Sharpley regular Springs to action

The cooler conditions have brought trout on to the feed at local stillwater trout fisheries.

The cooler conditions have brought trout on to the feed at local stillwater trout fisheries. However, most sport has been best just below the surface with imitative patterns doing well.

Angler of the week has to be stillwater trout expert Darren Walker, a regular at Sharpley Springs.

Darren caught rainbows of 16lb 10oz, 14lb 8oz and 10lb 2oz and then returned a further 12 fish on Hare's Ear and Bloodworm.

It only goes to show that knowing your local water is so important when it comes to consistent catches.

Darren certainly does this at Sharpley Springs and in particular on the Doxford Lake.

Salmon anglers are now into the last month of the season on the River Tyne, Coquet, Wear, Tees and Border Esk.

The unsettled weather has brought a few lifts of water to some of our rivers but not really enough to get the fish running on the Wear and Coquet.

However, there are some fish on the move but the main autumn run is still to come. The Tyne had a rise on Tuesday with the South Tyne coming away and Kielder also had a release of water. This water should improve sport on the river.

Substantial numbers of fish have gone through the fish pass at Riding Mill on the Tyne during the last month or so - somewhere in the region of 20,000 fish.

Among the catches this week was a 16lb salmon caught and released by David Scott from Manchester on a No 2 Mepps. This fish was caught on the Tyne Green at Hexham.

Alan McPhail caught a 7lb fresh run grilse, while a fish of 16lb was caught on shrimp from the opposite bank below the bridge.

Colin Rosemorgan from Blyth caught an 8lb salmon on the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters at Merryshields.

Other fish to around 10lb have been caught recently.

For anglers looking for an extra month of salmon and late sea-trout fishing, the River Till is open until November 30.

Contacts for the river include Ford and Etal Estates on (01668) 216 223, Fenton Estates on (01668) 216 216 and Tiptoe Farm on (01890) 882 177.

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