29.3.13 The news of one or two fresh sea-liced fish caught this week is very encouraging.

Fish are  being seen moving in the estuary and with temperatures beginning to creep up,  and a few sunny days forecast, prospects are looking up.

Two fresh fish were caught on Styford’s water last weekend. These fish were both taken above the fish pass which is encouraging for beats above Riding Mill, suggesting that fish are beginning to run the pass despite the low water temperatures of late.

Bywell rods landed fresh fish on Tuesday and Thursday on fly and a sea-liced fish was also landed at Eltringham on Thursday afternoon.

There are also unconfirmed reports of more fresh fish from the bottom of the river at Wylam this week.

I notice that other East coast rivers have enjoyed a lift in sport this week too so let’s hope this is a sign of things to come!

On the trouting front despite the cold temperatures there have been sporadic hatches of large dark olives on the Derwent and fish have been rising to them when conditions have been favourable. Fish will be lean and hungry at this time of year as they continue to regain fitness after spawning. Nymphs should work well with wet flies and dries always at the ready for when any sporadic hatches occur - usually from between around 11.00 am till 3pm at this time of year. I have also seen a photograph of a cracking grayling taken on fly from the Derwent  recently which is very encouraging as this river suffered from pollution in recent years but now seems to be returning back to form.

Any angler successful in landing a Springer or kelt is encouraged to send scale samples to the EA - details and sample packets from Morton Heddell-Cowie :- call 0191203 4140 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rods looking for Tyne Spring fishing or some early season casting tuition can contact me direct.

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