Final figures

For fish counts 

The fish counts for our English rivers for October have been added and as already stated in an earlier blog the Autumn runs were low. The Tyne has had its lowest October run since counting began in 1996 with 2540 Fish going through the counters at Riding Mill. The Wear had 1894, and whilst not the lowest October count, seems low. The queen mothers river the Tees had 10 through the fish count, yes you read correctly 10. Fish are still being churned and thrown around the Archimedes screw at Durham with still no signs of the EA  installing screens to prevent this happening. It is not known how the low counts in October have affected our fishing but the mighty Tweed has had its lowest catch return figures for a season in over 30 years with some beats lowering their prices due to a lack of take up from punters. The counts for the Coquet will be added when the Northumberland Rivers Trust publish them.

Catch returns

Whilst we apologise to members for the delay in sending out the catch return sheets for this season members should have them by the weekend, and as they say, better late than never. So fill them in upon arrival and send them back ASAP to secretary Dave Wilson as he, and the committee, are looking to see how the members have faired this season. 

Still fishing available

Members have the final two weeks left of the season to continue migratory fishing on our beats on the Tweed and Till so although fairly cold, and low river levels,why not get out and have those last few hours on the river bank, it's a long time till next season.

Anchors away

Crag lough

Thanks to our members that safely removed the boats from the lough on Wednesday and placed them into winter storage. The operation went very well and after several years of doing this operation it went like a well oiled machine. Hilary has posted a few pictures on the members forum of the volunteers, thanks again to you all.

Newsletter

Due to printing problems we have not managed to get the latest newsletter and catch return sheets posted as yet but we hope they will be posted within the next week. 

Still fishing

Whilst a lot on anglers fishing for the season finished at the end of October our members are still enjoying their sport on our three beats on the Till and our beat on the Tweed. Not certain if there are poor Autumn runs at present but catches don't seem particularly high, especially on the Tweed. The Till is running at a low level againand could do with a small lift in the river height to assist the fishing. There are however still some weeks left in our season compared to other clubs.

Numbers obtained

Crag lough

Thanks to the members for the very quick response in volunteers to assist in removing the boats from Crag Lough. We are pleased to say that we now have the required numbers of members for this operation.

Further success

Members have again been successful on our rivers with salmon, grilse and sea trout being caught and safely returned to the water on nearly all our rivers. The Till, Coquet, Tyne and Wear have all produced some good fish this last week and we are awaiting confirmation of what could be the biggest fish of the season coming from our river Wear beats. Whilst on the river Wear two members had to have assistance from the farmer after becoming stuck down by the lower car park. Please be aware that we did mention that this car park was in a bad condition and has become even worse now so please use the top main car park over the last few days of the season.

 

Heading towards

The Close

For many members this will be the last chance of wetting a line on our English rivers this weekend so there may be added pressure on the beats. Knowing the members as I do I am sure this will not create any problems. The rivers have fined down nicely after last weekends spates and some decent fish have been caught with salmon to 14lb coming from the Tyne beats and a superb 12lb sea trout coming from our Coquet beat on the fly. Members will be receiving their end of sason catch return forms in the post next week so you should be able to complete it straight away and return rather than leave it and forgetting about it.  It is also a statutory requirement to send your returns in to the EA.

No more fishing on the rivers till next year then? Not in our club. Members have the opportunity to continue fishing for another month on our three Till beats and our Tweed beat. Fly only though.

Crag lough

The season for our trout fishing members on this Stillwater ends next Tuesday. That leaves the yearly request for some assistance from the membership to help remove and place the boats into storage through the winter months. A team of 8 people is required to carry out this effectively and takes no more than two hours. We intend to remove the boats on Wednessay 8th November and ask if you can assist then please give head bailiff Dave Cave a call.

A Weekend

Washout

Regretfully for the salmon and sea trout anglers in the club this weekend is a total washout. All our rivers are in spate, good for the fish, but not for the anglers. Prospects for Sunday are the same and with storm Brian heading our way later today more rain is expected. As we head towards the seasons end the rain should hopefully bring in some good Autumn runs of fish and we hope the rivers settle down to wet a line.

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