This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Sunday 21st May)

The recent lack of rain has left the river very low and few anglers have been out. I have heard reports of fish seen and landed from the lower river around Wylam and Ovingham, and Bywell have landed the odd fish in the last two weeks. A few Sea trout have been caught on the main river between Corbridge and Hexham over the last few days with Barry Hudson landing early morning fish of 9 lbs and 3 lbs on a very small mepps and Glen Pattern landing one of 4 lbs on a stoats tail. All fish were very fresh and safely returned.
The EA report that the counter at Riding Mill is recording upstream movements of a mixture of salmon and sea trout with 284 recorded for May to Friday making a total of 465 for the year to then.
If we ever do get some proper rain then sport should pick up as runs of fish should increase over the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see what June brings this year after last year June's total of over 7,000 through the counter........ In the meantime local trout fisheries and rivers are fishing well with hatches of fly more prolific at this time of year and Mayfly should be making an appearance soon on one or two local streams.

The recently postponed Salmon and Trout Conservation UK meeting has now been rearranged for the evening of Wednesday 26th July, doors open at 6.30pm and the meeting starts at 7.00pm at the Northern Football Club – The McCracken Suite.
If you'd like to attend this free meeting please e-mail to find out more and confirm your attendance.
The agenda will include a range of speakers on:-
Salmon and sea trout exploitation: what do we want from changes to the regulations?
Kielder releases: the new how and why,
Catching more brown trout-increasing your river's productivity.

Finally please drop in and see the Angling Trust and Salmon and Trout Conservation Uk stand if you are at the Northumberland County Show bank holiday Monday. There'll be the chance to get hold of a rod and practice your casting for when we do get some water!

Please send reports and/or photographs of fish caught to or contact me on 07751644599 - reports are gratefully received and make this page a much better read for all.
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.
Anyone looking for Speycasting tuition or guided fishing from an AAPGAI advanced instructor can contact me at
Tight lines, Neil Lobban

Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Bywell 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Bywell 8lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

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