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Weather plays its part in success; GAME ANGLING.

Byline: George Macintyre

ALNWICK Young Farmers visited Chatton Trout Fishery on Monday. Casting improved dramatically during the session and several fish were landed.

The lakes have fished well. Julian Bales, from Wooler, returned a 15lb rainbow to Dunnydeer. The fish was caught on a small black spider, although Julian also had success with Diawl Bachs, returning seven in total.

Intermediate lines with small black flies have worked well, and when the conditions were right, fish have been taken with dry flies on the surface.

Alan Jenkins and Ted Fenwick took top spot in the third heat of the WaterAid Boat Pairs at Kielder water with 13 for 19lb 11oz.

Brian Lillie and Tony Bell were second with nine for 14lb 7oz. Third place went to Richard Wood and Ian Coatsworth with seven for 12lb 15oz.

Stephen Oliver took eight rainbows for 14lb 2oz, including this week's biggest fish at 3lb 7oz, in the bay by Tower Knowe lower car park.

At Thrunton Long Crags, Bill Potter, from Morpeth, had great sport on his two visits, catching 12 and 11 respectively, at depth on a self-tied variant of a Bunny Leech. E Rowland also from Morpeth, netted eight on deep-fished black lures.

Ray Perch, from Cramlington, released eight taken on Daddies and Griffith's Gnats, whereas B Nicholson, from Stakeford, had six fish on a deeply-fished Green Buzzer, keeping four for 6lb 12oz.

Paul Coyle and daughter Sophie, from Consett, had a great day on their first visit, landing three for 6lb 15oz on Buzzers and Dawson's olive, and first-time fly angler Darren Tyler from Bedlington brought a 3lb 2oz rainbow to the net on a Dawson's Olive.

James Scott, from North Shields, celebrated a "double" at Fontburn, with son, Leon, six, landing his first-ever fish, followed by James' first bite, which turned out to be a tagged rainbow.

Four-year-old Maggie Richardson, from Gosforth, caught her first-ever fish, a 2lb rainbow.

M Vowles had the best fish of the week with a 4lb 8oz rainbow, whereas D Cray had the heaviest eight-fish catch at 18lb 8oz.

The warm bright weather has made fishing difficult at Caistron Lakes. Mr Hedley had a bag of more than 11lb, including a stunning 6lb rainbow.

At South Linden, G Maddison and D Maddison, both of Bedlington, and G Lumsden, of Amble, recorded full bags, with Mr Lumsden recording the biggest fish of the week at 6lb.

Doug Pearson from Consett had the catch of the week at Derwent Reservoir, taking more than 20lb on a Silver Toby, including a fish of 4lb 4oz. Another D Pearson took a tagged fish on Blue PowerBait Paste to net PS200.

FLY BOX Chatton: Small black flies, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, CdC patterns, Daddies, black/green lures.

Derwent: Hopper, Daddies, Damsel Nymph, Black nymph, Buzzers, Black Fritz.

Fontburn: Black Gnat, Orange Gladiator, Black Fritz Stinger.

Kielder: Cat's Whisker, Clan Chief. South Linden: Various dry flies, Hopper, Buzzers, Black Fritz, Cat's Whiskers, Montana, Blob.

Thrunton Long Crag: Daddies, CdC patterns, black dry flies, Dawson's Olives, Pheasant tail Nymphs, Bloodworms, various lures.

Witton Castle: CdC patterns, F Fly, Daddies, Hoppers, Red Bloodworm.

BAIT BOX Derwent: Yellow PowerBait Eggs and Magic Dust, Mepps, Toby, float-fished worm.

Fontburn: Red Gulp, Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs. Kielder: Worm, Green PowerBait.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2014
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