Busy days ahead of salmon season

Lots going on, another busy week fishing and that is before the salmon season starts at the beginning of next month.

I was at Chatton fishery coaching earlier in the week, it was bright and the lakes were flat calm. The water is still clearing, but that did not stop trout coming to the net from all corners.

Successful flies we used and saw catching fish were mainly black lures, bloodworms and various zonkers.

Another day saw me helping a beginner at Whinney Loch. It was a cool day with a couple of light, short snow flurries. There was a slight ripple on the water and, although the guy was more interested in learning how to cast, he still managed to catch a blue trout and several rainbows.

Trout were quite difficult to hook using small flies, but as soon as anglers around the lake put on a damsel or any olive-coloured lure pattern, they were catching fish very regularly. Some buzzers, small bugs and even a small foam beetle caught the occasional trout.

On Sunday, I popped up to Chatton to fish for an hour or two and to see how the heat of the winter league competition was progressing.

It was cold with no wind and after lunch the snow began to drift across from the Cheviots. Nineteen rods fished the competition and they caught a total of 83 fish.

Everyone caught, but the overall winner on the day with 10 fish was John Anderson, second with seven trout was Brian Davies.

I caught on both the Dunnydeer and Ross lake. One guy I saw caught a lovely 12lb fish from the Dunnydeer lake using a small wet fly just below the surface.

Other successful flies that I used and saw catching fish by others were black zonkers, black buzzer, small black dries and a variety of lures and mini lures.

South Linden has had a good week too, 30 anglers caught over 100 trout. The best bag was nine trout and the heaviest fish was 8lbs. Their bait lake also fished well and produced a number of fish over three pounds.

Looking forward, it is not long now before I shall be including reports about how the salmon anglers are fairing on our local rivers. Everyone will be after a beautiful spring salmon, less than three weeks to wait.

A date for your diary, April 27: Lucy Bowden is organising a fund-raising competition for Help The Heroes at Chatton fishery from 1-5pm. The entry fee is £25, which includes anglers keeping two fish and a hog roast afterwards. There will also be an auction and raffle. If you wish to participate, contact Lucy by email lucy@fishingforeveryone.com or ring 07890519392.

On the same day, Westwater Angling and Hallington Reservoir are having an open day where tuition and a variety of fishing-related topics are being covered free by Ken Muter. To book a place and to get any further details, please ring 01434 681405.

Finally, congratulations to Jimmy Brown from Etal. I gave Jimmy some help with his fishing technique and advice on fly selection recently. Last week, he phoned me to tell me he had been to Chatton, caught four trout, one of which was a beauty of over 14lbs, easily his biggest trout ever. Very pleased for him and it’s a super reward for his enthusiasm and all the effort Jimmy puts into his fishing.

Fishing is not all about catching big fish or many fish, but it is exciting to have days that we will never forget and will remain in our memory for ever.

As always can I invite anyone with any news or successes, or anyone who is needing advice or tuition to contact me through my website www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk

By Bob Smith