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    Well it's that time for a new thread, so here we go...

    Hopefully we can keep the focus on the Tees this year. We've had a lot of good debates and interest in the issues with the Tees this past year and I'd like to think we can carry that going forward.

    The counter never makes the Tees look that great but we know things are slowly improving. It's just frustrating to us all, as we can see the potential the Tees has but let's not give up.

    I wish everyone the best of luck this coming season & hopefully we can get a few more Tees Salmon on our rods.

    All the best for 2018!

    Tight lines

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    Yeah would be nice to hear of more fish being caught this season.
    On another note we need to keep the Tees thread nice and squeaky clean,no negativity towards our other magificant wildlife that the Tees catchment has to offer.We all adults and should behave in ADULT WAY,no name calling, threats etc the thread don't need that.We have the E/A watching what we say along with many AC clubs and Truts etc,so we don't want who ever to think we barbarians or the likes do we?
    It would be really nice to see more fotos hit this thread this season,course fish included ie big Pike and the massive perch the Tees holds,lets try entice some new comers to the river or indeed old timers who back heeled the Tees for what ever reasons in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgaines10 View Post
    Well it's that time for a new thread, so here we go...

    Hopefully we can keep the focus on the Tees this year. We've had a lot of good debates and interest in the issues with the Tees this past year and I'd like to think we can carry that going forward.

    The counter never makes the Tees look that great but we know things are slowly improving. It's just frustrating to us all, as we can see the potential the Tees has but let's not give up.

    I wish everyone the best of luck this coming season & hopefully we can get a few more Tees Salmon on our rods.

    All the best for 2018!

    Tight lines
    Never Give up, the Struggle to greatly improve the river is always ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future . We'll be doing our best, but I tell you, I'm not going to buy a whole Salmon from a fishmongers and pose it for a few photographs I was thinking of a new Rod for this season, frankly Hardy and Sage are way too expensive, so if anybody knows different, I am considering Orvis as a good option.

    Cheers
    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Alex View Post
    Never Give up, the Struggle to greatly improve the river is always ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future . We'll be doing our best, but I tell you, I'm not going to buy a whole Salmon from a fishmongers and pose it for a few photographs I was thinking of a new Rod for this season, frankly Hardy and Sage are way too expensive, so if anybody knows different, I am considering Orvis as a good option.

    Cheers
    Ian
    Back in the day when we were allowed to sell sustainable rod caught salmon, i sold a big cock fish to a feller in a village near Bishopton,about a year later or so i was back in the pub where i sold it and as i tried to sell one to the land lord (new landlord) he produced a picture of the feller i sold the fish to dressed up like that feller out side barnicles chippy stockton dovecot street,yella oil skins and a sea fishermans captain birdseye hat.but he was holding the fish i sold him,apparntly it made ever so popular with the people of carlton.....same feller captain birdseye still on the go.....bless him.

    A rod is nearly a rod to me,if that makes sense? i hate flimsy,brittle thin walled rods,im not bothered about the rod weight either so a old fiberglass rod form the 60s or 70s will suit me down to a tee,but however as age creeps up i do posses some carbon rods,a B&W, a unknown rod from the Dee,a Fiberube,airflo,and a few glass rods to top it off,im clumsy with anything new so expensive rods are a no no for me as i have broke a few in the past,but not glass rods,i don't fish for more than a few hours at a time unless the river is bouncing with fish or where im fishing is lifting but im still not catching,but in a year that only happens a few times anyway.so weight of rod to me makes ne odds,Orvis seem a good rod and decent make with canny write ups-go the full hog go to greys at alnwick,get the feel for a few rods or blanks,ask questions shop about online and get a rod bulder to build yer a custom rod to suit your needs, even get yer name on it why not? then that rod is sort of unique to you,ive been searching for a salt water fly rod the type that was used by rex hunt in his tv series during the 90s to catch treveli etc if i could get a at least 12 foot rod i would be well happy to take it to bits then make it my own after some customisation.
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    Broken Scar rocks,well they went in around 1984 or there abouts,first lot went in below the dam apron,back then the dam wasnt as big near where the ball camera is now,they was once a footpath there that went closer to the dam wall now extended,so them big boulders,before they were there when i was a kid i used to pick the crayfish up all day long i was facinated by them,put every single one back of course tiny little things,very black in colour or very dark green,but that was a big gravel area and if i remember correctly yer could walk below the dam in low water,yer could probly do it slightly hiher but it was a force that cmae over quite strong,now when it flooded dirty water dropping off the fish used to fly onto the apron either make it over drop back or shoot along to the weir pool bit,so it didn't take long for these new tees salmon to hit the news and a lad appeared canny kid lol cheeky, but after that the rocks were put in - end of !

    But that left the weir pool,and at this time the water still only flowed in the middle at low water so yer could stand at the end to the wir pool this is before the denial fish pass,sit back and yer could see the very odd salmon trying for it which unless it was up,they had zero chance i mean zero,not ever seen a one back then get over in low water,nearly but nealry aint good enough say 3/4s then fall back down,so the wtaer was fast coming through the two middle channels and yer didn't even need a rod????? the force of the water would send fish flying of they tried to jump to early always or nealry always on the platform right at yer feet anything from bowns to a few LBS to mighty slamon and ST wey hey hey,used to love going there when a was a kid,further down past the last jetty the fish used to do the same beach them sleves on that small incline slplit,same again the fish used to run that path in very very high water,sometimes with a few inches of the top of the fish sticking out the water,so all thse alterations have been well looked into as the fish seldom do any of that any more.

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    Now if fish run a foot path in flood does that suggest that in days gone by that the river may have once run where the path is? as salmon we know have a natural sat nav if yer like built in that can lay dormant for 1ks of years untill needed? Same applies lower down from the barrage from say Portrack Bay area,well actually from say thee barrage area slightly lower than the fish pass entrance,the fish run so close to the side that they nearly on the bank side,now again in days gone by the rivers course used to be somehwhat different,the river used to run past where asda is now and possibly where HMP Holme House is,well not quite as far as the Gaol maybe nearer the roundabout.I learnt that at school, Mr Thompkinson was never ever wrong,learnt,entertained and represented by the Thomkinson family ie teacher mr T his nephew-John Thompkinson (DCI BANKS) and Mr Ts son who is a barrester.

    Mr Thompkinson had another brother who moved to High Shincliffe just out side Durham near Houghall agriculteral college,this is about 2-3 miles up from the dams in Durham city centre by river not road as thats much closer,the river creates a sock around the Durham area hence the location of the Catherderal,but Mr T WAS ALSO A FISHERMNA dry fly all the way hated rainbows and the likes,a true purist got some of the pupils to tie up flies for him but he swore that shincliffe was a banging area for salmon and st,now he talking about at least late 1930s he told me where to go and i found the area he was talking about,wouldnt give me a map or anything only verbal directions which he said was crucial to following orders and finding the location safely (ww2 days kicking in) but ive walked that area lots of times both fishing and coursing,seen very odd fish nearby but not exactly where he said,so i assume over time if the river changes its charicteristics fish may not hold in the said area till mutha nature repairs it back to how it was,but by the sounds back then it was a popular spot for a good chance of a catch-try doing that now in the shincliffe area.The fishing don't pick up till yer get into Butterby estate,then by that time yer sort of at croxdale waters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taddy View Post
    Broken Scar rocks,well they went in around 1984 or there abouts,first lot went in below the dam apron,back then the dam wasnt as big near where the ball camera is now,they was once a footpath there that went closer to the dam wall now extended,so them big boulders,before they were there when i was a kid i used to pick the crayfish up all day long i was facinated by them,put every single one back of course tiny little things,very black in colour or very dark green,but that was a big gravel area and if i remember correctly yer could walk below the dam in low water,yer could probly do it slightly hiher but it was a force that cmae over quite strong,now when it flooded dirty water dropping off the fish used to fly onto the apron either make it over drop back or shoot along to the weir pool bit,so it didn't take long for these new tees salmon to hit the news and a lad appeared canny kid lol cheeky, but after that the rocks were put in - end of !

    But that left the weir pool,and at this time the water still only flowed in the middle at low water so yer could stand at the end to the wir pool this is before the denial fish pass,sit back and yer could see the very odd salmon trying for it which unless it was up,they had zero chance i mean zero,not ever seen a one back then get over in low water,nearly but nealry aint good enough say 3/4s then fall back down,so the wtaer was fast coming through the two middle channels and yer didn't even need a rod????? the force of the water would send fish flying of they tried to jump to early always or nealry always on the platform right at yer feet anything from bowns to a few LBS to mighty slamon and ST wey hey hey,used to love going there when a was a kid,further down past the last jetty the fish used to do the same beach them sleves on that small incline slplit,same again the fish used to run that path in very very high water,sometimes with a few inches of the top of the fish sticking out the water,so all thse alterations have been well looked into as the fish seldom do any of that any more.

    Yes, all that is so, but as you say, the rocks have improved the situation dramatically along with the denial fish pass. Even in low water, given the slope of the shutes and the length, the force of water was too much. Salmon are strong fish, made for explosive bursts of energy, but they can only do so much. Things are much better today, passage upstream is easier and I have to say, the improvements were well thought out. Yes, back in the day fish would run along the footpath in high spate. Not likely as the whole set-up has been arranged so that fish follow the current up the center and along the Yorkshire bank.
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    We just need improvements to the Barrage now


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    The river today was dirty as hell on a good day,full of debris,trees,etc,very muddy looking,that was newport Bridge this afternoon around 3.40pm,i been wanting to get out for a day or two for a bit of Pike action,try me reel out that i refurbished (Mitchell 810) but the rain has brought that to a abrupt halt ,soon as it clear up ill be giving the Pike a go,show me son how its done .......................hopefully that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taddy View Post
    The river today was dirty as hell on a good day,full of debris,trees,etc,very muddy looking,that was newport Bridge this afternoon around 3.40pm,i been wanting to get out for a day or two for a bit of Pike action,try me reel out that i refurbished (Mitchell 810) but the rain has brought that to a abrupt halt ,soon as it clear up ill be giving the Pike a go,show me son how its done .......................hopefully that is.
    Only ever caught Pike on the Fly so take this with a pinch of salt but I reckon these look like cracking Pike Lures:

    Egret Baits - Vudu Shad



    There's a pool where I'm desperate to try one of these too...

    Vudu Shrimp

    Enjoy the pike, sorry about the diversion....

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