(Last updated: Thursday 23rd October)
After last weeks long list of action this week has proved a little quieter but some good fishing has still been enjoyed.
The system was at a good height for the main Tyne at the start of the week and most beats around Bywell, Corbridge, Hexham and the lower North Tyne caught fish during the first half of the week.
Amongst the fish were Ian Colqhoun with a salmon on fly from Corbridge, Phil Gordon with a fresh fish from Riding Mill on fly, and Audrey Spence with a 17lb salmon on spinner from the same stretch. On the same day Chesters rods on the lower North Tyne enjoyed 6 fish including a 21lb salmon. Ken Milner landed and returned an 8lb salmon on spinner and Ross Middleton landed and released a fish estimated at 20lbs on a single handed fly rod at Widehaugh on the main Tyne. Paul Venner landed two salmon on fly both of which were fresh and Aidan McGinnity fishing the Northumberland Anglers Federation waters landed and returned an 11lb hen fish on a Cascade tube fly.
As levels fell away, Bywell rods had a good day with 9 salmon landed on Tuesday and 5 the following day.
Rises from the South Tyne lifted levels towards the end of the week and catches dropped as fish ran hard through the main Tyne beats on perfect looking water which was very frustrating for many anglers - yours truly included!
One angler with a day to remember on Saturday though, was Dave Gordon from South Yorkshire who after many years of trying, hooked and landed his first salmon on the fly. The fish was estimated at 14lbs. It was slightly coloured, carefully photographed and returned by a very chuffed Dave. The fish was netted by his brother to a huge sigh of relief from onlookers - a tense moment indeed and thank goodness it wasn't "lost at the net"!
In the last two days and on the recent lift of water, large numbers of fish, some fresh and some of them big, have been reported ascending Hexham weir so fingers crossed that as levels settle the fishing will improve again.
The EA report that up until 10 am on the 16th October 4,970 fish had been counted moving upstream through the pass at Riding Mill during October, making a total for the year to then of 28,721.
Please let me know of your Tyne angling adventures at email@example.com or on 07751644599.
Any angler successful in landing a Tyne fish (retained or released) is encouraged to send scale samples to the EA - details and sample packets from Morton Heddell-Cowie :- call 0191203 4140 or email Morton.Heddell-Cowie@environmentagency.gov.uk
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.