RODS on the River Wear are experiencing some good sport with sea-trout and the odd salmon, with many returned by con-servation-minded anglers.
Out on Bishop Auckland Angling Club waters, local rod Peter O’Neill landed a superb sea-trout of 10lb 6oz on fly, while Paul Morton had one of 6lb 12oz on a Black and Silver tube fly-fishing at Vinovium.
Night fishing is now fully in the swing and fly anglers have been hooking and losing some fine sea-trout. Many of the sea-trout in the river are soft-mouthed being so fresh-run.
River Wear favourite flies include Black and Silver tubes, doubles and trebles. Blue and Silver flies are also very popular.
Will Davies from Durham fished near Shincliffe and caught a superb 8lb sea-trout on a spinner. He also lost a good fish in the dark on fly.
Reports are also very good on the Ferryhill AC Waters with plenty of fine sea-trout caught, including a monster of 14lb.
The Coquet has also had runs of fish with two caught at the Wash Pool and a 6lb salmon at Felton on fly.
Paul Nelson from Amble landed a 13lb salmon off the Tidal at the Stream Foot on a Yellow Flying C.
Graham Love had one of 8lb on fly near Felton, while Shane Stevens took one of the same weight at the Green Hut on a Rapala.
Martin Goward had a super 3lb 8oz brown trout from the Morwick Stream on the same lure. David Redhead of Amble caught a 4lb 8oz brown trout but it was not witnessed or photographed.
Catches on the North Tyne at Chesters include S Wally (12lb and 8lb salmon), George Benson (5lb sea-trout) and Julian Palmer (5lb sea-trout and 13lb 8oz salmon). Terry Marshall caught a 3lb 8oz sea-trout. Local rod David Turner caught a 12lb salmon and a 3lb sea-trout on Silver Stoat Variants in the Bellingham area.
Most of our local rivers have again been up and down like a yo-yo, and until we get more settled conditions the prime sea-trout time will be interrupted. Night fishers require settled levels and clearer water for the best sport with fly.
THE Lord Devonport Sweethope Challenge for Disabled Anglers takes place on August 18, and any disabled angler who has not yet received an invite should contact Rob Tait as soon as possible on (01830) 54034 to book their place.
JUBILEE Lakes re-opens this Saturday, and anglers wishing to book should do so on (01388) 772611. Jubilee should be in fine form after a fortnight’s break and it is recommended that anglers book their places.