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(Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August)
The Tyne has enjoyed excellent runs of fish in recent weeks with over 7,000 running in June, nearly 10,000 in July and up to 16th August a further 3009 making a total of 20,819 upstream counts recored by the EA
at Riding Mill this year so far.
Consequently when water has been kind, some good catches have been made throughout the whole system. These catches have included beats on the upper South Tyne like Lambley who's rods recorded 20 salmon over 3 days recently with 13 caught on one bumper day to a mixture of fly and spinner. Amongst the fish at Lambley was Malcolm Patterson who landed his first ever salmon which weighed about 9lbs and lost another at the net on the same day estimated at close to 20lbs.
Also with a recent first salmon was Eugene Burzler who landed his fish on fly from Bywell, a sea-liced fish of about 8lbs which he carefully returned.
Chester's rods have enjoyed a super season so far with over 100 salmon and 25 sea trout in the book already. Gerry Pomeroy fished the Upper & Lower beats at Chesters from the 1st to the 5th August and had six salmon to 15lb and a 6lb sea trout. All to the fly - small claret & black coneheads - and all returned.
Also on the North Tyne, from Haughton Castle, Glyn reports - The first 2 weeks of August continued to give good sport for anglers at Haughton with a very respectable 26 sea trout and 17 Salmon in the book. Visitors messers Smith and Vaughan had 4 salmon and 5 sea trout for their week including fish of 18 and 20 lb. Local rod Kevin Reed also had a fish around the same weight. Pride of place though goes to owner Antony Braithwaite who in a red letter session landed 3 salmon and lost a further 2 all in the Rack pool.
Again on the North Tyne at Chollerton, Graham Howse caught 2 salmon on Friday and 1 salmon and a seatrout on Saturday and also lost half a dozen sea trout. I have also heard of some good catches well up the North Tyne at Bellingham and beyond in recent weeks.
Another rod in the fish recently was Andrew Potts from Yorkshire who landed 2 salmon and 2 sea trout from the main river on spinner in higher water on one day followed the next day by a salmon on fly and another lost at the net from Chesters as the water dropped.
John Yeats landed 4 salmon and a sea trout on fly from the main river on one day and on the same beat Mike Collier, Brian Hankin and Trevor Spence enjoyed a days fishing together and all landed salmon on fly.
Please send reports and/or photographs of fish caught to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
If anyone would like to brush up their casting with Speycasting lessons from an AAPGAI Advanced instructor or guided fishing for this year I can be reached as above.
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.