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(Last updated: Wednesday 19th October)
A drop in temperatures seems to have stirred some fish into action recently but fresh fish are still very thin on the ground. The river has a head of fish in the pools but the vast majority are coloured now
although the odd fresh salmon has been caught and there have been some late running fresher sea trout too.
Recent succeses include Russ Worden who visited from Los Angeles this week and had his first try at fishing with a double handed rod. Russ landed his first two salmon on fly on the same day - a cock fish of 13lbs and later in the day a hen fish of 15lbs. Both fish took a simply red fly and were carefully returned on Dilston.
Tod Yeadon from Gosforth landed a fresh sea trout on fly this week from the North Tyne - safely returned.
Also landing his first ever fish on fly was Ed Ford who landed a nice sea trout on fly from the lower South Tyne. Ed was fishing as part of a very successful charity event in early October which was hosted by Warden fishing and NERAC and was supported by several local guides. Rods visited to enjoy fishing the Tyne system from far and wide including Scotland, the South of England, Finland and Norway as well as some local anglers getting in on the act - and landing fish (Brian Irwin)! A lot of fun was had, plenty of salmon were landed, new friendships were made and money was raised for 3 very deserving charities. Plans are already being made for next year so watch out for an opportunity to join in a great couple of days.
Also landing his first ever salmon on fly, and his first fish for 50 years since fishing as a boy with his father, was John Hackett. John landed a 10lb hen salmon from the South Tyne and carefully returned it - with a huge grin on his face!
Other fish landed recently include Guy Broome who landed a fresh cock grilse about 6 lb from Williamston on the South Tyne on a junction shrimp with white wing tied from his springer spaniel's leg fur.
George Szymborski hooked his first sea trout of the season and landed a 3 1/2lb fish from Redeswood on the North Tyne on a claret shrimp fly. A little later on the same day his son Justin hooked a good fish whilst handling a red allys shrimp fly. After a strong fight he landed a 13 1/2lb hen salmon his biggest of the season so far. Justin comments - I'm having a great season on the Tyne system and have now had three double figure salmon, all on fly, in 4 days on the water which for me is exceptional.
Recent highlights from Chollerton - Gordon Williams catching his first ever migratory fish, a 6lb Sea Trout on a fly, Mr John Browne/Swinburne landing an 8lb Salmon on a "Northumbrian Sheriff " fly that Ghillie Johnny Griffiths had invented for him as he was the High Sheriff of Northumberland previously as his Son William Browne/Swinburne is now the present Sheriff of Northumberland. The fly is tied in the traditional Northumberland colours. Chollerton also had a visit from Andrew Flitcroft editor of The Trout and Salmon magazine this week. Andrew hooked and landed an 18lb cock Salmon which was returned safely. Lots of coloured fish with the occasional fresh one showing in the the river recently.
From Haughton Castle -the record sheets show a total of 22 salmon and grilse and 11 sea trout caught on on the Haughton beats in September. Visiting rods were among the fish with Mr Jacobson, Palmer and Long netting a salmon and sea trout a piece. Tim Foster up from London did very well for his 4 visits catching a total of 10 salmon and a sea trout the best of which was a brand new 15lber.
Finally NERAC rods continue to enjoy a productive season with 219 salmon and 171 sea trout reported. Recent catches have included two very large fish from a deep holding pool on the South Tyne with one weighed in the net at 30lbs by Phil Briscoe - a very experienced angler, and another lost at the net estimated to be a little larger. Another fish was caught on fly on a small ally's shrimp by Rob Maguire and weighed at 29lbs. All fish were returned carefully. NERAC catches have been too numerous to list individually but also of note was Oliver Falk from Newcastle who landed salmon of 6 lbs, 9lbs, 15lbs and 16lbs all on fly in a two hour session on the South Tyne near Melkridge.
Please send reports and/or photographs of fish caught to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07751644599 - reports are gratefully received and make this page a much better read for all.
PLEASE NOTE - The Environment Agency is asking anglers to send in a few scales from the fish that they catch including kelts. The scales contain information that can be described as a biography of a fish's life history and growth rates and by examining the scales under magnification we can infer the age of the fish. The age data that is collected from scales adds detail to the counter and video data collected at Riding Mill. For details on our salmon scale research click here.
Tight lines, Neil Lobban
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.