The launch of North East Fly casting Club on Saturday 22nd June proved a popular event with over 70 attending aged between 7 and 70. The casting demos, 1 to 1 tuition and fly tying by Foxy Tails representative all proved hugely popular with the clubs initial courses all filled on the day and lots of very positive feedback from visitors and new members. Anyone interested in joining the club can find out more at the club’s website at www.nefcc.co.uk.
Salmon fishing has been challenging on the middle main river and tributaries in the low water over the past couple of weeks. Large numbers of fish have been building in the lower river pools at Wylam and below Hexham bridge with plenty of fish landed at Wylam. A much needed rise of water on Sunday left the river coloured on Monday. Some fish were seen moving throughout the lower river and one or two landed and lost. The water had dropped and cleared by Tuesday and some good sea trout figured in catches including a 6lb fish for Phil Gordon - within 10 minutes of taking the wrapping off his new rod, and another at 6lb off Dilston.
Numbers of Sea trout are beginning to show in net catches off the coast so numbers should build in the river in the coming weeks.
Trout fishing on the River Derwent continues to be productive with fish rising to regular hatches but always willing to take a well presented nymph if there is nothing rising. Some nice trout and grayling have been caught with lots of smaller fish to make up the numbers.