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(Last updated: Wednesday 18th November)
Well as almost everyone I've spoken to has commented recently - "as soon as the season ends we get water!" , and yes, its hardly stopped raining since the last week of the season. The river has been in spate for
nearly two weeks with levels of over 12ft recorded at Bywell on the main river and Haydon Bridge on the South Tyne.
With around 45,000 fish counted through the pass since January and pools full of fish during September and October many anglers have also been asking me why catches were in the main poor, particularly for the months of September and October. In short it was fishy but not catchy!
I can only give my opinion based on the many hours I spent on the river this year but it seemed that the low water meant that fish were spending a long time in the lower river and estuary and colouring up whilst they did so. This meant that when they eventually ran the river they were already coloured, thinking of other things and difficult to catch. Although there were rods out, nevertheless, I also think that rod pressure was understandably down due to low water and less catches being made, meaning local anglers were less likely to be lining the banks on a daily basis. Less rods means less fish caught and less fish caught means less rods out so it goes...............
Whilst another difficult season was not what we wanted after last year there were certainly numbers of fish about and we all hope that this will bode well for future runs when hopefully catching conditions will be better for all.
On a brighter note the Spring fishing produced some superb fish again this year and the runs of sea trout in July and August were very healthy indeed and produced some excellent fishing for rods prepared to forgo the traditional 9-5 salmon fishing hours and continue into dusk and darkness, particularly when there was a drop of fresh water about. Some rods enjoyed spells of good fishing with some memorable days and fish caught and there were lots of salmon virgins who caught their first ever fish while fishing the Tyne this year. As already mentioned September and October were like most other rivers plagued by low water but there were plenty of fish to be seen if not easily caught. It was heartening to hear of some catches being made in the final week however, when some water did arrive, and top billing goes to local rod Tom Robinson who finished his season on a high by landing a 25lb cock fish on fly on the 30th October at Corbridge - let's hope we can all have a share in Tom's luck next season.
Now that double handers are away and tying vices are out hopefully we can also get out for a cast or two for a grayling - when the rain stops!
Tight lines and best wishes,
PLEASE NOTE - 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.
An example of the feedback I received from the EA scale readings for one fish this year is on the prospects page - I think it makes an interesting read!
Please send any reports, pictures or thoughts you would like included on your Tyne fishing to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07751644599 - reports are gratefully received and make this report a much better read for all.
If anyone would like information on Speycasting lessons from an AAPGAI Advanced instructor or guided fishing for next year I can be reached as above.
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.