From Monday 26th April our Whiteadder, Ettrick and Border Esk beats will be available for members south of the Scottish Border. We have had salmon to 15lb on our Whiteadder fishing so far this season with only a handful of members being able to fish.
Obviously this has been restricted to a very few members who live locally in the Borders.
We are in real need of rainfall with rivers very low and some beginning to get badly weeded. A good flush out is required which will bring in runs of fish.
The change in weather has not produced enough rainfall to lift our local rivers. There will be fish present in some of our beats but they will require smaller flies to tempt them. Wylam always offers a decent chance of a fish when levels fall. Salmon have been seen recently in the top pools.
Some nice brown trout have been caught but sport in general has been slow with the cold frosty nights and mornings.
The long awaited rainfall has arrived with all of our rivers getting water. This will hopefully bring in the first of the sea-trout and some salmon which have been scarce especially on the Tyne.
Today 4th May, I had a visit to Smalesmouth our Upper North Tyne beat as rivers were coloured and in spate. The conditions there were good. Flies were hatching and trout were showing interest. I managed 7 in three hours best one 1.5lb. Two equally good fish were lost off. Worth a visit for the trout enthusiast. 5 cumec and 7 cumec Kielder releases should be ideal. 3 Cumecs at the moment making wading lass difficult. Rocks are slippery so be careful and take things slowly.
We are still taking new members interested anglers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Members should keep looking at this blog for further updates throughout the season.
Below are some pics of just a few of the fly streams on the recently leased Union Hall Farm beat on the River Wear. There are many more as well as good glides and holding areas for both salmon and sea-trout. This is an excellent addition to our many fine fly fishing areas. Please look back at the post with details from Union Hall Fishing
1 The Meadow Stream
2. Upper Flats