Kielder deluge wrecks final fling

The last weekend of the season turned out to be a huge disappointment for North East anglers when a big release of water from Kielder into the River Tyne wrecked sport.

The last weekend of the season turned out to be a huge disappointment for North East anglers when a big release of water from Kielder into the River Tyne wrecked sport.

This heavy influx of water was on top of flood waters that had peaked at 10ft the previous week.

The extra water was released to get fish on to the reeds for broodstock collection but surely these fish were already on the spawning grounds after all the rain we've had recently.

There seems to be a lack of communication between those who release the water from Kielder and those who know the actual river conditions with very little consideration given to anglers on the final weekend of the season.

Because of the river conditions last weekend many anglers out for their last outing of the season had very little joy.

However, Corbridge angler Bernard Lynch persevered in difficult conditions and was rewarded with salmon of 10lb and 8lb, while a couple of fish caught in the Corbridge area weighed in at 10lb and 13lb.

The largest fish was an estimated 30lb-plus salmon caught by Ian Fletcher of Washington on NERTAC Waters. This fish measured 44ins in length and Ian also caught salmon of 8lb to 12lb - all to Flying Cs.

Meanwhile, over a period of eight days, Durham rod Steve Hutchinson caught 11 salmon to 18lb from NERTAC waters, while Gary Cruickshank from Ryton caught an outstanding fish of 24lb off the South Tyne using a Flying C.

Killingworth's David Hogg landed a very unusual salmon which weighed 13lb but had no top jaw up to the eyes having been gouged by a seal. The fish had made its way upriver into the South Tyne and was returned.

Using Mepps at Gooseholme, angler A. Richardson caught his first salmon which weighed 13lb while John Johnson of Darras Hall landed a fish of 9lb on a Rapala.

On the River Wear, Pam Cant from Newfield landed an excellent fish of 14lb 2oz on Bishop Auckland AC waters and there have been reports from the Frosterley area of very good catches with salmon to 17lb.

Most fish have been returned on all our local rivers giving them the chance to spawn.

Meanwhile, the salmon season closed on English rivers on Monday after a reasonable year. Late catches on the rivers Tyne, Coquet and Wear were good but high, heavily coloured water levels made fishing difficult.

* After being well stocked with large trout Northumbrian Water's Derwent Reservoir produced its largest fish of the season, a 14lb rainbow caught at Millshields by Mr Bennett on a Cats Whisker. There are a lot more doubles in the reservoir still to be caught before the end of the season.

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