23.9.13 Tyne take off........
After a slow first half of the season for many rods the Tynes have produced some outstanding fishing days over the last month or so. There are large numbers of fish spread throughout the system and anglers on various beats of the system have enjoyed some tremendous sport with many rods catching 5-10 fish in a day and leaving the river with huge smiles!
The fish have been a real mixture of older fish which have been stirred up by recent lifts of water and encouraged to run but also good numbers of very fresh fish ranging from good grilse in the 4- 8 lb class to some really big salmon. Good numbers of fish in the 20s of pounds have been landed as well as one or two in the 30s.
There have been days when these fresh fish have been running hard and been difficult to tempt as they fly past but on other days depending on water levels and temperature they have slowed and taken freely providing tremendous sport :-
A recent 18lb main Tyne fish caught by Dennis Hambleton
A flavour of last weeks sport can be illustrated by the totals for a few of beats who publish their catches:-Bywell 57, Chesters 38 and Haughton castle 21. There are many more beats who do not fully publish their catch returns who have enjoyed similar good fishing.
As the season hits its peak the counter at Riding Mill is recording very healthy numbers of fish running with virtually every day seeing fish running rather than huge peaks and troughs in numbers. This is providing consistent sport for anglers with spurts of fresh fish entering beats each day providing action.
The recent Kielder release dropped off today and with little rain in the coming days levels will return to the low side but fish have been running in lowish water recently so rods can still expect good sport with smallish flies on clear intermediate tips likely to outfish other methods in lowish water and warmer conditions. Larger flies and faster sinking tips or spinners are also worth a go if you have no success - just be confident as you will more than likely be covering fish!
The EA continue to welcome scale samples from anglers from fish retained or returned – contact Morton Heddell-Cowie.
Anyone seeking further specific information on Tyne fishing or looking for speycasting tuition/guiding for the close season or next year please feel free to contact me direct.