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(Last updated: Tuesday 13th March)
The river is beginning to drop to a fishable height again after the recent melt and rain. Last Friday was the last decent water and on that day Alan Musgrove caught a lovely Spring fish from the Bridge Pool at
Bywell. The fish was landed on an intermediate line with fast sinking tip and Junction Shrimp Conehead tube. it can be viewed at this page
The river was dropping at 2'9" after the high water.
As well as the three caught so far just below Riding Mill (see above and below), a 20lb Spring salmon has also been landed at Wylam. I also heard of a good Spring fish lost further downstream at Wylam before the snow arrived. Air temperatures are set to rise and hopefully the water temperature can get a bit nearer the 6 degrees or so which should encourage fish to move - both into the river from the estuary and eventually through the counter.
Conditions have been less than favourable for most of the season to date with water temperatures hovering between 3 and 4 degrees and the water on the high side of ideal. Slightly lower levels produced the first two Spring fish of the season. The first was landed from Styford's water below the fish pass at Riding Mill by Malcolm Tennant. It was taken on fly - a Cascade, and weighed 13lbs. The second was also landed on fly by Hugh Newton from Bywell's water - Broomhaugh's left bank. The fish took a Posh Tosh tube and was estimated at 15lbs. Both fish were carefully returned.
Whilst Spring fish are fewer in number than their later running counterparts, if you get a fresh one at this time of year it is likely to be one to remember for a long time - both in terms of quality and often size! Keys to success (as well as keeping warm) will be hitting the river at a nice height and being at the right place at the right time to cover these fish With the fish pass at Riding Mill often acting as a temperature barrier until mid March onwards, the pools immediately below there can often produce the goods. That includes the beats of Bywell and Styford but anywhere from Hexham through Corbridge, down through Ovingham to the Wylam area can offer a chance, particularly when the water starts to warm up.
Many anglers will be able to cover the water effectively with a tube fly, usually fished deep and slow on sinking lines/tips at this time of year. Others will opt for spinners with a Toby or, traditional Tyne Spring favourite, a yellow belly devon, fished slowly over the lies.
Anglers should be aware that any fish caught will remain in the river for many months before spawning and treat them with the utmost care when returning them.
There will often be a number of last years fish caught. These have spawned and begun dropping back downriver. Known as kelts they fish will very be thin in comparison to fresh fish They will very often have maggots in their gills but may have regained their silver sheen. They should also be returned unharmed to the river.
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.
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Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.