Cricket: Angling: High tower Ralph goes over the rainbow.
THE Derwent has had one of its best weeks of the season with a number of large fish brought to the net, including the heaviest of the season to date - a 12lb 4oz rainbow taken next to the tower on the fly by Ralph Walker.
M Willis had an eight-fish limit of 24lb, including one of 12lb. P Carr was also in double figures with a fine fish of 10lb 13oz. L Gosling had the heaviest bag of the week with eight for 27lb 8oz.
The water temperature at Scaling Dam has dropped considerably this week, pushing the resident fish into deeper water.
Bait anglers who travelled light and kept on the move enjoyed the best of the sport with Ben Millen, of Saltburn, fishing green Powerbait, taking eight, including a four-pounder and a brace of three-pounders, for 18lb 4oz. While the wind has made fly fishing off the dam wall almost impossible, anglers have moved on to the south shore where they had reasonable success.
Scaling regular Keith Sedgwick, of Saltburn, had two sport-filled evenings, taking consecutive eight-fish limit bags, slowly fishing a Dawson's Olive on a floating line along the bank.
The heaviest fish of the week at Kielder weighed in at 3lb 8oz and was taken on sweetcorn and worm by Tony Arnott, fishing from the bank at the Reiver's Rest at Leap-lish. Paul Wilkinson, of Bedlington, fishing the fly, had the week's heaviest bag at 18lb 4oz.
Kielder will remain open during November for rainbows only. All brown trout must be safely returned. Day tickets, at pounds 15, can be obtained from the machine at the south abutment.
The heavy rain during the week hit the fishing at Fontburn with the water rising nine feet in two days and taking on the colour of strong tea. The challenging conditions did not faze Mr Slaughter, who took an eight-fish maximum bag for more than 15lb.
The rising water did have an upside with all restrictions lifted and anglers being given access to all fishing areas.
The colder nights have forced the fish deep at Blackton, although those anglers willing to switch tactics have still enjoyed good sport, especially with two Boobies on a medium sink line with a slow retrieve.
On milder days the standard Blackton set-up of a goldhead lure on the point and two black wets on the droppers has been as deadly as ever - especially for those more experienced anglers who count down to the fish. The fishing at Grassholme just gets better as the fish feed hard in preparation for the coming winter.
On consecutive visits, fly angler J Taylor took fish of 5lb while several bags of 20lb-plus have been reported with J B Lumley recording the week's heaviest bag at 23lb 8oz.
GEORGE MACINTYRE (0191) 2016154 email@example.com
Blackton: Black Fritz, Cat's Whisker Boobies, Bibio, Zulu.
Derwent: Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker, Black/Orange Fritz, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, traditional wets.
Fontburn: Consett Budgie, Cat's Whisker, Viva.
Grassholme: Zulu, Cormorant, Bibio, White Fritz.
Kielder: Soldier Palmer, Black Zulu.
Scaling: Montana, Dawson's Olive, Invicta.