(Last Updated: Thursday 05 May)
Catches on the Tyne have slowed recently in conjunction with the low flows but fish are still entering the river. The EA report that by 27th April the upstream count for the month was 144, bringing the count for the year to then to 227.
Fishing at Bywell last week Daniel Price landed a 22lb salmon on fly from the Pipeline, Allan Philips landed fish of 14lbs and 15lbs from the Fish Pass pool, and these were followed on Saturday by Will Twiddy's fish of 12lbs and 14lbs also from the Fish Pass pool.
Over the weekend Warden fishing also got off the mark with Alex Knight netting a fine 9 1/2 lbs Springer from the lower North Tyne's Watersmeet beat. Kielder increased the release from 1.5 to 3 cumecs which combined with a drop in pressure perhaps persuaded a fish or two to move further upstream.
In other news the North East Fly casting Club held their first Women and Girls coaching day at Dilston on the main Tyne on the 23rd April and despite tough conditions in the form of a nasty wind 20 participants thoroughly enjoyed their day and made great progress. Further days will be held on May 14th and 16th July at the cost of only £10 - details from [email protected]
The Tyne salmon season is now well underway and some specimen fish have been landed.
Fishing Bywell estates Dean MacAlister landed the first fish I am aware of on Saturday 26th February from Broomhaugh - a stunning 17lber.
Also on Bywell Stuart Ray enjoyed a Spring day not to be forgotten when he landed fish of 15lb and 23lbs both from the fish pass pool. Also recording fish in March was Styford and Dilston who have had 4 to date including some very nice fish. On 21st March local angler Adam Brougham landed a sea liced fish of 12lbs on a Monkey from the main river. Several other fish have been landed from syndicate waters in the Corbridge and Hexham area suggesting that fish have spread throughout the main river (and probably beyond) in the warmer temperatures.
All fish landed should be kept in water in a net and handled as little as possible before careful release. Spring fish particularly are very precious and each one is a special catch to be well looked after. Please remember they will be in the river a very long time before spawning and deserve your respect. The latest guidance on Conservation Angling for Salmon on the Tyne (CAST) can be found at this page and has been adopted by many Tyne beats and syndicates.
In other news................the North East Fly Casting Club are running a Women and Girls project this year with 3 days of coaching and fishing on offer. This will primarily be led by current lady members who are qualified coaches. The days cost £10 per person which will include some lunch. Equipment is available and both total beginners and more experienced Women and Girl anglers are welcome. Dates are 23th April, 14th May and 16th July and the venue is Dilston fishery at Corbridge on the main Tyne. Anyone interested should e-mail the chairman Neil Lobban at [email protected] to register their interest.
Availablity has been added to for Bywell, Styford, Dilston, Chollerton, Chesters, Snabdough, Lambley Estate, Alston and District Angling Club. Find Fishing Permits.
Please send reports and/or photographs of fish caught to Neil Lobban on Email or call him on 07751644599. All reports are gratefully received and make this page a much better read for all.
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