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andre
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« on: July 09, 2017, 04:08:03 PM »

The Venue:
Sweethope Loughs, two lakes, the Great Lough at 140 acres and the Little Loch at just 12 acres, these are the headwater of the Wansbeck River which cuts its way through the Northumbria countryside to the North Sea.

Weather:
A 'crisp' westerly that knocked the air temperature down a notch or two so despite the bright spells a fleece or light jacket was required out on the water.

The Anglers:
A small but dedicated band of eight stalwarts and one new member, (calm down Tony I got his ten quid). Tony S. The Chemical Twins, the Preston Pair, Dave and Phil, Tony B and the better half of the Leicester Lobwormers. We have by the way despatched a search party for the other half, last seen in a field in Wales, he's taken to wearing a kilt now - as I believe the sheep over there have got used to the sound of a zip !

The Fishing:
Chris the fishery owner afforded us a very warm welcome and with a little help from his 'support staff' (behind every good man there's a good woman), we were treated to bacon and egg butties with tea or coffee to set us up for the day. All of this and a three fish ticket for twenty five pounds - absolute bargain - this place is a little gem !

Tony B and Tony S had spent a couple of days practicing for the event but in the true spirit of the association they shared openly the tactics of the previous day. As the competition progressed it transpired that their advice was sound; thanks lads.

Damsels were abundant and most of us took fish on a variety of tied versions, the key today was actually depth, those that caught well got it crack on, others struggled yet afterwards it was established that all had been using the right combinations of line and fly patterns but obviously just not getting the presentation absolutely right. Tony B had it right from the start, his first fish, one of twelve, came to the net just 5 mins after launching, the weed beds to the left bank holding the fish and a little blue damsel on a midge tip doing the business.

Dave, Phil and Brian held steady for a good part of the day on the lodge bank, Brian took a fish early but sadly this was his only fish of the day. Dave plugged away all day, hooked a few, lost a few and had plenty of tugs but generally left the stock unharmed and un- troubled. The same cannot be said for Phil though, the fishery have since reported finding a 4lb plus fish with a lump on its head lying at the bottom of the lake - bloody bass bags (same make as the one Steve F had a couple of weeks ago). Again for Phil this was his only fish of the day.

The rest of the field made their way up to the top of the lake and there was certainly a good head of fish up there. All reported pulls and fish on/off. Damsels and Cormorants were the best fly patterns, intermediate of midge tip line to get the correct depth. Other odd patterns snagged an odd fish or two, Tony S took on a small white lure and yours truly skillfully outwitted one specimen on a Tequilla Blob.

The weigh in sorted the field with just over a pound separating 1st from fifth it was quite exciting on the scales !

A great days sport on one of the prettiest lakes in the country, if you never been, make the effort one day, you won't be disappointed.

Our thanks go to Chris and Tony B for hosting and organising the day, we will be back next year I'm sure.

Andre
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2017, 04:57:16 PM »

Succinct and very readable report Andre. You're beginning to get good at this aspect of your managerial role! Liked the bit about the kilt!

You should have delegated the report write to Tony B. I would love to have read it and tried translating it from Geordie - just like old times!?
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 10:06:41 PM »

Thanks to all who ventured north, shame the wind spoilt what could have been a memorable days fishing. At least we were not plagued by midges.
Special thanks to Tony S & Simon P on their first extended visit to Sweethope and Chris for the warm welcome, fishing and banjo's.
Its small consolation for those who got up at stupid o'clock to travel up and fish but one of the more accomplished locals only managed one fish on Saturday - he was in a boat.
First time I had tied and used blue lures and diawl bachs but they seemed to make a difference.
For the benefit of the erstwhile scribe, the snake man of old Hexham town had a bit of a whoopsie on his motor bike (bit of a theme there- looked like the man on the A68 was OKish but his bike 'cattled') which prevented his attendance.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 08:46:54 AM »

Thanks for the update Bonny Lad. Hope Dick recovers soon and gets his wheels refurbed!
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