24.4.13 - As temperatures have stabilisd at something more like the norm for the time of year, fish have begun to enter the river and negotiate the fish pass.
With each lift of water we have seen runs of fish heading upstream with some falling to the anglers’ flies or spinner on the way.
Over 70 fish negotiated the pass on one day last week when conditions were favourable.
I was out on Sunday morning with Chris Messom from Nottingham. We spent an hour or so brushing up his casting and then fished several pools on the Eltringham beat. Things were very quiet with lowish water and a cold upstream wind. I left him for lunch for an hour only to return to hear all about his battle with this beautiful Spring fish he had returned from the car park pool caught on a Cascdae variant. The fish bore sealice on its head and weighed about 9lbs. a very pleased angler!
Chris Messom's Eltringham fish
Other recent successes include Brian Hankin with a fresh 8lb fish from a private beat above Riding Mill, Tim Pendered caught a 12lb fish at Eltringham, Brian Kirk a 9lb fish and Gilbert Fenwick a 12lb Salmon at Styford and at Bywell Peter Austin had 3 fish, Michael Pearson 2 fish and Alexander Muir 2 fish all on fly.
Early fresh sea trout in the 3 lb class have also been caught in the lower river and small shoals of these fish have been seen moving on several days and evenings.
Ross Middleton landed a fresh sea trout and lost 2 more on a black flying c at Eltringham.
I have caught several smolts over the last few days - please return these with the greatest of care!
A lift in water should spark some decent spring sport on the main river as levels drop and clear. In addition tides are building to peak at 5.30 m on Saturday which may well encourage more fish into the river.
The river Derwent is providing sporadic sport depending on conditions. Fish are to be found rising on warmer days with less wind but a cold breeze has been keeping fish down on many recent days. If this is the case a weighted nymph has still taken both wild and stocked fish.
Rods looking for Tyne Spring fishing or some casting tuition can contact me direct.