(Last updated: Wednesday 17th September)
Last week saw catches improve slightly but we are still waiting for some fresh water to really give us the high standard of salmon fishing expected on the Tyne at this time of year.
The system is holding fish and most of the better pools have decent numbers of fish in them but many are coloured and difficult to tempt and many are sea trout.
The week began with very low water but despite this fish were caught.
Simon Evans' party of rods fished Chesters for the week and with -4 inches on the gauge on Monday managed 2 salmon and 3 sea trout. Their catches slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday with only a salmon landed as the river dropped even further but a Kielder release on Wednesday evening rose levels to 6 inches on Thursday resulting in 3 salmon and 3 sea trout landed Thursday, 2 salmon and 2 sea trout Friday and another salmon and 2 sea trout Saturday. Simon writes " Of note were Keith Wallingtons first salmon after a life spent chasing trout. It was 14lb (weighed) and took a 12 Bann shrimp in Plain tree Runner.
We fished hard, pre-dawn starts, after dusk finishes with a few easy hours in the middle of the day, but interestingly 14 of the 16 day caught fish were caught between 7am and 8.30 am and 6.30 and 7.30pm".
Other notable catches this week were Ben Thompson with a 12lb salmon on fly from the lower North Tyne, John Williams who landed a fresh 8lb salmon on fly from Eltringham, Dennis Hambleton with a 7lb cock fish carefully returned on the main Tyne, Phil Gordon who's persistence paid off with fly caught salmon on Friday and Saturday from the main Tyne, and Ross Middleton who landed a salmon from NERAC water at Widehaugh. Several other fish were landed from this beat this week with Phil Briscoe amongst the fish with three salmon in one day.
Fish were caught from most beats between the bottom of the main river to the middle beats of the North Tyne and many more fish were hooked and lost.
South Tyne rods do not benefit from Kielder water and conditions have been very tough of late with night time sea trouting anglers' best bet of sport.
The EA counter at Riding Mill had counted 1240 upstream movements for the first 11 days of September by which time the total for the year stood at 18,726. Fresh water in the form of rain would be expected to improve these numbers considerably.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in details of catches - it is very much appreciated. Please continue to let me know of your Tyne angling adventures at email@example.com or on 07751644599.
Any angler successful in landing a Tyne fish (retained or released) is encouraged to send scale samples to the EA - details and sample packets from Morton Heddell-Cowie : call 0191203 4140 or email Morton.Heddell-Cowie@environmentagency.gov.uk Tight lines,
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.
March, Beat Bywell and Styford has the lions share of the catches and some great fresh fish as well.
April, fish started to move above the fish pass and Dislton picked away, Chesters faired well.
May, the North Tyne beats have had cracking sport, Chesters, Haughton castle,
June started very well, will all beats catching fish. As at anytime of the year some beats did better than other. Countess Park
had some great fishing and great sport.
The last couple of weeks have not faired as well, due to high temperatures, no rain and no real Kielder release.
However some lovely fish have been caught but out of office fishing hours of 9am-5pm, i.e. 4-9am!!
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