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Tributes paid to a popular stalwart.

POPULAR North East angler Charlie Hartley, aged 67 and from Shotton Colliery, has passed away suddenly.

Friend and fishing partner Peter Sinclair said: "He had fished Hury and Derwent on the fly since they opened and had made many friends over the years.

"He was a man of habit and fished his favourite spots week in week out with great success, usually to his favourite of all flies the Dawson's Olive.

"He was easy to recognise with his trademark large black moustache, wax jacket and baseball cap, a remarkable angler and friendly gentleman to boot."

Anglers at Fontburn who were prepared to move around this week and change tactics were rewarded as the reservoir continues to produce good numbers of fish in the 4lb range, especially from the north shore.

Sid Barnes roamed the shoreline on Friday and was rewarded with five rainbows, including a four-pounder, for 12lb 13oz.

Regular Isabel Adams, fishing from the north shore on Wednesday, netted the heaviest catch this week with six rainbows and two blues, the heaviest fish at 4lb 4oz, for 17lb 12oz.

Paul Dodd took six blues from the north shore for 8lb 12oz.

Brothers Cameron (11) and Kieran (10) Stanwick from Westerhope outfished dad Eddy to land eight between them.

Peter Garbutt form Blyth had October's best bag, catching eight, including fish of 6lb 8oz, 5lb 4oz and 4lb 8oz, for a nearrecord 25lb 8oz from the north shore. The mild autumn has contributed to exciting late-season sport at Derwent Reservoir with eight anglers recording the 10-fish limit which will be in place until the fishery closes on November 30.

Some larger trout are also still feeding well with good numbers of 3lb to 5lb fish brought to the net with Robert Watson taking two rainbows at 5lb 8oz each.

At the time of writing, the next tagged tiger trout caught will be worth pounds 1,000 for those anglers entering the sweep.

On Sunday, the reservoir will be holding its annual coarse fishing charity challenge match. Trout anglers should note bank space will be limited, but the area from the second fence to Hunter House on south shore will be open to trout rods.

With Kielder Water closing for the season on Friday, those few who have ventured out for a last cast or two have been well rewarded.

Michael Sinkinson landed eight, including the heaviest fish of the week at 5lb and another two at 3lb 5oz each, for 22lb and Eric Blair took a fine brace at 3lb 4oz and 3lb from Beeches Walk.

P Hurwood had the best catch of the week at Grassholme, taking a 10-fish limit, including a 3lb 12oz and three quality blues, for more than 20lb.

It has been another excellent week on Hury with fish continuing to rise freely and many trout caught on dry flies.

Fly angler Les Wheatley from Skelton caught the heaviest fish of the week - a magnificent 9lb 12oz blue - at Scaling Dam.

FLY BOX Derwent: Dawson's Olive Hot Tail, Black and Orange Fritz, Zulu, White Bobbie, Cat's Whisker.

Fontburn: Dawson's Olive, Consett Budgie. Grassholme: Dawson's Olive, Orange Fritz, Bibio. Hury: Black Hopper, White Zonker, Black Buzzer, Kate McLaren.

Kielder: Cat's Whiskers, Dawson's Olive. Scaling: Black and Peacock Spider, Zulu, Black and Green Montana, Muddler Minnow.

BAIT BOX Derwent: Orange PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a swim feeder, Flying "C" spinners.

Fontburn: Ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a swim feeder.

Grassholme: Ledgered Yellow PowerBait Eggs and Magic Dust.

Kielder: Yellow PowerBait and worm. Scaling: Worm, Magic Dust in feeder rig and Dark Green PowerBait.

GEORGE MACINTYRE (0792) 3366565
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2011
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