(Last updated: Sunday 2nd November)
The last week of the 2014 season finished with Lambley breaking their biggest fish record and the North and South Tynes full of fish but frustratingly hard to catch.
The Kielder release water dropped out of the system but rises from both North and South Tynes meant that fish were running hard through many main river beats although Bywell, Styford and Dilston rods did manage to pick up a few fish. High winds made angling difficult with leaves a problem on a couple of days but Chesters and Haughton Castle also recorded salmon on the North Tyne and Chollerton a sea trout. With water from the Rede raising levels many fish were running hard on the North Tyne too and very hard to intercept although rods higher up in the Bellingham area did enjoy some good sport.
Top Fishtyne beat of the week however was Lambley at the top end of the South Tyne. Many anglers have reported very large numbers of fish in the area around Haltwhistle and Alston in the last weeks of the season and Jim Slasor writes of their record fish this week:-
"The fish was caught by guest Mike McCaffrey from Powys on size 8 Irish pattern orange ally shrimp in Birches run. The fish was videoed and measured at 39" which equates to 25lbs 6oz on the sturdy scale - a coloured cock which was returned. We had 18 fish in the last 2weeks. Next season we are offering free fishing to guests booking & staying in accommodation up to June 30th - we have recorded salmon as early as may 10th".
EA brood stock collection will begin this week and there should be plenty of fish for this if levels are helpful.
Although angling has been frustrating at times this season due to the same low water conditions suffered across the country, a head of fish should have made it to the spawning redds and will hopefully ensure healthy runs of fish for the future.
I will be compiling a brief season review over the next week or so - please send any reports or thoughts you would like included to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07751644599.
Many thanks and best wishes to everyone for the close season
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.