Good news on new-year costs

The Northumbrian Anglers Federation is keeping the prices of its season tickets the same for the 2013 season.

However, prices for a one-day and seven-day trout permit have been markedly reduced. A one-day trout permit is reduced from £50 to £20, and a seven-day permit is down from £140 to £80.

Other exciting news for trout anglers is that there will be more bigger trout stocked next season. Last season saw trout stocked at between nine and 11 inches.Next season, the river will be stocked with 11 to 13-inch trout. Roll on March.

Visitor salmon permits are to be reduced from three options to two. Visitors will either have to buy a one-day or seven-day permit, the two-day option will no longer be available.

Sunday morning was bright, fairly mild and the water had a lovely ripple for the fishing of the Eddie Brown Memorial Competition at Chatton Trout Fishery.

Thirty-eight anglers fished the competition, catching a total of 135 trout, which were all released.

The winner, with 14 trout, was Alec Bowler from Ayr, who was presented with the cup and £300. Second was Drew Dickson from Hawick, and third was Kevin Andrews, who is also from Ayr.

The competition ran very smoothly and congratulations to all the participants, organisers and helpers.

Apart from the competition at Chatton, anglers have found the fishing in all the lakes to be good throughout the week, the best bag was 17 trout.

I fished at Whinney Loch for two hours on Saturday and there was a good ripple on the water. One guy had 12 fish before lunch-time and he was using a Damsel-type fly.

Other successful flies that I saw catching were a black bloodworm and black fritz.My eight fish were caught using a size 12 white buzzer and the same-size stalking bug.

The weather is predicted to be mild with showers. To all those who can find the time to cast a line, enjoy. Can I wish the compliments of the season to everyone, I do hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

This weekly column will bring all the latest news from the region’s still waters and rivers. Can I invite anyone with news, who has been particularly successful, or needs advice or tuition to contact me through my website www.bobsmith