22.5.13 Huge spate in Tyne catchment

The main river peaked at 14 feet above Summer level on Saturday as the South Tyne came away bigtime following very heavy rain in the catchment. A lot of debris was washed down (along with a bridge in the Haltwhistle area!)

By Monday morning however rods were out catching (and losing) fish as levels dropped very quickly and the river started to clear. On a main river beat near Riding Mill Brian Hankin landed a fresh fish of 10lbs, Ben Thompson lost a very good fresh salmon and Phil Gordon landed a fresh sea trout all on spinners on a falling but still quite coloured water.

The following day saw levels rise again as the North Tyne came away but today (Wednesday) the river is falling or steady throughout and sport can be expected well up the system on all three major rivers as well as the Rede with Salmon and Sea Trout running on the extra water.

Before the rains came fish seemed to be running through the beats below the fish pass and over the pass as temperatures rose towards the middle of the day. The beats below the pass were having a hard time as fish weren’t stopping in them but around Hexham anglers were fishing over and hooking salmon on a fairly regular basis. Ross Middleton, Danny Holmes and W. Kluge all had salmon off the NERAC water at Widehaugh.

By the 16th May the EA had counted 438 fish for the month over the counter which is only 150 short of the the average for the whole month with only half the month gone - very encouraging!

Trout fishing has been excellent at times on rivers and stillwaters. Large hatches of olives have been bringing the better fish to the top of the water and feeding confidently. There has been the first of the mayfly appearing on the River Derwent in the last day or so - something anglers look forward to all year.

More news on the North East Casting Club - confirmed instructors for the launch day on the 22nd of June at Eltringham fishery near Prudhoe are Glyn Freeman (AAPGAI master) John Little (AAPGAI) and myself. There will be demonstrations, 1 to 1 tuition, the chance to try a range of Loop tackle, flytying, a kick sampling and river display by the Tyne Rivers Trust a barbecue as well as a chance to fish the beat on the day. The day is free with the chance to join the club for an annual subscription of £10 and enroll on a structured Speycasting course delivered by AAPGAI instructors of 10 hours for an additional £50 fee - all excellent value for local anglers.