The weather is playing a major part in delaying the main runs of salmon and sea trout. Fish are being caught lower down the system but not in great quantity and those that have been caught have been described as coloured.
As we mentioned in our last report brown trout are prolific in club waters at the moment. Here’s a few specimens that one of our club members has caught over recent evenings. Although runs of salmon and sea trout have been limited J.Walker has had a witnessed and verified catch of an impressive 13.5lb sea trout, caught last week on club waters. Certainly the favourite for the annual trophy and box of Dai Jones flies at the moment.
At the moment, due to the lack of water in both systems, runs of salmon and sea trout have been limited. Despite the low water levels, two salmon were reported being caught this week on the River Tees on the Eggleston Beats – and a number of fish have also been spotted at the lower end of the beat.
The weather has changed for the better, water levels have risen and brought with the runs of sea trout and salmon, although still not in great quantity.
One of our newer members who has only just taken up salmon fishing has, with a bit of help from a number of club members, caught his first salmon, on the fly, on the River Tees. He doesn’t know who was more surprised at his success, him or the fish. The fish was estimated to be in excess of double figures and fought well.
A couple of fine specimens caught and returned by H.Duffin in the Bishop Auckland area this week. The smaller of the fish was 28″ and weighed in at around 9lbs and the larger fish was 31″ in length weighing 11-12lbs. Harry also adds: “After the rise of water cleared out, the fish have been very active and taking throughout the night. There are lots of big fish showing in the deeper areas and fish are now well spread throughout the pools”.
Both the River Wear and River Tees have had small freshets of water that has encouraged fish to move through the systems to the higher reaches. Anglers have been out hunting for the elusive salmon and sea trout and several have been caught on both rivers.