West Allen waterfall pool
2008 Report for the River Derwent
Last season was one of the wettest on record, with heavy rains leading to higher than normal river levels and discolouring the water.
Despite this, the Lower Derwent fished very well. Some prolific hatches were noted, particularly of large dark olives early in the season and some spectacular mayfly hatches in June as well as good hatches of blue winged olive and sedge during the summer.
Experienced anglers fishing smaller flies such as size 18 poly wing spinners and poly winged duns during the summer months, and Czech nymphs during the autumn, met with success.
One angler had tremendous sport during nine visits to the river. Fishing from June 18th until the 12th of October, Mr Dick reported 164 brown trout and 45 grayling. His returns included 32 very sporting brown trout over 12", the best trout was a fin-perfect fish of around 3½lbs, with other good trout to 2lbs.
The grayling were in excellent form with 11 fish well over 10"; the best was a fine fish of 15".
The Derwent offers some very absorbing fishing both dry fly and nymph and with greatly improving natural recruitment allied to good fly hatches is well worth a visit either as a visitor via the Tyne Angling Passport or as an association member.
For more information please contact Allan Dodd, 63 Sherburn Park Drive, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear NE39 1QY. Email: email@example.com