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(Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May)
Whilst the water remains very low some fish are making there way into the river. The EA report just over 300 upstream counts for May so far up to Monday 21st. Catches are still few and far between with few
anglers out in force due to the tricky conditions but one or two fish have been caught by those prepared to put the time in and small numbers of fish have been seen running on most days more recently. These
successes include Robson Green who (ably assisted by Andrew Jackson) landed the first fish off the season from Warden's beats from the lower North Tyne today. The Springer was taken on fly , a size 16 black and
claret, on a long 12lb leader, and was measured at 30 inches (making it around 10lbs in weight ) before being carefully returned.
Amongst the fish on the main Tyne was Dr Malcolm Walder from Norfolk who landed a hen salmon of 15lbs and a brand new sea trout of 3 lbs on fly below Corbridge as well as losing another fish over a 3 day period. Malcolm's successful pattern was a size 10 Ghillie fly fished on floating line and hover tip.
Also enjoying some Spring joy was Thomas Glenney who landed a second magnificent Spring fish for the season - a 21lb fish from the Wires pool on the Northumbrian Anglers Federation water early on Saturday morning. The fish had some damage to it's belly which looked likely to have been caused by a seal. Bywell have reported another fish yesterday of 18lbs to add to a couple last week.
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 these 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.