Cheers Sim . Looks like a mixture of 13s 16d and 11 releases for rest of seasonThanks Adam, that’s good news. I was meant to be coming up next weekend but our youngest tested positive for Covid yesterday so we are isolating - my season is done ! All the best for the rest of the month. Sim
Unforgettable is the right word. I can still remember my dad taking me to catch minnows in a jam jar and I reckon that’s where I picked up the fishing bug. Nice to see some fish coming off the Lune.I spent three days with my seven year old boy, Huey on the Haltwhistle AA beats this weekend. We had a successful time, landing two fish, with two other good pulls, and otherwise exploring a lovely bit of water around Featherstone that we will surely return to.
The boy learned to double spey with a ten foot Hardy fibertube that my dad built 25 years ago and stuck a three inch handle on to turn it into a rod for him. It worked a treat with a 250 grain maxcatch Skagit head, so much so that I was hard pushed to let go of it and hooked a 32" fish on it on Friday afternoon. I felt bad and handed the rod to the boy who "battled" the fish for a few seconds before giving the rod back to me, frankly scared shitless. I beached the fish and Huey then, having ably taken a quick photo of me holding the fish, then somehow instinctively did a passable impression of Frodin with his recent 50lber, before releasing it. Funny.
On the Saturday we tried various spots around Wydon Farm and Featherstone, working on Huey's spey cast and trying to make the most of the falling river. It was that afternoon that I got two good pulls in the same pool on a fly my brother tied for me. Gutted that the fish didn't stick.
I returned to the pool of two pulls at first light on the Sunday and made it good with a 31"er, christening my new T-Pac, a truly lovely rod,in the process. Sadly the boy was still in bed and not able to share in that particular pleasure.
It was a great three days, and unforgettable time spent with my firstborn. We're planning the next trip in the New Year when he'll be a bit older and hopefully a little more confident with the rod in hand. Maybe the Findhorn FAA water for a chance of a Springer...
Would welcome some local knowledge if possible.
I have the option to fish on Thursday of this week, although I note there’s heavy rain forecast on Wednesday until 19:00 in the N Tyne catchment; Kielder release should be 9 cumecs. What sort of levels am I likely to be faced with on the N Tyne Thursday morning? Will it be a big water?
I’m based in Stamford in Lincolnshire so it’s a good three and a half hours in the car; would like to know it’s worth it before I set off!
Many thanks in advance,
I had a very similar forecast 3 weeks ago - the river went up by about 3 foot in an hour and was unfishable - I drove back to Stamford to pick my kids up from school.
The forecasts up there can be inaccurate, but if that one is right, you would be better off on the Welland.
I think I already knew the answer to the question to be honest! I just wanted there to be hope as my opportunities to get on the river are few and far between.
I’ll keep an eye on the weather as it seems to change by the hour. Maybe I’ll be lucky!
It depends where your fishing,At the moment it’s very quiet nothing like it should be,very few fish and black as coal.Stay at home is my advice.
Only fished 6 times due to conditions that it was going to be a blank year but managed this little in today before water started to colour up first pull of the year,normally I would expect to have had 5 or 6 and about the same for seatroutWe all done then lads and lasses? out of our hands maybe I know…
my catches are under half what I would expect, we all the same?
Glad you got one, well done!!Only fished 6 times due to conditions that it was going to be a blank year but managed this little in today before water started to colour up first pull of the year,normally I would expect to have had 5 or 6 and about the same for seatrout
It looked like they did two days ... it did rain the night of the second day so they got a few hours on the morning of the third and that was when bib had his fish.... I am surprised it did take that long though and whinehouse didn't catch as they had some of the best fishing on the N Tyne to explore.Seasons greetings. How many days do you think Bob Mortimer fished to catch that super salmon ?