CRONKLEY and the Meadow have provided outstanding sport at Derwent Reservoir, southerly winds funnelling fish into this area and anglers reporting taking their 10-fish catch limit within two hours.
Mick Cothay netted a 5lb fish as part of his 10-fish limit for 17lb while Doug Pearson netted a 10lb 7oz and Keith Maxwell from Ovingham landed a £200 tagged fish at Millshield.
Caistron Lakes are fishing extremely well with good numbers of fish still fish on, or near, the surface.
Martin Black enjoyed good sport with Buzzers, Peter Jones landed a 7lb blue and Barry Todd had three for 13lb 4oz.
George Wind had a nice end to his season at Fontburn, taking seven rainbows to 4lb 8oz for 14lb from the North Shore Bay.
A Harvey netted the heaviest fish of the week with a 4lb 9oz rainbow from the Dam Wall and Sid Barnes landed a fine brace of rainbows including one of 3lb 8oz.
K Dobinson had five rainbows and a blue for 9lb 4oz.
Fishing at Kielder Water has finished for the season.
The sixth heat of the Fritz and Flies Festive Fun Competition was held at Chatton on Sunday with Trevor Wadds (already qualified) Malcolm Proudlock, Robbie Bell and Stu Younger taking the top places.
The next heat at the fishery will be on Saturday, December 1.
Graeme Taylor from Belford took an 11lb 4oz rainbow from Chatton Lake.
Other anglers who reported good catches included Gordon Swain from Dipton who caught 15; Ken Glenton from Ashington who caught 12; Malcolm Proudlock from Annfield Plain who returned 10 and Tommy Potts from Ashington who kept three and returned seven.
Eric Gassner from Belford kept three and returned six and Keith Burwood from North Shields kept four and returned four.
Ross Middleton from Sunderland safely returned a fully-finned rainbow to Sharpley Springs, where Ian Richardson from Langley Park returned one of 11lb 8oz and Jim Hall from Birtley took one of 10lb 2oz.
Dave Cardwell from Darlington netted a bag of 12, including a 10lb 9oz blue, and Dave Renshaw from Coundon netted 14.
Naworth has fished well to both fly and worm with most catches including trout of 5lb+ left over from the big fish week. The best catches of the week were made by E Harper with 12 to 16lb on fly, P McNeill with 24, including rainbows of 12lb 8oz, 10lb, 9lb and 8lb, all to fly, B McNeill 19 to 6lb on fly and P Huston 12 to 6lb on worm.
On Saturday, 22 anglers landed 53 fish in a qualifying heat of the Fritznflies competition organised by the England Internationalist Jim Tuck at Knitsley Mill.
Dave McKenna took top place, Howard Robison was second, Scott Nellins was third and Derek Parker was fourth. There will be another heat on Saturday, December 15.
The next monthly competition is on Saturday, December 1 with an 8am start.
The fish are still feeding just below the surface at Aldin Grange where Brian Dawson enjoyed good sport on nymphs and Buzzers.
Aldin Grange: Nymphs, Buzzers, Bloodworm, various dry flies.
Chatton: CdC patterns, Bloodworm, Cat’s Whisker, Black Buzzer, Skull Dug, Black Fritz, Diawl Bach, Yellow Dancer.
Derwent: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black and Peacock Spider, Black Fritz, Zulu.
Fontburn: Dawson’s Olive Cat’s Whisker.
Jubilee Lakes: Golden Yellow Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail Nymph.
Kielder: Black and Peacock Spider, Montana Nymph, Cat’s Whisker.
Knitsley: Dawson’s Olive, Olive Zonker, Bloodworm, Black Fritz.
Sharpley: Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear Emerger, Brown Waddams, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Damsels, Daddies.
Derwent: Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm, float-fished worm.
Fontburn: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in swimfeeder.
Kielder: Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm.