Sweethope Lough is a renowned Northumbrian stillwater located between Knowesgate, Kirkwhelpington and Ridsdale in the Northumberland hills. When you mention Sweethope Lough fly fisherman will tend to think of large, hard fighting rainbow trout. The fishery is well regarded in the angling press and has a loyal customer base from across the North East, Cumbria and Southern Scotland.
I first visited Sweethope Loch in 1990. I hoped to catch a 15lb Rainbow Trout. Since then I have visited the fishery in Northumberland on more occasions than I could remember. I am still to land a monster trout but have amassed more blanks than I would wish. I have fished both boat and bank, tried dries and wets, fast sinkers and floaters, retrieved quickly and slowly but am yet to figure out how to catch fish regularly at Sweethope Loch.
Has anyone any tips to help me get the best from a trip to the Wannies?