Heavy snow halts fishing

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Minus seven and fishing! It has been a cold week and now the snow, writes Bob Smith.

I was coaching at Chatton just before the snow landed, there was little wind thank goodness as the thermometer was reading minus seven degrees.

The main lake basin was ice free because there were two aerators going flat out. Ross and Dunnydeer lakes were frozen.

Our casting lesson went fine apart from the rod rings icing up, but that is easily remedied.

At the same time, regular angler at Chatton, Matty Devine, was really enjoying himself. He worked out the system for the conditions and caught trout regularly.

Matty was using an intermediate fly-line and two flies. On the point, he had a heavier lure and on the dropper, there was a red diawl bach. Of the12 fish he caught, 10 were on the smaller lighter diawl bach and only two were on the lure.

Hats off to you Matty, firstly for enduring the conditions for six hours and secondly for being so successful.

Whinney Loch fished well before the snow arrived. The water continues to be ice-free and the fish are not deep.

The usual lures accounted for the majority of the fish, bloodworm, cats, dawsons and damsels.

However, one angler got his full bag using a small wet bibio fly. It just goes to show that the smaller traditional flies can do the business too.

With the arrival of the heavy snowfall, both Chatton and Whinney Loch are closed as I write this. Please ensure that you telephone the fisheries before you set off so that you know the waters are ice-free and that you can get there.

Another date for your diary is March 28, it is the Ashington Kingfishers Spring Social Evening at the Fell em Doon Club in Ashington.

They have invited Dave Downie to do fly-tying demonstrations and Sonic Fishing Tackle will have a display too. There will be a buffet and raffle and entry is free to anyone who wishes to go along. The evening will start about 7.15pm.

It is an important year for the Kingfishers, as they are celebrating 25 years since they were first formed. They have planned a special calendar of events for the year, but more of that in the weeks to come. Watch this space.

The Game Angling Instructors Association, (GAIA) is holding an event at South Linden Trout Fishery, at Longhorsley. The event will take place over two days on April 20 and 21.

There will be fly-casting tuition (free) and fly-tying demonstrations, as well as some fun and games.

Each day starts at 9.30am and lasts until 4pm. All under 16s get free entry, otherwise it is £10 per day or £15 for a two-day pass.

Other details can be obtained from the fishery or Kevin Dawson. I will post another reminder about this weekend closer to the event.

Hopefully, the snow will disappear soon and the roads will be open for anglers to get to their venues and cast a line. I have lessons booked so fingers crossed and reports next week.

Can I invite anyone with any news, events, or wants advice or tuition, please contact me via my website www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk or ring 01670 514086.