LOCAL rods have been boosted by rivers running high and coloured which has encouraged the start of silver runs of salmon and sea-trout.
The River Wear has had a good run of fish, as has the Tyne and tributaries North and South with catches reported on both rivers.
Northumbrian rivers such as the Coquet and Till have also had fish moving, and as levels drop and clear there should be some fine sport on offer in the weeks to come.
Out on NERAC Waters members have had a mini bonanza, with Ross Middleton of Roker landing a salmon of 18lb and two sea-trout to 6lb at Gooseholme.
Meanwhile, Throckley rod Kevin Forster landed sea-trout of 8lb and 6lb on fly at Fourstones, while Steve Hutchinson from Durham landed a salmon of 23lb at Widehaugh on a tube fly as well as two sea-trout.
Also among the fish was Gary Cruickshank from Ryton, who landed a 20lb 8oz salmon at Gooseholme, and Rob Watson from Prudhoe who also landed a 11lb salmon at Gooseholme.
On the North Tyne Riverdale Hall Hotel beat, Stephen Brown of Bellingham landed three bright salmon to 14lb at Redeswood, while Howard Irvine caught a bright 10-pounder.
Down on Chesters John Martin caught a 9lb salmon on a spoon, while Michael Wrigglesworth fished the Upper beat, catching a cracking 17lb salmon from the Plane Tree Runner.
Out on Bishop Auckland Angling Club waters on the River Wear, John Green landed sea-trout of 8lb and 6lb, while Paul Walton took one of 8lb.
Alan Horner from Durham landed a brand new 5lb sea-trout on the Tyneside Anglers water.
Catches are likely on the rivers Coquet and Till as conditions improve all the time.
ANGLERS fishing Northumbrian Water’s Derwent Reservoir are warned to be ready for some jumbo trout.
Fish of 20lb and over are to be stocked in the near future. You have been warned, so don’t fish too light.
SOME excellent wild brown trout have been caught on local rivers recently. One County Durham angler, Geoff Moralee from Crook, fished the Eamont, a tributary of the Eden in Cumbria, and accounted for 26 brown trout to over 2lb on Sedges and Emergers. Geoff returned all his fish carefully.
YESTERDAY saw the first Cumbrian Jack Charlton Trout Cup for Disabled Anglers for several years.
The event was resurrected at Esthwaite Water and is a completely free day for disabled anglers, featuring bank and boat fishing for anglers including wheelchair-users.