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(Last updated: Saturday 3rd October)
The Tyne fishing seems to have mirrored the local football teams recently :- a promising August with plenty of new additions but disappointing September with a basic element missing. In the case of the football
a bit of fire and in the case of the salmon water!
We seem to have been living from Kielder release to Kielder release during September, a time when we hope the river to be full of aggressive sea-liced Salmon waiting to pounce on a well presented fly but the fishing has been challenging with anglers fishing over fish every day in almost every pool but finding taking fish harder to find. A mixture of crocs and fresher fish are being reported just now but plenty of successes have been enjoyed by persistent local and visiting anglers.Howard Gilbert from Colchester received a nice 60th birthday surprise from his family - 3 days Salmon fishing. His first ever try at fishing for Salmon resulted in two fish lost on the fly but I was happy to slip the net under a bristling coloured cock fish of about 9lbs, landed and safely returned from Dilston. Well done Howard! Fishing on the main Tyne Adam Brougham landed two fresh grilse of 4 lbs and 5 lbs on fly and had his hook straightened by a very big resident fish on the same morning. At the same time (last weekend) Andrew and Richard send their report from Warden :-
Saturday offered perfect fishing conditions we enjoyed good cloud cover and a Kielder release on the North Tyne
while the South Tyne benefited from a wee lift of fresh water that came in on the Friday which still gave us plus four inches
on the gauges for the Saturday. Fishing on the Boatside & Baddox Beat Eliot Clair had a great start to his day when he landed his first ever Salmon, a fish that was a good 20lb plus. He quickly followed this up with another Salmon of 18lb - it was the first time he had cast a double handed fly rod! On the Thistlerigg Beat the rest of the party had a slower start. Even though we covered plenty of fish that were running hard in the morning we had no offers. However things improved by late afternoon when Neil Perry caught a 7lb salmon on a red ally's shrimp fly which was safely netted. His luck was obviously in as his very next cast produced another fish of 8.5lb. Neil had been trying for a number of years to successfully net a Salmon and we were all delighted for him that he had eventually broken his duck. Next in line for some action was Anthony Brettel and Mike Harrison who each caught a Salmon, Anthony's fish was 11lb and Mike's 15lb. They were both absolutely over the moon as this was also the first time they had fished for Salmon and both fish were caught using double handed fly rods.On Sunday, Eliot scored again with a fish of 8.5lb on fly from Thistlerigg before it got very warm and bright which seemed to put an end to any further action. All the fish were safely returned to continue their journey.
On the same Kielder release I landed a very fresh Salmon of 9lbs from the North Tyne near Chollerford on fly.
Earlier in the week fishing with me on the main North and main Tyne Philip Macwalter landed and returned cock fish from Chollerton and Jonathan Wright landed a very fresh grilse on fly from Dilston. Also reported was Jenny Lansdale's fresh 4lbs sea trout from Snabdough and Harry McVeigh sent me a picture of a cracking 20lb fish he caught earlier in September from the main river - see pictures.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send any reports, pictures or thoughts you would like included on your Tyne fishing to email@example.com
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 I can be reached as above.
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.