Tyne Update September 11th
The Tyne system like everywhere else has been “enjoying” record temperatures and sunshine recently - great for barbecues but not salmon fishing. The first couple weeks of August however were a different story with regular top ups in water and much cooler temperatures and anglers enjoyed some decent fishing at times, particularly with sea trout, fish being well spread throughout the system. A good example of this was John Brock for whom I had the pleasure of netting an 11lb cock sea trout from the main river at Dilston - a memorable fish on fly! Towards the end of the month and into early September the temperature rose and fish became much more difficult to tempt particularly this week last when things have definitely slowed down with less Kielder water available too while repairs take place on the fish counter.
From Warden fishing Andrew reports:-
August continued where July left off as rises in river levels from both groundwater and Kielder releases continued. Rods enjoyed reasonably consistent sport throughout the month on the Warden Beats as both the salmon and sea trout were on a mission to get upstream and they remained in full on running mode. 43 Salmon and 46 Sea Trout were landed during the month and it was pleasing to note that we surpassed our five year average of 36 salmon and 33 sea trout. Mid month saw friends Malcolm Clayton and Bob Hall amongst the action. Malcolm caught a 9.5lb salmon from the Wall pool at Thistlerigg on a fly that he had just recently created (it worked within 5 casts) while Bob caught two salmon, best 6lb and a 4lb sea trout. Chris Atkinson caught his first two Tyne salmon, best 5.5lb one from the South Tyne and one off the North Tyne as well as a good sea trout while American friend Frank Sanders caught a salmon of 5.5lb and a sea trout of 4.5lb - his first UK migratory fish. On the 21st Jim Hunter netted a fabulous fresh 14lb cock salmon on a size 10 claret shrimp fly which gave him a tremendous battle on the South Tyne. Very well done to 14 year old Zach Allen who caught his first ever salmon, a 13lb plus fish from the Race pool on the 26th. It was great to see this young man succeed on his first attempt at salmon and sea trout fishing. John Brock also enjoyed sport the next day with a well rested strong fighting salmon of 10lb. Finally congratulations to Damian Dwerryhouse who kicked started our September campaign on the 3rd with a fine 6lb grilse on a size 10 silver Ally's shrimp fly.
Up at Bellingham on the North Tyne Adam Turner reports that during August Riverdale Hall guests landed 16 salmon to 16lbs and 29 sea trout to 10lbs including some very fresh salmon at the beginning of August on the lifts of water.
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