29 October

The Kielder releases have been increased to a whopping 50 cubic metres per second with effect from 26th October. The reason given is to stop the reservoir filling which we take is for safety reasons. This will have a major impact on the fishing on the North Tyne for members but safety must come first. The release will continue for the foreseeable future which could mean the end of the season for members fishing our beats but also other anglers visiting from around the country. Luckily our members have other rivers to fish with the Coquet, Rede and the Till plus the under fished River Wear. Member Mark Douglas caught a lovely salmon of 8lbs from the Till on 27th October.

I had my first days fishing on 27th October for over a year when I decided to fish the River Wear and unlucky for me as it was in spate and unfishable. Ever the optomist I went back on Tuesday and returned with  a lovely 5lb grilse, a bar of silver and covered in sea lice. My thanks go to Dave Cave for presenting me with his fish caught on a rapala and expertly landed by Paul Farnell. On the same day member Paul Farnell had already caught and returned a hen fish of 14lb.  Only three days left and as the Tyne appears to be off limits with the releases I am now going back to the Wear and hopefully catch my own fish.