Cow Green Reservoir

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If size does not matter and a walk on the wild side is required to wind down after the stresses of the week, Cow Green is for you. It is a large reservoir at 312 hectares (770 acres) located high in upper Teesdale.

Cow Green Season: Season: 22 March until Sunday 30 September 2013. Hours of fishing are 8am to 9pm or sunset, whichever is sooner.
Cow Green Size and Location: 770 acres (312 ha), Max Depth 70 feet (22m). Grid Ref: NY802 303



Cow Green in May: big beautiful and far from the madding crowd!
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Cow Green Fishing Report 2nd April 2010

Weekending: 2nd April 2010

Number of anglers - week 0
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 0
Rod average - week 0
Best trout - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 0
Total number of fish caught to date 0
Largest trout of the season so far 0
Seasonal rod average 0

Weekly Ranger’s review:
Fishery Headline: COW GREEN ANGLERS IN HIBERNATION

With a fresh covering of snow on the ground anglers have remained in hibernation in front of a warm fire preparing there tackle for the thaw when they can bring those hard fighting wild fish to the net.
 

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Cow Green Fishing Report: Week Ending April 9, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Cow Green Fishing Report: Week Ending April 9, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 2
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 6
Total number of trout caught - week 6
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 14 oz
Total number of anglers to date 2
Total number of fish caught to date 6
Largest trout of the season so far 14oz
Seasonal rod average 3

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Slow thaw triggers first visits

The wild brown trout waters have had a slow start to the season due to winter conditions prevailing up in the Pennine hills. A slow thaw and gradual improvement in the conditions has seen two hardy anglers get the season off to a fair start. With the weather set to improve we will see more anglers venturing onto the upland waters in the coming weeks.
 

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Cow Green Fishing Report: Week Ending April 16, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 16/04/10


Number of anglers - week 1
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 6
Total number of trout caught - week 6
Rod average - week 6
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 3
Total number of fish caught to date 12
Largest trout of the season so far 14oz
Seasonal rod average 4

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Anglers still in hibernation

Once the weather warms up we are expecting some good sport in the coming weeks when the native browns make up for lost time. Over the last week we have seen a return to winter conditions on the upland waters therefore most anglers have opted to fish the lower laying waters.
 

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Cow Green Fishing Report: Week Ending April 23, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 8
Number of trout taken - week 6
Number of trout returned - week 6
Total number of trout caught - week 12
Rod average - week 1.5
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 11
Total number of fish caught to date 24
Largest trout of the season so far 14oz
Seasonal rod average 2.2

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Spring at last?

The weather conditions on our upland waters have remained on the cool side for the opening period. We still have some patches of snow present and ice in margins on some mornings. Sport should start picking up now after a warmer week which has seen an increase in the amount natural insects hatching.

The number of anglers fishing Cow Green is finally starting to increase so an increase in the numbers of landed fish can be expected. Anglers should travel light and be prepared to stay on the move.

Best flies:
Teal Blue and Silver, Gold march brown, Black spiders.
Best baits:
Worm
Best areas:
Stay mobile with the wind behind you.
Ranger:
David Bramfitt
 

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Cow Green Fishing Report: Week Ending April 30, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 7
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 7
Total number of trout caught - week 7
Rod average - week 7
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 18
Total number of fish caught to date 31
Largest trout of the season so far 14oz
Seasonal rod average 1.7

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Still on the slow side

Sport has still been a little slow at Cow Green as the water takes a bit longer to warm up in this large upland Reservoir but anglers have had success using slow sinking lines and small black tadpoles or ledgering worms.


Best flies:
Black Tadpole, Bibio.

Best baits:
Ledgered Worm

Best areas:
Burn mouths.
Ranger:

Andrew Scott
 

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Cow Green Report 30.05.10

Weekending: 28/05/10

Number of anglers - week 27
Number of trout taken - week 20
Number of trout returned - week 85
Total number of trout caught - week 105
Rod average - week 3.9
Best trout - week 15in
Total number of anglers to date 61
Total number of fish caught to date 223
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb
Seasonal rod average 3.7
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Feeding frenzy at Cow Green

It has been a superb week at Cow Geen with visiting anglers enjoying the best sport of the season so far.
The wild Browns have been in a feeding frenzy as they gorge on the large amounts of insect life around the margins.
Many anglers caught into double figures of fish with those prepared to travel light and walk to the top end and West Shore faring the best.
Floating lines and dries have taken the vast majority of fish with small palmered wets working well on the windier days.

Best flies:
Foam Beetle, Black Hopper, Claret Bumble

Best baits:
Float Fished Worm.

Best areas:
West Shore, Burn Mouths.
 

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I fished Cow Green yesterday evening for an hour and a half in perfect tranquillity with only the skylarks, curlews and sheep for company. A few small brownies splashed at my dry fly with two small, spirited fish managing to get hooked otherwise all was calm. I saw just the very occasional rise but did not roam far from the hut. The reservoir is as low as I have ever seen it and has exposed some very interesting rock features. It is a magical place and I regret not being there during a ‘rise’ but I’ll be back.

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June evening at Cow Green
 

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It fished very well yesterday all the way down the West Shore very little rising to begin with but wind dropped off around 2.00pm and fish moving all over, small bibios and black dries all that was required!
 

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Cow Green Report 04.06.10

Weekending: 04/06/10

Number of anglers - week 15
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 33
Total number of trout caught - week 33
Rod average - week 2.2
Best trout - week 14in
Total number of anglers to date 76
Total number of fish caught to date 256
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb
Seasonal rod average 3.4
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: A matter of time

The Browns have remained very near the surface all week and even in the bright sun anglers were taking many fish on floating lines and dry hoppers.
Some bigger fish estimated in the 2-3lb range have also been reported seen rising for Daddies and Sedges in the evenings. So far this season none of these specimen fish have been landed. However it should only be a matter of time as it was around this time last year they began to taken in good numbers.

Best flies:
Black Hoppers, Bibio, Zulu, Dry Daddy.

Best baits:
Float fished maggot.

Best areas:
Bays and stream inlets.
 

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Reports 03.07.10

Weekending: 02/07/10

Number of anglers - week 13
Number of trout taken - week 9
Number of trout returned - week 95
Total number of trout caught - week 104
Rod average - week 8.0
Best trout - week 12 inch
Total number of anglers to date 113
Total number of fish caught to date 500
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.4
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Excellent eight

Some of the best sport of the season so far this week as the rod average of eight fish reflects.
Anglers have reported some exceptional rises in the evenings as hoards of black beetles and small buzzers have had the eager browns up and feasting on the top.

Esh Winning anglers Christopher and Allen Bramfitt had a fantastic day mid week, returning a staggering fifty three trout between them. All of the fish were taken on floating lines with small wets and dries.
Many other anglers have returned into double figures of fish too and the next few weeks should provide the best fishing of the year should the weather remains “kind” and settled.

Best flies:
Butcher, Bibio, Black Spider, Hares Ear, Various Dries.

Best baits:
Float Fished Worm.

Best areas:
Keep on the move
 

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Report 10.07.10

Weekending: 09/07/10

Number of anglers - week 16
Number of trout taken - week 3
Number of trout returned - week 55
Total number of trout caught - week 58
Rod average - week 3.5
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 129
Total number of fish caught to date 558
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.3

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Sparkling sport

It has been another very good week at Cow Green with many fish again taken from the surface. The wild browns continue to feed well even in the bright sun and strong winds.
The burn mouth at the top end has fished extremely well as a lot of fish appear to be congregating there feeding in the fresh water coming in.
Most of the fish have been taken on wet flies just sub surface with some anglers using a mini sparkler on the point to good effect as well, some of the better fish have fallen to this pattern which is probably being taken for a minnow or trout fry.
Bait anglers have done well using small brandling worms under a stick float.


Best flies:

Butcher, Bibio, Mini Sparkler.

Best baits:

Brandlings

Best areas:

Inlets and burn mouths, particularly the top end.
 

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Report 16.07.10

Weekending: 16/07/10

Number of anglers - week 6
Number of trout taken - week 6
Number of trout returned - week 30
Total number of trout caught - week 36
Rod average - week 6
Best trout - week 1lb 8oz
Total number of anglers to date 135
Total number of fish caught to date 594
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.4
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Why not take a walk on the wild side?

Wild fishing at its finest is what the visiting angler can be expecting at Cow Green right now. The recent windy weather only improves the fishing as the brownies seem to enjoy bursting through the waves to snatch a fly, windy conditions blow a myriad of insects from the surrounding land keeping the fish active.
This week Mr.G Davies-Jones had three cracking fish over a pound, with the largest at 1lb 8oz equalling the seasons best.

Best flies:

Bibio, Daddy-long-legs, Silver Invicta, Muddlers

Best baits:

ledgered worm

Best areas:

Keep moving

Ranger:
Steven Bisset
 

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Report 08.08.10

Number of anglers - week 10
Number of trout taken - week 7
Number of trout returned - week 19
Total number of trout caught - week 26
Rod average - week 2.6
Best trout - week 1lb
Total number of anglers to date 158
Total number of fish caught to date 666
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.2
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Washing line the way to go

The browns were right up on the top this week with an abundance of daddies and sedges providing them with a high protein menu.
There have also been some prolific hatches of black buzzer which have been unusually large for the time of year and these have had the fish on the feed right throughout the day. Those anglers opting to fish the washing line method using a deer-hair sedge on the point and two black buzzer patterns on the droppers, have enjoyed the best of the sport.

Best flies:

Black Buzzer, Dry Daddy, G & H Sedge, Kate McLaren.

Best baits:

Brandlings.

Best areas:

Main inlets and stream mouths.
 

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Report 28.08.10

Number of anglers - week 15
Number of trout taken - week 15
Number of trout returned - week 44
Total number of trout caught - week 59
Rod average - week 3.9
Best trout - week 12oz
Total number of anglers to date 179
Total number of fish caught to date 756
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.2

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Showers spice up sport

Some of the heavy showers on the fells have provided small spates in the feeder streams which have seen invertebrates washed in to the reservoir. Worm anglers have taken advantage and free-lined worm in the stream mouths has kept anglers on their toes with lightening fast bites.
Fly anglers have had their opportunity when the strong winds have eased and thousands of small Black Gnat flies have filled the air with many landing on the surface.
At times fish could be seen rising from one side to the other and any small black pattern would bring an instant response. The Heather Fly hatch has been sporadic but there appears to be plenty of Daddies waiting in the wings to provide a feeding bonanza.

Best flies:

Black and Peacock Spider, Zulu, Soldier Palmer.

Best baits:

Free-lined worm.
 

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Report 03.09.10

Number of anglers - week 15
Number of trout taken - week 5
Number of trout returned - week 83
Total number of trout caught - week 88
Rod average - week 5.9
Best trout - week 1lb 8oz
Total number of anglers to date 194
Total number of fish caught to date 844
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.3

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Upland Bonanza

Cow Green hit top form this week as the wild browns begin gorging themselves in preparation for spawning and the lean months ahead.
Thanks to its high altitude there was a nice ripple most of the week and very often hill fog providing ideal duller conditions while the lower lying waters baked in intense sun and mirror like flat calms.
Mr. D.A. Gill had fantastic day returning nineteen fish and missing many more, he was back the following day, this time returning twenty two fish to take his tally for the two days to an impressive forty one!
Another angler enjoying a red letter day was Mr. K. Winter who caught and released thirty two fish including two cracking fish around 1lb 8oz.
The next few weeks should see the best sport of the season and with the Heather Fly and Daddy hatches now becoming more consistent as well as the ever present Black Buzzer a floating line and box of dries should be the only requirement.

Best flies:
Bibio, Hopper, Dry Daddy, Kate McLaren.
Best baits:
Float fished worm
Best areas:
Inlets and feeder streams.
 

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Report 18.09.10

Number of anglers - week 4
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 12
Rod average - week 3.0
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 213
Total number of fish caught to date 960
Largest trout of the season so far 1lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 4.5
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: West is best

The rod average was slightly lower than last week due the temperamental weather, however those who were prepared to make the walk up to the burn inlet at the west end of the reservoir were rewarded with some excellent sport. There have been good numbers of quality browns between ten and twelve inches taken this week.
The fish have remained near the surface and eager to chase traditional wets such as Dabblers and Muddlers.

Best flies:

Bibio Muddler, Claret Dabbler, Invicta.

Best baits:

Float fished worm.
 

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Cow Green fishing report: 16th April 2011

Weekending: 16th April 2011

Number of anglers - week 5
Number of trout taken - week 0
Number of trout returned - week 14
Total number of trout caught - week 14
Rod average - week 2.8
Best trout - week 12oz
Total number of anglers to date 5
Total number of fish caught to date 14
Largest trout of the season so far 12oz
Seasonal rod average 2.8

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Weather triggers first visits

The warmer weather has finally tempted the Cow Green anglers out of hibernation and they were rewarded with good sport, some even took fish on dries mid week as the wild browns fed from the surface around the burn inlet at the top end.
With the milder weather set to continue prospects for the coming weeks look very good indeed.

Best flies:

Black Cul-de-Canard, Butcher, and Dabblers

Best baits:

Float fished worm

Best areas:

Burn Inlets

Ranger:

Andrew Scott
 

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Cow Green Reservoir fishing report 23 April 2011

Weekending: 23rd April 2011

Number of anglers - week 14
Number of trout taken - week 5
Number of trout returned - week 58
Total number of trout caught - week 63
Rod average - week 4.5
Best trout - week 12in
Total number of anglers to date 19
Total number of fish caught to date 77
Largest trout of the season so far 12oz
Seasonal rod average 4.0

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline

A good week at Cow Green as the first prolonged spell of good weather begins to warm the water and stir things into life.

Anglers travelling light using a floating line and wet fly approach have enjoyed the best results.

Best flies:

Bibio, March Brown, Kingfisher Butcher

Best baits:

Float fished worm

Best areas:

Keep on the move

Ranger:

Andrew Scott
 

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Cow Green Reservoir fishing report 29th April 2011

Weekending: 29th April 2011

Number of anglers - week 7
Number of trout taken - week 2
Number of trout returned - week 37
Total number of trout caught - week 39
Rod average - week 5.6
Best trout - week n/a
Total number of anglers to date 26
Total number of fish caught to date 116
Largest trout of the season so far 12oz
Seasonal rod average 4.5

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Wild browns eager to feed

The first hatches of Hawthorn flies coupled with falls of small beetles have stirred the fish into action. Any small dark pattern is producing some aggressive takes as the fish feed hard to regain condition lost over winter. Duncan Turnbull had a very good day taking 2 fish and returning a further 14. Bait anglers have had the best sport using small red brandling worms on a light ledger outfit.

Best flies:

Black Foam Beetle, Hawthorn, Kate McLaren

Best baits:

As above

Best areas:

Keep on the move

Ranger:

Steven Bisset
 

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