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(Last updated: Friday 26th June)
Recent catches have struggled a bit due to low water but fish are still running the river and sea trout in particular are showing at dusk. The EA counter at Riding Mill had recorded 1800 counts for the month to
18th June making 2650 for the year which compares favourably with the ten year and five year averages of 2,880 and 2,557.
Recent successes include Linda Blair who was hosting a ladies day at Bywell and caught her first Salmon on the fly at 8lbs.
Stuart Rose lost two salmon within 10 minutes on fly at Dilston but Glyn Hall got Haughton castle's numbers off the mark with 2 Salmon of 11 and 10 lbs caught on fly - a size 10 currys shrimp, using his usual sea trout set up in low water after a 3 inch lift on the North Tyne.
NERAC members have reported fish from their main Tyne beat :- Ross Middleton 2 sea trout on fly, Barry Foster 3 sea trout on fly one of which was 8lbs, Stephen Hutchinson a sea trout on fly and Larry Thompson a 5lb sea trout on a Mepps. The majority of these have been caught at dusk or first light on small flies.
TAS members have been amongst fish too with a 20lb salmon caught and and carefully returned on fly at Bardon Mill on the South Tyne by Bernard Westgarth and a fresh sea trout caught at Wylam on fly. Members have reported seeing salmon in the Rede too.
Earlier in the month Stewart Binns caught a 10lb salmon at Chesters but 45 minutes later broke his thumb - meaning no fishing for a few weeks!
Another angler fishing Chesters on June 8th commented "The owner of the beat, Mr George Benson, kindly met me on arrival and showed me the beat. He gave me good advice on the best pools to fish. A wonderful beat and would definitely book again. Catch details: One 14lb Salmon caught on the fly - 1" gold bodied willie gunn tube. Caught at the upper island pool."
Fishing the main Tyne at dusk Adam Brougham landed a very fresh sea trout on fly and I managed one also on fly two nights later from the same beat.
Work is due to begin on a new fish pass at Hexham this week which will hopefully ease the passage of all migratory species. Whilst seeing salmon leap the weir is certainly a tourist attraction and spectacular to watch it is not in the best interests of the fish.
The Environment Agency is asking anglers to send in a few scales from the fish that they catch. The scales contain information that can 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 we collect at Riding Mill. If you would like further details about scale sampling please contact the environmental monitoring team on either 0191 203 4140 or email@example.com.
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I look forward to seeing you out on the riverbank and wish you luck in your pursuit of these special fish on the Tyne in 2015.
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.