Last updated: Friday 1st June
The run of migratory fish is beginning to build up, with a good head of fish present below Durham Reports are coming in of several large fish having been caught, and of individual anglers catching up to three fish in a session. Above Durham the fish are sparse, but there are some present. They have been seen as far upstream as Witton le Wear, but they are spread very thinly. However, numbers will increase from now on and any rise in water level will stimulate upstream movement.
Fly hatches continue to be good and there are still lots of Large Brook Duns and Dark Olive Duns showing. However, June is traditionally the time for the sedges. As most of these flies appear at dusk the artificial pattern you use is not particularly significant, as long as it floats. Size is the critical factor, so have a range in your box.The Wear has a good head of large brown trout but they are normally to be found in lies that not only supply a constant conveyer of food, but that are practically inaccessible to the fly angler.This is the time of the year when you have a chance of catching these fish, for the scuttling activities of the sedges attract them from their lies and they may just succumb to the temptations of your artificial. Give it a try - especially now that the late evenings are pleasantly warm.
The fish counter at Framwellgate weir in Durham has recorded so far a count of 93 salmon, which is the same as last year. From May onwards we expect a sharp rise in the number of migratory fish passing through the fish counter.
As always, we would be delighted to hear from any anglers fishing on the Wear with any stories and photos they would like to share, which we can update onto the weekly Fishing Reports page. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org