(Last Updated: Monday 26 September)
The Tyne has enjoyed one or two small lifts of water in September and this certainly moved a few fish around with rods able to enjoy, what for many, was a first chance this season to fish the South Tyne with some water in it! More rain would certainly be welcome though with the system still in need of water and Kielder reservoir still very low. The EA reports 1581 upstream counts up to the 12th September making the total for the year 25,435 to that date.
Good news story of the month was from Chris Porter who got in touch to tell the tale of his friend :-
The Allen, Bywater, Smallwood and Porter party shared 3 rods at Farnley 12-14th Sept, all having success landing 7 fish up to 15lb with a mixture of grilse and older fish. Particularly gratifying was Chris Smallwood – 86 years old and who was actually blind for 2 months earlier in the year but received sight saving surgery from the NHS, landed a 15lb fish and also netted 2 others. A brilliant effort and he is looking forward to coming back next year!”
Out on the South Tyne NEFFC members Cathy Muse and Sarah Iveson both returned salmon on fly and fishing with me at Dilston Alex Lee landed a salmon of 12 lbs and two sea tout on fly.
From Warden fishing, Andrew reports:-
At Warden the first full week of September saw river levels rise and catches improved dramatically across both the South and North Tynes.
By the end of that week 26 salmon and 27 sea trout had graced anglers nets and we recorded both our best week of the season to date and the highest single days catch of 12 salmon and 13 sea trout on Sunday 11th.
The following week catches fell away as water levels dropped and we managed a further 13 salmon and 3 sea trout.
It was wonderful to see more water in the rivers and lots of running fish to boot unfortunately after this purple patch, although still there, the fish were decidedly uncooperative.
All the members of Charles Ashworth’s party deserve a special mention as they fished very well during this period in the tricky conditions. Collectively the effort and determination which they displayed each day could not be faulted.
And eventually two of the party were rewarded when Tony Wood landed a 9lb salmon on the 21st and on the 23rd (their last day) Charles netted a fine 12lb salmon.
Today 25 September Warden regular Bob Hall was accompanied by his friend John Hill who on his first visit to the Thistlerigg beat caught an 8lb salmon John also hooked and lost another fish. Small flies worked quickly proved to be the successful method. Congratulations to all our rods who have enjoyed success this month.
And from Bywell, new ghillie Martin Robson reports :-
We welcomed one of our annual parties on the week commencing 12th September, and following the rise in river levels from the weekend prior they saw plenty of interest, connecting with 28 fish for their first four days.They managed 2 to the net on Monday to get the week started, 1 Tuesday, 3 Wednesday and 3 Thursday, with the majority of fish into double figures, including a few around the 15lb mark and a 24 lbr on the Thursday. They managed a further 3 fish over the remainder of the week, taking their total to 12 landed, although they connected with 35 fish during their visit.
Tactics varied due to the variety of water through the beat, with fish taken on doubles, coneheads, and even large Snaeldas in the heavier flows following Tuesdays rise from the South Tyne. Successful patterns have included Park Shrimps, Cascades, Simply Red's, Willie Gunn Snaeldas and executioners fished off various sink tips.
Week commencing 19th September saw the return of another of our annual parties, in for a 3 day visit. Their week got off to a flyer, with 5 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout landed on Monday, including a 20 lb fish for one of Lady anglers who still enjoys getting out on the river at 89 years of age. Tuesday saw another 4 landed with a further fish lost.
Tactics were largely 6ft of slow sink or intermediate depending on the pool, coupled with Cascades, Ally Shrimps or Red Alistair tubes.
Wednesday was quiet, with only a fish lost but we did manage a fish on Thursday and Friday. Friday Lunch time saw a slight rise come from the South Tyne, off the back of which saw us land 6 Salmon and a Sea Trout from the beat finishing the week with 17 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout.
Thank you to Bywell Estate for this weeks photographs
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