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(Last updated: Saturday 23rd July)
Recent catches have slowed slightly as the water levels have dropped off a bit but some good catches, including some very good fish, have been made in the last fortnight and there are plenty of fish in the
system to keep anglers hopes up.
Recent catches from Bywell include Charlton Peters and Kevin Robinson who shared a brace of cracking salmon on fly last Friday. It was Kevin's first ever salmon - a nice 14lbs bar of silver to start on!
Mike Collier from Ponteland landed salmon of 12 and 13lbs and on fly on the main river and lost 2 others. Ben Thompson has been amongst fish too including an 8lb sea liced salmon and 6lb sea trout earlier in the week on fly.
Father and son team Nick and Matt from Nottingham were both newcomers to the sport when they visited Dilston recently but both picked up speycasting quickly and Nick was able to hook and land a nice sea trout of 4 lbs on fly. Two salmon were landed later on the same day.
John Williams enjoyed a day at Watersmeet landing salmon of 18lbs and 16lbs on fly and spinner commenting - A lot of big fish showing I guess to run the South Tyne as when it rose 8 inches it seemed they'd all disappeared when it fell back again.
Glyn Hall at Haughton Castle reports - Fluctuations in river levels have improved sport significantly over the last two weeks at Haughton with 14 sea trout and 8 salmon in the book. Notable catches include Mr Backhouse with 5 sea trout for his day, Mr Tulip with his first Tyne salmon, Roy Stewart with a fine salmon and a sea trout and regular visitor Jonathan Gingel who had a sea trout and lost a good salmon. Glen was lucky himself landing a couple of nice sea trout and then hooking into a 15lb salmon which led him a merry dance on the 8 weight Successful flies have been the Cascade , Ally Shrimp and Red Witch.
Barrie Matterson landed a good cock salmon on a red version of his Cascade that he caught springers on last year. Barrie said - It's good to be off the mark! It was well hooked and was not going to get off a strong fresh fish that had been running hard.
Tyne regular Stuart Rose emailed to say - Thought you may be interested in a fish that I hooked on Monday on the South Tyne. We estimated it as a good 30lb as it jumped when I hooked it. I played this fish (or it played me) for over 1 hour most of the time I was down to my backing it eventually came off leaving part of its mouth attached to my hook. Lost 2 other fish but managed a 5lb sea trout. A chap told me the following day that he landed a 22lb salmon from the same spot a few days earlier. and a pal of mine got broken and lost all his line a few years ago same spot.He says its a big fish holding pool. Can agree with that. Had I not seen the fish I would have said it was a 40lber.
Steve Harrison also reported - I had a really fat sealiced 10lb salmon on a tube fly on Tuesday, led me a merry dance out back of pool then back to weir and snagged up solid. I thought I'd lost it and pulled line free and it was still on! Released. I then hooked and played a large fish on my 12 foot #7 fly rod for over 5 minutes. Couldn't do much with this one, very heavy, hook eventually pulled loose. Was on a size 10 Wullies black shrimp (my mates pattern) and floating line with intermediate tip. Back again tomorrow night!
I landed a 21lb salmon from the North Tyne last week with a 15lb salmon and 4lb sea trout the same day all on fly
A quick glance at this year's returns shows many beats and clubs have enjoyed a very good June and July including NERAC who's members have landed 73 salmon (best fish 23lbs) and and 51 sea trout (best of 11lbs) from the main and South Tyne waters.
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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
If anyone would like to brush up their casting with Speycasting lessons from an AAPGAI Advanced instructor or guided fishing for this year I can be reached as above.
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.