August 28, 2008

Every Cloud Truly Has a Silver Lining ; FRESHWATER ANGLING


THE heavy waters continue on local rivers and the 'silver run' of fish continues moving upstream on most of our local rivers.

This augers well for the remaining two months of the season on English waters.

The Tyne continues to produce good sport with both main tributaries giving up excellent catches.

The Lambley Fishings have produced good catches, with the Madam's and Jackie's Pools yielding some good salmon and sea-trout. This beat has been producing over 100 fish per season in recent years.

The prospects look very good indeed for the autumn fishing, with many more fish expected to enter our local rivers in the weeks to come.

Among the catches I've had reported was a 14lb salmon taken by Steve Bullock of Cramlington on fly while fishing the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters near Felton on the River Coquet.

A 7lb salmon was also caught on fly at the Bridge Pool on the Caistron Beat near Hepple.

Out on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters on the Tyne, Harvey Marchbank from Guisley had a great day, landing a salmon of 15lb and three sea-trout in the 4lb class, all on the fly.

The Bywell Beat on the main Tyne produced three salmon to 17lb on Monday, and beats well up river on both the South Tyne and North Tyne gave good sport with salmon and sea-trout.

THE Cumbrian Jack Charlton Trout Cup competition for Disabled Anglers was fished at Bessy Beck Trout fishery near Kirkby Stephen.

Winner was Martin Boylan from Whitehaven with Robert Armstrong of the Alan Carr Fishing Friends runner-up. Third place went to June Ross from Gateshead.

The NBF Cup for the heaviest fish on worm was won by Robert Armstrong from Gatesehad.

The best bag on fly was taken by Alistair Corps Bell from Longtown. The event was run by the Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers' Association attracted 50 anglers and over 130 trout were caught on the day.

SEPTEMBER looms and is usually a very good month on river and lake. The brown trout will be feeding hard before spawning, and local reservoirs such as Cow Green, Balderhead and Selset are likely to fish really well.

Anglers can travel light, with small traditional fly patterns likely to give some exciting sport. With all reservoirs pretty full, this is luxury that doesn't occur too often, with reservoirs normally being well drawn down at this time of the year.

THE Northumbrian Water-stocked waters should fish really well during September, with Derwent, Fontburn and Grassholme all performing really well so far this season.

Kielder water has had a fine season too and Scaling Dam has also done well.

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