Over the past few weeks the river levels in both the Wear and Tees have fluctuated between low to high conditions. Anglers have been out on both rivers and have been successful in catching multiple brown trout up to 1lb 12oz, which have all been caught the fly. One angler had a highly successful day in the Mickleton beat of the River Tees with all of the fish in fine fettle and returned to the water.
The much needed rains over the weekend has seen a healthy rise in the water levels on the River Wear. Take a look at the difference from the 1st of May to the 4th – 9 inches extra over the gauge at Witton Park, from Saturday evening/Sunday morning’s rain alone. It’s not huge but if the trend continues it should bode well for the rest of the season. (screen grabs courtesy of FishPal)
March 22nd came in with typical weather for the time of year, a few hardy souls braved the conditions and were successful at catching an odd brown trout on the River tees and river wear.
The water temperature was cold but fishing with the traditional North of England spider patterns led to some success. The flies that were successful were partridge and red, partridge and yellow, snipe and purple, plus waterhen bloa in sizes 14 and 16.
Fishing is hard at this time of year but can be just as rewarding as the more fruitful months and nature is at its best. If anglers have stories or anything of interest to share with the club please do so and also pass on any photographs that you may have of your angling successes.
A reminder to members of the new rule regarding fishing for brown trout and grayling as agreed at the annual general meeting; anglers must use barbless or de-barbed hooks.
“Documentary about Megan Boyd, who twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into elaborate fishing flies – at once miniature works of art and absolutely lethal.”
Well worth a watch on catch up TV…