It's raining fish

What a difference a week makes - some rainfall, good runs of fish into our rivers and favourable catches for anglers lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

What a difference a week makes - some rainfall, good runs of fish into our rivers and favourable catches for anglers lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

The River Wear had a good run of sea-trout well spread up the dale. Some fine sea-trout have been caught, including an excellent 10lb fish caught by Karl Kipling from Escomb on fly at night on Bishop Auckland AC waters.

Another angler to catch a big sea-trout was Alan Lumsden who took a 10lb fresh run specimen off Tyneside Anglers Syndicate Waters. He also had one of 4lb, both of them on Flying C's on a falling water.

Out on NERAC waters, Dave Maddox from Durham landed an 8lb salmon on fly, while Kevin Foster from Throckley landed a 16lb salmon, also on fly. Steve Hutchinson of Durham took a cracking 8lb sea-trout at Widehaugh.

Geoff Metcalf from Sunderland caught an 11lb salmon at Wylam while Peter Fisher from Durham landed a 12lb salmon at Fourstones on the South Tyne.

With unsettled weather, some of our rivers could well get more rises in water levels and with them further runs of fish.

Northumbrian Water Reservoirs were in fine form again last week, with Derwent averaging 4.1 trout per visit, Fontburn four, Blackton four, and Grassholme 3.2.

These are very impressive figures for such vast expanses of water.

Derwent will get another 1800 fish this week and there are still many specimen trout to be caught in the 8lb to 12lb size range, so plenty of screaming reels are anticipated.

The prospects on the smaller stillwaters are nothing short of excellent as things cool down and fish become more active.

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