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(Last updated: Tuesday 18th July)
The Tyne is enjoying another good early run of fish this year and rods have been catching some quality Summer salmon and sea trout. There was a record June count by the EA at Riding Mill and rises in water over
the past fortnight have encouraged fish to run and provided good conditions for fishing the fly, in particular on a falling water.
Interestingly local rod David Billbrough has been trying hitched flies on the main river landing a salmon of 7lbs and a sea trout of 5lbs on a hitched Blue Charm, as well as a sea trout of 4lbs on a Stoat's Tail all from Eltringham – great fun!
Recent catches also include visiting rod Andy Torrance from Devon who landed two fresh salmon of 12 and 11 lbs on fly and lost another from Chollerton and Warden. Local rod Phil Adams has enjoyed some prolific sport on the main Tyne below Corbridge landing a number of Salmon but in particular sea trout on small flies including a Crathie.
North East Fly Casting Club rods have been into some fish recently too with Scott Tacon landing a 35 inch hen fish which he returned and Martin Edwards landing sea trout of 4lbs and 5lbs. Ben Thompson landed a salmon of 12lbs and lost a much bigger fish (estimated at nearer 30 than 20!!!!), Adam Brougham landed a salmon of 11lbs and a sea trout and Ross Middleton landed 2 two sea trout - all from the main Tyne at Dilston.
To make up for losing the big salmon later in the week Ben Thompson landed a magnificent 12lb sea trout from the lower South Tyne. Also on the South Tyne well know DJ Nick Warren landed a beautiful fresh salmon of around 12lbs.
Graham Howse enjoyed a fantastic couple of days landing 5 salmon to 23lb and a seatrout from Watersmeet and his fishing mate Derek lafflin caught his first salmon after 12 years of trying on fly - a 10lb sea-liced bar of silver!
At Haughton Castle the first 2 weeks in July continued to give good sport with 9 salmon and 19 sea trout recorded. Notable catches were made by Tim Foster with a salmon and 6 sea trout for his weekend visit, a
mini tube with a green body being the successful fly. Neil McDiarmid had a 16lb salmon and 2 sea trout. Simon Dutton up from London had 4 nice sea trout over 2 days and Mr Blakey landed a 13 lb Salmon. The mini
Intruder continued to deliver, taking 4 salmon for Glyn Hall in higher water over the first few days of the month.
On Chollerton Johnny Griffiths had a 10lb Salmon in mint condition and a 7lb Sea Trout followed with another Sea Trout of 4lbs over 3 days on Simply Reds and Gold Ally's. On these days he never saw a fish break the surface assuming that with Kielder water in they must have their heads well down!
NERAC rods report a catch of 68 fish (a mix of Salmon and Sea trout) from their main Tyne and South Tyne beats the vast majority caught on fly – a record year for this time of year with lots of fish caught over the last 3 weeks.
Following positive the Tyne forum meeting earlier in June when the hot topic was the salmon limitation order review, local anglers are encouraged to attend the meeting below to air their views both at the
meeting and find out how to voice their opinions during the forthcoming public consultation :-
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 email@example.com 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.
And finally, the local Salmon and Trout Conservation branch are also holding a free coaching/fishing day on August 27th aimed at beginners and lady anglers in particular. With some nice main Tyne fishing and free tuition on offer those interested should contact Phil Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send reports and/or photographs of fish caught to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tight lines, Neil Lobban
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.