Andy Grabham, from Stockton, caught 22 fish on nymphs, including Olive Damsel
Tom Russell jnr from Earlston had a great session, catching 15 fish, including a 9lb brown trout; Rob Frame from West Denton and Tom Snowdon from Cramlington each caught 14; Robert Hopper from Durham caught 13; Julian Bales from Wooler caught 12 and A Byers from Bonchester Bridge kept four and returned five using buzzers and damsel
The best fish of the week has been a 9lb rainbow taken from the bank at Cocks Close - a fish that fell for a Damsel
Nymph fished on a floating line.
As written, she's merely a fantasy figure, a damsel
in distress for our heroic geek to save and thus empower all those powerless adolescent boys in the audience who don't get to go to the prom with a porn star.
All the trappings of fantasy are here: a feisty damsel
in distress, treachery and betrayal, narrow escapes, villains who tend to blather on about their villainy (thus setting themselves up for defeat) and of course the heroes who overcome impossible odds.
Top tactic: Floating lines and an ultra-slow retrieve of GRHE, Damsel
, olive and buzzer nymphs.
It was a great chance to stretch my performance abilities to play an empowered action-hero and not your average damsel
25lb and most caught near the dam on damsel
nymph or black tadpole pattern flies.
Paul Bell from Fenham returned 10 trout caught on an Olive Damsel
The Middlesbrough ace caught the smaller one on an orange and brown Damsel
pattern and then on the next cast tempted the bigger one on the same fly.
Our distressed damsel
is a poor, plain and not very bright 18-year-old New Hampshire-ite named, well, Alice.
nymph variations accounted for rainbows of 6-14, 6-8 and 6-1 in a week that saw 82 anglers log 341 fish (av 4.