King of the river abdicates Tyne

The region's salmon anglers have had nothing to shout about so far this season.

The region's salmon anglers have had nothing to shout about so far this season.

It has been a very poor spring on our local rivers with few salmon about and also a shortage of sea-trout on rivers such as the Till.

The Tyne has been very disappointing with few fish caught and reports are the same from other areas of the country.

There is obviously a big problem for the fish at sea, with so many very small grilse about last year and in other recent seasons.

However, Bywell Syndicate had its best catches last week with three fish caught after the river had taken water in midweek.

This shows just how poor the fishing is. Bywell have totalled 20 fish for the season so far compared to 130 at this time last year.

Our rivers are desperate for some good bank-high spates of water to encourage fish to come in from the sea.

However, anglers who did catch fish on the Tyne this week were Kevin Forster from Throckley, who returned a 12lb salmon, and Jonathan Cleminson, who landed a 5lb sea-trout on a Silver Stoats Tail - both off NERAC waters.

On the Bywell beat, Fred King from Teesside caught a superb 20lb salmon on a Cascade and followed this up with one of 8lb - both landed at Lower Church. These fish were carefully returned.

At the moment most anglers seem to have defected to the stillwaters with excellent sport on offer throughout our region.

Northumbrian Water Reservoirs have given fine sport with well-stocked reservoirs. The Derwent, Fontburn, Blackton, Grassholme and Scaling Dam are in fine form with Kielder starting to pick up.

The private smaller trout venues are all fishing well so rods are spoilt for choice.

Sport is now close to or on the surface offering some real purist trout fishing.

The Big Fish fly and bait fishing competition is taking place over two venues. Sunday, June 3, the event is at Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery near Hawkshead in Lakeland. Then Derwent Reservoir is the venue on June 10. The competitions are in aid of Macmillan Cancer Fund. Contact Jane Curry or Michelle Muir on (01670) 856 510 for further details.


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