Starting to

Arrive

Better late than never but the Summer grilse are now starting to appear in the rivers. Members have had success in catching them on both the Coquet and the Wear and I am sure others have also been caught elsewhere. With the high numbers of fish taking the Tyne it appears that not many seem to be being caught looking at fish pal for the Tyne. Whether the Kielder releases are keeping the fish running or not could be a factor but members are saying the river is running at a very good fishing level on our beats so hopefully members are catching fish but keeping quiet about it as I am only hearing about the odd fish or two being caught. Most members will be aware of the big tree that has been stuck in Peters Hole for a few years now has a companion. Arrangements are being made to have the two trees removed in the next few weeks and some lucky person/s will find a few hundred spinners attached. More costs to the club Unfortunately. Whilst we have not had any rain locally in my area there has been rain further north in Northumberland and this has affected the fishing on the Tyne and Tweed today. Hopefully both rivers will be back in fishing order by tomorrow and looking at the Farsons cam at Hexham there are fish running over the bridge footings so rods at the ready.

Rothley lake

The lake is again becoming overgrown with weeds and at more costs we have had these treated two weeks ago so members should see some improvement shortly.

Beaten by the

Weather

Junior Competition

 The day was organised and run by Member, Club Bailiff and angling instructor Barry Gibson. The event was attended by 9 junior members and the weather was exceptionally kind to us. The competition was won by Thomas Furby for landing the only fish. Second was Jake Battensby for failing to land 2 Rainbows. We were very pleased to have Sofia and Isabella with us as they both improved their casting and almost hooked fish. All competitors and family members in attendance had a great day in 24 degrees. Special thanks to member Mary Bowes for supplying each junior with a box of flies suited to the venue.  Reservoir bailiff Walter Trewhitt performed the presentations with due diligence. Thanks to my Barrys wife Jacqui for taking photos with permission of all responsible persons, a disc of relevance will be produced for each family and a complete disc will be provided for the club. Fish were seen all day long but barbless hooks were in their favour, health and safety wins again. The level of commitment and concentration on the day was exemplary as was the behaviour of all participants. Well done one and all.

Fish Counts

The July fish counts for our rivers have been added to the clubs fish counter. Almost 11,000 fish taking the Riding Mill fish pass on the main Tyne and this being the highest July total ever. Whilst we would like to think this is an increase in the number fish running the river it just may be that the releases from Kielder are assisting the fish in getting up the river earlier, but then again it may be a combination of both.

Some good fortune

On the Rivers

Those members that read our members forum will know that the odd memberis are having some success on our rivers. Latest news is that the Wear has produced at least two salmon that we know of at 19lb and 14lb but we believe more have come to the net and quite a few sea trout are also being caught on the same river. Best reported sea trout to date is standing at 9lb from our Fenton beat whilst the Coquet is also yielding up salmon and sea trout. We would appreciate it if members could let us know of any further success they have had so other members can be informed of where members are having success.

Mad dogs and

Englishmen

Well, as the song goes they go out in the mid day sun. River levels, the Tyne apart, are again low and members are putting in a lot of time and effort with their fishing and with some limited success but mainly sea trout. Whilst the south and east of Europe are suffering in those very high temperatures one member thought it was obviously too hot whilst fishing our Tyne beats and went into the river to cool off. Regretfully it was accidental and after recovering his composure made his way ashore, some expletives and then managed to recover his fly rod as it was floating downstream. Most of us will have fallen in before, yours truly has, but we do ask members to take care on the rivers. Thanks for making me laugh Richard.

Hesleyside Beats

would members please remember that beats F to G on Hesleyside are restricted to house rods only from 1st September. All other beats are available until the end of the season.

Junior Competition

A final reminder that our Junior angling competition takes place this coming Thursday at our Yorkshire reservoir Thornton Steward. The event is being run by one of our members and bailiff Barry Gibson and following on from lasts years event we have more participants taking part this year. As members know, our junior members have free membership as long as they are with a club member be it mother, father, uncle, grandparents etc so it is really encouraging that our club is still actively encouraging the younger generation of our beautiful hobby. It is still not too late to register for the competition and members can do so by contacting secretly Dave Wilson. The catch returns for Thornton Steward for this year are really outstanding with a rod per day average of 5.14 fish so we hope it continues at least until after Thursday.

Salmon numbers

On the rise?

Reports are continuing about the increased numbers of salmon entering our rivers. Good news?. Not really because the increase is the Pacific pink salmon. More and more reports are continually appearing about anglers and netsmen catching this rogue fish in our territory. The bad news if you catch one is that they are not nice eating So be warned. If you catch one of these rogue fish the EA request if you can contact them and pass the fish onto them with details of where and when caught.

The good news on our local front shows members are still catching the odd salmon and sea trout over the last week with the best salmon known to us lately coming in at 15lbs from our Hesleyside beats. There does appear to be a fair number of fish around but catching them is proving frustrating. Never mind, as they say, tight lines.

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