The Tyne produced an exceptional salmon this week - caught by Stuart Rose, from Leeds - and it was estimated weighing 35lb.
The salmon measured 45 inches in length and fish of this size have been known to weigh between 33½lb and 391b.
The fish took a Silver Doctor Cascade fly on the Farnley beat, near Corbridge. Stuart caught another salmon of 181b a few minutes later and another angler had a 121b fish.
On the Bywell Syndicate beat, Kevin Dick landed fish of 141b and 161b on fly, while Bernard Lynch had two fish weighing 81b and 91b on Flying C.
I heard of a Corbridge angler fishing a main river beat landing three salmon to 161b in an hour and a half in the evening before dusk and all on the fly in cold conditions.
Salmon have been caught on some of the middle beats of the North Tyne and fish have been landed on the South Tyne in the Haydon Bridge and Haltwhistle areas.
A salmon was caught well up the North Tyne, too, with Mr Fisher landing one of 121b at Falstone.
Harvey Emerson from Co Durham landed three salmon on Chesters, the heaviest 121b and the other two were 61bers.
Mr Linton caught an 11lb salmon and Mr Barclay landed a 91b salmon at the neck of the Boat Pool.
Harvey Marchbank from Guisley fished Tyneside Anglers waters on the Tyne and landed a 121b salmon on an Orange and Yellow Shrimp Fly.
TAS Bailiff Nick Chilton landed an 81b salmon off the Till to a Flying C.
Salmon and sea-trout have been seen moving in the River Wear so sport cannot be far away now.
The Bishop Auckland area is said to have fish present. I heard of an excellent 31b 8oz brown trout caught on the River Gaunless, near West Auckland.
*Sunday, May 22, sees the Water Aid Bank Fly Fishing Challenge at Hury Reservoir in Teesdale. Fishing times are 10am-4pm with registration at 8am. Entry fee is £25 and anglers can pay and enter on the day.
All prizes are donated by Hardy Greys and first place will win a Silver Explorer season ticket for the 2006 season. All monies on the day will be donated to Water Aid. Contact (01833) 641121.
*Sunday, June 5, sees the Water Aid Coarse fishing competition at Whittle Dene. Contact Scott Everett on (01434) 611803.
*The Jack Charlton Trout Cup for disabled anglers is being held at Kielder Water on Wednesday, June 8. Contact John Redfern on (01214) 296106 for late registration. Fishing is from boat and bank with worm or fly.