Saturday 30th September 2023, for one day only -
If you are coming to our shop from West Auckland our lane will be closed. Simply drive past the left hand turn you would normally use then take the next left a couple of miles further on, then keep left until you arrive at our gate. All other access roads are open as normal. Apologies for the inconvenience!
Re the Fishing -
We had planned to restock this week, (posted Sept 29th) but unfortunately after our latest monitor change last Friday the EA have recommended not. We will be having more tests done in the next few weeks and may know more then. It's been a long summer! Would season ticket holders please contact us directly on 01388772611 during shop opening hours - 10a.m until 4pm Thursday & Friday or 10a.m to 2p.m. Saturday.
Congratulations to Alan Brown (left) who is the lucky winner of the Stonfo Kaiman Vice and to Peter Reed who is the lucky winner of the Vision Hero Trout Rod draw. We're very pleased for them.
Posted 26th May 2023
Results are in for our Vision / RIO Day Prize Draw - see below!!
Jonathan Barnes in action at the Fly Tying Demo - River flies for the Tees
Jim Fearn starting the days casting
Congratulations to Alan Brown who is the lucky winner of the Stonfo Kaiman Vice and to Peter Reed who is the lucky winner of the Vision Hero Trout Rod draw. Thanks to all those who attended. It was a great day made even better by the weather. Very many thanks for Jim Fearn from RIO/ Vision, John Walker Jnr for his very useful techniques for fishing the River Wear and warmest thanks to Jonathan Barnes who did top class fly tying demos for patterns for the River Wear right throughout the day.
Most important - thanks to Dave the postman for his impartial raffle ticket picking!!
Posted 26th May 2023
Latest response from the Environment Agency -
"Apologies for the delay in getting back to you, I only got back from annual leave yesterday and as you can imagine there has been a lot to catch up on! I saw that Phil emailed you regarding the algal samples we took that showed no abnormalities and nothing that would indicate a reason for the fish kill. I have emailed the water quality results we took to one of our specialists to see if she can see something or provide a new suggestion as to why the fish have died, I will let you know when she responds. I have also asked if we can borrow a long-term Sonde that she has which could be useful to put in the centre of the bottom lake where it is the deepest and we can then read the water quality results there to see if there is any difference. I know this is not a long-term solution for you but it’s definitely worth looking into!
Another suggestion we have discussed is the possibility of you moving some of the fish from the top lake into the bottom lake. If some of the fish are moved into the bottom lake and there are no mortalities, then a possibility could be that when you decide to stock it next, if you only stock the top one then once they have acclimatised you can then move them into the bottom lake. It is a bit more of time-consuming option, but it may be that the fish adjust better to the conditions in the top pond than they do the bottom. If you do move the fish and there are some mortalities, then we know there is a definitive issue with the bottom lake. By trialling this, it would also save you from spending money on fish to stock the bottom lake for them all just to die again. In my opinion, it’s worth a try but you would need to put about 20-30 from the top into the bottom in order to prove the effectiveness.
Let me know your thoughts and I will keep you updated when I hear back from the water quality specialist".
Our reply -
It would be very difficult to net the trout back out of that top lake. It has more nooks & crannies unfortunately and more snags for the net. The trout for both lakes were originally both from the same delivery and same tank so should really have been ok in both lakes. I think you are right though and we were planning on only attempting to stock with 20 trout initially to see if they would survive. We're very pleased with the offer to loan us a Sonde. This could be very useful. Hope to hear from you soon with the remaining results. Dave & Sandra
Posted 18th May 2023
Latest Update on the Lakes. Had Ian Doyle from the Angling Trust visit. As with our own test results all tests including ammonia are clear. The EA did find the ammonia higher and we've all found the pH quite high. The EA recommended using Siltex in the lake last winter and this might have increased the pH levels. Nothing obvious though so the conclusion seems to be to allow the pH level to settle. We'll keep it monitored and then try a few trout to see if they survive. We are waiting for more results from the EA so will update again. Just to mention Ian was very kindly introduced to us by Kevin Woodcock and thanks so much to you both for visiting us. Wouldn't care but the lakes look really good - just found this old image and the lakes look just as good same today.
(Shop & Online operating as usual).
Posted 10th May 2023 - Lakes still closed
We've been doing tests ourselves with basic test kits as in the image & all clear but last week the Environment Agency arrived with their heavy duty equipment. This is their first response - see below. Our Tackle shop & online are open as usual but while we wait for more EA results the Lakes are still closed.
EA Report 09/05/23:-
"A colleague has had a look at the two samples of water that were taken, including the stirred up sample. In the two spot samples nothing was found that was different to what might have been expected. This included the usual mix of common algal types. Included in the stirred up sample were diatoms more associated with the bed of a lake, which again is exactly as expected. The diatoms were probably giving that greyish haze that was observed, not un-common in spring time (at least from our knowledge of rivers). Diatoms are not known to be toxic to fish (cymbella sp. noted)".
This looks good & all clear but gives us no clue to the cause of the fish mortalities. We'll get a fuller report next week as we can't see why the trout have died. Sorry the lakes are still closed. Dave & Sandra
Posted 27th April 2023 - Lakes Closed
Dave uninspired by oxygen meter levels...
Like everything else we've repeatedly checked the oxygen levels and they are fine and hold no clue to the problems we're having on our lower lake.
Following on from the two posts below -
Unfortunately CEFAS can't help us as we are a fishery and we'd sort of expected that. We turned to the Environment Agency and they are sending out their Fishery Management team shortly. They aren't optimistic but we will at least have the advantage of another opinion. Fingers crossed. At the moment this is following the same course as last year when we closed for several months. We re-stocked three times then and in each case lost all the stock. We added serious amounts of aeration to the lakes though the O2 levels were already good just as they are now. Nothing helped last year and we just had to let the warm weather pass. Understandable maybe last year when the water temperatures were high but our water temp this year is only 10.5 degrees. Total mystery.
Sorry to mention this again but the tackle shop will remain open 10-4 Thursday & Friday and 10-2 Saturday and we will continue dispatching online orders as usual.
Posted 19th April 2023 - Lakes Closed
A follow on really from our last post. The fishing started to slow and was very tricky by the end of last week. We'd thought it was the changeable wind directions but then decided we must have had a mink or similar. When we have a lot of rain they sometimes come up the beck at the side of the lake and play havoc with the fishing. Initially we weren't losing any fish but to be sure we checked the oxygen levels, pH & etc. All good and no fish at the inlets so we re-stocked on Monday. Now unfortunately the trout in the lakes are dying and so we have no option other than to halt the fishing temporarily until the Environment Agency and Cefas help us to see the problem. Feels like last summer re-visited!
We're very sorry about this but for now it's beyond our control. The tackle shop will remain open 10-4 Thursday & Friday and 10-2 Saturday and we will continue dispatching onlne orders as usual.
Apologies to all our anglers. We'll update with fresh news once we know more. Dave & Sandra
Posted Sunday 16th April 2023- Lakes Closed
Just a message to thank our anglers for fishing here this last week. Our Lakes fished the hardest we’ve known for a long time and even though we warned anglers when they arrived yesterday they still bravely soldiered on. Just want to thank them. Lucky we don’t get many days fishing like this or we’d all be playing golf but with the change in the weather we should be back to normal this next week. Thanks for persisting! Dave & Sandra
Posted Monday 6th March
Just finished our first week after re-opening and the fishing has been very steady. Andy Rogers caught the first trout just 9 minutes after the Lakes re-opened - and he'd lost one off before that. Caught him off guard. Nearly caught himself a nosey swan as well!
Posted Tuesday 21st February
Our Lakes & Tackle Shop have been closed through the winter. We are due to re-open on Thursday March 2nd at 10am. Unless the Beast from the East arrives then we may delay for a week - check here if in doubt.
Opening Hours from March 2nd: Thursdays & Fridays 10a.m until 4p.m. Saturdays 10a.m until 2p.m.
Posted Saturday 24th December
We'd like to wish you all the very best for Christmas & the New Year. The Lakes & Tackle Shop are closed now for our long winter break probably until March 2nd 2023 but to be confirmed. Online orders will be dispatched throughout that time as usual.
All the best from Sandra, Dave & Angie
Posted Friday 9th December
Merry Christmas Everyone, just a little winter update. The shop is open today till 4pm, Saturday the 10th 10-2pm. Thur 15th, Fri 16th 10-4pm and Sat the 17th 10-2pm. With our final day before the winter break being Thur the 22nd 10-4pm. We are still sending out orders all through the winter season despite the postal problems, orders over £50 will automatically be sent via courier while the strikes continue to ensure delivery.
A frosty note though - our lakes are frozen. Suppose it is December and nearly Christmas!!! We'd just like to take a moment to wish all our customers a very Merry Xmas and to wish you all the very best for 2023.
Sandra, Dave and Angie
Posted Friday 21st October
After a hard summer and being closed for three months the fishing is back to normal and very settled. We never did get to the bottom of the problem but past history. Best patterns for the fishing are right across the board - from the Cats Whisker, the blob, snakes to wicked whites & even dries - it's pretty mild for the time of year. No need to book but phone 01388772611 if you would prefer.
Opening Hours for Lakes & Shop - Thursday & Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Posted Friday 21st October
For Fishing - As we've just re-opened it might be better to book on 01388772611. If its the answerphone leave your name, number & preferred day. We'll soon get back to you.
Opening Hours for Lakes & Shop - Thursday & Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Posted Tuesday 18th October 2022
We hope the Lakes will open soon!
We've spent the summer waiting for the heat to die down. We've cleared, aerated & treated the Lakes and now hopefully our anglers can come back for some quality fishing. Please phone - we think you'll need to book. Please see below.
Note also - this Friday 21st October we're holding Jim Fearns Vision/ RIO day.
Cancelled last month and with the Lakes just re-opened it wouldn't be fair to to close them for the day. So we're holding a "Tackle Consultation Day" here in the shop with Jim. If you need a new rod or to match up a new line call in for advice. Oct 21st 10am to 3pm. One to one advice and you can nip out to the lake with him to try a rod or line.
For Fishing - As we're just re-opening you'll need to book on 01388772611. If its the answerphone leave your name, number & preferred day. We'll soon get back to you.
For Jim's Day, Friday 21st - Just call in 10a.m. to 3p.m.
Opening Hours for Lakes & Shop - Thursday & Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Posted Monday 30th August 2022
In spite of a great deal of additional new aeration and work clearing the Lakes we are still having problems with the trout here. We had closed the Lakes thinking that the problem was the extreme temperatures but unfortunately it seems there's more to it than that. Although the Lakes will remain closed for fishing we will still be going ahead with our planned RIO/ Vision Demo Day from 10a.m until 2p.m on Saturday, September 10th. This is simply because we just can't get in touch with anglers to let them know not to come if we cancelled now. It's a great opportunity for anglers to match up and try rods & lines. I'm sure it will be a great day as always and I know many are looking forward to it but it is overshadowed by the problems we are having here at the moment.
The shop is open as usual - 10am to 4pm Thursday & Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday. Online orders dispatched every day as normal. Thanks for your patience & apologies for your inconvenience. Dave & Sandra.
Posted Wednesday July 20th 2022 & Updated Tuesday 26th July
Our trout were feeling the effects of the heatwave so we closed the Lakes for fishing while Dave's been giving the trout some extra tender loving care. The forecast is for more heat to come and so we've decided to extend the time the Lakes are closed to do some planned maintenance work. It will be well worthwhile and won't take too long but we do expect the Lakes to be closed for the next 3 or so weeks. We'll keep this site updated. The shop will be open as usual - 10am to 4pm Thursday & Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday. Online orders dispatched every day as normal. Thanks for your patience & apologies for your inconvenience. Dave & Sandra.
Posted Thursday June 9th 2022
Jim Fearn & David Bilbrough from RIO/ Vision are here at our lakes this Saturday 11th June from 10 until around 2pm. Exactly what’s happening? Well it’s completely free. Jim‘s bringing Vision rods & RIO flylines for you to try, doing bits of technique demos and giving out useful tips while anglers try the rods & lines. Bring your own rod if you want Jim to help you match up a new line. It isn’t a tuition day. You can pop in and learn just by watching Jim advise others. No pressure, just a completely relaxed time. Pass the word if you can please - and fingers crossed for some decent weather! (Just a reminder there’s no fishing that day and also just to remind that we don’t allow dogs - sorry). Looking forward to a great day!!
Posted 15th March 2022
Good News! Jubilee Lakes and Anglers Lodge tackle shop will be open again this Thursday (17th). Back to normal. Open Thursday & Friday, 10 until 4pm and Saturday 10 until 2pm. I’ve had two clear tests but poor Dave is still testing positive - so unless he gets two clear tests you won’t be seeing him on Thursday- he’ll still be under house arrest!!!
Posted 9th March 2022
Jubilee Lakes & Anglers Lodge Tackle tackle shop will remain closed for another week. I took a covid test last Friday which was positive and we both had exactly the same symptoms but we’ve been testing since Monday this week with a view to opening tomorrow and Dave’s tests have been clear. This morning though we’ve both tested positive and though we’ve both been poorly all week we think Dave’s actually just started to test positive today. We are really sorry to disappoint everyone but hope to open next Thursday 17th now. Please order online if you need anything and hope to be back to normal soon. Hope you’re all managing to keep clear of it though I don’t think we could have tried much harder to avoid it!
Posted 7th March
We tested positive for covid on Friday but hoped the fishing and shop would be back to normal by Thursday but not certain now so please keep checking here for updates or telephone for an up to date answerphone message on 01388772611.
Posted 4th March
Unfortunately we have covid and so the shop & lakes will now remain closed until Thursday 10th then as below. Apologies!
Posted 2nd March 2022
Don't forget the shop & fishing lakes are re-opening this Thursday the 3rd of March. We are officially coming out of our winter hibernation!! Opening times Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm & Saturdays 10-2pm. See you soon!! Dave, Sandra & Angie
Posted 28th December 2021
Latest update on winter dates, times etc....
We'll begin our winter break from Sunday 19th December and continue through January and February. As usual we'll be shipping online orders for tackle & tying materials every day there's a postal service available. Wishing you all the very best. Dave & Sandra
Posted 7th December 2021
An update on winter dates, times etc....
Lakes and tackle shop are open this week and next as usual, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 until four and Saturdays from 10 until two but after that we'll begin our winter break from Sunday 19th December and continue through the cold dark days of January and February. (As usual we'll be shipping online orders every day there's a postal service available).
Keep you all updated. Dave & Sandra
Posted later 15th April 2021
Lovely days fishing with quite a few caught. Anglers said the trout were in lovely full finned condition - we're happy! Trout caught on Hare's Ear, both dry & nymphs, daddy long legs & wicked white buzzers.
Posted 15th April 2021
Just re-opened and first trout caught was by Alan Corr from Wingate on his now famous pattern, the Wicked White. See images below. Not a monster but in lovely condition and quickly followed buy others. Good start!
Great to be open again. We closed on around the 20th March 2020 but had pretty much been closed from Christmas 2019 with out January break followed by bad weather so really closed for more like 16 months!
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE to begin with and so best to book rather than just turn up or at least phone in advance. You can telephone 01388772611 between 10a.m & 1pm (except Sundays & Bank Hols) to book or leave your name & phone number outside those hours & we'll contact to confirm. Please note the Lakes will not be stocked during the first week we are open - we want to see how they'll fish having been closed for a very long year!! Shop will be open the same hours as the Lakes but with only three in the shop at a time and social distancing, masks etc. Better than being closed though!
Please go to the Tickets page on this site for times charges & full info.
Posted 18th March 2020
OK Folks life is a bit of a nightmare at the moment!
Sorry for the lack of updates but Mam, who is a pretty fit (but stroppy) 92 year old has had a bit of a set back lately, so we've had to get her sorted out. And now the Coronovirus!
Our lakes have no ceiling or walls so they are the ideal place for you for perfect Coronovirus peace & quiet. As for the the Tackle Shop all we will ask is that you pop on the disposable gloves we supply as you come in. You can keep them as you leave or pop them in our bin. The windows and door in the shop will be open at all times so plenty of fresh air. We don't want to risk the virus so as much as we want you to visit all we would ask is that you order online at www.anglers-lodge.co.uk if you have a cough or temperature or you or your family have been abroad this last two weeks. Keep well and see you soon. Sandra, Dave & Angie.
Posted 3rd January 2020
An absolutely cracking days fishing today best patterns being green & black lures. Tomorrow is the last day that the the lakes and the shop will be open, (9a.m. to 2p.m). After that we are closed until Wednesday 5th February though we'll still be dispatching online orders every day as usual while we are closed. If there's anything you need or you'd like to cast a line then tomorrow is the day - and although the weather will be chilly maybe it won't be as cold as the day this photo of the lakes was taken in February 2008!
WINTER OPENING HOURS -
Note: Online orders will be dispatched Monday to Friday as normal throughout the dates the shop & fishing lakes are closed.
Open Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th January 9a.m to 2p.m.
Closed then until Wednesday 5th February 2020. From then we revert back to our normal Winter opening hours to clocks change in March: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9a.m to 2p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.
Posted 19th December 2019
The lakes and shop are open until Saturday December 21st from 9a.m to 2p.m. then closed until Thursday 2nd Jan to Saturday 4th - then closed until Wednesday 5th February. Hours are from 9a.m to 2p.m.
Though the shop will be closed we'll still continue to dispatch online orders every working day as usual.
Jim Fearn from Rio, Sage, Vision etc will be here this coming Friday 13th September, and doing his one to one casting lessons - Spey, Switch or Single hand trout. Not to be missed - Jim is the man who examines the APGAI instructors - great teacher! You'll enjoy your lesson and beginners and advanced casters will gain a lot from it. It's also a good opportunity to get his advice on matching lines to rods etc. He has one hour slots available throughout the day but spaces go quickly. Get in touch here for prices & times and preferably give us your telephone number or phone us on 01388772611 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image below - Jim demonstrating at one of our Open Days.
Wednesday 19th July
Cheeky sedge on our shop window - its imitating our Fulling Mill Goddard's Sedge!!
Saturday 4th May
Fishing is a bit up and down with the changeable weather but Daddies, Emergers and Black Beetles have been pretty successful. The Wicked white buzzer and Diawl Bach have also done well and failing that try the White Nomad. Good one to fall back on!
Friday 19th April
Good Friday today - we are open until 5p.m. as usual and will be open tomorrow, Saturday 20th from 9a.m to 3p.m (normal Saturday hours. Also a reminder that it's our Open Day a week on Saturday, the 27th April from 10a.m to 2p.m. No fishing that day, sorry!
Thursday 11th April 2019
Not a bad trout for Phil Totten from Lanchester. 12lb 8oz and caught on a Diawl Bach - one of the best catching patterns at the moment together with buzzers, emergers and small sedge patterns. Cat's Whisker also catching well. Sneaky bit of advertising here - Phil's stood in front of our shop sign. Our Open Day is last Saturday this month, 27th April from 10a.m to 2p.m. More details to follow. All welcome.
Saturday 9th February 2019
We've had the Lakes ice free for the last two days and anglers have been able to fish at last. We've only had five anglers fish because of the strong winds but even though the weather was against us it's fished really well with anglers averaging five a rod. Not bad when it was pretty tricky getting a cast in for the wind. Best patterns have been the Black & Green Tadpole and the Bloodworm.
Thursday 31st January 2019
Lakes at 9.30 this morning....
5th January 2019
Last week was pretty slow for fishing until Saturday when we had the Parkers down from Consett. Those lads are used to the cold weather and caught well though they had to fish slow & deep on a cheese coloured egg fly.
30th December 2018
Our Grandkids and visitors have all gone home and feet up at last. Hope you’ve all had a peaceful and happy Christmas and are ready to enjoy the start of the New Year. Have a lovely end to this year and all the vey best. Dave, Sandra & Angie.
Just had to attach this image from November 2006 - well we've been here a very long time - 30 years in fact. Hope you've had an absolutely brilliant Christmas and just a reminder - please don't forget the Shop & Lakes are closed until 9am Wednesday the 2nd of January, don't want you to waste a journey.
All the very best to you and your families for 2019.
Dave & Sandra
Wednesday 19th December
Lakes are fishing really well - just get wrapped up to keep warm & dry! The trout don't mind this weather. Lakes have been averaging over 5 per rod and this last week has been around the same. These averages are for trout caught on 4 hour tickets and without strike indicators - bit of proper fishing not the whimpy stuff. Best patterns this week have been small - Diawl Bachs & orange buzzers plus a few beasts such as the ever popular orange blob, olive snake etc.
Christmas dates as follows for shop & lakes -
Open this week - Wed 19th, Thurs 20th, Friday 21st from 9 to 3p.m. & Saturday 22nd Dec 9a.m. to 1p.m.
Open again Wed 2nd Jan, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th from 9 to 3p.m. & then Saturday 5th Jan from 9a.m. to 1p.m. Closed then until 9a.m. on Wednesday 30th January.
Note: Online orders as normal throughout post permitting.
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Updated Monday 26th November
Sorry it's been a while but since we started C&R there are no good fishy photo's. Not half as interesting!
Anyway the fishing has been good and especially this last week. Black lures, orange blobs, Diawl Bachs, amber or pink worms and muddlers have done well. Overall though if the weather has been a bit warmer especially on an afternoon the trout have been coming up in the water and taking on dries especially the daddy and F Fly.
Don't forget we're on winter opening now - Wed, Thurs, Fri & Saturday from 9a.m to 3p.m.
And don't forget when your Mam asks what colour socks you want for Christmas - we have our Gift Vouchers. You can use them for fishing or for tackle and all Mam has to do is give us a ring 01388772611 while shop is open or Order Vouchers Online. Postage is free. Dead easy!
Monday 29th October
Just a reminder that with the clocks changing our opening times have changed. The days we are open remain the same, Wednesday through Saturday but hours on the fishery and in the tackle shop are now 9a.m through to 3p.m.
Also this is a link to Willington Angling Clubs 2018 Grayling Day to be held on November 11th 2018. Anglers are asked to register their interest early as this is a very popular event.
Wednesday 24th October
Nice little trout for Philip Totten from Lanchester. Weighing in at 8lb 12oz it was caught on a white snake. Phil also had another nine trout caught on the snake, olive zonker and orange blob. Blyth Palmer also had a good day with 11 trout on a black zonker with a touch of UV. Ideal for getting the trout's attention on a bright day. Other anglers caught on bloodworm, Dawsons & dry daddies.
Saturday 20th October
Some good fishing at Jubilee Lakes this week. Brian Wallace (below) landed a 3lb 11oz and a 3lb 5oz and returned another 8 trout. Caught on Grey Zonkers and then on Diawl Bach.
Other Important News from the Local fishing Clubs -
This is a link to Willington Angling Clubs 2018 Grayling Day to be held on November 11th 2018. Arrangements will be similar to 2017 and anglers are asked to register their interest early as this is a very popular event.
Important one for salmon anglers - Event organised on the R. Tees by Olly Shepherd of Fly Fishing Yorkshire when many of the clubs open their doors to non members allowing them to fish to gauge the salmon population on the Tees. This will be held Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October. It is important to register with Olly for this event - Tel: 07850 506870 or Email: email@example.com. Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/FlyFishingYorkshire/
Wednesday 17th October
Lance Roberts with 3lb 7oz trout he caught today on an Olive Zonker. Trout were down taking on blobs & bonkers - they don't always appreciate the sunshine!
Just to mention that with the clocks changing shortly our times will be changing. The days we are open remain the same, Wednesday through Saturday but hours change on the fishery and in the tackle shop to 9a.m through to 3p.m. We'll update on Christmas Opening nearer the time.
Lance Roberts with 3lb 7oz trout he caught today
Wednesday 6th September
Nice 6lb rainbow caught by Mr J Singlewood from Darlington on a Black Snake. Others were catching on natural zonkers and especially on the top lake from mid morning dry flies and emergers. Excellent days fishing with plenty fish caught and plenty lost off - they're pretty fit!
Friday 31st August
Fishing is really starting to pick up with the cooler nights and shorter days. Blyth Palmer, (below), Alan Proud, Phil Totten, Rob King, Richard Dawson and others have all done well - some on lures such as the black or white zonker but mainly on the dries especially daddies and sedges. Just what you would expect in September.
Wednesday 29th August
Blyth Palmer was on form as usual today. He caught the biggest trout we've had taken this year. Weighing in at 11b it was caught on one of his own patterns. Good days fishing with a mix of lures such as the one Blyth used and Daddy Long Legs. The CDC daddy was very effective.
Blyth's zonker with just a bit of UV tinsel at the tail.
Saturday August 25th
Derek Parker ticed 7lb 12oz out on an Olive Blob plus another seven trout on a mix of the olive blob and eggstacsy blob. Not one of the prettiest trout we've seen but it was certainly lively. Even so our trout have done pretty well through the summer probably because of our lovely spring fed lakes.
We've had Dave doing some housekeeping.....
Giving the top lake a bit of a blitz - well drinking tea!
Friday 10th August
Nice one for Wayne Best from Shildon. Nothing doing but then he changed to a pattern he uses as he is back up. A simple black & white pattern. Missed two then latched into a nice 9 pounder. Happy man!!!
Thursday 9th August
Great start to the day. Max Duffy from Middlesbrough is pretty new to the fly fishing but him & Dad have both had 3 pounders this morning. Caught on an olive on an intermediate line.
Jubilee Update Saturday 28th July
The weather has certainly changed this last week. Now a much cooler and much fresher. There are certainly plenty of trout moving around and it's looking good for opening on Wednesday morning. Catching this week - buzzers, bloodworm, yellow dancer daddy long legs and damsel nymphs. Lakes are good and no problem at all with weed or algae.
Jubilee Update Saturday 14th July
Fishing much better this week with some very slightly cooler and breezier weather.
Lakes and trout look great and benefit from our cool incoming water. The usual cdc emergers, daddies, hoppers, gold head damsels doing well and deeper the orange blob and black tadpole type lure.
Mr B Trewen from Middlesbrough did well taking 2 trout including the 3lb 7oz in the image on a gold head damsel and returning a couple as well.
Jubilee Update Saturday 7th July
The weather hasn't changed much which is a bit of a shame. Still the same patterns catching - orange blob or lure or weighted nymph fished deeper or as more typical at this time of year the damsel nymph, CDC shuttlecock buzzers and daddies.
One of the anglers, Ron Bryden from Bishop Auckland summed up one of the trout's favourite meals at the moment - the baby frog (or toad). We have millions of both on the lakes at the moment and the trout aren't holding back!
Bit cooler today so fingers crossed for some decent fishing this week. Lakes are pretty much free of weed so all good.
Jubilee Update Saturday 30th June
Sorry it's been a while since the last report but I just seemed to be repeating myself. Not too surprising really since this is our thirtieth Summer here at Jubilee Lakes and in fact the twenty-fifth year for the tackle shop here.
Just an update though to say that the fishing is going pretty well considering the weather. We are having no problem with weed or algae, the lakes look good and the trout are healthy and on good form.
Best patterns have been the Daddy, F Fly, Pink Bloodworm, Czech Nymph and strangely an orange lure but fished on an intermediate line. It's rare you need anything more than a floating line on here but Alan Proud from Redcar found this technique pretty effective and when more typical summer patterns haven't worked this has been a good one to fall back on to.
I haven't been giving the usual early morning weather update and won't during the Summer unless anything drastic happens with the weather. It's a bit monotonous at the moment - sunny, sunny, more sunny. With a bit of luck the weather will cool off a bit shortly - we've had a few fried anglers lately!
Tuesday 15th May
The weather is certainly warm now and plenty of anglers are out fishing. Trout are being very well behaved and though some anglers are still using the blob, dancer, zonker etc the trout are taking high up on the water.
The hawthorne fly has been very effective this week and again the shuttlecock type patterns and shipmans whether dressed with CDC or with foam to make them float high in the water.
Some very good fish into double figures returned this week and some nice ones taken.
Images are of Stuart Hicks from Middlesbrough with a trout of 4lb 4oz caught on a Montana. Blyth Palmer with a 4 pounder and Mike Raine with a trout of 3lb 8oz caught on a parachute buzzer - everyone looking nice and tanned and the trout weren't bad either!
Can we just mention that there is no fishing this Saturday 19th. It's our open day from approx 10a.m to 2.30pm - all welcome. Hoping the good weather will continue for it.
Blyth Palmer (left) & Mike Raine (right)
Monday 7th May
Hot, sunny but a lovely weeks fishing mainly on patterns like the black diawl bach, klinkhammers, shuttlecock buzzers & hawthorne flies particularly on the top lake once the day warmed up a bit. Damsel nymphs bloodworm and blobs have also been effective.
Young Daniel Skelton from Darlington aided by his uncle Terry Young managed a nice little trout of around 2 1/2lbs but there have been quite a few good trout returned this week.
Also just a reminder - our Open Day will be on May 19th from 10.30a.m to 2.30p.m.
Hardy, Rio, Vision & Greys will all be here with a great range of rods & lines to try. Switch & double handed casting demos from Jim Fearn from Rio/ Vision. Well worth coming along even if it's just to bring your own flyrod to match up a flyline.
Monday 23rd April
This better weather has made a real change to the fishing with many more trout being taken on the surface.
Traditional dries like the Whickhams have been very effective but CDC Emergers, foam shipmans, foam supender buzzers and elk hair caddis have all worked well. Still worth keeping a second rod set up though or at least your lure box just in case you need a blob or zonker should the sun go in and the wind turns cooler.
Mr Tom Cutmore from Chester le Street took a nice trout of around 4lb on a buzzer.
Just to mention our Open Day will be on May 19th. Was arranged for March but the weather put a stop to that. Hopefully it will be a bit kinder this time round.
Monday 16th April
The fishing has been a bit more changeable this week with a variety of patterns catching. The black buzzer, cruncher, viva, orange blob and gold head damsel have all worked well. Lots of trout rising and a Shipmans or CDC suspender buzzer are a good choice to fish just below the surface film.
Phil Totten from Lanchester had an excellent day with 17 trout taken on a variety of patterns with the gold head damsel being the most effective. He didn't have much competition that day as the weather was pretty grim!
All road works are now complete and we are open as normal.
Monday 9th April
Fishing has continued to be well behaved this week. Catching patterns have been the zonker, cats whisker and black tadpole though all have done best on a floating line. The black buzzer has also done well.
Just to mention that although there will be roadworks in progress on the lanes leading to the fishery there will be no problem with access. The roadworks are more than welcome after this winter. Our little lanes have been all but washed away!
Sunday 1st April
Fishing this week has been consistently good with more anglers out and about in spite of the awful weather.
Best patterns have been the zonker - olive, black or white and the olive goldhead damsel has also done well. Derek Parker and Dad Eric, (right), both had good trout on the white zonker. This in spite of the rain - but then again they had driven down from Consett through 2" of snow!
...... and Tackle Talk
We still have GR70 and GR50 rods available in our clearance sale. See the list below for models still available. You can order online & UK post free on our Anglers' Lodge website or Email Us and we'll hold the rod for you in the shop for collection.
Set yourself up for the season - some great deals here - not to be missed!
GREYS® GR70 Fly Rod
10’ #7 £279.99 > £199.99
GREYS® GR70 Streamflex Fly Rod
10’ #4 £269.99 > £189.99
Greys® GR70 Double Handed Rod
13’ #8 £389.99 > £272.99
GREYS® Gr50 Flyrod
7’6 #3 £139.99 > £98.00
Greys® Gr50 Double Handed Fly Rod
14’0 #9/10 £279.99 > £199.99
Greys® GR70 Switch Rod
11’1 #8/9 £209.99 > £147.00
Wednesday 28th March 2018 - Back to Summer Opening Hours
Had one or two anglers phone up to check our opening hours. Well we are on BST now and so open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9a.m to 5p.m and Saturday 9a.m to 4p.m.
Fishing is steady with trout taking on dry flies on the surface especially elk hair patterns or leggy Daddy patterns. Sub-surface the damsel and bloodworm (red or olive) have both been very effective.
Open Day Scuppered by the weather - but we are hoping to re-book for May 19th so put that date at least provisionally in your diary!
Our Open Day should have been this Saturday 17th March but because of the kind of weather we've been having and because it's just never stopped raining we've had to cancel. We hope to re-arrange for mid May and will update as soon as we know more. The day was to be hosted by ourselves together with Vision, Hardy, Rio, Greys & Cortland. Disappointing but we'd have had to give out free wellies! The Lakes are open for fishing as usual and the water is pretty clear but the banks and car park wouldn't have stood the kind of footfall we get on Open Days. The field we use for overflow parking is just a puddle. Weather can only get better - we hope!!
Photo taken this afternoon and guess what - it was raining!
Fishing Report at Saturday 17th February
Once the ice had finally cleared we actually managed to get two days fishing. Friday fished really well on a range of patterns from zonkers and blobs but more especially on flashback hares ears and buzzer. Saturday was harder. Most of the day it was really cold but it warmed up nicely on the afternoon. We only had one angler left, see below but he had some great sport initially catching on an olive flashy lure and then on a dry fly. Brilliant afternoon for Jonathan Pannacchini below with one of the trout he took on a dry fly - the olive dun
We've got an Additional 10% Off our Fly Tying Sale - but only until the end of this month!
We've been having a huge clearance of fly tying materials. Real bargains with at least 33% off. Good quality materials and a chance to save yourself a lot of money. Due to stock taking we are reducing prices by an additional 10% until the end of February.
IMPORTANT - Use the Coupon Code xtra10 at checkout to get the extra 10% discount off our already reduced prices.
Some Examples but to see all got to our Anglers Lodge Website:-
Left: Stonfo Attractor Beads
Semi-soft hot colour beads. Tie in as normal or push over the eye of a finished fly. Easy. Were £2.80 reduced to £1.85 and now £1.67. (Use code: xtra10 at checkout).
Above Right: Futurefly Striped Rubber Legs
Whole range of colours available. Under 1mm in diameter and easily tied in. Size: 200mm. Pack Size: 40. Were £2.99 reduced to £1.99 and now £1.79. (Use code: xtra10 at checkout).
Fishing Report at Saturday 10th February
Due to weather conditions we've barely been open this week and only had four anglers fish. Three of the anglers did not a lot but the fourth, Ryan Barron from Coxhoe took seven trout in the short time he fished.
He had his first trout quickly and fairly deep down but then nothing until he noticed that the trout were swimming very close to the surface. He fished an olive & white worm about a foot down and in just three hours took seven trout. Made the day worthwhile!
Tackle Talk - Just arrived, the Rio In Touch Single Handed 3D Spey Line.
A floating line with 10ft of hover sinking and then 10ft of intermediate sinking at the front. Great for roll casting & single-handed Spey casts. Intro Offer - free backing with this line!
Go to our Anglers Lodge Website for more info or watch the video below...
Report at Saturday 3rd February
Patterns have changed again and now the red buzzer, bloodworm and cats whisker have become the trouts favorite food. The grey zonker has also done well and is always a winter favourite.
A few nice trout taken this week - image below is of Lance Roberts from Darlington who took his 31/2lb trout on a Grey Zonker. And then the image below Lance is of Derek Parker from Consett - sorry Derek mangled your photo - neither you nor the trout look too great!! Derek took a 3lb 15oz and a 3lb 10oz trout and returned others on a green and white lure.
Got a bit of snow down at the moment but it doesn't look as though it's going to last so fingers crossed for more good fishing this week.
Report at Saturday 27th January
Well not knock you over fishing but pretty good stuff and mainly on the black buzzer and hare's ear. Those who have cracked it and realised that lures weren't the trouts favourite snack have had some really good fishing. From our point of view it's just really good to be open for business again. It's unfortunate that our lakes, like most, are in the valley bottom - not good when the roads are icy. Hopefully we've seen the last of it at least for a while.
Dave's shoulder is getting better but slowly. He just didn't bounce and is now banned from climbing ladders - mind you he was already banned when he did it. Pest!! We're back to our usual winter opening times now - from 9 till 4 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday till clocks change.
Can I also mention our fly tying sale (well business has been quiet this January with this dreadful weather but still apologise for this cheeky advert)!!
Tackle Talk - This is the Biggest Fly Tying Sale we've had in 20 years here at the Anglers' Lodge.
See samples below of whats on offer, click individual images for more information. To see all Special Offers at 33% discount, (or more), then log on to the COMPLETE ANGLERS LODGE SALE
FLYBOX SQUIRMY MICRO TAILS - REDUCED from £2.50 to £1.65.
Material exactly as Squirmy legs but cut into short 20mm tails with round moulded ends. Approx 30 tails per pack.
When you really want your fly to go down these are ideal. Quality tungsten beads in strong colours. 20 tungsten beads per pack.
These kits are great value and ideal for the beginner or experienced tier alike. Kits includes tube fly tool, tubing, tubes and coneheads.
A bigger, more translucent biot. These are dyed to 'match the hatch'. Pack Size: 4 strips.
Top quality 1/8" rabbit zonker strips.
For more Special Offers at at least 30% discount visit our Anglers' Lodge Website
Photo taken Thursday 18th Jan - very pretty but what a nuisance!!
Saturday 13th January
Fishing is going very nicely and we are averaging over four a rod and since most anglers are on four hour tickets at this chilly time of year that's pretty good.
Best patterns are still the small imitative ones. Although anglers have caught on zonkers and blobs the anglers who have done best have caught on tiny black buzzers and hares ears. Still plenty of trout rising in spite of the cold.
The lakes have been open at last today. Some really good fishing and a 6lb 12oz taken by Dave Scott from Teesside on a Jack Frost ( white & red ). Just to mention that tomorrow is the last day we can post to you to arrive before Christmas so even for one of our gift vouchers get your order in before 3p.m. tomorrow. Shop & fishery open 9 to 4 tomorrow, Friday & Saturday then closed until the following Wednesday 27th.
Fishing this last week to Saturday 9th December
Not so many anglers out fishing and thats not too surprising considering the weather but we've had some really good sport and those that did fish really enjoyed it. Anglers averaged over 7 trout per rod over the last week - and considering most anglers were only fishing a four hour ticket that's pretty good fishing.
Snake flies, green & black or white & chartreuse like the one below were very effective as well as the olive zonker and the fluffcat. Still on either floating or intermediate lines.
Important - we are open our normal days throughout the holiday - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
The Fario Mini Snake
Fishing this last week to Saturday 2nd December
Not many anglers out fishing last week due to the moderate weather. Saturday was our only busy day but the anglers that came out were very well rewarded, half of them having a dozen or more trout. Very lively fishing in spite of the cold weather.
Jubilee's most effective cold weather pattern, the Cats Whisker, did the trick taking many of the trout caught while the Olive Bloodworm also worked well.
The weather has turned milder and the snow has gone and trout are moving on the surface today so hopefully plenty of action this coming week.
Fishing this last week to Saturday 18th November
Fishing a bit quiet this week mainly because the trout don’t seem too sure of what they want. They’ve been taking on patterns such as the zonker, cats whisker and damsel and the black beetle or black buzzer but to narrow it down a bit the olive bloodworm or the olive buzzer have definitely been the most effective and still fished on a floating line.
Alan Corr, top left, from Wingate took a 4lb rainbow on a black buzzer and Graham Caygill, top right, from Heighington took a 3lb 8oz also on the black buzzer. Brian Ridley, low left, from Bishop Auckland took a 3lb 1oz trout on a bloodworm and then Anthony Hauxwell, low right, from Staindrop had a great day. Anthony was fly fishing for the first time. He was on one of our ‘Bring a Beginner’ tickets being taught by his friend Steve Aldred. A few missed takes down the line Anthony managed to land two lovely rainbows weighing in at 4lb 4oz and 3lb 11oz, both on the olive buzzer. Great start and good luck Anthony!
Fishing this last week to Saturday 11th November
Pretty decent for most