Weather for fly fishing here at Jubilee Lakes Stillwater updated Saturday 22nd July at 8am.
Showers keep passing over after heavy rain for most of the night. Overcast now and just a hint of a breeze. Fished well again yesterday with green and black patterns doing best
Tuesday 18th July
Last week started slowly but then just continued to pick up with some very lively fishing. Although many fish were lost off there were still plenty netted to keep everyone happy.
Best patterns were Diawl Bach, Hare's Ear, the Wicked White (black & white) buzzer, the Damsel, the Daddy and the Cdc Emerger. A lot of trout were lost off when fishing the Daddy but there was certainly plenty of sport.
Lakes are still looking good in spite of the heat so lets hope that the fishing will continue to be good this week.
Just to mention also that we have just started to stock the Fario fly range. They're not on our website yet but we have them in the shop. Include strange patterns like the Whozzit - See below!!
The Orange Wozzit
Tuesday 11th July
Fishing has been settling down again nicely with trout taking mainly on buzzers in the top foot or so of water. Damsels have also done well and trout are coming up and having a look at a Daddy or Dry but then often just not taking.
Phil Totten from Lanchester had the best trout taken this week weighing in at 7lb 10oz and caught on a buzzer.
Hopefully conditions will have improved and fishing more settled this coming week with the thunder and lightning out of the way.
Phil with 7lb 10oz rainbow
Also just to mention for those who have been waiting - we've just had a delivery of Fulling Mill hooks and at last got some black Comp Specials. Go to our Anglers' Lodge website to order
Not before time either. And also a delivery of Partridge hooks. Must be Christmas!!
Tuesday 28th June
Can't say the fishing has been settled this week. The changes in weather, well over 30 degrees Monday and Tuesday then gale force winds and heavy rain have made the fishing quite tricky at times. So its still generally fished quite well but because we've had such excellent fishing lately its probably been slow by comparison.
Saturday was a fine example with strong winds and bright sunshine. If every trout on the flyline had been netted we would have had an excellent days fishing but the trout were taking short or no sooner on than off. Still trout caught but several of the anglers had 6-8 trout on and back off again. It's supposed to be relaxing!!
Best patterns this week have been the shuttlecock buzzer, daddy long legs, hopper, suspender buzzer (sometimes even stripped back fast) and the damsel. Lures not doing so much this week.
Tuesday 20th June
Fished really well again this week except for Saturday when it just got much too warm and very still. A big change from the weather we'd been having.
Fished well especially on CDC's, damsels and buzzers, the montana and hares ear plus the usual orange blobs and cats whisker. Some nice trout caught this week. The best taken was a good trout of 4lbs 5oz caught by Mr William Richardson from Peterlee on a Montana.
Its cooling off a bit today so we should get back to normal this week.
William Richardson with his 4lb 5oz trout
Tuesday 13th June
Really another great weeks fishing and sorry if this is getting boring!
Anglers catching on everything from foam beetles, CDC's and traditional dries on the surface to blobs, zonkers and cats whisker snakes deeper down. The water is lovely and the Lakes look really well.
Don't really quote averages because it depends on who's fishing but we averaged over 10 trout per rod again this week and most of the rods were only fishing four hours - pretty good fishing.
Just to mention due to a cancellation we have one rod left available for casting tuition, (trout, switch or salmon), on Friday morning. If you would like to book please phone us tomorrow, Wednesday on 01388772611 or email email@example.com.
Monday 12th June
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Thursday 8th June
Just in. If you can't see to tie your own flies don't stop tying instead have a look at the new OttLite Clamp Light & Magnifier and free standing Magnifier in our Lights & Magnification Section.
Wednesday 7th June
Report to last Saturday:-
Bit more variable with the weather being a bit unsettled and towards thundery but the Lakes are still fishing really well (and even better this week).
The damsel on a floating line on the top lake or and intermediate on the lower lake has done exceptionally well and the takes on it have been ferocious. Even to the point when one of our most experienced anglers decided to use finger guards!
Buzzers, klinkhammers, tadpoles, black nymphs & montana's (black & green) have all done very well. It's the time of year when we have millions of tadpoles in the water and montanas and black nymphs, black dognobblers or black zonkers all seem to tempt the trout. Good on fishing either on the surface or deeper down.
Eleven year old Daniel Skelton from Darlington had his very first trout ever weighing in at 4lb 8oz and caught on a Montana. Good start for him and good luck for his future in flyfishing. See image below -
Mark Rylatt from Blyth, below left had a lovely 5lb 4oz caught on a buzzer and veteran of our Lakes and and good friend Jim Sullivan from Hexham, right took a 6lb 5oz on an orange tailed damsel nymph.
Thats it for this week - just excellent fishing. Our anglers are loving it - and we love it too!
Re Daniel Skelton and his first trout
Don't know whether you remember our post of a week or two ago regarding Markus Eichel. He was the winner of the Novice Category of the first round of this years Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine Fly Tyers League which we sponsor. He was kind enough to donate his prize back to us to help children in our area to learn to fish. Markus said he would like to help young people experience the pleasure of fishing - might help them one day if their life gets tough.
We decided the best way to do this was to put his £40.00 voucher towards a junior outfit - an 8' Shakespeare Sigma Rod with matching reel and line. Well young Daniel Skelton was the first junior to use the kit and it brought him luck with his very first trout. Many thanks to you Markus Eichel - Daniel will I'm sure be the first of many youngsters to catch their first trout using the junior outfit - thankyou!
Tuesday 30th May
In spite of the weather, heat, rain and thunder the fishing has continued to be very good.
Some anglers have gone deeper with the orange blob, zonker and cat but still trout have mainly been caught on CDC emerger patterns, buzzers and beetles. The hawthorne fly and daddy long legs have also been a great favourite with the trout this week. I always think this is understandable - personally I would always prefer the larger meal - roast beef and yorkshire pud rather than a bit of a salad.
Anyway most patterns have been taken on or near the surface and still plenty of trout moving around though not as many right up on the surface with the heavier weather.
The Big Fat Juicy Daddyhog!!!
Thursday 18th May
Thinking of tying up some spider patterns but not sure what materials you need or where to find them.
Graham Barker from Edinburgh has just produced a whole range of beautifully tied patterns for us.
They're listed on our website with all the materials required to tie them. Head to our website to OUR NEW SPECIAL SPIDER SECTION
AND - A Fantastic sunset here tonight. You just have to see this - talk about a burning sky! Just looks fantastic
Tuesday 16th May
Report for the last week. But there is no report - the fishing just continues to be absolutely excellent. CDC emergers taken in the surface or just subsurface and Hawthorne flies, black hoppers or similar. When the wind has turned cold try a lure - orange & coral blob perhaps but not stripped rather fished like a buzzer with a figure of eight retrieve. Good fishing and good fish caught!
Monday 15th May
Really nice gesture from Markus Eichel. He was the winner of the Novice Category of the first round of this years Fly Tying League which we sponsor. He's been kind enough to donate his prize back to us to help children in our area to learn to fish. Markus said he would like to help young people experience the pleasure of fishing - might help them one day if their life gets tough.
We decided the best way to do this was to put his £40.00 voucher towards a junior outfit - an 8' Shakespeare Sigma Rod with matching reel and line. So often youngsters are trying to learn to fish with tackle suited to an adult, not ideal. Now we have the kit at the fishery and any junior coming here to learn to fish can use it. We should have thought of it sooner!! Thanks ever so much Markus, much appreciated.
Above Markus Eichel with his first grayling, taken on an Adams #14 in spring last year at the Wiesent in south of Germany. Good Luck Markus!
Monday 8th May
Fishing has continued to be very good with a lot of trout rising and a lot of trout being caught but the method has changed towards the end of the week. Although the wind has been consistently easterly lately the weather from Thursday started to turn especially bitter. The trout continued to rise but whereas they were taking very readily on or just under the surface they started to come to the fly but not actually take it or else take it then spit it out. Takes were not so confident as they had been.
To Wednesday the black buzzer, CDC Emergers such as the Shipmans and Shuttlecock buzzers were doing really well. They have still done well through the week and on the top lake a large foam daddy has been especially effective but there have also been more trout caught on lures especially when there has been times when there has been no sun to warm the cooling effect of the wind.
Still the rises have been excellent with plenty of trout moving and plenty of trout caught whether on the surface or deeper down on lures such as the red bead damsel and the hot head taddy.
Best trout taken this week was the 5 pounder in the image below, one of 12 caught by Blyth Palmer from South Shields on his Fluffcat but there have also been a lot of good trout returned.
Thursday 4th May
Another absolutely excellent days fishing. Mainly on CDC emergers and buzzers (again). Blyth Palmer always bucks the trend though. He had 13 trout last time he was here at the weekend and another 12 today. He had a lovely 5 pounder this morning but caught on his favourite pattern - the Fluffcat.
Blyth has six favourite patterns he uses here but they aren't standard stuff. He's been kind enough to let us have a look. No emergers here - they aren't his style - but these are certainly deadly patterns.
Left from top: Orange & Coral Blob; Yellow Buzzer - this has the finest silver glitter in the varnish; Black buzzer with a tiny red bead head, red wire rib and the finest peacock herl collar.
Right from top: The Fluffcat; The Double 'O' - (olive & orange); finally the Olive Zonker.
Blyth's tip - vary the retrieve!
This was Blyth's 5lb trout caught this morning....
Report to Saturday 30th April
Just brilliant fishing consistent on buzzers, cdc's often just subsurface and damsels expecially with a hot head bead. This is definitely the best spring fishing for years and I have to say we are loving it!
Blyth Palmer from South Shields, below left took a lovely trout of 10lb 10oz on a fluffcat while Stuart Ryan from Coxhoe, below right took a 4 pounder and 4lb 4oz on a taddy. Good fishing to be had whether on the surface or deeper down on a lure.
Anglers were especially impressed with the size of the trout and the fitness of the trout. Review from one of our anglers who came down from Edinburgh:-
'Visited jubilee lakes yesterday and have to say it is the best run fishery I have ever been to, the quality and size of fish is something else and I have the line burns on my hand as a reminder of how hard they fight, I had around 8 fish between the two lakes and two I lost where into double figures, the near 6 hour round trip was worth it and will be made again in the near future'.
To be truthful we were absolutely delighted with this when we read it on our Facebook page so had to include it. It's lovely when one of the anglers has a really good day.
Just in from Hends
We are often asked for barbless lure hooks and struggle to get them but take a look at the new barbless lure, lure/ long shank nymph and wet fly hooks from Hends. These are strong hooks and good value at just £2.95 for 25. Click on any image to take you to the website.
Just to mention for those calling at the shop today we've got some great reductions on clothing from Greys & Vision. Go to our CLOTHING SECTION to see whats available but prices are even better in the shop!!
Report to Saturday 22nd April
Lots of trout topping and tailing all over the lake and taking just sub surface. Overwhelmingly the CDC Emergers have been the most effective but very small sizes to immitate the minute midge hatching in the warm sunshine in sheltered areas of the lakes.
Buzzers are also doing very well and when they fail the black fluffcat - Blyth Palmers favourite pattern has worked very well - and even the orange blob if need be. On warm afternoons trout on the top lake have started to take the dry Hawthorn - a sure sign things are warming up.
We ask anglers not to forget our 'Bring a Beginner' ticket. Bring someone new to the sport at no extra charge and share your tackle with them while you teach them to fish. Great way to bring someone new into fishing with no outlay on their part. See Harry Walker here last year with Grandad John and Dad, also John from Bishop Auckland.
Report to Saturday 15th April
Another good weeks fishing but on small & lighter patterns so if you are a lure fisherman may be a bit of a tricky week - but thats how it goes!! Buzzers on the bottom lake, olive or black and CDC's, esp Shipmans on the top lake.
Interesting but in the shop I've noticed the tiniest buzzers on the windows - I reckon size 26 or 28, absolutely tiny. So that's what you are competing with - and that's what flyfishing's about. Love it!!!
Sample of the little beastie! This is the 'dry' midge. Use a Shipmans or any emerging CDC to represent it emerging. For the 'wet' version (pre emerging) use a buzzer pattern.
Weather Conditions here for flyfishing updated at 8a.m Friday 14th April.
Milder but overcast with a steady lighter westerly breeze
Look what was just outside my window this morning - what a neck!!
Report to Saturday 8th April
Excellent fishing again though not quite so predictable this week.
Most of the week the trout have been very happy on CDC emergers and dry flies but then as the week has gone on and the weather has changed the trout on the top lake have been just subsurface on tiny flies such as the F Fly or tiny Klinkhamers - Shaun Burnside from Aycliffe had four up there in just half an hour before he had to head for home.
The bottom lake continued to fish well with trout generally between 3 and 41/2 lb or better caught mainly on a plain black buzzers but on Saturday they weren't having any of it. Then Blyth Palmer from South Shields discovered the orange blob was the answer. He passed the word and others also caught well on the same pattern. To keep the day respectable though Alan Proud from Redcar caught a dozen trout on CDC Shipmans buzzers on the top lake and olive buzzers on the lower lake. Takes all sorts...
Re our Open Day last Saturday 1st April
We had an a great day with a really good turnout. Representatives Jim Fearn, Andrew Sowerby & Jim Williams didn't have time to take a breath and gave us a really good day with loads of information and plenty of opportunities to try rods & lines and to match lines to their existing rods with tackle from Hardy, Vision, RIO, Greys & Shakespeare. To be truthful it was perfect - just a shame it had to absolutely team down mid afternoon - April Showers??
Hardy Flags & Rods & Jim Williams from Vision (right)
Andrew Sowerby from Hardy taking a breath and Jim Fearn From Vision (right)
Above & below Jim Fearn doing a Switch Rod casting demo
Fishing Report to Saturday 25th March
The fishing is absolutely excellent with plenty of trout being caught on traditional dries such as Whickhams & Greenwells, CDC Emergers, small black & green nymphs, damsels, Cats Whiskers & bloodworm - so whatever your style of fishing the trout are probably going to show interest. And the weather is lovely too!!
Lovely trout in the image caught by Mr Reg Bascombe from Darlington. This is about our average size at the moment with most trout weighing from 31/2 to 4lbs and in lovely condition.
An important reminder for April Fools Day - this coming Saturday 1st April. For those not Fooling around we have Rio, Hardy, Vision, Greys & Shakespeare here from 11a.m to around 2.30. Rods are here to play with - lots of them. Lines are here to try, bring your own rod to match up. And just speaking to Jim Fearn, at around 12 to 12.30 on April Fools he will be doing a special talk and demo on Switch rods and Switch casting technique. We've asked for this specially this year because we think a lot of salmon/ seatrout anglers aren't too sure about how to use them but like the idea of a shorter rod.
It's a great day, completely free and no pressure. Please note - no fishing that day.
Fishing report to Saturday 18th March
Generally fishing well but not that many anglers prepared to brave the wind this week so its a bit of a limited fishing report.
Wednesday was definitely the best fishing day with better conditions and no strong winds damsels were very effective and black & green nymphs such as the viva. On other days with blustery winds the patterns were much more varied though the trout weren't deep and especially on the top lake were steadily rising and up there the odd CDC pattern was working well together with bloodworms and buzzers and still the zonker.
Weather report for the next few days isn't great but hopefully the cold spell will soon pass and it won't affect the fishing too much - let's face it you have to be an optimist to be an angler!!
Saturday 11th March
Just to prove us wrong - I did think they'd be on CDC's this week but the trout have in fact been taking mainly on lures.
CDC emergers and Daiwl Bachs & bloodworm have all caught but black or olive zonkers and black & green lures have been more effective and the best method to fish them has been on an intermediate stripped backed fast. They've been just below the surface and in the mood to chase the fly. Hopefully that won't last for too long. As a method it's a pretty energetic way to fish.
Just to mention that we have our 'Open Day' coming up on April 1st - yes April Fools Day. We'll have Rio, Hardy, Vision, Greys & Shakespeare here from about 11 til 3 ish. It's a great day to come and have a look round.
Fly Rods & Lines will be available to try here on the water at Jubilee Lakes. Not to be missed - if you've ever bought a rod without trying it you will know why this is such an important event. Match lines to your own rod, try new rods or look for a complete new outfit. Decide for yourself or for advice Andrew Sowerby, brand manager from Hardy, Greys & Shakespeare and Jim Fearn from Rio & Vision, one of the worlds top salmon casters, will be here to guide you.
To Saturday 5th March
Have had some brilliant fishing except for Saturday which proved awkward but even then one of the anglers caught on dries on the afternoon.
The rest of the week buzzers, cats, diawl bach, march brown wets & blobs have been very successful. A great time of year for fishing and I'm pretty sure it won't be long before the CDC shuttlecocks are catching. I'm sure they would have today - there were a lot of trout moving around just sub-surface.
On the Tackle Front - because we never mention tackle much on this page and our own anglers say they are missing out on our deals we will mention odd deals at the end of the fishing report each week - so you can ignore or read on.
For a start our rods & reels are almost always cheaper if you can call in to the shop but if you can't then phone in for a price. Also we include a free 4 hour ticket if you travel to the shop to buy a rod. Then check out the home page of our sales site for all specials at www.anglers-lodge.co.uk. And also on our home page our Massive Fly Tying Sale is in full flow, online and in the shop. More items are being added to this almost daily.
And just to mention that the Vision Onki Fly Rods have at last come into stock. Great name isn't it?? You've got to get your hands on it though - don't forget that you can try a rod on our lakes when you are buying a rod here. The Onki retails at £199.99 with introductory offer of a free Vision Attack Line worth £29.99. The latest from Flybox - the Single-Wave Pseudo is also now on our shelves and on the website.
To Saturday 25th
Well we've really only had anglers on the lakes for two days this week because of the weather - and because of the weather forecasts - not always the same thing!
Shame because the lakes are fishing REALLY well. Patterns like the damsel, the buzzer (with a gold bead head when it was really bright) and also the snake fly in cats whisker colours have been good. Been worth looking at the depth when fishing because when the sun has been really bright the fish have really gone down quickly and anglers have had to change to weighted patterns to catch them.
Anglers have averaged over 6 trout each and that nearly all on four hour tickets so some great fishing. Having been here almost every day for the last twenty eight years I often think its the day length that livens the trout up rather than the weather - bit like us when the lighter nights come!
Just a couple of things to mention.
We now take Credit/ Debit Cards & PayPal payment for the fishing. Always have done in the tackle shop. Also we're giving a free 4 hour catch & release ticket to anglers travelling to the tackle shop to buy a new flyrod. Get the chance to try them out on our lakes!!
The shop is just bursting at the seams with tackle at the moment. We've got some really good prices on fly rods and rod outfits with new outfits being listed every day. Also go to the website or call in at the shop - we've got a massive flytying sale on, just started but being added to on a daily basis. Its been nearly 15 years since our last 'massive' sale of materials. We keep the stock pretty sharp but there is so much new stuff coming through we're having a complete blitz - so some great bargains to be had. Online go to our Home Page for early season offers, outfits & the flytying sale.
Had to put this on - put it on our Facebook site and we've had loads of hits & comments. Roped our Dave in for a bit of modelling - well had to twist his arm a lot. This is the new Kust jacket from Vision & Hardy Logo Cap - and Dave!!
If you fancy the jacket go to https://www.anglers-lodge.co.uk/product/vision-kust-wading-jacket/ if you fancy Dave you're too late mate - already taken. He reckons he has that long-suffering look about him!!
Just had a great weeks fishing. The trout seem to have realised that the weather is changing - and so have the anglers. Have had quite a few out to fish this week and they've done really well. Darren Frame from Newcastle & Eric Carmichael from Rowlands Gill, both new to the fishery, easily had full returns and so had several others. The most effective pattern has been the Cats Whisker but other patterns such as small black & green nymphs have also done very well.
Best trout taken this week was caught by Mr Frank Courtman from Startforth and weighed in at 3lb 8oz. Looks dark in the image but you couldn't see the silver flank - think it was slipping through Franks cold hands!
Just to mention - we have a special offer for the start of the season. Anglers calling at the tackle shop to buy a rod will get a free 4 hour catch & release ticket for the fishery. (We have even better prices here in the tackle shop and masses of new tackle just arrived). Also don't forget that we now take credit/ debit card for fishing (at last)!
Our latest special offers in the tackle shop or online (www.anglers-lodge.co.uk)
Friday 20th -
Just delivered and new for 2017, going on our shelves now.
NEON Hackle is latest product in the Flybox NEON Series.
This material is a 12mm Straggle made entirely of non-translucent NEON Fibres (same as Flybox NEON Flashabou). This straggle is perfect for all styles of mini lures, competition patterns and even wet flies. Available in a range of super-bright fluorescent colours.
£3.00 per packet or a Range Pack available with all 11 colours for £28.95.
Click on the image below for full details.
Image is of Stuart Sexton with one of the thirteen trout he took on his four hour ticket. Was a bit misty & wet but he used the bloodworm and the buzzer to catch on the top lake and the bloodworm and fluffcat on the lower.
To update we will be open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday only on Christmas & New Years week.
Dec 1st Thursday
Weather at Jubilee lakes this morning. Struggling because its too early for a photo - still dawn grey. Lovely ripple, no frost and looks as though its going to get out a nice day
The view across the lower lake from the anglers cabin as we locked up tonight. Stunning!!
Bottom half of the lower lake iced up this morning - and we could have taken bets on this for the last week in November. We've been here since 1988 and this happens for just this week almost every year. Hopefully it will now clear up until after Christmas. Top half of this lake is clear and so is the top lake.
November 23rd Thursday
Weather very much as yesterday. Very calm, no frost and the sun looking likely. Go to our Jubilee Lakes Facebook page for a little video - Lakes are so still it looks almost like a photo.
It’s very difficult to produce a useful report at the moment as we’ve had very few anglers out fishing these last two weeks. The ones who have fished have mainly been on catch & release so no useful details or images unfortunately. It’s a shame because although it’s been windy on the coast we are really quite sheltered and for most of the time it has been very still here as the cold north and easterlies have generally missed us.
Anyway it’s not that cold and the trout are taking well for those who are venturing out. James Campion from Bishop Auckland did best with fourteen trout on a four hour ticket. These were on the bloodworm and bunnyleech. The black nomad also did very well this week.
Hopefully more to report next week!
Fishing has again been quite steady this week with trout mainly being caught on a floating line just subsurface on patterns like the Diawl Bach, black buzzer & hares ear or a bit deeper on an intermediate on a bunnyleech - esp the white & lime, the black & green montana, the black tadpole or grey zonker.
The Lakes were covered with autumn leaves last week and the place looked lovely. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on whether you like fishing in the wind, there was generally a fairly strong wind to keep the leaves in the margins. Photo below was taken just before the sun went down on Sunday.
Just to mention that our opening times have changed with the clocks. We are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 4p.m.
Thinking towards Christmas we will be open Christmas & New Year weeks but only on the Wednesday, Thursday & Friday each week - closed the Saturdays.
Once the clocks change Christmas Shopping starts to loom - dreadful thought!
Really sorry because it seems as though we're pestering again but a few of our anglers have said that they haven't been able to make a donation to Jane's MS SkyDive fund by PayPal on the donation website. If it helps you can donate your £2.00 or whatever by text on your phone:-
In your text message:-
In 'Send To' Type 70070
Then in the message box type JHMS96 and press enter
Then type in the amount you are giving - don't worry about the £ sign.
Then press 'Send'
You'll receive a text receipt for your donation shortly after. Too much technology!!
We put this on our Facebook site last week but not on here. Thought we should this once:-
We don’t like to ask because everyone has their problems, but we're asking just this once.
Image below is an old one of Jane our eldest granddaughter, (with our eldest grandson David), assisting Grandad Dave with a bit of digger driving here at the Lakes.
Jane's just 16 now, mad as - but just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Means that bits of her don’t work, (though not her tongue unfortunately), other parts hurt a lot & she’s generally not so good. She was off to hospital at 7 this morning for some intravenous drug to keep her going.
So - because she is undoubtedly crazy she’s decided to make a 10,000ft skydive next week to raise money to find a cure for the disease. We’re asking you, just this once, to give her just one shiny gold £2.00 coin - you won’t even miss it but it might be the one shiny coin that makes the difference. Not even the price of a lottery ticket!
If you would like to give it a go just go to JANE, click donate and add your £2.00. As the meerkat says - Simples!
(We would only have asked for £1.00 but £2.00 is the least you can donate, sorry).
Thank you for reading this. Dave & Sandra.
Apologies for no report last week - sneaked off to Northumberland for a couple of days. Lovely!!
Been a mixed weeks fishing this last week and I think Blyth Palmer hit it on the head when he said with such unsettled conditions the trout are often hard to predict. And the weather has been very unsettled - sunshine one moment followed by sudden changes in temperature and often pouring rain. Blyth didn't do so bad though and had seven trout on his four hour ticket.
He did as well as any and probably down to him fishing the intermediate line when most had stayed on a floater. The seasons are changing, the days getting shorter and darker and the weather cooler. Trout are less keen to come to the surface for food and are looking more to lures like the olive zonker, black & green montana, Blyth's fluffcat, snake flies and cats whiskers. This isn't to say that you shouldn't use a floating line, the line most often used here and to good effect, only that the conditions this last week have suited fishing about 3 - 4 feet down. More settled weather should bring the trout back to the surface again.
Sorry no images this week. Nothing of any size has been taken on our 'with fish' ticket. Typical.
Apart from Saturday and goodness knows why, we've had another good weeks fishing with patterns very much the same as last week. The shuttlecocks, brown sedge patterns and daddies are still working well but also the green & black montana, black nymphs, diawl bach and bloodworm. Trout are still generally being caught on a floating line. Having said that the black tadpole has caught well on an intermediate line just that little bit deeper and again much as last week.
Best trout this week went to novice angler Susan Richardson from Darington who caught her very first trout here a couple of weeks ago on a Bring a Beginner starter session. Looks like she's really getting to grips with it though she did admit to a girly yell when she got her trout on the line - think most people do the same when they get their first good trout - well maybe not always a 'girly' yell. The trout weighed in at 6lb 8oz and Susan caught it on a green & black rubber legged montana.
Just to mention something new. We are now taking debit or credit cards or PayPal for the fishing here. In the past we have only accepted these cards in the tackle shop. Hope anglers will find this facility useful.
Another good weeks fishing though I think the windy weather put one or two anglers off. It's a shame because the trout are usually at their most lively when there's a strong wind.
Nothing exceptional taken this week but the fishing has been very good and similar to last week with the cormorant and small black & green lures working well but also the damsel, bloodworm and Diawl Bach generally fished about a foot down from the surface. Trout are still moving on the surface when the has wind dropped and then the usual daddies and cdc style emergers have worked best.
Absolutely excellent weeks fishing and lots of contented anglers. The weather has changed and freshened up and the trout love it.
Anglers have caught on daddies & emergers but when the wind has been cooler the trout have gone a little deeper - so anglers have still fished with a floating line but with patterns like the cormorant, montana and small green and black lures perhaps a foot or so subsurface. The Daiwl Bach and GRHE have also been very effective at that depth.
Some good catches - Neil Hodgson from Wolsingham took a lovely brown on a shuttlecock buzzer. No whacking browns on the head here so we can't be exactly sure of the weight but it looked as though it was around 6 to 7lbs. Very nice and returned very well to live another day.
We've been invaded by Scotsmen this week and they caught a lot of trout - mainly on the cormorant. Gary Mercer from Kelty near Fife took a 6lb 4oz on a Damsel and in fact the damsel worked well for him and his fellow angler Robert Burt from Coudenbeath. Apologies by the way to Mr Mercer, (and to the trout below) - this was a dreadful photo, sorry.
What a week! We've had thunder & lightning twice like we've never seen and hotter weather than I think we've had all summer. It's September - should be some of the best fishing of the year but with this weird weather its more like July fishing.
Having said that it has fished better than expected because we were expecting Nil returns. Got to be honest it's been very hard but we have still been having trout caught and the anglers have understood the conditions and still enjoyed the day.
Best patterns have continued to be CDC Emergers, the 'F' Fly, & Daddies on the surface and Diawl Bachs a little deeper down. Not much on lures.
Good news is the weather is set to change. The sunbathers will hate us for saying this but they should all have great suntans by now so they can't grumble. Roll on the cloudy skies forecast for next week.
Trout have continued on their summer feeding pattern and big mouthfuls of Daddy Long Legs have still been their meal of choice together with suspender buzzers, shuttlecock buzzers, diawl bach, black pin fry type patterns and damsels. All taken on a floating line. The pin fry fished best with a very fast retrieve.
Just to mention our Bring a Beginner is starting to prove popular. An angler can bring a novice and share his rod while teaching him/ her to fish at no extra charge. We are adding an extra twist to this. Should the novice then decide to take up the sport we are offering a kit - Shakespeare rod, reel & line in a carrying case - cost is £69.99 but we are including a free four hour ticket in the price. Perfect for the angler to make his first solo effort. See our website if you know someone who may be interested in the kit. See out Tickets page for details of our Bring a Beginner and fishing costs. Note beginner must be 9 years or older.
Hopefully just another way to bring a beginner into the sport!
Sorry but a bit of a non-thrilling report - we have hardly had any anglers fishing here this week. It's the end of the holidays and even hardened anglers have been dragged off to buy school uniforms etc. And the rain hasn't exactly encouraged anglers to come out and fish.
Anyway for those who have fished dragging a lure about has been pretty unproductive. Even when the weather has been miserable the Daddy Long Legs fished on the surface have definitely done best. There are certainly a lot of natural Daddies around this year and we've seen plenty of trout coming right out of the water after them. The usual CDC emergers have also done well. For those who wanted to fish subsurface a bloodworm twitched back was probably as deep as they needed to go.
Best Daddy pattern at the moment has been the Daddyhog - according to Fulling Mill 'the bulky deer hair wing and head create a take inducing wake on the surface producing splashy rises when retrieved on a floating line'. Just whats needed!
Still fishing steadily although a bit stroppy when the weather has turned thundery with a lot of tail tugging going on.
Best patterns this week have still been the CDC Emergers, Shipmans, Daddy Long Legs, Sedges.
While you can see the trout it's also been an effective tactic to cast to the them using a weighted nymph such as a gold headed pheasant tail or damsel. The Diawl Bach was successful fished higher in the water. Junior, Nick Hamilton from Barnard Castle returned a couple of whoppers and several other trout on them while Blythe Palmer from South Shields did well deeper down on the top lake with his pattern, the Fluff Cat.
Best trout taken this week, below, went to Kenneth Bell from Bishop Auckland who took a 7lb 2oz rainbow on a Damsel.
Writing this from a very rain soaked Jubilee Lakes!
Fishing last week was mainly a bit drier fortunately though it did team down on Saturday and though one man was brave enough to fish he chickened out while tackling up - rain was pelting and it was blowing a gale - well it is August.
Quiet week for anglers last week, blame the holidays. Of those who fished Terry Ross from Willington was probably most consistent and all his trout were caught on a variety of dry and emergers patterns. Mrs Susan Richardson fly fished for the first time and had a lovely day landing her very first trout ever on a damsel. She reckoned it was her friend and instructor Derek Harnby to thank for that one. (Image attached).
Worth mentioning that to encourage newcomers into the sport anglers may bring a guest and share their rod with them while teaching them to fish. There is no extra charge for the beginner. With our water coming in at a steady 11 degrees throughout the year the water is just nice, the trout lively and there is a good chance of catching. Lakes are in good condition and look well.
Thats all for this week. Mrs Richardson below:-
Had a good lecture from my friend Brian from Yarm.
Haven't seen him for a little while and he called in at the weekend to ask how the Lakes were fishing. I said they'd been fishing really well but he said that he hadn't seen a report for a while. Well I hadn't put any reports in because really the Lakes were just fishing nice & steadily away and with holidays, Olympics etc there were probably other things on.
He said usually when fisheries don't put in a report it's because they're fishing badly - so get some reports put in!! Well fair comment Brian and I can see his point so from now on we'll get back to regular reports - sorry about the lapse.
In any case this week we've had some good trout out. Largest was 6lb 4oz caught on a CDC Buzzer by John Speke from Darlington. Then we had a 5lb 13oz caught by James Campion from Bishop Auckland and then a 5lb 8oz caught by Paul Shutt who is also from Darlington.
Best patterns have really been the Shuttlecock style CDC's but daddies & hoppers have also done really well. A leggy olive bloodworm has worked on days when the trout weren't rising - either twitched back or even stripped in fairly quickly if the trout weren't paying attention.
I've just been sat watching them - they're rising everywhere even in the bright sunshine. Weird!
John Speke with a 6lb 4oz
James Campion with a 5lb 13oz
Paul Shutt with a 5lb 8oz
Varied weeks fishing, probably with the thundery weather, with Wednesday being especially tricky and Friday being especially good. They were taking on all sorts of patterns from Daddies, Shipmans & emergers & buzzers to bloodworm, cats whiskers and blobs. Bloodworm did very well stripped back fast and preferably just sub-surface. Well you never know with trout!
See below - the Northern Spider bloodworm pattern from Fulling Mill. Frightening - but loads movement and the trout loved them this week.
We've had an excellent weeks fishing - lots of happy anglers!
Trout have been not so picky this week which makes a nice change.
Anglers have caught on black buzzers, Diawl Bach, damsels, bloodworms, (esp the olive worm stripped back fast), snatchers and the orange blob - a safe bet if there's not much doing!
Daddies have worked well even when there have been no trout rising - the chance of a large and tasty mouthful ticing the trout to the surface.
Best trout taken this week went to Mr David Rylatt from Blyth and was caught on a buzzer. Larger trout have been returned but we don't count those.
Great weeks fishing especially for Blythe Palmer from South Shields. He always does well here but this week he landed a 7lb 9oz on one of his favourite patterns the fluff cat. It's a great leech style pattern with a black zonker strip back and a long olive zonker strip beard.
It's certainly caught him a lot of trout over the years and a couple of hours after he caught his 7lb 9oz he landed a 15lb 9oz rainbow on the same pattern. He asked us what we were stocking these days. He said it almost pulled his arm out of it's socket and for once even Blythe had to ask a fellow angler to help net the fish.
He took seven trout in all on a four hour ticket.
Best patterns this week:-
Fluff Cat (obviously), orange blob, beaded viva, black buzzer, black hopper and bloodworm.
Above Blythe with his 15lb 9oz and below with his 7lb 9oz
Well the fishing has been really good with lots of full limits and happy anglers.
Best patterns have ranged from the Yellow Dancer, bloodworm and orange blob deeper to the black buzzer and Diawl Bach sub surface and then the CDC Emerger, Shipmans Buzzer and Hoppers in the surface film.
Good weeks fishing. Only one photo this week and that was of Steve Mann, below, from Newton Aycliffe who landed a 4lb 9oz on a black buzzer. Plenty of other good fish caught but none taken to photograph but if the fishing continues as it is then it looks as though we are in for a very good season!
Just to mention we will be closed Bank Hol Monday.
Excellent weeks fishing again with plenty of full returns.
No big trout taken this week though two beauties were safely returned to the water.
Shipmans Buzzer has been the pattern of the week though shuttlecock buzzers, bloodworm, Diawl Bachs have all done well. Generally the trout have started taking deeper in the water on things like the orange blob, bloodworm or zonker but come up in the water as the day has warmed up.
Weather is looking promising so hopefully the fishing will continue on the top of the water.
May 3rd 2016
Been a great weeks fishing.
Anglers catching mainly on the Cats Whisker, Dawsons, Cormorant, Buzzer and Bloodworm. All heavier weight patterns than last week but the weather has been so miserable that it's not surprising. Having said that in the odd warmer moment flies have been hatching and the trout haven't been slow to oblige, quickly coming up for CDC patterns or buzzers fished just subsurface.
We've had some great trout this week:-
Derek Harnby, (see entries below), from Bishop Auckland came in with a 21lb 6oz rainbow. Caught on a Cormorant. This is our best trout for a while. Very pleased for you Derek.
James Ebdon, (see entries below), from Toft Hill landed a 13b 2oz rainbow on a Cats Whisker - his favourite cold weather pattern. He more than deserved it. The weather that morning was bitter.
Finally David Bilton from Whickham, a recently converted sea angler, took a 15lb 11oz on a buzzer. Think he'll be a fly fisherman for life now.
They're funny things big trout and can lurk about at the bottom of the lake all summer when its hot and all winter when its cold. Then when conditions change you can get a glut of them caught all at once. Also we have just introduced a two trout for £21.00 ticket. This has encouraged anglers to take trout rather than return them and so we have some images and weights whereas we don't photograph or weigh trout to be returned.
Anyway good weeks fishing - David Bilton below with his 15b 11oz rainbow.
Derek Harnby at Jubilee
Great weeks fishing with many anglers catching full returns on each lake.
A whole mix of patterns are catching. Many trout are taking in the surface film on patterns like the 'F' Fly, Shipmans and Shuttlecock Buzzer but bead head Dawsons & Viva's did well and so did the orange blob. They were easily pleased - which makes a change for trout!
Shaun Burnside, witnessed by ourselves and many anglers, would have done very well catching a good 14 pounder on the 'F' Fly. Unfortunately he probably said the 'F' word. There was a hole in the net and the trout went straight through the bottom and away. Our fault I'm afraid. Sorry Shaun.
Below left the 'F' Fly. Right the Shipman's.
Shaun Burnside's entry on our Facebook page yesterday:-
Some images from our Open Day on Saturday. It was well attended and anglers really enjoyed the opportunity to play with the rods and especially to bring their own rods in to match them to new flylines. Many were very impressed at the difference a properly matched flyline could make and how much easier to cast - especially with a few tips from Jim Fearn & Jim Wilson from Guide, Rio, Vision & Andrew Sowerby from Hardy, Greys.
Even the weather was kind to us - was a beautiful day. Even the sunset was beautiful....
The Lakes are fishing pretty steadily. Largest trout this week only 3lb 8oz, taken by Mr Trevor Armitage from East Boldon, but some good trout returned. Best patterns have been the damsel and the olive or the red bloodworm - though there has been a lot of 'leg pulling' going on with the bloodworm - literally. Some anglers have found they've worked better with a faster retreive where the trout just grab them.
Can I just mention again that we now open Wedenesdays rather than Sundays and also that we are having our Open Day next Saturday the 9th from 10 to 3, ( Hardy, Vision, Rio & Greys here ), and so there will be no fishing on that day. Anyone wanting to visit to try tackle out can just pop in.