At least the rain is good for fish

The recent heavy rains have been welcomed by North East rods as the refreshed River Tyne has provided sport on the Bywell Syndicate beat.

The recent heavy rains have been welcomed by North East rods as the refreshed River Tyne has provided sport on the Bywell Syndicate beat.

With the help of the extra water flowing in the Tyne, Beverley angler John Carmichael caught a 16lb salmon on fly, while John Lee landed a 7lb sea-liced fish.

John Little from Spennymoor caught a 20lb sea-liced salmon and Bywell's total is now up to 28 fish for the season, and the Chesters beat is up to five, however this is nowhere near the numbers usually caught.

Out on NERAC water Paul Thorbridge landed a 15lb salmon on a Black and Orange tube fly while Durham rod Steve Hutchinson caught two sea-trout weighing 3lb and 4lb off TAS waters on the Till using a Stoats Tail in daylight.

Meanwhile, South Shields rod Alan Auton, caught a bright 2lb sea-trout off the TAS Lyne fishing in Cumbria.

The River Coquet produced three salmon at Low Park on the Northumbrian Anglers Federation water which were all caught on fly and carefully returned to the river.

Blyth angler Colin Rosemorgan landed two very fresh-run salmon on fly at Felton which weighing in at 7lb and 6lb. One fish was very heavily sea-liced.

The Eden in Cumbria has also seen some good catches with several beats producing salmon.

Jubilee Lakes gave up four cracking rainbow trout over the past week with Paul Moore from Hetton-le-Hole landing a monster fish of 20lb 7oz on a Black Buzzer.

Meanwhile, Stephen Knight from Bishop Auckland bagged a beauty of 19lb 8oz on a Black Tadpole, while Derek Parker from Consett landed an excellent 16lb 14oz rainbow.

Regular specimen hunter Phil Totten from Lanchester netted a beauty of 16lb 4oz using a Black Fritz.

Witton Castle Lakes produced a lovely 19lb 8oz rainbow for Edward Sharp from Newfield using a Black Fritz, and he completed his bag with two 4lb rainbows.

Meanwhile, Steve Walton from South Church caught a 14lb 4oz rainbow which led him a merry dance. The fish roared off and tangled itself around a buoy. Bailiffs from Witton used a boat to release the fish which was then landed.

Four North East anglers took on a field of 112 rods at Rutland Water in the WaterAid competition fishing under horrendous conditions when only 89 trout were landed.

Northumbrian Water's Fly Fishing team weighed in 14 trout with Scott Everett the top rod with four fish for 10lb 2oz.

Alistair Baker was second with five fish for 9lb 9oz, and Brian Lillie was third with four trout for 8lb 2oz. Don Coe was the fourth member of the team weighing in three fish.


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