As I write there are fish being encountered in better numbers on the main river with 2 salmon lost and a sea trout landed on Bywell on Wednesday and a salmon landed at Styford on Tuesday. There is fresh water and Kielder water in the river - this mix should encourage more fish to run many of which will be sea trout.
These fish can be caught in daylight hours with a little extra water in the rivers but in lower flows anglers prepared to rest the pools until dusk are likely to have more success.
Many of the fish entering the river in recent weeks have seemed intent on running into the North and South Tynes pretty quickly with extra water and higher temperatures. Consequently catches on the main Tyne had been patchy with anglers seeing the odd burst of activity as groups of fish run through and then longer periods of seeing little happening.
Catches on the North Tyne however picked up with Chesters, Warden (Junction of North and South Tynes), Chollerton and Nunwick all producing fish including several beautifully sea-liced fish off Chesters and a 25lb salmon carefully returned on fly from Nunwick.
NEFCC Traesurer Ben Thompson returning a sealiced salmon from Chesters last week.
These fish were mainly salmon but sea trout are also appearing in catches and the boost in numbers of fish running recorded by the EA counter at Riding Mill will include increasing numbers of sea trout.
The total run up till June 3rd was 1,420 with 271 of those running in the first 3 days of June.
Meanwhile the river trout fishing has been superb with large hatches of Mayfly bringing up the better fish in the River Derwent to feed on nymphs, emerging insects, the adult fly itself and the spinners returning to lay their eggs later in the day.
Some beautiful wild fish have been landed along with plenty of “stockies” and the odd out of season Grayling. Even on days when the river has been heavily coloured due to rainfall and releases from Derwent reservoir fish have still been happy to rise freely and in many cases the extra colour in the water has made them less wary and easier to fool.