What a brilliant week for Bywell Syndicate rods on the Tyne, with no fewer than 37 salmon caught since last Tuesday on their beats.
Among the catches was Paul Ryder, from Whitley Bay, with four salmon to 16lb on fly.
John Richardson, from Spennymoor, had fish of 11lb and 18lb at Meg's Mill, while Alistair Watson from Ryton landed one of 12lb on fly.
Ian Shuttleworth, from Stanhope, caught fish of 8lb and 10lb, both on fly. George Nicholson, from Wallsend, caught one of 10lb on fly, while Andy Pease, from Warwick, had three to fly including fish of 12lb and 8lb.
John Dresser, from Teesside, had a fish of 10lb to fly, while George Pead, from Whickham, caught salmon of 8lb, 8lb and 9lb at Meg's Mill.
Aidan Pollard, from Corbridge, landed a beauty of 19lb on spinner at Broomhaugh and Bernard Lynch, also of Corbridge, caught one of 17lb at Pipeline on spinner. The best spinning bait was the Black and Gold Zebra Toby.
Coquet got off the mark last Friday when John H Smith, from Blyth, landed a 9lb salmon on a Shrimp fly at Streamfoot.
This fish was the Northumbrian Anglers Federation's first of the season. This won the Coquet Trophy for Mr Smith as well as a meeting with the Duke of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle and three years' free Federation permits.
The following day saw J Perkins, from East Sussex, catch fish of 10lb and 8lb also at the Streamfoot on a number three Mepps. He followed this up the next day with another, this time a 12lb salmon. David Lee, from Hadston, caught one of 10lb, so Coquet is now up and running. Tyneside Anglers Syndicate also saw some sport and among their catches was David Craig, from Kent, who landed a 12lb salmon on a Willie Gunn at Bywell Quarry.
Also among the salmon was Owen Purvis, from Middleton One Row, with fish of 10lb, 6lb and 9lb, two on spinner and one on fly, plus Paddy Hogg (10lb), Peter Edmonds (7lb) and Tony Bult, from Long Eaton, with fish of 10lb, 9lb and a sea-trout of 4lb, all on fly.
Geoff Baker, visiting from Northallerton, had sea-trout of 4lb, 5lb and 6lb off the Till and Ian Longstaffe caught one of 5lb from the same beat on a Flying C.
An annual fly fishing event is taking place on Derwent Reservoir tomorrow in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. The event takes place between 8am and 4.30pm.
Fees are due on the day: adults £25, juniors £22, and £7.50 to season ticket holders. The prizes are for both adults and juniors, for heaviest combined weight, and biggest fish, the prizes are fly rods. The competition is run by Eric Dobson, from Stakeford, Northumberland, who said: "It is a very worthwhile cause, and the work that they do is invaluable."
Juniors are encouraged to enter the competition and to come and join in what is a fun day. For more information contact (01670) 856510.