23 October

The seasons end is approaching and members are still reporting catching excellent fish and two to mention are head bailiff Dave Cave again in the fish on the Wear with a superb 17lb salmon caught just ten minutes after losing one of around 15lb on Monday 20th October and yesterday 22nd October member Geoff Horrrill caught and released a beautiful 21lb hen salmon on the Eels beat at Bellingham caught on a red,white and black shrimp fly.

Still no reports from the EA about fish runs through the fish passes for the Wear and the Coquet. The Coquet is still a major concern as the figures for this year are some 75 - 80% down on 2007. No comment from the EA as yet which is worrying but we will endeavour to try and find out what is wrong with this beautiful river.

Local news yesterday reported about the River Tweed and the dreaded Gyrodactylus Solarus parasite and the care to be taken. How interesting that we mentioned this in 2007 and again in March 2008.

Catch returns were sent out in the post today and we again request that members return them as soon as the season is over.