Northern Game Angler Magazine
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Tyne was in spate at the beginning of October and this continued the fine runs of fish that seemed endless.
Some huge fish were seen showing on their upstream journey and when conditions improved anglers caught some of them. The pleasing trend this season has been the yet again increases in the number of anglers using the fly. In particular the success gained in high waters that normally would have been frowned on by exponents of the fly.
Bywell Syndicate rods in particular showed how successful fly fishing can be with some outstanding catches to fly in what would be considered difficult conditions at least.
The week ending 10th October saw Bywell total 89 fish for the week and 7 sea-trout. Visiting angler Glen Robertson from Calgary had a day to remember catching eight salmon on fly while his fishing companion Chris Raymos of Harrogate caught six fish to 14 lb all on fly. Virtually all these fish were returned. Brian Hankin of Bishop Auckland landed four salmon to 20 lb on fly and all were returned. Best fish of this week was a 27 lb 8 oz salmon landed by Bywell angler Norman Pattinson who was fishing the Beeches with a spinner.
Ian Henderson of Corbridge shared an interesting day with his father catching seven salmon to 18 lb. George Nicholson of Wallsend landed six salmon to 23 lb on spinners while Alistair Watson of Ryton had four salmon to 20 lb on fly. Another angler to catch four salmon in a day was Chris O’Gara, his best weighed 20 lb. Bill Quay angler Kevin Dick landed five salmon to 17 lb on fly at Castle.
Sport was great on their lower areas such as the Island, Castle, Upper Church and Meg’s Mill.
The best flies were Cascade, Copper bodied and Gold bodied Red Ally’s Shrimp flies and the Black Dart in sizes from a 12 down to an 8. Heavier and larger fly patterns were beginning to come into the picture more as temperatures fell away.
Out on the South Tyne Richard Phillipson of Haltwhistle landed a 17 lb salmon and his friend Ivan Banks had one of 14 lb from the Haltwhistle area.
Out on NERAC waters Gordon Galdstone of Rowlands Gill caught a 7 lb grilse, while Dave Toland of Forest Hall caught a 20 lb salmon on fly off the Lower South Tyne.
One interesting tale I heard from the river bank was a group of Federation anglers were fishing at Merryshields and out of six anglers only one rod caught fish; seven in total while no one else got a pull. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Sport continued to come thick and fast on Bywell and records were being broken weekly. Mike Walton of Wakefield caught salmon of 10 lb and 6 lb on fly. Best fish of the third week was a 19 lb 8 oz salmon caught on spinner by Peter Johnson. Fly anglers continued to do well even I high and often quite coloured waters. Kevin Parker of Spennymoor caught salmon of 10 lb and 8 lb while Paul Ryder from Whitley Bay had fish of 10 lb and 5 lb. Lots of clean grilse between 5 lb and 8 lb were running the river and these smaller fish gave some fine sport. I bumped into Dr Gunter Hommer from Germany one morning when the river was pretty high but he managed to catch a brace of salmon in difficult conditions weighing 15 lb and 6 lb at Beeches. Peter Riley from Weardale, had two 6 lb salmon to fly and the bulk of the fish caught came to Shrimp fly patterns.
One angler to catch a huge fish was Steve Rae from Darlington. Steve caught a 24 lb cock salmon off the Tyneside Anglers Syndicate Bywell Quarry beat on a Flying C. The lure only had one prong left when I netted the fish for him. The other two had been twisted and mangled during the fight. Such is the power of Tyne salmon and the inadequacies of hooks on some spinning baits! On the same morning I had an 18 lb 8oz salmon on a Silver and Gold Toby fishing the same beat and also returned several sea-trout and salmon during October mainly spinning. Steve Rae caught other salmon of 12 lb and 8 lb as well as a 4 lb sea-trout on the same stretch on fly while Trevor Tinkler landed one of 18 lb to a spinner. Keith Wilson landed an 11 lb salmon on a Flying C while Trevor Tinkler caught a 6 lb salmon.
Richard Dickinson of Cambo caught salmon of 16 lb and 12 lb. James Rayner landed a 10 lb salmon while Andrew Carmichael of Leeds had his first ever salmon weighing 15 lb 8 oz off the Rede as well as two other sea-trout. His fishing partner Harvey Marchbank, Leeds returned a sea-trout of 5 lb and a salmon of around 9 lb. Ritchie Morris, Newton Aycliffe caught seven salmon up to 16 lb, all on fly and all returned. Ritchie has landed over 40 fish on fly off TAS fishing this year. Matthew Rawnsley landed his largest ever sea-trout a fish of 9 lb taken on a Black and Gold Flying C which he returned.
Out on the South Tyne TAS Waters Gareth Black of Ryton landed a cracking 17 lb salmon and a sea-trout of 4 lb both on Ally’s Shrimp flies. His guest David Smith from Rothbury landed a 14 lb 8 oz salmon on a Rapala. Peter Lawson from Rainton, Durham landed a very clean 7 lb grilse on fly also off the South Tyne.
NERTAC members had some fine sport on the South Tyne. Steven Hutchinson of Callerton Village caught seven salmon in a week while Trevor Forster of Throckley landed salmon of 16 lb and 14 lb on spinner. Tommy Todd from Pegswood caught salmon of 14 lb and 8 lb while John Johnson of Ponteland had two salmon weighing 18 lb and 16 lb also from the South Tyne. Mike Lishman of Morpeth landed an 11 lb salmon off NERTAC waters at Bellingham. Tommy Todd was out again catching salmon of 18 lb, 11 lb and 7 lb.Bill Toland of Fawdon caught salmon of 18 lb and 10 lb.Steven Hutchinson had four salmon to 21 lb all returned. NERTAC members have accounted for 430 salmon and sea-trout this season.
Fishing a falling water on the North Tyne David Turner of Bellingham caught a 14 lb salmon off the Ferryhill AC stretch. Colin Wilkinson of Ryton landed an 18 lb 8 oz salmon at Bellingham off the Ferryhill stretch. His son Colin also caught a salmon weighing 10 lb while his brother bagged one of 15 lb on an Ally’s Shrimp.
Neil Dukes fished Redeswood and landed a fresh run 12 lb salmon and three grilse on spinner in highish water. The Dennis party also fished Redeswood and landed three salmon to 16 lb and eight sea-trout to 5 lb.Paul Lancaster took his first salmon of 5 lb off the Rede then landed an 18 lb fish at Redeswood.
Visiting angler Jennifer Sawyer landed her first ever salmon at Newton weighing 6 lb 8 oz while Martin Fenwick landed salmon of 8 lb, 10 lb and 12 lb.
Graham French landed a 30 lb salmon while fishing at Redeswood. Michael Aitchison landed an 8lb salmon while Mr Stone caught a 30 lb salmon in the Mill Pool at Newton. Mr Unsworth caught salmon of 14 lb and 6 lb fishing at Tarset.
Bywell Syndicate finished with huge 881 fish for the season, 719 salmon and 162 sea-trout. The last week of the season saw 59 salmon caught with 41 returned and 23 sea-trout with 21 returned. Over the season only a small fraction of fish caught on Bywell were actually kept most fish were returned and this has been the case on many beats where conservation minded rods are doing their bit to continue the improvement of the Tyne.
Among the catches was Mike Walton with six fish in a day on spinner in a very big water. His fish were up to 16 lb and all were returned. Gerry McGurk from Straban Northern Ireland caught salmon of 8 lb, 14 lb and 16 lb for his week and also several sea-trout which were returned. Lynton Bolton from Blackpool caught a 9 lb salmon at Broomhaugh on fly in a water gauging 1.7 metres at Riding Mill. He also caught fish of 10 lb 8 oz and 14 lb at Beeches roll casting his flies from the bank as the river was to big to wade. Chris Hartley of Guide Tackle took a 7 lb fish on fly while his companion John Legg had one of 8 lb ,George Pead of Whickham landed four sea-trout all returned and a 14 lb salmon caught at Beeches. George Nicholson of Wallsend had four salmon to 10 lb on spinner while John Richardson of Spennymoor took a 5 lb salmon on fly. John Friar of Derby fished Upper Church and took a bright 8 lb fish on fly and Elliot Robson of Co Durham landed one of 8 lb on spinner at Broomhaugh. Fred King caught four salmon to 18 lb at Meg’s Mill keeping one.
The largest fish of the season was in dispute as Douglas Beveridge of Preston had one of 31 lb.Ian Shuttleworth., Stanhope had one magnificent 29 lb springer which was weighed in the net and this proved to be weighing light; therefore the fish would have weighed in at around 32 lb.
Anglers looking for contacts on the Tyne for the 2005 season should get in touch with the following;
Big Waters AC 0191 242 4441
Bywell Syndicate; 2 North Lodge, Stagshaw House, Corbridge, NE45 5PG
Ferryhill AC tel 01388 811768
Northumbrian Anglers Federation, A Bagnall, Thirston Mill, West Thirston, Felton, Northumberland
Tyneside Anglers Syndicate; Rothgar, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE 40 3NE.
For guided spring, summer and autumn days contact 07837 349 489 for details or log on to www. fishnorthumbria.co.uk. Watch this column next month for more contacts on the Tyne.
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