Game Angling: Huge fly-caught salmon landed on River Tweed

The world of flyfishing has been rocked by angler Shamus Jennings who caught a monster salmon on the River Tweed

Anglers on the River Tweed
Anglers on the River Tweed

Salmon angler Shamus Jennings has rocked the world of flyfishing by landing the largest fly-caught salmon on the River Tweed - and possibly the whole of Scotland -since 1925.

The fish caught at Boleside Beat on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders measured 50 inches long with a 33-inch girth and Dr Ronald Campbell, senior biologist with the Tweed Foundation, using a prescribed formula to calculate a fish’s weight - estimated it at 50lb.

Jennings, part-owner of the beat with his brother Francis, said: “It’s taken me almost 40 years to catch a 25-pounder, [which he caught the day before on the same beat], but this is simply incredible.”

The fish which took a tube Boleside Shrimp, which head boatman Nigel Fell had previously created weeks earlier with a local fly dresser, was safely returned.

Bishop Auckland Angling Club’s under-17 club recently held its final flyfishing event of the season at Witton Castle Lakes.

Assisted by coaches Cliff Johnson and Graham Nunn, the juniors were put through their paces and finished off with a two-hour fishing competition and distance casting event.

Ryan Coldwell was overall winner with three fish and Nick Hamilton won the trophy for the biggest fish.

The distance casting competition was won by Ben Morris who achieved an excellent 25- yard cast, despite the wet and windy conditions.

Fish were still rising in the more sheltered spots of the fishery and S Reach had six and lost many more in the west lake, while B Wood had five for the day.

The best fish of the week was an 8lb rainbow caught by C Walker.

South Linden’s Big Fish Week lived up to its name with G Lumsden of Amble landing two double-figure fish, including one of 21lb, which took 20 minutes to land. T Gould, also of Amble, had a 17lb rainbow.

The bait lake also fished well and there are still some of the larger fish to be brought to the net.

Alan Arkle caught the best fish and the best bag of the week at Kielder Water, weighing in at 3lb and 18lb respectively.

Despite the poor weather, there was a good turnout for the start of the Big Fish Week at Naworth.

The opening day saw an impressive 170 fish to 21lb landed to both fly and worm.

I Davidson had 19, including rainbows of 17lb, 15lb and 7lb on fly, M Proudfoot landed 20 fish, including rainbows of 21lbs, 8lb and 8lb on fly, with many more good catches to other rod

george.macintyre@sky.com

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