Its been very busy in recent weeks and the good news is that the Tynes are fishing very well at last.
There have been good numbers of summer salmon, grilse and sea trout running the river and anglers have been rewarded with some stunning sea liced fish as well as one or two which have been in the river a little while.
The South Tyne has had several lifts in the last couple of weeks and although initially it was carrying a lot of colour, latest rises have cleared more quickly and conditions for the fly on the South Tyne and main river have been excellent at times. The North Tyne has had a mixture of fresh and Kielder water and is holding a good head of Salmon and sea trout in many pools with many multiple catches being made.
Fish are now appearing and being caught in decent numbers from the lower Tyne at Eltringham to the top of the South Tyne at Alston and Lambley, and well up the the North Tyne and Rede around Bellingham.
On some days fish have been running hard and difficult to tempt but as levels have dropped some excellent catches have been made.
Catches are too numerous to mention here but some notable ones were David Coleman who after ten years of trying to catch a salmon on the fly came out with me last week and landed two in two days on the main river and North Tyne breaking his duck in style with a 14lbs hen fish and very fresh 6lbs grilse. His fishing partner Roger Humphrys also landed a salmon on fly at 16lbs.
David Coleman's fresh N Tyne fish.
North East Fly Casting Club member Sarah Iveson put her skills to good use to catch a 7lb salmon on the Monday club night at Eltringham on a size 14 stoats tail, Phil Gordon christened his new rod and reel with an 18lbs sealicer near Riding Mill and I managed 3 sealiced salmon and a sea trout in 3 hours fishing on the main river last week.
There have been several fish well into the twenties caught in the last 2 weeks.
With regular showers to keep the water fresh and topped up the fishing should be good from now until the end of the season.
EA staff (contact Morton Heddell-Cowie) request that anglers collect and send them scale samples from any migratory fish caught large or small for their research and they will provide anglers with a free life history certificate of their catch.
Anyone requiring more specific advice on Tyne fishing, guiding or speycasting tuition can contact me direct.