Upbeat time for the Tyne anglers

The Tyne has had water over the weekend and fish have again been running.

The Tyne has had water over the weekend and fish have again been running. With 9,000 fish through the counter in August and 9,500 in September, up-river beats have certainly got fish to catch.

There are beats that have struggled but not so at Chesters, on the North Tyne, where Aidan Pollard's party caught 23 fish for their week.

John Davidson, of Stocksfield, had two salmon, while Mike Walton of Wakefield caught five, as did Chris Hartley and all to the fly.

Red Ally's Shrimp and Cascades were the pick of the flies.

Down at Bywell, Kevin Dick had four salmon to 14lb on fly. Barry Davis, from Harrogate, had three fish at Bywell, including a 7lber bearing long tailed lice fresh off the tide. Irwin Wood, from Scots Gap, landed a 13lb salmon on fly while Keith Calder, Barnard Castle, had a salmon of 10lb and returned a sea-trout.

The consensus of opinion is the main autumn run has not yet arrived as many of the fish are of grilse sizes between 4lb and 7lb.

Sport has been patchy on the South Tyne, with some beats getting lots and others struggling. The same has occurred on the North Tyne too.

Chris Guthrie, of Cramlington, returned a 15lb salmon caught on a Red Ally's on a private North Tyne beat, while Bob Watson of Prudhoe caught salmon of 18lb and 15lb at Widehaugh on a Flying C. The River Wear had a small lift of water at the weekend and Stan Hunter, from Binchester, caught and returned salmon of 14lb, 8lb and 8lb, as well as a sea-trout of 5lb, all taken on an Orange Shrimp fly.

Gary Robinson, from Spennymoor, caught a salmon of 9lb on a Red Shrimp.

These fish were taken on Bishop Auckland Angling Club waters.

Out on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters, on the Wear, Durham's Nick Chilton caught a grilse of 6lb and sea-trout of 4lb 8oz, 4lb and 3lb, all on Flying Cs after a rise in water.

Alan Horton landed sea-trout of 4lb and 3lb 12oz on the fly.

NPIKE fishing got under way at Esthwaite Water in Lakeland and catches were made on lures and dead baits.

Big S Club member Chris Harris caught a succession of pike of 19lb 12oz to static dead baits fished from a boat.

He topped his day with a 22lb 8oz beauty. Darren Ward and John McGeachie landed seven pike to 19lb 2oz on opening day.

These fish fell to lures. Log on to www.hawksheadtrout.com for more.

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