Good new for club members – the anglers bridge at Vinovium has now been repaired and a new gate fitted.
The continued rains have ensured that sea trout have now entered the system and have been seen, and caught as far up as Witton-le-Wear. The river is at a nice level for fly fishing and good hatches of fly life are ensuring that brown trout are feeding on the surface. Indeed a number of anglers have reported good catches of brown trout with fish being taken on both dry and wet fly. They have been caught on a range of barbless hook flies, such as; greenwells glory, snipe and purple, water hen bloa and iron blue dun.
The next club board meeting will be addressing the issue of river bank management, now that we are in this wonderful position of knowing that we have our core fishing beats confirmed we are looking to improve access to the river and, in particular, the main pools.
The board will be working in conjunction with the new head bailiff and his team over this issue. On this matter we a looking at putting together combined working parties of club bailiffs and also club members. If you would be interested in becoming part of this scheme please contact the new head bailiff, John Atkinson, on 07579 000 551.
Remember to watch this space for updates and further information.
Following the auction of the Church Commissioners water the angling club can announce that we are now in a position to move forward. The angling club is currently on the process of negotiating with the new owner, some details are still being finalised but we can confirm that we will retain the fishing on the water in question for the next 5 years.
We will keep you updated as and when we have further information, but this is certainly good news for the club and its members.
One of our new members, Neil, had a very successful first outing on club waters. He landed five good brownies and two grayling down at the Page Bank beat and commented that the ‘fish are in fine fettle’. His largest catch weighed in at 2.5lb and he kindly sent us a nice shot of one of his catches. Neil said that he was ‘impressed’ and thanked our membership secretary for the tour – what more could we ask for.
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)