Rob lands first salmon of season ROB Stephenson,
fishing an Odin spinner landed the first salmon of the year from the River Coquet on Friday to claim the Coquet Trophy for
the first fresh salmon to be landed on the river - last year's winner, Gordon Black, landed his fish on April 8.
The fish, which weighed approximately 9lb, was brought to the net at the Jack Rock.
Permits are now available
for the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters on the Rivers Tyne and Coquet, with prices held at last year's level.
A full salmon season permit is
£105 (with a concessionary price of £70), the bolt-on to fish the tidal stretch of the River Coquet is £80;
a trout permit ticket is £70 (£50 concessionary) and a coarse permit is £30.
are also available, with a seven-day all fish ticket costing £140, while a one-day ticket will be £50, a seven-day
trout only ticket is £80 and a one-day permit £20.
Permits are available by post from head bailiff
Willie Farndale. Phone 01669 620 984 or visit www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk for full details of how to apply.
Although Christopher Makepiece lifted the Centenary Cup for the heaviest
salmon from federation waters with a fine cock fish of 16lb 4oz, which was safely returned, several other good fish of more
than 20lb were reported brought to the net, but these were coloured male fish, also safely returned.
Cup for the heaviest trout was won by Keith Young with a fish of 4lb 12oz.
The newly constituted Jim Hardy Trophy,
in memory of the federation's former chairman, for the heaviest sea trout from federation waters was won by Matthew Bradbeer
with a fish of 10lb.
Prices pegged and longer fishing
TROUT fishing opens at Northumbrian Water's six premier reservoirs - Derwent in County
Durham, Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland, Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North
York Moors - on Saturday, March 15, with prices pegged at last year's reduced levels.
An eight-fish day permit will
cost £23, a concessionary £21, a credit cruncher £16 and a full-day boat hire charges for Kielder Water
cost £15 midweek and £19 at weekends.
Advance day permits can be bought online through www.fishpal.com.
In response to anglers' requests, the reservoirs will open an hour sooner at 7am, with afternoon credit cruncher
permits also be on sale an hour earlier at 2pm.
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'free' fishing clarificationCORBRIDGE Parish
Council stresses that, contrary to popular belief, there is no "free fishing" at Corbridge.
on the north bank, upstream of the bridge, and the south bank, downstream of the bridge, is restricted to Corbridge parishioners
and is not available to visitors.
Please do not travel and expect to fish. Any angler doing so will find themself
in an unlawful situation and may be prosecuted.
There is affordable fishing three miles away at Hexham Tyne Green.
Contact Northumberland County Council tourist office for further information.
to host Scierra Pairs heatsKIELDER Water and Lockwood
Beck are to host heats of the Scierra Pairs, which is being billed as very different from other fly-fishing competitions.
The competition, which will be launched
in the spring, will see pairs of anglers enter and fish together in the same boat, with rules, including fly sizes, more relaxed.
The Kielder heat will be fished on Sunday, May 11 and the Lockwood event will take place a week later on May 18.
organisers are keen to encourage juniors to take part and pairs with one or more anglers under 18 can claim a discount of
£10 on first entry.
Each angler will receive a value pack with relevant products worth more than the joint
entry fee. "Hidden" prizes will be awarded at every heat and there will be a cash prize fund of £3,750, said
to be the highest prize fund in British competition fly-fishing, for the final, with cash down to fourth place.
organiser, England international Phil Dixon, said: "Scierra Pairs is a great concept. Allowing each pair to fish together
and relaxing fly sizes and other rules will encourage more people into the sport.
"As a former junior international,
I hope that the lads/daughters and Dad's discount will attract many young anglers. The support of Scierra, and other sponsors,
means we can give value to every angler, as well as a great prize fund."
There will be heats throughout the UK, with the final taking place at Rutland on Sunday, September 7.
Phil has been a fanatical competition
angler since he was 'English Youth Champion' at Rutland Water, aged 14.
A true all-round angler, he has
won almost every title, including two senior loch-style nationals, and is a regular member of the England World Championship
He is a professional angling guide, having access to superb private fishing in England and Wales.
His links with Scierra have enabled him to realise another ambition - to organise a national competition.
And two more make it three for the year
THE Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for February was two - the 13th highest on record
and is lower than the five (13), 10 (16) and long-term (12) averages.
The highest count recorded during February
was 41 in 2012.
The total for the first two months of the year is three - the lowest on record and lower than
the five (19), 10 (52) and long-term (17) averages. The highest count for this period 157 and was recorded in 2005.
No upstream counts have been recorded so far in March.
Upstream counts were only recorded on February 8 and 12,
just before substantial rises in flow on February 9 and 13. As in January, the conditions would appear not to favour
fish passage at Riding Mill and any counts that are recorded are likely to be a result of fish being in the right place at
the right time.
Further details of the daily upstream counts for 2013 and historic monthly counts for the River
can be found on https://brand.environment-agency.gov.uk/mb/CsB32f and https://brand.environment-agency.gov.uk/mb/CVwevn
If you are not already aware, the EA has a system in place that allows anglers to check river levels
before heading out. This can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/
Details of the Kielder releases and the Kielder operating agreement
can be found at http://tyneriverstrust.org/kielder-releases-and-river-levels/
Since 2006, almost all adult salmon and sea trout caught during broodstock collection operations on the River
Tyne have been tagged with floy tags. Carried out as part of the Environment Agency's programme of ‘index river'
monitoring, salmon carry green tags and sea trout, blue, and are fitted just below the dorsal fin.
and December, 233 salmon and 58 sea trout were tagged and released into lactions on the North and South Tyne and the River
Tagging provides valuable information on the routes taken by migratory fish, as well as on their rates of
growth and survival. However, because of the relatively small numbers involved and the low likelihood of them being encountered,
recaptures are generally quite rare.
Anglers should examine carefully any salmon or sea trout caught and, if it
has an external tag or missing adipose fin, and please record the following details: where and when the fish was caught; the
species, sex and size (length and/or weight); and the floy tag number and colour.
If possible, please also
take a sample of scales from the shoulder of the fish and, if returning it, leave the tag attached.
the EA received scale samples from two salmon caught downstream of the counter at Riding Mill, one caught on February 3 and
the other the following day.
The fish caught on the third was aged as a 2.2+, no sea winter was evident on the
scale edge and the erosion to the edge was very slight, and it had most likely returned to the river late in 2013.
The fish caught on the fourth, was aged as a 2.3, indicating that it had spent three winters at sea and had only recently
returned to the river.
Each year, the EA hopes to receive scales from between 10% and 15% of salmon and sea trout
caught across River Tyne throughout the fishing season. It is hoped anglers will send in an unbiased sample, taking scales
from fish of all sizes not just specimen examples. The EA is also keen to receive scale samples from kelts.
you would like further details of the Angler Scale Sampling Programme or the Tyne Angler Logbook Scheme or know of someone
who would like to join or you catch a salmon or sea trout with a green or blue tag or a salmon with clipped adipose fin please
call the environmental monitoring team on 0191 203 4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By contributing to the Angler Scale Sampling Programme, anglers
help improve the EA's understanding of the stocks of salmon and sea trout returning to the River Tyne.
Angler Scale Sampling Programme is supported by the Salmon and Trout Association, Hardy of Alnwick, Bagnall and Kirkwood, Tyne Rivers Trust, Tyne Fly Fishing and the North East Fly Casting Club.
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For those with the time and curiosity to explore
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FOCL is also offering special deals for solo travellers
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