Life is busy at the moment

I fished for four days this last week and had two meetings both angling related, so time flies, writes Bob Smith.

I took a trip to Hexham to meet Charles to give him my final ideas for his new web pages for Hexham Racecourse Trout Fishery.

This is a super small lake set within the racecourse and it has lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

The plan is to open the lake for fishing shortly after the race meeting in mid March 2014. It will be stocked with brown, rainbow and blue trout and anglers will have another venue to fish on the doorstep.

Another day saw me catching up with a friend in Alnwick, who was up fishing the Tweed. Paying lots of money for the beat and only catching a couple of salmon did not fill him with much enthusiasm, especially as the fish were heavily coloured.

I journeyed north to Chatton afterwards where I fished for an hour.

There was a good ripple on the water and fish were coming to the anglers’ nets fairly regularly. The trout I caught took a gold-ribbed hare’s ear and I saw it turn as it tightened my line. It must have been swimming only about two feet below the surface, but it soon dived much deeper and fought well before I returned it.

Two days later I was back again with Jimmy, my friend from Etal.

There was a light breeze which saw the trout rising, especially in Ross Lake.

Jimmy caught his fish on the bibio fly, and mine came to black and peacock spider, F fly and klinkhammers.

The average size of the fish at Chatton seem to be getting bigger and consequently they are really bending anglers’ rods for longer.

Another angler caught and returned a beautiful 12lb brown trout which took a hopper.

Brown trout were definitely on the menu because another brown weighing 11lbs was caught and released last week.

The heaviest trout of the week was a rainbow weighing 15lbs, this fish took a minkie lure and came from Ross Lake.

Chris, my fly-tieing friend from Northampton, was visiting over the weekend.

He fished the Whiteadder which had a little water in, around eight inches, and was running very clear. Chris never had a pull from a fish, but we did see both salmon and sea trout in very shallow water.

We stayed overnight at Whinney Loch which is close by and fished there on Sunday morning. The wind had dropped and it was great to take photographs of the loch showing the reflections of the surrounding woodland and the autumnal colours.

Fish were rising and Chris caught using small-size pheasant-tail nymphs and I got my trout on dry flies. Chris is good company, we had a terrific laugh, and a little port and whisky to help us sleep.

Saturday, November 23, will be the competition heat of the winter league at Chatton.

The competition will be fished on Chatton Lake only, leaving Ross and Dunnydeer lakes for the rest of us to enjoy.

The following day the Ladies Club meets at the same venue at 9.30am, but their fishing will not interfere with the regular rods that will be there. All three lakes will be open to all.

Next week I shall be at Caistron as well as coaching on the Whiteadder river and at Chatton. Caistron reports the lake is fishing well with Dawson’s and cat’s whisker patterns being successful.

The best fish last week was a terrific blue trout which weighed 7lbs. It put a wide smile on the face of the angler who landed it.

Life at the moment is busy and almost perfect, hope it is the same for everyone.