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Old 25-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
Grassholme Reservoir, Durham
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Read weekly Grassholme Reservoir fishing reports.

Grassholme Reservoir Fishing : Size: 140 acres (57ha), Max Depth 120 feet (38m). Grid Ref: NY940 224





Grassholme is Northumbrian Water's premier multi-bait fishery in Teesdale. It is a very pretty reservoir set in typical Pennine Dales scenery. It is not a really large water at 57 hectares (140 acres) but it is deep off the dam going down to 38 metres (120ft). The deep water ensures that Grassholme fishes consistently even during the warm summer months. During the early season as the spring air warms the water, the shallows and the stream mouths are the places to fish.

The tackle shop and retail outlet is located in the ground floor of the Visitor Centre. Here you can expect to find all of the fishing equipment you will need to get you started from scratch or to top up on essential bait and flies on the day. Snacks, ice creams and hot and cold drinks are available daily along with a range of toys and leisure items to ensure that the whole family have an enjoyable day out.

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Default Grassholme Reservoir fishing report week ending 14th March 2010

Northumbrian Water's Grassholme Reservoir fishing report: Week ending 14th March 2010.

Number of anglers - week 108
Number of trout taken - week 550
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 550
Rod average - week 5.1
Best trout - week 4lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 2000
Total number of anglers to date 108
Total number of fish caught to date 550
Largest trout of the season so far 4lb
Seasonal rod average 5.1

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: N–“ICE” Start.


Mother Nature came to our rescue the day before the new season began. The fishery had been frozen over for several weeks prior to opening and prospects of a thaw were not looking good, however a sudden rise in temperature and strong winds saw off nearly all of the ice just in time.
Anglers enjoyed a fantastic weekend with nearly all areas of the reservoir producing fish at some point to give a very good rod average of over five fish per angler.

Legered powerbait accounted for most of the fish with yellow and orange eggs being very effective although the West End fished very well to the fly with some nice limit catches falling to patterns such as Cats Whiskers and Orange Nomads on medium sink lines.

Best flies:
Cats Whisker, Black Fritz, Orange Nomad.

Best baits:
Yellow or Orange powerbait eggs with magic dust in a feeder.

Best areas:
Fish well spread and all areas worth a try.

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
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Old 23-03-2010, 03:49 PM
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Default Grassholme Reservoir, Northumbrian Water Report 21st March 2010

Weekly Ranger’s review: Gone with the wind!

With winter weather hopefully behind us and the Reservoir now completely ice free anglers enjoyed a good week at Grassholme.

The wind has played a big part in things this week as it has changed in direction and strength every day and the shoals of trout have been quick to move with it seeking out the warmer water and best feeding areas. This has kept anglers on their toes with many of our regulars taking good catches from some areas one day then having to relocate the next day.

As a general rule if the wind is in the West the Dam End is best, if the wind is in he East at the Top End they’ll feast!

A number of larger fish have been caught from the middle reaches of the North Shore around the pebble beach area, with spinning being the best method to tempt the bigger specimens.


Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Orange Nomad and White Fritz.

Best baits:
Orange Powerbait, Yellow Egg and Worm cocktail.

Best areas:
Varied daily with changing winds, downwind banks have held the most fish.

Ranger:
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Old 29-03-2010, 04:25 PM
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Default Grassholme Reservoir, Northumbrian Water Report 26th March 2010

Number of anglers - week192
Number of trout taken - week494
Number of trout returned - week0
Total number of trout caught - week494
Rod average - week2.6
Best trout - week9lb 6oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week800
Total number of anglers to date412
Total number of fish caught to date1304
Largest trout of the season so far9lb 6oz
Seasonal rod average3.2

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: “West is best”

The slight rise in temperature has seen some of the bigger fish beginning to feed and some fantastic fish have been caught this week.

Andy Grainger from Jarrow caught the best of the bunch with a very nice 9lb 6oz Rainbow, using ledgered Orange Powerbait and Worm Cocktail from Rigg Bank at the West End. It took Andy fifteen minutes to land the fish after it made several long runs and took to the air three times!

The West End car park bank has produced some good catches to both bait and fly anglers with ledgering still being the best option for multi bait and sinking lines needed for the fly as the fish are still holding close to the bottom.

Best flies:
Pink Nomad, Black Fritz, Orange Tadpole and various Boobies.

Best baits:
Orange Paste, Rainbow Paste and Magic Dust.

Best areas:
West End, Pebble Beach and Easter Bay.

Ranger:
Andrew Scott

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Old 06-04-2010, 06:16 PM
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Default Northumbrian Water's Grassholme Reservoir fishing report: Week ending 2nd April 2010

Weekending: 2nd April 2010

Number of anglers - week215
Number of trout taken - week 637
Number of trout returned - week0
Total number of trout caught - week637
Rod average - week3
Best trout - week 13lb 13oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week800
Total number of anglers to date627
Total number of fish caught to date 1,931
Largest trout of the season so far13lb 13oz
Seasonal rod average3.1
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: DOUBLE TROUBLE!
Some fantastic sport this week. With Michael Overend from South Shields catching the heaviest Rainbow of the week weighing in at a fabulous 13lb 13oz, using sparkle Orange Powerbait Eggs fished from the corner of the Dam Wall near the Witches Hat.

Flying the flag for fly anglers this week was Colin Parnaby from Durham who caught seven fish weighing a total of 27lb, which included two beauties weighing 10lb 12oz and 7lb 3oz. Colin travelled light looking for the fish and caught a number of them between the White Post and Stake Hill on the North Shore, using a Fritz Dawson’s Olive on the point with a Kate McLaren on the dropper on a floating line.


Best flies:
Dawson’s Oliver, Cat Whisker and Kate McLaren.

Best baits:
Orange Sparkle Eggs, Rainbow Paste and Worm Cocktail.

Best areas:
Dam Wall, White Post and Easter Bay.

Ranger:
Andrew Scott

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Old 13-04-2010, 11:05 AM
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Default Grassholme Fishing Report: Week Ending April 9, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 09/04/10

Number of anglers - week225
Number of trout taken - week 740
Number of trout returned - week14
Total number of trout caught - week754
Rod average - week3.4
Best trout - week 14lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week800
Total number of anglers to date852
Total number of fish caught to date 2,685
Largest trout of the season so far14lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average3.15
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Doubles fall to the Devastator

It has been a terrific week at Grassholme with Malcolm Franklin from Sacriston landing the best rainbow of the season so far at 14llb 4oz Malcom also took fish a of 5lbs and two more at 3lbs each. All of the fish were taken on a Devastator fished on an intermediate line with sinking braid at rabbit bank.

Malcolm Gowland from Weardale also had a golden day taking a fabulous gold double weighing 10lb 10oz on a Dawson’s olive. Malcolm had the satisfaction of taking this fine fish however sadly for him he did not enter the sweep which currently stands at £200!

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Malcolm Gowland with 10lb 10oz Golden Rainbow

Bait anglers have also had good sport using orange and pink glitter Powerbait eggs fished at range on a ledger rig. As the weather warmed up float fishing also paid dividends with plenty of fish also falling to this tactic.


Best flies:
Dawsons Olive , Devastator Orange fritz, Bibio

Best baits:
Worm, Pink and Orange Powerbait eggs

Best areas:
Dam Wall, Rabbit bank, Easter Bay.

Ranger:
David Bramfitt

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Old 20-04-2010, 05:50 PM
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Default Grassholme Fishing Report: Week Ending April 16, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 16/04/10

Number of anglers - week 300
Number of trout taken - week 1,153
Number of trout returned - week 22
Total number of trout caught - week 1,175
Rod average - week 3.9
Best trout - week 7lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 675
Total number of anglers to date 1,152
Total number of fish caught to date 3,860
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Gary “sea’s” the light

Gary Gustard a long time sea angler from New Bottle was convinced by his son to try his hand at fresh water fishing for a change. Gary quickly found himself converted after landing a fine 7lb 8oz rainbow from the dam wall using a black flying C.

Sport has again been good with all of the anglers commenting on the fishing being the best they have known.
Local angler Tom Heys from Mickleton returned 22 fish on Sunday using a combination of Dawson’s olive and his own designed fly’s.

Best method for bait anglers is the feeder with “Magic Dust” and a worm power bait cocktail for the hook bait on a trace length of 2 to 3ft. fished at range.

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Make sure your line is new and reel clutch is set correctly a too many people are loosing good fish!


Best flies:
Dawson’s olive, Cats whisker, Claret Bumble.
Best baits:
Worm and pink glitter Powerbait eggs. Flying C’s
Best areas:
Low Rigg, from the disabled platform to Witches Hat and Brock Scar.

Ranger:
David Bramfitt
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Default Grassholme Fishing Report: Week Ending April 23, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 224
Number of trout taken - week 911
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 911
Rod average - week 4.1
Best trout - week 6lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 900
Total number of anglers to date 1,376
Total number of fish caught to date 4,771
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.5

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Double dose of luck

Mr M. Osbourne from Alston took advantage of our credit cruncher afternoon permit and had quite a lucky and eventful afternoon. Whilst fishing he lost his mobile phone only for it to be found and returned by one of our Rangers. Mr. Osbourne by now no doubt relieved to be reunited with his lost property then went on to take the best fish of the week, a very nice 6lb Rainbow.

Once again anglers have enjoyed consistent fishing all week with good numbers of limit catches taken every day by both bait and fly anglers.
The Witches Hat area and the other shallow marks are really coming into form with several anglers coming back for a second ticket and taking double limit catches.
Bait anglers are beginning to enjoy some good float fishing with the trusty worm taking more than its fair share of fish however legered Powerbait eggs have also been reliable.
Those anglers choosing to try spinning have also enjoyed some fine sport with the famous Flying C salmon spinner accounting for some fine rainbows.

Stop press
The “heaviest sweep” fish of the year to date: – John Brownson from Chilton struck gold after he caught a fine 200 £pounder' this cracking gold weighed 8lb 11oz and was taken form the North bank on ledgered yellow Powerbait eggs. (picture attached)


Best flies:
Dawson’s olive, Cats whisker, Claret Bumble.
Best baits:
Yellow or Orange Powebait eggs, Flying C’s
Best areas:
From the disabled platform to the Witches Hat and Pebble Beach.

Ranger:
David Bramfitt
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Default Grassholme Reservoir fishing report week ending April 30, 2010

Number of anglers - week 246
Number of trout taken - week 967
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 967
Rod average - week 4.0
Best trout - week 10lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 750
Total number of anglers to date 1,622
Total number of fish caught to date 5,738
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.5

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Double falls to Blackbirds fancy

Grassholme really is in full swing at the moment as our anglers enjoy some superb sport with our pristine home reared trout.

Every day this week there have been good numbers of limit catches taken power bait and fly anglers accounted for a lot of those. However it was yet again the humble earth worm that proved the downfall of the biggest fish of the week, a very nice 10 pounder taken by Jack Hunter.

The Luck family from Piercebridge lived up to their name at the weekend with eight year old Daniel and seven year old Oscar showing their dad how to catch fish, taking four fish each on float fished worm from the pebble beach. Picture attached.

Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Black and Peacock Spider, Black Hopper

Best baits:
Yellow or Orange Powerbait eggs. Float fished worm, Mepps spinner.

Best areas:
The disabled platform to the Witches Hat, Pebble Beach and West End.

Ranger:

Andrew Scott
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Default Grassholme Fishing Report Week ending 14/05/10

Weekending: 14/05/10

Number of anglers - week219
Number of trout taken - week736
Number of trout returned - week0
Total number of trout caught - week736
Rod average - week3.4
Best trout - week10lb 13oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week800
Total number of anglers to date2,107
Total number of fish caught to date7,630
Largest trout of the season so far14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.6
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Rainbow produces pot of gold

Some superb fish have come to the net this week with two double figure fish being the pick of the bunch.
Steve Robson started the ball rolling on Tuesday morning taking a fine 10lb 9oz fish from the North Shore on a home made Dawson’s Olive fished on a floating line.
However, this did not remain the largest fish of the week for long as within minutes local angler Carl Johnson from Middleton landed a fin perfect 10lb 13oz Rainbow from the Witches Hat on ledgered pink Powerbait glitter eggs.
Jonathan Hare was enjoying a fantastic day on Friday, taking six Rainbows and a Blue, just when he thought things could not get any better he completed his limit catch in fine style. Jonathan’s last fish was a pristine 8lb 6oz Golden Trout which also netted him the £200 jackpot in the process!
At the time of writing the cold Northerly winds have all but disappeared and been replaced with far more favourable milder Westerly’s which hopefully will see the fish even more active and on the surface.

Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Viva, Bibio.

Best baits:
Powerbait in pink eggs, spring green paste, float fished worm.

Best areas:
Witches Hat, North Shore and Easter Bay.

Ranger:
Andrew Scott

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