Members have had some good sport during the month and it has been a case of being on the river at the right times. One member Alan Bramfitt has caught 23 sea-trout to over 8 lb on our Page Bank stretch plus a couple of grilse. These were all caught in daylight over several weeks.
Stewart Smith caught sea-trout of 6lb and 2.5lb on fly plus another of 4lb to spinner also off Page Bank. Many other fish have been caught there with returns not available at present.
Top fly was a Silver Stoats Tail. North Tyne top flies have been Red Shrimp Fly patterns. Gary Cruickshank has had over 20 migratory fish more sea-trout than salmon. He caught four sea-trout in a day on our South Tyne beat and also had salmon of 11lb, 12lb and 7lb off our main Tyne beats. Paul Veitch caught salmon of 16lb and 12lb off Bywell Quarry while Shaun Parkins landed a cracking 21lb salmon off the same beat plus a 6lb salmon. Harvey Marchbank caught a 12lb salmon off the Whiteadder and sea-trout of 4lb 8oz and 5lb off our North Tyne beats. Paul Neate also returned a 12lb salmon. Mr Illingworth fishing as guest caught a 13 lb 8 oz salmon off our Longwood beat on the Border Esk.
Bill Grant caught a sea-trout off Smalesmouth and I had an 8lb salmon caught on a Red Shrimp Fly/
Paddy Hogg had several grilse off the Whiteadder. Bill Horn and John Medley had grilse of 4lb and 5lb respectively. Other anglers were catching salmon mainly grilse off the Whiteadder.
Just reported today was a 17lb salmon caught by Anthony Hauxwell on our lower Wear beat. He also caught a 4lb grilse.
Our Redesdale Lake is being stocked tomorrow which will offer good fishing during the autumn and winter months. Please remember barbless flies, careful returning of fish. Don’t fish anything lighter than 5lb leaders! Take all litter home please and if you use the lodge please respect it as it is the owners; not ours!
After a season where we have lost several months, we have not done too badly. Hopefully a good autumn run will make our catches even better.
Some very nice brown trout have been caught, best wild fish to date was a 3lb brown trout caught and returned on our Coquet stretch by Gary Cruickshank. Steve Drury fished the Smalesmouth beat catching some nice brown trout. He landed fish of 2lb, 1.5lb and another just over 1lb.
Get out and enjoy our lovely waters and don’t forget the winter grayling.