There have been some catches made over the last few days but conditions are tough for salmon anglers at the moment. I was out early yesterday morning with Mike Collier who landed a fine 18lb salmon (below) near Riding Mill and I lost a very good fresh fish from the same beat on Friday. Mr Gordon also landed a fresh sea trout in the same area.
At Eltringham a fresh salmon of 9lbs was hooked and Lee Bowden landed 2 Salmon on the North Tyne at Wark. A fish was also landed at Watersmeet and another lost by Ben Thompson on Thursday.
The recent Keilder release moved a few more fish than had been running beforehand but there still remains a lot of fish stuck in the lower river and estuary. With levels very low and temperatures set to remain very high for the forseeable future - hopefully we will not see fish deaths due to lack of oxygen and water quality. There is no planned further release this week that I am aware of.
River trouting on the Derwent remains good with shady pools the place to find rising fish and deeply sunk upstream nymphs scoring well.
The best advice to those fishing any rivers or lakes at the moment is to fish early and late when the sun is off the water, temperatures lower and sea trout may be moving.
Finally the webcam at Hexham bridge which has been out of action for some time now is to be replaced by a new camera situated on Bywell estate. It will show levels on the Bywell bridge near Stocksfield and should be up and running on Tuesday evening this week.