First the bad news!
The Environment Agency have made the following byleaws on the Border Esk and River Eden.
Application and exemptions
- These byelaws apply to the Border Esk together with all its tributaries upstream and including the River Sark.
2. These byelaws shall expire 10 years after the date they cone into force.
3. These byelaws shall not apply to any employee of the Environment Agency acting in their official capacity or to any person who, with the permission in writing of the Environment Agency and acting in accordance with any conditions attached to that permission, carries out work connected with the maintenance, improvement or development of fisheries or for scientific purposes.
4. Except as provided, or where the context otherwise requires, all words and expressions used in these byelaws shall have the meaning assigned to them by the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, the Water Resources Act 1991 and Environment Act 1995.
Return of all rod caught salmon
On the Border Esk, and on all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with , the Border Esk, during the period from, and including, the 16th June to , and including, the 31st October following, no person fishing by rod and line is permitted to remove any live or dead salmon.
Any salmon caught within this fishery must be returned to the water with the least possible injury.
Maximum number of migratory trout that may be kept by rod and line and killed
On the Border Esk, and on all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with, the Border Esk, during the period from, and including, 1st April to, and including 30th September following, no person fishing by rod and line is permitted to catch and kill more than 4 migratory trout.
Any person who has caught and killed four migratory trout in the circumstances set out in byelaw 3 may continue to fish for migratory trout provided that any further migratory trout caught are released immediately, to the water in which it was caught, with the least possible injury.
Catch and release of female migratory trout in the Border Esk
On the Border Esk and all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with, the Border Esk, from and including the 10th September to and including the 30th September following, no person shall retain any female migratory trout.
In this byelaw to retain means to catch a fish and not return it immediately to the water in which it was caught with the least possible injury.
RIVER EDEN IS AS ABOVE ONLY THAT TWO SEA-TROUT PER SEASON MAY BE KEPT
Members of TAS please make sure you adhere to these byelaws.
We have had a few salmon caught on the Whiteadder recently. Graham Glenn landed one of 8 lb on fly. Paul Neate caught one of 7lb a few days ago.
The rainfall over the weekend of 1st June saw rainfall which did lift local rivers. Some got a decent lift while others only rose a few inches. This extra water may well have brought in good runs of fish. We had a lot of fish in the pools at Wylam last week but few of our rods were out.
One of our member Len Metcalfe saw just how good the Rede can be for brown trout. He visited last week in very low flows. Fishing small spider patterns he caught well over 20 trout to 12 inches fishing down from Monkridge. On his way back up he caught another ten more on a Klinkhammer with several over 12 inches. A great day out in a superb location.
Our lake in Redesdale is fishing well and today Sunday 3rd June we completed the third fishing platform at our Coquetdale Lake. We also completed the outlet so restocking will now take place soon. Members have two boats to use. Watch this blog for official opening after stocking.