Sport is just wild and wonderful!

It has been very much a case of taking a walk on the wild side as far as brown trout fishing is concerned.

It has been very much a case of taking a walk on the wild side as far as brown trout fishing is concerned.

The brownies are coming on the take on local rivers and also in some of the stillwaters.

Angler of the week was Simon Robinson from Whickham, who landed a fantastic wild River Tweed brown trout on Kelso Angling Association water measuring 63cm and weighing in at 5lb.

The fish took a size 10 March Brown Nymph during a midday hatch and was carefully returned.

Brown trout to 4lb were caught on Waskerley Reservoir and also at Caistron Fishery in Coquetdale.

Things are starting to move on other rivers, too. Jeff Morallee from Crook and Peter Clark from Durham had several successful visits to the River Eden and Lowther in Cumbria, catching wild brown trout to 2lb and losing one much larger.

Tony Thompson from South Shields had two excellent wild brown trout just under 2lb while fishing the Lazonby Estates water on the Eden.

All these fish were taken on dries or upstream nymphing tactics.

River salmon sport is still slow, with spates now needed to get fishing going again.

The Tyne and its tributaries were very low earlier this week with Kielder releases off.

Other local rivers were also at a very low level and short of migratory fish. The reservoirs are hotting up with some fine sport on offer at all of Northumbrian Water's fisheries for both bait anglers and fly enthusiasts. Trout are now showing closer to the surface.

Some excellent fish have been caught at a resurgent Knitsley Mill, with a massive fish of 18lb 10oz landed by Consett angler Trevor Heighway on a Cats Whisker.

Dave Winter from Consett landed one of 12lb 8oz, as did Jim Foster from Westerhope.

The Hirst Park Trout Ticklers had their first visit to Fontburn and their 31 anglers caught 29 trout weighing in at 43lb. Top fish was 2lb 12oz and best bag was five fish for 7lb 8oz.

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