Tyne fish up and running

Fish have been running the Tyne in recent weeks after the extra water and Kielder releases are now having a good effect encouraging fish to run.

Fish have been running the Tyne in recent weeks after the extra water and Kielder releases are now having a good effect encouraging fish to run.

Approximately 4,000 fish swam through the fish pass at Riding Mill in June and up to Monday this week 2,800 had moved upriver in July.

What an introduction to the Tyne for Stuart McLanaghan from Gamblesby, Cumbria who landed a superb 25lb sea-liced fish while receiving tuition at Bywell.

Bywell Syndicate has now bagged 191 fish this season to date. Among the fish caught was an 12lb 8oz sea-liced salmon landed by Tom Cowing of Rowlands Gill on fly at Fish Pass. Colin Bell of Weardale and Gary Robinson of Spennymoor had fish of 13lb and 15lb.

Ian Shuttleworth has taken his season total of salmon to 19 after catching a 9lb 8oz fish in low water on fly. John Carmichael of Beverley had a 12lb 8oz salmon off the Gravel Runs above the island. Jonathan Lee of Darlington had a 9lb salmon on fly. John Richardson of Spennymoor took a 12lb 8oz salmon at Lower Church and Richard Armstrong of Wolsingham had a sea-liced 4lb grilse. I also heard of a cracking sea-trout of 14lb 8oz caught by Hexham angler Ian Blyth.

The top fly on the Tyne at present is the Red Ally's Shrimp with either a copper body or a gold body. Size 12 doubles in various shrimpy patterns have done well too.

Haltwhistle angler Peter Jensen had a great introduction to the Farnley Syndicate catching a 17lb salmon, 13lb sea-trout, 11lb salmon, 4lb grilse and a 3lb sea-trout on his first day on the water. All of his fish were returned and they were all fresh-run fish.

Paul Simpson of Lancaster landed 15lb and 18lb salmon using Yellow tube flies on NERAC Tyne waters. His brother Dave landed one of 15lb, while Paul Goldsmith from Bolton had fish of 16lb and 20lb and Wigan angler Darren Hankin took one of 13lb. Steven Hutchinson of Callerton Village caught a 9lb sea-trout off the Lower South Tyne on a Silver Stoats Tail and a 7lb sea-trout from TAS waters at Stanley Burn on a No.1 Mepps.

Alan Findley caught a 10lb salmon at Chesters while Andrew Dennis, fishing Redeswood out of the Riverdale Hall, caught a 12lb salmon an a Blue and Silver Toby.

NTWEEDDALE Millennium Trout Fishery has been in cracking form of late. This week Blyth angler Keith Doig had a fantastic bag of four trout for 46lb 14oz. The fishery operates a very popular same day filleting and smoking service. The fishery is very popular and anglers should contact the fishery, before travelling on (01620) 810 009 or (07703) 255 955.

NTHE Northumbrian County Blind Association has their annual fund-raising competition for all anglers at Fontburn Reservoir courtesy of Northumbrian Water on August 26 fishing from 7am-4pm. The cost for the day in only £13.50 and registration can be made on (01670) 514 316. The event is sponsored by Sanderson Wetheral Estate Agents.

NTHE Northumbrian Water Patrons and Friends Day at Kielder Water saw 29 anglers catching 55 trout on a difficult day. Best individual on the day was Peter Pattinson of Northumbrian Water with six trout for 9lb 10oz. Best bag for the Friends was Neil Hacking's six trout for 8lb 14oz. The annual event raised £320 for WaterAid.

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