Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sharpley Springs Fishing Report week ending 27th April.

How's it fishing
Suberb dry fly sport last week with a plethora of image small rape beetles, daddies and olives were also thrown into the mix.
The biggest of last week a Whopping 18 pounder caught on a Black Buzzer by Grant Downie from Blagdon. Plenty of other doubles in the 10 to 14 pounders , caught by N Hart from Stanley a 13 pounder on a Olive Hopper from a great bag of 19 Trout. Keith Barker from Peterlee using a Zonker for a 12 pounder also Derek Brown visiting from Dumfries with two at 12lbs and 14lbs 8oz using a Yellow Dancer.
Brian Ogden from Trimdon a 11lb 8 oz using a Sedge.
Steven Greathead from Lumley with a fine 15lb 3 oz caught from a bag of 8 using mainly Buzzers. Dave Robson from Seaham is amongst the big fish catches with a 14lb 13oz Rainbow. Gary Steele from Howdon and Trevor Robson from Cramlington both had 10lb plus trout. Another big trout surfacing after warm weather was a 16lb 4oz Rainbow caught by Paul Runce from Great Ayton . Been a good week for 6 to 8 pounders with plenty of Anglers catching in this range.
Trout Master National Qualifier  Fish off was won by 
Glen Appleby with 11 trout and runner up 2nd Jim Tuck and 3rd James Stephenson. 
Thank you all for taking part, Sharpley Springs is look forward to sponsoring Glen to the final.
Rod average 5.1

Superb dry fly sport last week , not only were there the plethora of midge, small rape beetles, daddies and olives were also thrown into the mix.
The lake olive fishing was particularly fascinating as the fog and easterly wind combination meant ideal hatch conditions.
Many hare's ear patterns were effective but those of olive hare's ear outperformed the rest.
The mist had trout rising all day and the evening sport was every bit as good as the best of the morning.
A variety of tactics were successful-twitched and pulled dries,drifted wets and suspended pupae.This will be some of the best angling of the year and expect hawthorns very shortly!

Fly box:
Olive shuttlecock/foam head
Black buzzer
GRHE nymph
Hare's ear emerger/shipmans
Sedge hog
Lake olive dun
Green f fly
Black beetle
Black and peacock spider
Emerging spiders
Dry Shipmans
Black Tadpole
Dawson Olive 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sharpley Springs Fishing report Week ending 13th April

How's it Fishing
Great week for Big Fish with big catches of 16 lbs and over returned. Prolific Midge hatch and Dry Fly angling. 
The biggest of the week where both caught on the Doxford an enormous Rainbow Trout weighing 18 lbs caught by Barry Nicholson from Stakeford, using Olive drys. 
A 17 pounders was also returned by  Brian Quigley and three doubles by Ian Smith from Middlesbrough of 14lbs, 14lbs, and 18 lbs using a Spider Sedge and Bibio.
Paul Runec also from Middlesbrough caught a 16lb 4oz Rainbow an Olive Worm.
Plenty of big bags netted at 15 fish caught by Mitch Fawcus from Blyth and 16 by Micky Bell of Gateshead also 13 by David Robson from Seaham.
Tagged fish remain at 2 with £500 tag
Rod Average

Milder temperatures and cloudy skies have done nothing to temper the prolific midge hatches.
They have again ensured excellent dry fly angling with patterns that hang below the surface film and mimic the final metamorphosis of the buzzer into adulthood.Foam -heads and closely cropped CCDs in shades of brown and green were the best.
The buzzers are getting larger now  with olives,blacks and grey all showing.
The week just gone also saw the first daddies of the season-another arrow in the angler's quiver.

Fly box:
Brown foam-head
Brown Spider
Olive/black/grey buzzer pupae
Green cropped shuttlecock
Hares ear emerger
GRHE nymph
Damsel nymph
Cats Whisker

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sharpley Springs Fly Fishing Report March 31st

How's it Fishing
Excellent midge hatches have occurred most days,despite the relatively cool  
Great catches despite the cool weather the biggest a 16lb 7oz Trout returned on the Doxford by Malcolm Robinson from Bedlington. Jon Fairburn from Sunderland also returned a 14 pounder using a Damsel from a bag of 4 on a 4 hour ticket. 
John Whitelock returned a fine naturalised Brownie again caught on the Doxford. Big catches this week came from Ian Richardson from New Hartley and Steve Harding from Sunderland both netting 14 fish.
The best bags netted by Mitch Fawes from Blyth and Dave Leonard from Felling both with 17 Trout each.
Howard Robinson from Ryton caught a fine 9 pounder from a bag of 33 using a Blob .
Paul Steward visiting from Guisbough using a combination of coloured Buzzers caught a fully finned 14 pounder.
Try a dry fly on your next visit ! 
Tagged Fish @£500
Rod average 4.2
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Excellent midge hatches have occurred most days,despite the relatively cool conditions.Indeed,given cloud cover,rises have been quite consistent,all day.
Dry fly angling has been very good,albeit not simple-quality ,challenging angling.
Though midges of several species have been evident the majority of the trout fell to either medium sized blacks or smallish browny olives.The latter initiated steady rises from margin -hugging residents and these fish could be fooled by tiny brownish emergers-so long as they moved on a drag-free path,downwind.Effective presentation was essential.
Non-imitative anglers successfully plied their trade with a variety of lures such as zonkers,blobs and Montana nymphs,whilst damsel and hare's ear nymphs did the business for those trying to match naturals.
Now is a great time to be out.

Fly box:    Black/olive/Red/Green  Buzzers
Kate Mc Karen 
Hare's ear emergers
Black/olive foam heads
Brown f fly
  Hares ear nymphs
  Montana nymph

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