Thankfully

Rain

The rivers are unfishable today due to the Rain we have had over the last few days. If no further rains follow then we expect the rivers to be in ideal conditions for wetting a line over the weekend and we hope the fish join in our activities.

Emails

Unbeknown to the club, members of the club and the general public were sending the club various enquiries to our email and becoming slightly  frustrated at not receiveing any reply from us. It was only following a phone call to secretary Dave Wilson from a member that the problem came to our attention. Thankfully, and hopefully, this was resolved yesterday and things should be operating as normal.

Rothley Lake

This small lake is very popular with our members for rainbow trout fishing but the lake has provided minor problems for members of late, though fish are still being caught. Catching a fish then watching it head off into the direction of the water lillies and weeds makes it frustrating for the members. Treatment has been carried out on the water lillies which just leaves the weeds to sort out. We intend to have a working party on the lake on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday within the next few weeks to ensure better fishing conditions for the rest of the season. As usual we ask if members can assist with this project and are looking for 6 members to help the committee with this. If you can assist then can you please contact head bailiff Dave Cave with your details.

Peters Hole

Members who know the Tyne beats will be aware that Peters Hole has had this huge tree stuck in it for more years than we care to remember and it did of course hinder the members fishing this spot. We are pleased to advise that through Bellingham Angling Club that the offending tree has now been removed, tight lines on fish not the tree for the future.

And they're

Off

The 31st August saw the end of the net fishing for this year. Hopefully the rod anglers on our local rivers will start to see the benefits of increased numbers of fish starting to enter the rivers. We keep hearing that this has been a wet summer, well not up north it hasn't. We all know that the rains lift the rivers and this brings fresh fish into the rivers. So as we enter into September we hope that we have a wet Autumn and with the nets off we have a productive end of the season.

Members are asked to remember that the hesleyside beat on our Tyne beats is now off limits.

Whilst the rivers are currently low due to the lack of rain members are still having limited success. Salmon to 14.5 off the Wear, 14lb off the Tyne, 8lb off the Fenton beat and also the Coquet. With the rivers low members are having to be patient whilst fishing so put in the effort and hopefully you will reap the rewards.

Help or Hindrance

This year has seen more releases from Kielder reservoir into the Tyne system and members continually keep saying what a good level the river is running at on our Tyne beats. What we do not know is if this has improved catches or fish just keep running through the beats. The end of the season will let us know and hopefully it has been a help rather than a hindrance.

Angling Trust

The Angling Trust have been entrusted by the EA to oversee a five point action plan over the future of salmon stocks. This will have a major bearing on future stocks and also the future of angling clubs depending on the final consultation plans. This will have an effect on both nets and rods. Some pointers for members and other readers of our blogs is that the nets contribute circa £50k finance per year for their licences. Clubs and individual anglers in our region contribute much more than that figure. The nets off the north east coast last year had circa 17000 salmon and Circa 60000 sea trout. Our regional anglers produced less than ten per cent of those figures. Whist we appreciate that the netsmen do this as a living the financIan income against nets to rods simply does not equate. Part of the five point plan is the exploitation of salmon by Rods and Nets. We know that our rod anglers already have compulsory catch and release until the 16th June, still waiting after 20 years of this law to see what effect it has had on our spring salmon numbers, but rod anglers already operate catch and release after this date with around 80 per cent of fish being returned. The nets return , erm, you work it out. There are also rumours of total catch and release for all rod anglers. That would certainly have a dramatic effect on the number of rod licences being sold in the future and thereby having a knock on effect to angling clubs and our riparian owners. This is only a brief scenario of what could happen in the future to our beloved sport and we therefore implore members and readers alike to take part in the consultation process with the Angling Trust. To take part please use the following link, it will take some time but please partake in the consultation.

http://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-salmon-net-and-rod-fisheries/

Tweed and Till

Members are reminded that from the 15th September that it is Fly only on our beats on the above rivers. Please observe this rule.

Latest catches

Further success

All our rivers are offering up fish over the last week. Salmon and sea trout are being caught in varying numbers with the Till and Wear being the most successful. Salmon to 12lb and sea trout to 8lb from the Tyne, salmon to 9lb and sea trout up to 10lb from the Till. Salmon to 8lb and sea trout to 6lb from the Coquet and salmon to 12lb and sea trout to 8lb from the Wear. So all in all very encouraging for our members. 

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.

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