We have suffered with low flows for several months but lately there has been some rainfall. Tyne had 6507 upstream counts in July bringing the total run so far to over 9000.
The Wear had 4029 upstream counts in July with a total of 6031 to date.
Fish have been caught by keen anglers. There are reports of plenty fish waiting in the Solway to run the Border Esk. Anglers should watch for the rises in flow as good runs could materialise.
Getting out when river levels are falling and clearing can enhance catches. Hopefully the next couple of months will give us a good ending to what has been a very poor season. The problem is widespread so we need to hope next time around will be better but all is not lost as a few spates may improve our sport considerably.
The North Tyne has been pretty fresh compared with other rivers. Prospects look good from here on in. Once again keeping up with river levels can mean the difference between success and failure.
Suggested info links are: Fish Tyne .co.uk
Kielder release programme which gives anglers a full weeks info of release sizes. 5 Cumecs, 7 Cumecs and 9 cumecs are ideal levels. Larger releases make wading more challenging but still worthwhile but care is needed.
Border Esk River levels at Langholm is the best info for us.
River Wear levels at Sunderland Bridge and Witton-le-Wear are useful.
Coquet River Levels at Alwinton and also Rothbury.
South Tyne River levels at Alston, Haydon Bridge .
River Rede at Otterburn
River Whiteadder levels at Hutton Castle.
Just Google River levels at Langholm as an example and you will get the latest level for that area of the Border Esk. Try the others when looking for a venue visit.
Please note that these levels can vary and are not 100% reliable but are a pretty good guide for your visits.
While salmon and sea-trout opportunities have been less than great some fine wild brown trout have been caught by members. It has been pleasing to hear of some good catches and some very nice quality fish up to 3lb plus.
Tight lines for the rest of the season. Don’t forget our trout lakes for the Autumn and winter months as they can fish well. They will be stocked.