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(Last updated: Sunday 8th July)
Kielder releases have been encouraging fish into the river which would otherwise have been very low recently. The South Tyne is as low as I've seen it and water temperatures have been very high on many days.
Challenging conditions indeed but with the Kielder releases fish have been running. The upstream count for June was 4,327 and over the first 4 days of July a further 809 were recorded bringing the total for the
year to 4th July to 5,898.
Recent catches have been limited to the main river and North Tyne. Alan Musgrove fished at Chesters last week, and fishing mainly early and during the occasional cloud cover managed 2 salmon- 14lb and 10lb, and 2 sea trout 6lb and 4lb.
I was delighted to lift the net under a very fresh 14lb salmon for John Brock on Friday from the main river at Dilston which was tempted by an orange shrimp pattern and also landed a 9lb salmon myself earlier that morning from the North Tyne on a Ghillie fly. Two more fish were also lost.
Glyn Hall reports from Haughton Castle :- The sunshine and football seemed to be a priority this week with little angling pressure. Those that did venture out early or late had mixed fortunes. On Thursday morning a 10 lb salmon and a 4lb sea trout were caught both on a curry's red shrimp then late on Friday night Chris Hall had a purple patch with the 8 weight landing 3 sea trout best 5.5 lbs and a bonus 11lb salmon.The successful fly was an Aurora Cascade. We have also had some cracking brown trout with a couple of them pushing the 2lb - mark unusual for the North Tyne but a welcome bonus.
Eltringham, Bywell, and the federation beats also recorded fish this week on the main river as did several North Tyne beats.
More angling pressure over the next few weeks (once the world cup is over) should see catches improve further.
NB -Some distressed and dead fish have been seen recently in the river with infections of white fungus. Please report any such sightings to the EA on their hotline number 0800 807060.
Anglers should be aware that any fish caught and returned will remain in the river for many months before spawning and treat them with the utmost care when returning them, keeping fish in the water at all times and handling them as little as possible.
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Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.