Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports - DAVID CAR­RICK.

FISH COUNTS cour­tesy of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency showed a run of 1994 mi­gra­tory fish dur­ing July giv­ing a to­tal of 3672 for the sea­son so far. This fig­ure com­pares with 8519 for the same time of the sea­son last year. Fish were pop­u­lat­ing the pools on the lower river and into the mid­dle reaches. Catches were on the low side as was an­gling ef­fort. Re­ports in­di­cated some good shoals of fish on some beats while oth­ers saw that pools were sparsely pop­u­lated. I was told that around 75 fish per night were mov­ing through the new fish pass at Free­man’s Reach. Some rods fish­ing into the dark had suc­cess. One rod had four sea-trout in the 4lb to 6lb range. On Ty­ne­side An­glers Syn­di­cate wa­ters, Pat Mar­tin re­ported sea-trout of 3lb, 4lb 8oz, 7lb and 7lb 8oz. He also caught a 5lb grilse. Th­ese fish fell to Black and Sil­ver, Cas­cade and a White and Sil­ver Nee­dle Fly. Sev­eral sea-trout in the 3lb class were also re­ported caught on fly un­der the cover of dark­ness. After the re­cent rise in flows some fish have moved on. Pop­u­lar flies to try for Oc­to­ber in­clude Sil­ver Stoat’s Tail, Ally’s Shrimp, Cas­cade, var­i­ous Shrimp Fly pat­terns, Munro Killer, Blue and Sil­ver, Black and Sil­ver, White and Sil­ver Nee­dle flies and tubes. Sizes 8-12 are sug­gested for the more con­ven­tional sal­mon fly pat­terns, de­pend­ing on wa­ter lev­els. Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber nor­mally see the main runs of fish. An­glers on the river are still very scep­ti­cal about the Hy­dro at Free­man’s Reach and the dam­age it does to in­com­ing sal­mon and sea-trout that are at­tracted into the screw. The Wear An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion are still firm in their be­lief that screens are re­quired to pre­vent fish from en­ter­ing -

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