Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sharpley Springs Fishing Report



How's it fishing
Despite rain rain rain rod averages were high this week and plenty of fish caught.
  Tony Fox from Rowlands Gill returned a 12 pounder and M Wood from Southmoor a 15 pounder using a Black Zonker
Returning 11 Trout. Bigger bags netted were by Andrew Taylor from Langley Park using a black peacock and a buzzer he returned 15 fish. Ed Dunbar from Willington had the biggest bag of the week with 17 trout.
Rod Average 
5.1

Tactic
To say it has been raining last week is an understatement, better conditions as I write this report!  Rainbows  were still taken and late on Wednesday thought the winds turned Westerly, bringing better fortune for anglers out at the end of he working week. Buzzers, bloodworms and the usual lures now worked more consistently. The weekend saw a drop to more seasonal temperatures so anglers were forced to slow down their presentation and go a touch deeper,especially after the frosts.
Fly box:
Black buzzer
Bloodworm variants
Black shipmans 
Cats whisker
Zonkers ( white/grey )
Dawson's olive
Gold head GRHE nymph
Black Peacock
Cutthroat.
Damsel
Black Fritz


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fishing report Oct 12th

Sharpley Springs 

How's it fishing
Still plenty of eager risers and the calmish conditions have had a lot of smallish midge hatching
Bernard MC Kewon from Meadowfield returned The only recorded double this week a 10 pounder using a black /green Zonker.
Mal Proudlock from Catchgate returned a 7 lb 9 oz trout for a bag of seven fish, Paul Runec from Middlesbrough used an olive worm to return a 5 lb 6 oz trout. 
Plenty of big bags netted this week the biggest returned by Edd Dunbar from Washington using a buzzer returned 20 fish also Shane Allison from Stanley with 17 and Paul Marsham from Chester with 16 on dries. David Leonard from Felling returned 18 on hoppers and another great catch from John Bird from Seaham returning 18 from a bag of 19 Trout. 
Rod average up this week
4.1
Tagged fish
£590
Tactics
Still plenty of eager risers and the calmish conditions have had a lot of smallish midge hatching.
Small dries have again been very successful with tiny f flies and gnatty patterns good for the adult feeders and both shipmans and palomino midge,hanging in the surface film, effective for trout sipping down emergers.
Some large Cinnamon sedge are fluttering about in late afternoon warmth too so a big muddler or CDC sedge can afford great fun.
The usual lures are working their magic too with zonkers,dancers and blobs all reliable additions to a cast.
Fly box:
Olive shipmans
Black palomino
Hares ear emerger
Daddies/hoppers
Damsel nymph
CDC sedge
Stimulator
Zonkers
Yellow dancer/blobs
Buzzers

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sharpley Springs Fishing Report

How's it fishing
Cooler this week and a full moon changed fishing patterns this week. Double retreated to the deep spots, however plenty of good fish caught in the 2 to 8 pound  range. 
Tony Rowley  from North Shields returned 15, Glen  Appleby with a huge bag returned of 23 and Micheal Bollands with 10 fish.
Don't hang up your rods yet!! As we are starting an Indian Summer.
Rod average 
3.5

Tactics
Things turned decidedly cooler at the start of the week so a smattering of black buzzers came onto the scene, supplementing the ever-present olives. No surprise then that daiwl bachs fished.
As the weekend approached a ridge of high pressure warmed things up during the day but ensured evening and early morning anglers were met with cold temperatures and limited surface activity. Lessening breeze though had plenty of emerging midge bringing trout to the surface during the day.Their capture though was by no means a given and provided for captivating dry fly fishing with small f flies imitating the adults,and suspenders.

Fly box:
Black/olive buzzer
Daiwl bach
Hares ear suspenders
Dawson's olive 
Damsel nymph
Daddies/hoppers
G and h sedge
GRHE nymph
Brown f fly
Blobs

Best wishes
Carole

Sharpley Springs Trout Fishery


How's it fishing
The incredibly warm weather certainly subdued sport during the heat of the day though damsel flies took full advantage to mate. 
The Biggest fish was caught by John Sherma from Peterlee using a buzzer fetching to the net a 11lb 2oz Rainbow from a bag of 10 fish.. Ant Meadows from Chopwell returned the best bag at 20 trout despite challenging conditions in the heat. Andy Creighton from Sunderland used an Olive buzzer and a damsel Nymph, netting 12 trout also Rory Kernan  from Seaham netted 12 . Gary Mulholland from Gatershead 14.
Michael Bollards from Durham Took one fish and returned a further 16 as did David Todd from Gateshead using a black buzzer .
Rod average 
3.1
Tag £500 


Tactics
The incredibly warm weather certainly subdued sport during the heat of the day though damsel flies took full advantage to mate.Evenings though,as things cooled a little,provided good angling in the hatches of olive midges and sedge.Small,light green shuttlecock and Shipmans buzzers imitated the emergent midge whilst CDC and deer hair sedge patterns fooled the natural sedge feeders. The thunder storms were not conducive to subtle angling!
The small olive midge are the main food item at the moment and an upwind presentation is the key to success if not fishing the flat water.

Fly box:
Black/olive buzzer
Green shuttlecock/shipman's buzzer
GRHE nymph
Waddam's hares ear
Damsel nymph
Squirmy bloodworm
Dawsons olive
G and h sedge
Invicta


Hope you all have been enjoying this great weather.
Best Wishes
Carole

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


How's it fishing
The incredibly warm weather certainly subdued sport during the heat of the day though damsel flies took full advantage to mate. 
The Biggest fish was caught by John Sherma from Peterlee using a buzzer fetching to the net a 11lb 2oz Rainbow from a bag of 10 fish.. Ant Meadows from Chopwell returned the best bag at 20 trout despite challenging conditions in the heat. Andy Creighton from Sunderland used an Olive buzzer and a damsel Nymph, netting 12 trout also Rory Kernan  from Seaham netted 12 . Gary Mulholland from Gatershead 14.
Michael Bollards from Durham Took one fish and returned a further 16 as did David Todd from Gateshead using a black buzzer .
Rod average 
3.1
Tag £500 


Tactics
The incredibly warm weather certainly subdued sport during the heat of the day though damsel flies took full advantage to mate.Evenings though,as things cooled a little,provided good angling in the hatches of olive midges and sedge.Small,light green shuttlecock and Shipmans buzzers imitated the emergent midge whilst CDC and deer hair sedge patterns fooled the natural sedge feeders. The thunder storms were not conducive to subtle angling!
The small olive midge are the main food item at the moment and an upwind presentation is the key to success if not fishing the flat water.

Fly box:
Black/olive buzzer
Green shuttlecock/shipman's buzzer
GRHE nymph
Waddam's hares ear
Damsel nymph
Squirmy bloodworm
Dawsons olive
G and h sedge
Invicta


Hope you all have been enjoying this great weather.
Best Wishes
Carole

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sharpley Springs Fishing Report June 20th

Great fishing this week 
Evenings still had Caenis hatches and excellent,technical dry fly fishing. Glen Appleby from Peterlee returned 18 fish and also George Craig from Lumley with 14 in the net using Buzzers .
Howard Robison released one of the biggest bag of the week with 21 fish.
However the biggest bag of the week was caught by John Shema from Ryhope with 24 fish caught with a foam beetle. Edd Dunbar from Washington released a 10 pounder from a bag of 12 trout. Paul Robe released a 9 lb 8 oz rainbow caught on the Doxford lake using a Zonker.
Tactics
Great fishing, especially given cloud,when free risers can be targeted with CDC dries and Shipmans buzzers.
Most spoonings this week revealed tiny, olive buzzers so it was no surprise that small green and hares ear emergers ( foam-heads in particular ) were successful.Teeny nymphs like pheasant tails were deadly fished on the washing line also.
Sunny afternoons had Daphnia on the menu- so it was out with the Orange lures!
Evenings still had Caenis hatches and excellent,technical dry fly fishing. In addition,sedges are now very much of interest.Muddlers and CDC adults brought up fish out of the blue and a pulled Invicta was as efficient as usual.

Fly box:
Olive buzzer
Hares ear emerger
GRHE nymph
Teeny pheasant tail
Olive shuttlecock
Hares ear shipman's
Caenis dun/spinner
CDC sedge
Muddler
Invicta
Damsel nymph
Squirmies (pink/orange )

Rod average 
4.1
Tagged fish
2x£500
Best wishes 
Carole

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sharpley Springs Fishing Report

How's it Fishing
Warm days at the start and end of the fishing week saw hawthorns on the water- and the trout were quick to home in on them. 
Big fish this week were caught by Jack Hodgson from South Shields at 15 pounds on a Black Fritz. David Todd from Gateshead used a Black Hopper to bring to the net, lucky  13 fish with the biggest a 13lb 8oz Trout.
Jake Caidecott from Seaham a 15 pounder and Tom Reay a from Seaham a 14 pounder and Dan Swale with the biggest at 16lbs 2oz. 
Plenty of big bags netted with Ant Meadows from Chopwell and Barry Nicholson from Guidepost both  releasing 17 Trout each . Lewis Meek from Newcastle caught 25 and Ben Race from Great Ayton released the best bag of the week with 28 fish using all dries. 
An excellent week with more to come.

Tactic
Warm days at the start and end of the fishing week saw hawthorns on the water- and the trout were quick to home in on them. Low slung patterns gained favour towards the end of the week whilst higher sitting flies like black hoppers were good in a stiff breeze when the unfortunate naturals found themselves on the water. Tippets needed to be beefed up a bit too!
Sharpley also saw several midge species including those huge blacks that leave shucks more than an inch long!
Afternoons had hatches of up-winged olives ,so flies of the hares ear family were worth a place on the cast. Shuttles,f's and nymphs all worked.
Some of the evening sessions were prolific.
An excellent week with more to come.

Fly box:
Olive shuttlecock
Black shipmans
Hares ear foam head
GRHE nymph
Hawthorn
Knotted midge
Daddylonglegs
Black spider
Zonkers 
Blobs/tinnies
Black f fly