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(Last updated: Monday 20th February)
The Tyne has suffered from fluctuating levels over the first weeks of the season but although few in number so far, the Spring fish that have been landed have been of superb quality. As far as I am aware the
first fish was landed on Friday 3rd February by Liam Larkin. The fish was caught on fly above Corbridge and weighed in a weigh net at around 25lbs. The scale samples read later showed that the fish was indeed a
3/4 sea winter spring fish - a cracking start to the season Liam!
Bywell had an 8lb Spring fish days later and I heard of a couple of fish reported from Northumberland Anglers Federation waters and one lost. The river then went quiet with levels unstable but on Wednesday Malcolm Patterson, also fishing above Corbridge on the main river, landed another stunning Spring fish on a home tied Willie Gunn tube fly fished off a floating/inty line with slow sink tip. This fish took in fairly fast water in the neck of the pool with a tremendous thump and was eventually measured at 37 inches long with a girth of over 20inches - estimated at over 20lbs. Malcolm was elated to say the least and is also waiting on scale sample readings to hear of the fish's history but if you want to see what a Tyne springer and Malcolm's grin look like check out :-https://www.facebook.com/tyneflyfishing/
Bywell were back into fish on Saturday with two fish landed - the best of 15lbs, and another fish was landed on the Federation water below Bywell of 15lbs on a Willie Gunn Snelda fly fished off a sink 2 line also on Saturday.
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Tight lines, Neil Lobban
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