Grassholme Reservoir, Durham

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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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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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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:
Andrew Scott
 

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Grassholme Reservoir, Northumbrian Water Report 26th March 2010

Number of anglers - week 192
Number of trout taken - week 494
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 494
Rod average - week 2.6
Best trout - week 9lb 6oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 412
Total number of fish caught to date 1304
Largest trout of the season so far 9lb 6oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

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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Northumbrian Water's Grassholme Reservoir fishing report: Week ending 2nd April 2010

Weekending: 2nd April 2010

Number of anglers - week 215
Number of trout taken - week 637
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 637
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 13lb 13oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 627
Total number of fish caught to date 1,931
Largest trout of the season so far 13lb 13oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1
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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Grassholme Fishing Report: Week Ending April 9, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 09/04/10

Number of anglers - week 225
Number of trout taken - week 740
Number of trout returned - week 14
Total number of trout caught - week 754
Rod average - week 3.4
Best trout - week 14lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 852
Total number of fish caught to date 2,685
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.15
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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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.

Please!
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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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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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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Grassholme Fishing Report Week ending 14/05/10

Weekending: 14/05/10

Number of anglers - week 219
Number of trout taken - week 736
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 736
Rod average - week 3.4
Best trout - week 10lb 13oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 2,107
Total number of fish caught to date 7,630
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.6
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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Grassholme Report 21/05/10

Weekending: 21/05/10

Number of anglers - week 302
Number of trout taken - week 589
Number of trout returned - week 30
Total number of trout caught - week 619
Rod average - week 2.05
Best trout - week 6lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 2,409
Total number of fish caught to date 7,932
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.29

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Blues a plenty

Fly anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport this week with a floating line producing the best results. There have been some spectacular hatches of fly this week so those anglers using Dries and Nymphs have taken some impressive catches.

Bait anglers have also done well with both float and ledgered baits producing some quality sport. The best method this week has been to use “Magic Dust” paste in a feeder coupled with Pink Powerbait on the hook.

Anglers recorded 21 limit catches for the week with many of the popular hard fighting Blues featuring in the returns.




Best flies:
Sedge Hog, Alder, Black Hoppers, Black Fritz with a lime tail.

Best baits:
Worm, Orange and Pink Powerbait eggs Magic Dust, Gold Mepps.

Best areas:
West Pasture, Low Rigg

Ranger:
David Bramfitt
 
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Grassholme Report 30.05.10

Weekending: 28/05/10

Number of anglers - week 267
Number of trout taken - week 910
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 910
Rod average - week 3.4
Best trout - week 6lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1,000
Total number of anglers to date 2,676
Total number of fish caught to date 8,842
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Lightning strikes twice!

Grassholme produced some fantastic sport this week with one of the best Brown trout we have seen in recent years caught by season ticket holder Jeff Walsh.
Jeff hooked the magnificent fish on Wednesday morning from the Witches Hat on yellow Powerbait eggs tipped with red maggot.
After a lengthy battle and considerable excitement when he thought it was one of the big goldies he eventually subdued the 6lb 8oz fish which was photographed then carefully released to fight another day.
The very next day unbelievably the same fish was caught again, this time from the boat ramp by Mr. G. Tyrer on orange Powerbait!
Two double figure rainbows were also taken this week, 10lb 4oz fish which was caught next to the bridge at the West End by Craig Simpson from Darlington and a 12lb 13oz fish which fell to Brian Farrell from Herworth on yellow Powerbait paste legdered in Easter Bay.

Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Bibio.

Best baits:
Yellow Paste, Orange Eggs, Worm.

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

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Report 04.06.10

Weekending: 04/06/10

Number of anglers - week |363
Number of trout taken - week |808
Number of trout returned - week |28
Total number of trout caught - week |836
Rod average - week| 2.3
Best trout - week |14lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week |800
Total number of anglers to date |3,039
Total number of fish caught to date |9,678
Largest trout of the season so far| 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average |3.2

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Leon lands a leviathan

A proud nine year old Leon Christian from Ferryhill showed his elders how to do it this week when he landed a fantastic 14lb 4oz blue trout. This cracking fish sets a new blue trout record for the fishery and is also the heaviest fish recorded to date.

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Leon Christian from Ferryhill with fantastic 14lb 4oz blue trout

Leon took the fish from the north shore spillway on a purple Toby while fishing with his father Andrew and cousin Jake.

Eight year old Darius Harrison was another junior angler with a smile on his face when he caught a beautiful 6lb 6oz Goldie on orange Powerbait at the “golden” White Post.
The very next day Mr. D. Masters from Darlington took another one of these fine fish from the exact same spot.
Fly anglers have taken some very good catches this week as the fish have been feeding on Daddy long legs, Black gnat and even the occasional Mayfly, Mr. S. Jackson had a super day mid week, taking his eight fish limit and returning a further twenty eight on a variety of fly patterns.

Best flies:
Foam Daddy, Black Hopper, Cats Whisker.

Best baits:
Pink Eggs, Float fished Worm.

Best areas:
North shore, spillway, White Post, Pebble Beach.
 
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Grassholme Report 11.06.10

Weekending: 14/06/10

Number of anglers - week 140
Number of trout taken - week 524
Number of trout returned - week 54
Total number of trout caught - week 578
Rod average - week 4.1
Best trout - week 6lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 2,043
Total of number of fish caught to date 6,653
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Largest other species of the season so far 3lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Rooney (Mark) scores eight in convincing win

Throughout this week the fish once again have remained high in the water feeding hard on natural hatches. This has meant sport continues to be very good with consistent returns featuring numerous limit catches and providing an excellent rod average of 4.1.
The favourite areas remain off the Peninsular, Inlet and main dam wall. School bay is now producing along the shallower areas with buzzers and small nymphs producing better results. The bubble lines have produced some larger fish and spinning has proved to be very effective from those areas.
The second leg of the HFA competition took place last Sunday in 1st place with 26lb 4oz for 8 fish was Mr Mark Rooney. Light winds contributed to good conditions for angling and helped the 20 competitors land 135 rainbows with a 6.75 rod average achieved on the day. The best single trout caught in the competition weighed 4lb 13oz taken by Mr J Upcott.
Along with several quality trout be landed for the period of interest a brilliant specimen Perch of 3lb 12oz fell to Mr Roger Bird, Rodger was using a black booby fishing from a boat just off the Peninsula.

Boats in time: 21:00
Bank closing: 21:15
Water temp: 17oC

Best any method:

Various spinners and small plugs

Best flies:

Blobs, Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Cats Whisker, Dancers

Best areas:
Bank – Peninsular, Goldfish Bowl
Boats – Atlantis, Peninsular, Inlet.
 

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Report 18.06.10

Weekending: 18/06/10

Number of anglers - week 213
Number of trout taken - week 843
Number of trout returned - week 24
Total number of trout caught - week 867
Rod average - week 4.0
Best trout - week 10lb 14oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 500
Total number of anglers to date 3,445
Total number of fish caught to date 11,279
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: “The best fishing day of his life”

Fly angler Sonny Dodds claimed to have had the best days fishing of his life when he enjoyed some non stop action which made his arm ache! Sonny kept six fish and returned a further twenty four as the trout went on a feeding frenzy.

This has been a theme all round the reservoir as anglers have caught consistently at many locations with a variety of methods and baits. Those anglers who varied methods and baits regularly throughout the day have had some brilliant sport with our fighting fit home grown rainbows and blues.

Billy Lockie from Pelton has done it again after landing a cracking double last year; he caught another beauty of 10lb 14oz from the west end on ledgered orange Powerbait eggs.
On the bright days spinning has again taken its fair share of fish with Toby type lures the best option.

Best flies:

Dawsons Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Muddlers, Hares Ear, CDC

Best baits:

Ledgered pink eggs & magic dust float fished worm.

Best areas:

White post, Pebble beach, dam wall, Easter bay
 

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Reports 03.07.10

Weekending: 02/07/10

Number of anglers - week 292
Number of trout taken - week 751
Number of trout returned - week 23
Total number of trout caught - week 774
Rod average - week 2.65
Best trout - week 6lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 740
Total number of anglers to date 4,022
Total number of fish caught to date 12,888
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Count down for success

The fish have been a little deeper in the water this week due to the bright conditions but some excellent catches have been taken on fly, bait and spinner.

Bishop Auckland angler Jason Ballard using ledgered spring green Powerbait tempted a very nice 6lb 11oz rainbow from the north shore. However this was not quite the biggest fish of the week as Mr. R.A. Fishwick sneaked it by one ounce with a fantastic 6lb 12oz blue.

Anglers using Fly or the Spinner have been using the count down method to good effect with the fish being deeper and most have found a count of around ten to fifteen seconds before starting the retrieve to be the most productive.


Best flies:
Cats Whisker, Orange Blob, Black & Peacock Spider.

Best baits:
Ledgered Pink or Orange Powerbait eggs with Magic dust in a feeder.

Best areas:
North Shore, Spillway, Witches Hat, Pebble Beach.
 

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Report 09.07.10

Weekending: 09/07/10

Number of anglers - week 244
Number of trout taken - week 792
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 792
Rod average - week 3.2
Best trout - week 10lb 9oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 750
Total number of anglers to date 4,266
Total number of fish caught to date 13,680
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Dowson on the double

After a recent lull due the hot still weather the strong westerly winds this week have whipped up the water encouraging the fish into a feeding frenzy
The best trout of the week a cracking 10lb 9oz rainbow was taken by Michael Dowson from Shildon on ledgered green Powerbait from the West end next to the bridge. This area of the reservoir is often lightly fished however, it does hold good stocks of trout particularly if the wind has been in the east or south east and as Michael has shown is definitely worth a cast.
Chris Bell from Chester-Le-Street was also amongst the larger fish landing a 6lb 12oz golden beauty from the dam wall.
Fly anglers are finding the fish willing to chase bushier flies such as a Sedgehog that are best pulled through the waves on the surface for some visually exciting sport.

Diary Date: During the last week in July and first week in August will be stockings with a large number of blues. Many of these fish will be into double figures so if enjoy some hard fighting sport or have never caught a blue before then a visit to Grassholme is a must.

Best flies:

Pearly Sedgehog, Orange Hoppers, Invicta, Soldier Muddler

Best baits:

Float fished worm, ledgered green Powerbait eggs

Best areas:

Dam wall, Low Rigg and Pebble beach
 

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Grassholme Report 16.07.10

Weekending: 16/07/10

Number of anglers - week 153
Number of trout taken - week 724
Number of trout returned - week 012
Total number of trout caught - week 736
Rod average - week 4.8
Best trout - week 4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 650
Total number of anglers to date 4,419
Total number of fish caught to date 14,416
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Blues festival fortnight

As reported last week over the next two weeks we will stock some excellent home grown blues up to fourteen pounds in weight.
The recently reported feeding frenzy continues to gather pace fuelled by some wilder weather than last week. The thundery and often very windy weather did not stop one in three anglers taking a limit catch this week.
Sport was so good that some anglers purchased a second ticket as the rod average climbed to a staggering five fish per angler visit.
Sonny Dodds took a limit catch then carefully returned a further twelve, his top method was to use a large Muddler or a Bushy Bob Fly the fish.
Bait anglers are using a variety of methods; ledgering with Powerbait in the strong winds has been very effective. The dam wall is holding a lot of fish at the moment but many anglers are opting for the more sheltered positions and missing out on some brilliant sport.
Try walking and casting a spinner if the action quietens down, this was the advice given to Mr Ken Downer and he landed the best fish of the week at 4lb 8oz.

Best flies:
Daddy-long-legs, Gold Muddler, Invicta, Orange Lead Head.

Best baits:

Ledgered Powerbait eggs & worm cocktail, float fished worm

Best areas:

Dam wall, north spillway, disabled bay

Ranger:
Steven Bisset
 

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Reports 01.08.10

Number of anglers - week 286
Number of trout taken - week 838
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 838
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 6lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 4969
Total number of fish caught to date 16015
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.22

Weekly Ranger’s review:
Fishery Headline: Into the Deeps

The continued dry weather has seen Grassholme as low as it’s been for the past few years, giving anglers access to some of the deeper drop offs carved by the old river bed.
Season ticket holder Jeff Walsh has been taking full advantage of this weighing in some superb catches in the last couple of weeks often on days when others have struggled. Jeff has had most of his fish from north shore at the west end of the reservoir ledgering yellow Powerbait Eggs tipped with worm.
The dam wall has also produced some good fish this week, in particular around the tower, again with most fish coming to ledgered Powerbait in the deeper cooler water.
Fly anglers have had some exciting sport in the evenings as the trout have been coming close to the shore feeding on sedge and buzzers, just as the light starts to fade.




Best flies:
Orange Booby, G & H Sedge, Black Spiders.

Best baits:
Ledgered Powerbait Eggs or worms.

Best areas:
The west end, dam wall and the north shore.
 

nwl

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Report 08.08.10

Number of anglers - week 336
Number of trout taken - week 800
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 800
Rod average - week 2.4
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 5,305
Total number of fish caught to date 16,815
Largest trout of the season so far 14lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Walk pays off

The deeper areas have continued to provide the best of the sport with the dam wall in particular producing some very nice fish as has the west end car park bank.
Brian Ingram from Carlisle had an exceptional day at the start of the week choosing to walk up to the pebble beach and fish the deep water to the left of it. Brian took a fantastic eight fish limit for 21lb including a fin perfect 5lb blue trout. Most of his fish fell to ledgered worm although the last two, including his big blue, took an orange flying ‘C’.
Fly anglers have had success in the same areas, either with fast sinking lines and boobies or medium sink lines and weighted lures.

Best flies:

Cats Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Booby.

Best baits:

Ledgered worm or yellow Powerbait eggs.

Best areas:

Dam wall, West end, Pebble beach.
 

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