20lber in the first week....
Despite levels being all over the place since opening day on the 1st February the Tyne has reported at least 6 fresh fish including a 20lber.
The first fish was landed on fly on opening day itself at 11.45am from Widehaugh - a beat above the fish pass at Riding Mill.
The fish was landed and returned carefully by a very experienced angler and member of NERAC fishing club Tom Todd and weighed 12lbs. Tom was fishing a Cascade tube fly.
It is quite possible that the fish actually ran the river in December as there was only one upstream count recorded in the whole of January due to a combination of low temperatures and high levels.
Soon after his success the river rose and was unfishable until the following Tuesday when Bywell reported 3 fish including a 20lber, and Styford fishing opposite them at the fish pass pool, landed 2 more on spinners.
Since then the river has continued to rise and fall continuously in response to rainfall and Kielder releases making fishing challenging and at times frustrating. Rods have reported seeing fish and one or two more have been hooked and lost as well as several kelts landed.
A more settled forecast for the rest of this week will hopefully spark off some more success for Tyne anglers this week.
Rods looking for Tyne Spring fishing or some early season casting tuition can contact me direct.