This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Thursday 14th September)

Recent rains have seen fish moving over the last week and the fishing has picked up after a slow few weeks. The August count was 4,558 and the total count to 11th September was 25,780. Some staler river fish have been caught but there have also been some very fresh fish caught particularly over the last weekend which is encouraging for the the weeks to come. Phil Gordon had two salmon on fly of about 15 lbs and a grilse, Ian Gordon had salmon of 17 and 9lbs both fresh and Neil Lobban had salmon of 17, 9 and 8lbs all returned from the lower South Tyne. Further up the South Tyne near Haltwhistle Billy Davison had a cock salmon of 12 lbs on a flamethrower tube and Nathan Lowes had salmon of 12 and 15lbs and a sea trout of 6lb on an orange flamethrower double. Also on the South Tyne Guy Broome had two fresh grilse of 4lbs on a Butcher.
On the North Tyne Ross Middleton enjoyed a great day landing 2 salmon and 3 sea trout. Also over the weekend NERAC rods landed a club record 21 fish - 12 on Saturday and 9 Sunday from their South Tyne beats.
Several anglers have however enjoyed their first ever fish on fly in recent weeks. A day to never forget was enjoyed by Tom Cull at Warden. Tom landed his first ever Salmon on fly - a 10lb hen fish which I had the pleasure of netting and which he carefully returned. The fish took his own tying of a Tyne Toucan. That first salmon was soon followed by his first ever sea trout too - a 3lb fish also returned and also on his own tying - a stoats' tail. One happy angler!
Also enjoying first successes on fly were brothers John and Paul Cooper. After a day getting to grips with Speycasting, on day two both landed their first fish. Paul was first within ten minutes of starting landing a nice fresh grilse of 6lbs and was closely followed by brother John who's maiden migratory fish was a 10lb sea trout taken on a Ghillie fly! Not to be outdone sizewise, Paul also landed a second fish the following day - a superb salmon estimated at just under 20lbs. Anthony Turner fishing with the same party also enjoyed salmon of 11 and 4lbs. The following week I was again able to land another first Tyne fish for local angler Robson Green who landed and returned a nice fresh sea trout on fly at dusk from the North Tyne.
Also landing a rather bigger sea trout was visiting angler Paul French with a 12lb sea trout caught on a black,red and silver tube fly. The fish was taken at 9:30 pm from the lower South Tyne and carefully returned - great fun in the dark on a single handed rod!
Following his success earlier this month Justin Szymborski landed another salmon from Bellingham on a claret shrimp fly after losing a sea trout too. Also on the North Tyne John Moses landed and returned a 12lb salmon from Snabdough and also lost another good fish.
The last 2 weeks of August at Haughton were relatively quiet following a record breaking June and July. Anglers still enjoyed decent sport with a further 6 sea trout and 7 salmon in the book. Guests Mr Butler and Atkinson had a 15lb salmon and a sea trout and Mr Parker was delighted with his 6lber.
Bringing us right up to date Tom Quennet landed a fresh grilse of 5lbs and a sea trout of 7lbs from the North Tyne this morning on todays lift of fresh water.
NOTE- ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SALMON CONSULTATION - MANAGING SALMON FISHERIES IN ENGLAND AND ON THE BORDER ESK The EA are running an online consultation for DEFRA to assess people's views of what regulations should apply to coastal nets (including in the North East) and whether there should be any changes to the byelaws governing salmon angling in England. The consultation has been notified to anglers who bought rod licences on line, so it's important that others are informed as well. Spread the word! CLICK HERE
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Tight lines,
Neil Lobban

Beat catches reported
(week ending 17th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Eltringham 1, Bywell 12, Styford 6, Dilston 8, Warden Fishing 22, Chollerton 1, Haughton Castle 8, Chipchase Castle 14, Chipchase - Riverhill 6, Chesters 14, Lambley Estate 3.
Total: 95 Largest: Warden Fishing & Chesters 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Dilston 2, Warden Fishing 8, Chollerton 5, Haughton Castle 7, Chipchase Castle 6, Chipchase - Riverhill 3, Chesters 4.
Total: 35 Largest: Dilston 13lbs
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

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