Grassholme Reservoir, Durham

nwl

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785
Weekending: 13/09/13

Number of anglers - week 204
Number of trout taken-week 875
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 875
Rod average - week 4.3
Best trout - week 7lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 5,719
Total number of fish caught to date 19,294
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4


Fishery Headline: Dam wall delivers

The trout have responded well to a seasonal change as autumnal conditions brought welcome cloud cover and fresher westerly winds. The previous lethargic feeding patterns have now been replaced with hungry trout becoming very active and eager to feed. This trend is reflected in the catches with over a quarter of anglers recording a limit catch and an impressive catch average of over four fish per angler visit. The dam wall is still the place to be, Keith Smith from Hetton-le-Hole followed this advice and took his limit which included the best fish of the week at 7lb. Keith took the fish using a mixture of one yellow Gulp egg and 2 orange PowerBait eggs with magic dust in a feeder. The trout are now willing to chase flashy baits and flies with the best methods being silver or gold Mepps and a silver Humungus for the fly angler. Calmer days have seen fish feeding at the surface and float fished lob worm has accounted for good numbers for the bait angler while fly anglers have found the fish willing to chase a muddler or dabbler pulled on floating lines.

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Best flies: Silver Humungus, Kate McLaren, various muddlers, Cats whisker

Best baits: Ledgered orange PowerBait eggs, Magic Dust, Gold or Silver Mepps

Best areas: Dam wall, Low Rigg to Stake hill

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Steven Bisset
 

nwl

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Weekending: 20/09/13

Number of anglers - week 175
Number of trout taken-week 846
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 846
Rod average - week 4.8
Best trout - week n/a
Number of fish re-stocked - week 800
Total number of anglers to date 5,894
Total number of fish caught to date 20,140
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4


Fishery Headline: Tony tags £200

Strong winds in the early part of the week along with falling water temperatures combined to produce some brilliant fishing with a rod average of nearly five fish per angler for the week. The Dam Wall continues to produce well, although fish are being taken from all the well known areas at both ends of the reservoir. This is often the case in autumn months as resident fish become more active and feed vigorously in the cooler, well oxygenated water. Tony Warwick travelled from Durham to make the most of the conditions, netting the latest tagged fish along with a welcome £200. Ledgered PowerBait Eggs in various colours coupled with a swim feeder loaded with Magic Dust and scent are the first choice for many anglers. Calmer days have seen fish rising and float fished lob worm has taken fish along with a Bibio or Daddy patterns for the fly angler. Spinning is still a good bet for the more active angler and Silver or Gold Mepps continue to catch well.

NEWSFLASH – Several tagged fish will be stocked on Thursday.

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Best flies:
Daddies, Bibio, Muddler, Zonker

Best baits:
Ledgered PowerBait Eggs (various colours), Float fished lob worm, Silver Mepps.

Best areas:
Dam Wall, lodge front, Grassholme Bank, Low Rigg Bank

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Steven Bisset
 

nwl

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Weekending: 06/10/13

Number of anglers - week 166
Number of trout taken-week 488
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 488
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 6,306
Total number of fish caught to date 21.325
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4


Fishery Headline: Mr Gray takes six of the best

Variable conditions tested anglers this week with rain, strong winds and even a day of dense fog present at Grassholme. However, fishing remains good as more than 10% of anglers have gone home with a limit catch. The west end continues to provide the most consistent catches for bait anglers, as it has done for the majority of the season. Float fished worm was the most popular methods providing a tempting target in the choppy conditions as the trout continue to feed up for winter. Spinners have been very effective, particularly from the Dam Wall and the north shore with Mepps being the most popular lure. As always, the trick is to keep moving and vary the depth and speed of retrieval to cover lots of water and find the areas where the fish are holding. Mr. T Dodds caught the fish of the week with a cracking 5lb rainbow on Sunday whilst Mr. G Gray caught the best catch of the week with six fish at an average of 3lb for a total of 18lb. Fly anglers were favouring Easter Bay and the north shore where there is a little more space to roam with success using a range of lures on intermediate lines. There are still big fish unaccounted for lurking in Grassholme and as they feed vigorously before the onset of winter it’s the perfect chance to catch a lifetime best.

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Best flies:
Cat’s Whisker, Kate McLaren, Black fritz

Best baits:
Float fished worm, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust in a swim feeder

Best areas:
Dam Wall, west end, White Post

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Rogers
 

nwl

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Messages
785
Weekending: 11/10/13

Number of anglers - week 144
Number of trout taken-week 571
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 571
Rod average - week 3.9
Best trout - week 8lb 3oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 6,450
Total number of fish caught to date 21,896
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3


Fishery Headline: Holmes nets 8lb cracker

An excellent week at Grassholme with a rod average of almost four fish per angler with 25 catch limits recorded. Both extremities of the reservoir have been hot spots with the Dam Wall at the east end and the car park bank at the west end seeing the best fishing. A wide range of methods have taken fish with some anglers doing very well fishing high in the water with float fished worm and spinners whilst others have been successful using ledgered tactics. George Gibson had two productive visits at the beginning of the week taking his catch limit in under three hours on both occasions fishing from the Dam Wall with ledgered Yellow Gulp Eggs and Magic Dust. Mr. J Holmes took the biggest fish of the week; a nice rainbow of 8lb 3oz.
Fly anglers have done well at Pebble Beach during days dominated by easterly winds with some good fish being taken on floating or intermediate lines and dark coloured lures.

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Best flies:
Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Kate McLaren

Best baits:
Yellow PowerBait Eggs, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, worm

Best areas:
West end car park bank, Pebble Beach, Dam Wall

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 

nwl

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Weekending: 25/10/13

Number of anglers - week 106
Number of trout taken-week 243
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 243
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 7lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 6,677
Total number of fish caught to date 22,617
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4


Fishery Headline: Story with two cracking rainbows

The Dam Wall continued to fish well this week with the majority of fish coming to the net in this area. Even with wet, blustery conditions anglers still enjoyed some fine sport. Changing tactics this time of year is a must as Mr. D Story found out to his delight to land a brace of fine rainbows. The heaviest of his catch weighed 7lb 4oz followed by another cracker of 5lb 10oz, both of which were netted using a cocktail of PowerBait Eggs and worm in conjunction with a swim feeder. Mr. G Gibson had a fine week landing catch limits on three consecutive days in the same area using ground bait in the swim feeder with PowerBait Eggs as hook bait. Other anglers were also treated to some fine sport with reports of some quality fish landed at the west end car park next to the bridge. Several anglers reported seeing fish on the surface close to the margins with a well presented large dry fly sure to attract the attention of feeding fish. Mr. J Jackson took the heaviest catch limit of the week at 15lb 4oz closely followed by Mr George Gibson with 15lb demonstrating that Grassholme still has much to offer as we approach November.

NEWSFLASH – From Friday 1 November fishing times will be 9am until 3pm. To reflect this, an eight fish permit will be reduced to £16 and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 12 fish.

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Best flies: Muddler, Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Kate McLaren

Best baits: Pink PowerBait Eggs combined with worm, Magic Dust mixed with Red Krill ground bait and hemp seed

Best areas: West end car park, Dam Wall, white post

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

nwl

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Weekending: 01/11/13

Number of anglers - week 111
Number of trout taken-week 262
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 262
Rod average - week 2.3
Best trout - week 4lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 300
Total number of anglers to date 6,788
Total number of fish caught to date 22,879
Largest trout of the season so far 16lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4


Fishery Headline: Autumn bites….. but so do the fish

With the water temperature dropping below ten degrees for the first time since spring, ledger has been by far the best method at Grassholme as most fish are now holding in deeper water. Some nice catches were taken from the east end of the reservoir with the Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat and Easter Bay all producing plenty of fish. Mr. N Turton from Guisborough was one of 13 anglers who took their catch limit this week. Among his eight fish were several quality rainbows around the 3lb mark which gave him a total weight of 19lb, all of which were taken on ledgered worm. George Gibson from Willington took the quickest limit of the week, taking all eight of his fish in just over an hour from the corner of the Dam Wall with Orange PowerBait Eggs and Magic Dust his chosen method. Grassholme regular Jeff Walsh also fished this area the following day and took his catch limit by midday on similar tactics to George although he found Yellow Sparkle PowerBait Eggs to be the best bait on the day.

NEWSFLASH – From Friday 1 November fishing times will be 9am until 3pm. To reflect this, an eight fish permit will be reduced to £16 and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 12 fish.

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Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, boobies

Best baits:
Yellow PowerBait Eggs, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, worm

Best areas:
West end car park, Pebble Beach, Dam Wall

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 
Joined
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Messages
744
Weekending: 04/05/14

Number of anglers - week 191
Number of trout taken-week 788
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 788
Rod average - week 4.1
Best trout - week 5lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 850
Total number of anglers to date 1,634
Total number of fish caught to date 6,414
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.9

Fishery Headline: Bill’s day to remember

Grassholme saw a number of highlights in the build up to the Bank Holiday weekend with excellent sport throughout the week and rod averages peaking above five fish per angler. It was a good week for regulars George Tyrer, Fred Gargett and Jim Hall recording 25, 24 and 17 fish respectively over three visits each. All were using a mixture of ledgered PowerBait Eggs and were fishing near the boat ramp or the west end. Friday saw Bill Overend record a delightful double landing 18 fish on two permits; one of which was a free permit earned with his ‘loyalty card’. Bill caught all 18 fish with a new Blue PowerBait Paste and others who followed his example soon had similar success. Saturday saw plenty more action as all areas fished well, especially the west end and the Dam Wall where a number of limit catches were taken. Fly anglers have found the mid-sections of the reservoir holding many fish, particularly the lea side of Pebble Beach, Easter Bay and Rigg Bank. These areas require a walk to reach but are often quiet and secluded and offer a fantastic fishing experience in water that remain relatively undisturbed for the majority of the season. Montana’s have been reported to be working well recently as well as the usual suspects; Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker variants.

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Best flies:
Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Montana

Best baits:
Blue Power Bait, Orange Power Eggs, Magic Dust, Silver Mepps

Best areas:
West End, Pebble Beach, boat ramp, Dam Wall

Ranger:
Andrew Rogers
 
Joined
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Messages
744
Weekending: 11/05/14

Number of anglers - week 179
Number of trout taken-week 529
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 529
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 6lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 650
Total number of anglers to date 1,813
Total number of fish caught to date 6,943
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.8

Fishery Headline: Bigger fish appear from the depths

Some excellent fish have been caught at Grassholme this week with a lot in the 3lb-5lb range, many of which are from pre season stocking and have taken a while to acclimatise to their new surroundings. Mr. K Little took the best fish of the week, a nice rainbow of 6lb 4oz and was part of his seven fish catch weighing in at just under 18lb. Several eight fish catch limits around the 20lb mark were taken from both ends of the reservoir. Mr. R Greenwell and Mr. J Coffey both chose to fish the west end car park bank and used ledgered Red Gulp Eggs to take six rainbows and two blues each. Tom Robertson made the most of his ‘10 fish loyalty limit’ completing his full catch in very windy conditions from the Witch’s Hat. He was using Blue PowerBait Paste which is proving to be more than a one week wonder as more and more anglers turn to this popular colour. Pebble Beach has been a real hot spot for fly anglers as the calmer water in this sheltered area has seen lots of fish feeding on the surface and small CDC dries and black wet flies have been the best approach.

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Best flies:
Black Hopper, CDC’s, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits:
Red Gulp Eggs, Blue PowerBait Paste, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, worm

Best areas:
West end car park bank, Pebble Beach, white post, Dam Wall

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 
Joined
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Messages
744
Weekending: 01/06/14

Number of anglers - week 311
Number of trout taken-week 586
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 586
Rod average - week 1.9
Best trout - week 6lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 2,466
Total number of fish caught to date 8,700
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.5

Fishery Headline: George takes beautiful blue!

A variable week began with the summer sun shining on Lucky angler Alex Osborn from Peterlee who went home overjoyed after catching five fish to the west of the disabled platform; one of which was a prized tagged fish worth £200. Alex was fishing Red Gulp Eggs with trout pellets in a swimfeeder. Monday also saw a large hatch of mayfly take over the banks with plenty of fish seen rising to feed well into the evening. Fly anglers have been successful using mayfly patterns, as well as Hawthorns, whilst some old favourites such as the Consett Budgie and Cat’s Whisker have continued to justify their popularity. Thursday saw a number of top catches with junior angler Ryan Wall catching a cracking 4lb rainbow on a pink lure fished with a floating line on Grassholme Bank at the west end of the reservoir. Meanwhile at Brock Scar in the very middle of the reservoir on the south shore was Alan Talbot who also netted a 4lb rainbow with float fished worm. These middle sections of Grassholme are often the most fruitful mid season as large numbers of fish locate themselves in these un-fished areas! Netted fish continued to increase in size as the week progressed as Simon Huthwaite caught another 4lb trout using a spinner on Friday. John Tully from Crook caught a 5lb trout with a PowerBait Egg cocktail on Saturday and then George Tyrer caught a fantastic blue trout weighing 6lb 4oz on Sunday morning.

NEWSFLASH – Bumper stocking of 1,000 top quality rainbows and blues this week!

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Best flies: Mayfly, Hawthorn, Cat’s Whisker, Consett Budgie.

Best baits: Silver Toby, float fished worm, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust

Best areas: North shore, west of disabled the platform, white post, west end.

Ranger:
Andrew Rogers
 

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Messages
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Weekending: 08/06/14

Number of anglers - week 178
Number of trout taken-week 627
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 627
Rod average - week 3.5
Best trout - week 5lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 2,644
Total number of fish caught to date 9,327
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.5


Fishery Headline: Great sport at Grassholme!

Another lucrative week for anglers at Grassholme with two more tagged fish landed. Mr. N Wilson took the first from the boat ramp whilst trying the new PowerBait Honey Worms. He also took another seven rainbows and blues to complete his limit catch by 11.30; it looks like the trial was a success! Mr. P Shale was the second lucky angler to cash in on the tag bounty taking a nice 3lb rainbow from Easter Bay on ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a feeder. This was part of an impressive six fish catch with several rainbows tipping the scales over 3lb and a nice blue trout of 2lb 8oz. Spinners have been accounting for more and more fish as the weather begins to warm. Mr. S Johnstone did very well on the north shore using various Silver Mepps to take his catch limit, most of which came from the Pebble Beach area. The Witch’s Hat and disabled platform have continued to produce fish most days but the west end of the reservoir has been the most consistent with a good number of the eight fish catch limits coming from area just past the first footbridge, mainly to ledgered PowerBait.

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Best flies:
Black fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits:
Orange PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, worm

Best areas:
West end car park bank, Pebble Beach, white post, Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat

Ranger:
Trevor Wright
 

nwl

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785
Weekending: 15/06/14

Number of anglers - week 246
Number of trout taken-week 599
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 599
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 2,890
Total number of fish caught to date 9,926
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4

Fishery Headline: West is best!

Once again this week the middle and western reaches of the reservoir have seen some very good sport. As seen this week, wind direction is vital to locating fish as a change in direction from west to more of a north eastern flow pushed most fish west and away from the Dam Wall. Many of the small bays and points along both shores have been holding small pods of fish and anglers who’ve kept active and targeted these areas have had very good results. Most of these fish were found very close to the bank with float fished worm, fly or small spinners working well. Husband and wife duo Kevin and Sheila Duffin from Darlington were well rewarded for their walk west past Easter Bay. They were fishing a combination of Chartreuse and Orange PowerBait Eggs and managed to take their twelve fish catch limit which included some fin perfect blues around 3lb, one of which had a £200 tag in it just for good measure!

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Best flies:
Black fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Bibio

Best baits:
Orange PowerBait Eggs or Paste, Magic Dust, worm

Best areas:
West end car park bank, Pebble Beach, white post, Dam Wall, Easter Bay

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 

nwl

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Messages
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Weekending: 22/06/14

Number of anglers - week 234
Number of trout taken-week 531
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 531
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 3,124
Total number of fish caught to date 10,457
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.3

Fishery Headline: Tennick’s triumph!

Anglers have revelled in the warm weather this week and some good catches were taken from both ends of the reservoir. Mr and Mrs Duffin were back again after their tagged fish success last week and while they didn’t manage to net another £200 bounty, they did have an exceptional day taking their 12 fish couples limit from Easter Bay. This included some lovely grown on 3lb - 4lb rainbows to contribute towards a massive catch weight of 32lb. Egglestone angler Charlie Wheatley had a successful day mid week using ledgered Chartreuse PowerBait Honey Worms on the north shore near the white post. Charlie took an eight fish catch limit which weighed in at a hefty 19lb. Weardale rod Paul Tennick was another angler who took his full catch limit, this time from the south shore with four of his fish coming from Easter Bay and the other four from the disabled platform bay. Paul was fly fishing using a Black Fritz variation of his own on the point with a Zulu and a Bibio on the droppers. The West end has fished well in the small bays around the second bridge with a lot of fish being seen rising during spells of cloud cover with the best methods being float fished worm, spinners or dry flies in these areas.

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Best flies:
Black fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Hopper, Bibio

Best baits:
Red or Yellow PowerBait Honey Worms, Magic Dust, float fished worm

Best areas:
West end, white post, Easter Bay

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 

nwl

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Messages
785
Weekending: 13/07/14

Number of anglers - week 205
Number of trout taken-week 601
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 601
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 3,664
Total number of fish caught to date 11,973
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Darren’s Family Delight

With warm but windy conditions this week there has been some excellent sport at Grassholme. Two lucky anglers have also caught tagged fish, both claiming the £200 cash prize. Norman Lawrence from Nunthorpe was the first angler to catch his tagged fish using a ledgered worm just west of the disabled platform. Also claiming a cash prize was Mark Garrick from Gateshead who caught a tagged fish using a Silver Mepps spinner off the Dam Wall. Mark also caught a further six fish using this method. Andrew Ivison caught his eight fish limit off the Dam Wall using Silver Mepps and Yellow PowerBait on a ledger. Darren Carr and family from Crook caught their 12 fish on a family permit in three hours and decided to buy a second permit and caught a further six fish. Darren caught a number of fish on fly using a Black Fritz or Dawson’s Olive. Pink PowerBait proved to be successful for the rest of the family, all of their fish averaged around the 2lb mark.

NEWSFLASH – Sunday 20 July Teesdale will be staging the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines charity cycle event and some roads may subject to closures and delays.

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Kate McLaren and Bibio

Best baits: Pink or Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, float fished worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, white post, west end

Ranger office:
01833 641 121

Ranger:
Trevor Wright
 

nwl

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Messages
785
Weekending: 20/07/14

Number of anglers - week 159
Number of trout taken-week 508
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 508
Rod average - week 3.1
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 3,823
Total number of fish caught to date 12,481
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Deep water holds the key!

With warm temperatures throughout the week and water temperature remaining high the fish are moving into deeper water to find the coolest spots. Anglers fishing the Dam Wall are having the most success with easy access to the depths with just a short cast. Keith Smith and Charlie Wheatley found this as they moved onto the Dam after not getting a bite beside the disabled platform. Keith caught ten fish on his ‘Loyalty Day’ using ledgered Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs and Charlie caught seven rainbows all averaging around the 2lb mark using Orange and Pink PowerBait Eggs. Jeff Walsh from Stockton caught eight fish at the west end of the reservoir using Orange Gulp Eggs and worm cocktail fished under a float. Jeff’s heaviest fish weighed in at 3lb to make his catch limit tip the scales at 17lb. Andrew Marsden had a good evening sport on the fly catching his eight fish limit using a Dawson’s Olive Gold Head on a floating line on the north bank near the white post. Peter Doddsworth caught the heaviest fish of the week weighing in at 5lb fishing next to the boat ramp using Pink PowerBait on a ledger.

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Kate McLaren and Bibio

Best baits: Pink or Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust, float fished worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, white post, west end, deeper areas

Ranger office:
01833 641 121

Ranger:
Trevor Wright
 

nwl

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Messages
785
Weekending: 10/08/14

Number of anglers - week 198
Number of trout taken-week 599
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 599
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 8lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 4,363
Total number of fish caught to date 13,860
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Improvement continues……..

The fishing continued to improve as the cooling water temperatures have seen a lot of fish moving back into the shallower water to feed. Float anglers have enjoyed some fantastic sport at the west end in particular, with Yellow PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm being the best bait in this area. Stefan Schollic took the biggest fish of the week, a very impressive 8lb 8oz rainbow from the west end car park bank on Green PowerBait. The new PowerBait Mousetails have again been doing extremely well as Grassholme regular Jeff Walsh proved using the Bubblegum and White variety to take a 20lb limit catch, again from the west end, fishing against the bridge below the car park. The Dam Wall and north shore have also been very good areas with ledgered baits, float fished worm and spinners all taking fish. Fly anglers have done well on the north shore with Pebble Beach being the hot spot on intermediate lines with a Cat’s Whisker’s and Orange Blob being one of the best methods.


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Best flies:
Cat’s Whisker, Orange Blob, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits:
Bubblegum and White PowerBait Mousetails, Magic Dust, float fished worm

Best areas:
West end, Dam Wall, north shore

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 

nwl

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Messages
785
Weekending: 17/08/14

Number of anglers - week 154
Number of trout taken-week 426
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 426
Rod average - week 2.8
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 560
Total number of anglers to date 4,517
Total number of fish caught to date 14,286
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Tagged fish joy in wind at Grassholme

Fishing is continuing to improve as the temperatures slowly fall, cooling the water allowing the fish to move back into the shallow areas to feed. This was to the delight of float anglers who enjoyed some fantastic sport on the Dam Wall in particular with Yellow PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm proving the most popular bait. New PowerBait Mousetails have been extremely successful as Mrs. J Carter proved netting a limit catch on a florescent red/natural variety to take 24lb from the disabled platform. The vast majority of fish netted are of extremely good quality as the average weight of the fish exceeds 2lb with many blue trout among the catch limits. The west end of the reservoir near the bridge has also proven a hotspot with a number of limits coming from this popular area. The Dam Wall and north shore have also been very good areas with a variety of methods proving successful including ledgered baits, float fished worm and spinners. Roving fly anglers have gained success from tempting fish moving back into the shallows with lures fished on a floating line. The best lure still proves to be Dawson’s Olive and Pebble Beach is proving to be a hotspot for fly anglers.


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Best flies:
Cat’s Whisker, Orange Blob, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits:
Florescent red / natural PowerBait Mousetails, Magic Dust, float fished worm

Best areas:
West end, Dam Wall, north shore west end near bridge

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Paul Perryman
 

nwl

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Joined
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Messages
785
Weekending: 31/08/14

Number of anglers - week 210
Number of trout taken-week 490
Number of trout returned - week 10
Total number of trout caught - week 500
Rod average - week 2.3
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 4,979
Total number of fish caught to date 15,514
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Mice Tails attract the Whales!!

With quiet and overcast conditions throughout the week there have been a number of successful days with some good catch limits recorded. Andrew Thompson from Newton Aycliffe recorded the catch of the week fishing at the Witch’s Hat taking eight fish for 23lb 5oz with his heaviest fish weighing in at 4lb 4oz. Andrew caught the majority of his fish on Pink and White PowerBait Mice Tails. Simon Biffster on holiday from London had a fantastic days sport on the spinner fishing next to the white post on the north bank. Simon caught six rainbows on a silver seven gram Mepps Spinner, all averaging around 2lb 8oz. On fly, John Collinson from Hunwick caught and returned 10 fish on a Cat’s Whisker with a floating line fishing at Pebble Beach with the majority of John’s fish weighing 2lb.

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Best flies:
Daddies, Knotted Midge, Cat’s Whisker, Blue Zulu

Best baits:
Green Worms, Pink and White PowerBait Mice Tails, Flying C’s

Best areas:
Pebble Beach, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Trevor Wright
 

nwl

Fishery Member
Joined
May 15, 2010
Messages
785
Weekending: 7 September 2014

Number of anglers - week 261
Number of trout taken-week 660
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 660
Rod average - week 2.5
Best trout - week 6lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 600
Total number of anglers to date 5,240
Total number of fish caught to date 16,174
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1


Fishery Headline: Fresher weather sparks feeding frenzy

The overcast and cool conditions with some heavy showers freshened up sport this week giving an influx of fresh water and boosting catch returns. Ian MacKinnon recorded the biggest fish of the week a fine fully finned rainbow of 6lb 12oz taken on Dawson Olive fishing near the valve tower. Ian also landed another 7 rainbows to complete an excellent limit catch for 24lb.Mr N Marsdon and Mr S Duffin also landed some heavyweight 8 fish catches at 21lb each. Anglers have reported that the trout are feeding close into margins chasing fry and minnows bait anglers using small Toby lures and small Mepps spinners cast into this feeding frenzy have enjoyed some great sport. Fly anglers also enjoyed some arm wrenching sport targeting the close in feeding trout, a Dawson Olive or a Cats whisker on a floating line produced the best results.


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Best flies: Daddies, Knotted Midge, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson Olive

Best baits: Green Worms, Pink and White PowerBait Mice Tails, Mepps Spinners

Best areas: Lodge Bank, Dam Wall, White Post

Ranger office:
01833 641 121

Ranger:
Paul Perryman
 

nwl

Fishery Member
Joined
May 15, 2010
Messages
785
Weekending: 14/09/14

Number of anglers - week 175
Number of trout taken-week 582
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 582
Rod average - week 3.4
Best trout - week 5lb 10oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 5,415
Total number of fish caught to date 16,756
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Dam busters!

A mixed weather pattern dominated proceedings as fishing improved with an average of 3.4 fish per angler as we continue to stock our quality Lartington fish to bolster numbers. Many of the fish are being taken from the Dam Wall using a cocktail of worm and PowerBait fished on a float close to the margins. Darren Marshall landed a very fine limit catch with a combined weight of 23lb 6oz with one trout weighing in at 5lb 10oz taken from the Dam Wall using float fished bait along with many more limit catches from this area. Mr. J Bartlett took a magnificent eight fish limit for a total weight of 20lb 8oz along side Mr. R Barber whose eight fish limit totalled a respectable 16lb. Yet again, anglers have reported trout feeding close to the margins chasing fry so anglers using small Toby lures and small Mepps spinners cast into the margins had some really good sport. Fly anglers also enjoyed some fine sport targeting the cruising fish as they hunt for late season fly life and yet again a Dawson’s Olive or a Cat’s Whisker on a floating line produced the best results.

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Best flies: Daddies, Knotted Midge, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits: Worm, Pink and Orange PowerBait, Mepps Spinners

Best areas: Lodge bank, Dam Wall, white post

Ranger office:
01833 641 121

Ranger:
Paul Perryman
 

nwl

Fishery Member
Joined
May 15, 2010
Messages
785
Weekending: 28/09/14

Number of anglers - week 160
Number of trout taken-week 589
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 589
Rod average - week 3.7
Best trout - week 4lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 451
Total number of anglers to date 5,739
Total number of fish caught to date 17,930
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Barker does it again!

As September draws to a close, conditions are near perfect for some late season action. Trout are feeding aggressively in the margins in an attempt to gain weight for the winter months, as a results, anglers are being treated to some outstanding sport. Thursday saw the rod average reach 6.7 fish per angler with a healthy average of 3.7 for the week. Spinners are having fantastic results with a small Silver Toby the ideal imitation of the fry patrolling the margins where lots of the fish are hunting. Fly anglers are taking advantage with small dark or silver lures including a Humungous or Zonker with fritz patterns also a good bet to attract attention. With very calm, mild conditions daddies and hoppers are still providing fantastic sport on the surface. The best fish of the week goes to Ian Cook who landed a fully finned rainbow trout of 4lb and was one of six fish he caught. Peter Doddsworth and his good wife had an exceptional day netting 12 fish on their couples permit for a very impressive combined weight of 24lb. Ronnie Barker duplicated his great catch last week with another limit catch taking a combined weight of 14lb 8oz on Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs.

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Best flies: Daddies, Zonker, Humungus, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits: Worm, Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Silver Tobix Lure

Best areas: Lodge bank, Dam Wall, white post

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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