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(Last updated: Saturday 18th March)
The last couple of weeks have again been frustrating with levels continuing to fluctuate. Styford rods have had enjoyed some success however when levels have been kind. Gilbert Fenwick and Craig Lowes have both
landed fresh sea-liced fish in the last week with Styford now recording 9 in total to date. These have all been landed below the fish pass but a fresh fish was also lost in the pools above this week.
Bywell rods have now recorded 5 fish with Mr. T. O'Neil landing an 8lb fish on a Willie Gunn, Mr. S. Hollicks a 14lb springer on a Cascade, Mr. S. Sims an 11lb fish on a Willie Gunn and on Friday John Laybourn landed a sea liced 10lber on a Monkey.
As far as I am aware the first fish was landed on Friday 3rd February by Liam Larkin. The fish was caught on fly above Corbridge and weighed in a weigh net at around 25lbs. The scale samples read later showed that the fish was indeed a 3/4 sea winter spring fish - a cracking start to the season Liam!
Bywell had an 8lb Spring fish days later and I heard of a couple of fish reported from Northumberland Anglers Federation waters and one lost. The river then went quiet with levels unstable but on Wednesday Malcolm Patterson, also fishing above Corbridge on the main river, landed another stunning Spring fish on a home tied Willie Gunn tube fly fished off a floating/inty line with slow sink tip. This fish took in fairly fast water in the neck of the pool with a tremendous thump and was eventually measured at 37 inches long with a girth of over 20inches - estimated at over 20lbs. Malcolm was elated to say the least and is also waiting on scale sample readings to hear of the fish's history but if you want to see what a Tyne springer and Malcolm's grin look like check out :-https://www.facebook.com/tyneflyfishing/
Bywell were back into fish on Saturday with two fish landed - the best of 15lbs, and another fish was landed on the Federation water below Bywell of 15lbs on a Willie Gunn Snelda fly fished off a sink 2 line also on Saturday.
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Tight lines, Neil Lobban
Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.