(Last updated: Saturday 8th March)
Rods have reported 21 spring salmon from the Tyne to date, 19 of these have come from pools below the Riding Mill fish pass.
Bywell have caught 7 salmon to 20lb this past week, the large springer was caught by Dean McAllister in the Pipeline Pool, the successful fly was a black and yellow Monkey. Michael Mason landed a 13.5lb fish at Millers and Paul Grewcock enjoyed his visit catching salmon of 12, 12 and 13lb, these were caught on a Posh Tosh.
Ed Robbins successfully landed a 14lb salmon in Broomhaugh on a Willie Gunn, Captain Hanmar brought a 17lb fish to the net fishing a Green Highlander variant and Corker Haywood followed with a 12.5 lb. salmon fishing a Black and Gold tube fly.
On the opposite bank at Styford, Rob Glover caught a 9lb which carried sea lice as did many of the fish reported this week, Vic Wilson landed a 12lb fish on the same day. Staying at Styford Gilbert Fenwick brought a liced fish in and Toni Buckley also landed a 13lb salmon during the same session.
Another sea liced salmon was caught by Peter Guy at Eltringham; this was a cracking fish which weighed 16lb.
A 17lb salmon was caught from a beat above Corbridge. The river is still on the high side for good fishing, however this higher water is encouraging fresh fish to enter the Tyne, as indicated by the high proportion of sea liced fish caught. The catch rate has been affected by the prevailing high water conditions and the relatively few days when there was a decent chance of a fish.
© A Pollard
08 March 2014
The 2013 season opened in what was an extension of winter with water temperatures falling below 5 degrees on the 10th January and remaining below this level until early April. These temperatures were
unattractive to salmon as demonstrated by the fact that only 6 fish ascended the fish pass by the end of March the same period in 2012 recorded 198 upstream counts. This was reflected in spring catch returns
with one good spring beat reporting 9 fish for this year which was well down on the 47 reported last year.
From the cold spring the river temperature swung to the other extreme when river temperatures exceeded 20 degrees on the 8th July. Conditions in the estuary became critical for fish and a number of mortalities occurred, fortunately the estuarine water quality has greatly improved since secondary treatment began in 2000 at Howden Treatment Works and such events are less frequent. The Environment Agency arranged two reservoir releases to alleviate the situation, these releases combined with a change in the weather encouraged fish to run and they did.
Encouraging fish movement in June July and August totalled 22,868 upstream counts; this gave many beats some good sport, although this abundance of fish was not always reflected in the catches.The late season counts were lower than normal, the overall count for the year is quite good with 31,616 recorded up to the 20th December, and this count is above the 5 year average count of 31,087.
Some beats reported catches above the average, others particularly in the Tyne were well below average.
Highlights include the catch of a 34lb salmon from the North Tyne and one rod on the Lower Tyne landing 10 salmon and 1 sea trout in a days fishing.
Overall salmon catches are expected to be near average in 2013, the year may well be remembered as a good spawning year as indicated by the Kielder Hatchery which completed its egg collection earlier than usual and the number of good redds seen in the catchment which bodes well for the future.