis­ap­pear into the cooler depths of these vast areas of wa­ter. The bonus is that when cooler con­di­tions at the on­set of au­tumn ar­rive these fish will come out of the depths to feed in the mar­gins of­fer­ing some fine sport. The same thing hap­pens on the smaller wa­ters. Cool cloudy days of­fer the chances of some su­per sport in the weeks to come.

On the salmon and sea-trout front sport is patchy.

Beats such as By­well and Dil­ston were top Tyne areas last week but some lower areas of the Tyne have strug­gled.

Sea-trout ac­tion is still good on areas of the River Wear, with night shift rods catch­ing on smaller flies and tubes. Day­time sport has slowed

Grayling have been show­ing up well in catches on the River Wear. Aidrian Jor­dan, a mem­ber of the Bishop Auck­land Angling Club caught 30 in a four-hour ses­sion which in­cluded fish of over 2lb and all caught on a Grif­fiths Gnat and GRHE Nymph.

From Septem­ber 2 to Septem­ber 4, there will be no boats avail­able at Kielder Wa­ter or any bank fish­ing from the Dam Wall; due to the Kielder Fest and the Tour of Bri­tain Cy­cle Race.

Ryan Wil­son with the ex­cel­lent 3lb rain­bow he caught at Thrun­ton Trout Fish­ery. Ryan is one of Thrun­ton’s thriv­ing list of young­sters en­joy­ing their fly fish­ing

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