Its September and …..

Please sing along ….’I’ve lost one tooth or more and walk a little lame, especially in these lumpy wading boots . haven’t got time for the waiting game..and now as fishing days grow pitifully few…the salmon more golden …hopefully on the line for  you.’

Kurt Weill’s September masterpiece (thanks Robb Lawton of the Piano Shop in Bath) .

Yes interlude over its that time of year folks, wistful as we are to search our memory banks of those Autumns in times passed when it all seemed so easy and the fish always obliging. The question on all of our lips is will this Autumn be bountiful and after our fruitless exertions ? I remember many happy trips to the Annan , Tweed , Tyne and lesser rivers where the fish were hurling themselves about ! Things are tricky in the salmon world and lets hope all the conservation efforts will start to pay dividends.

The situation Tyneside  is certainly rosier here at Farnley Estate Corbridge ! Our past few weeks have switched between some very good water and very low but generally very good runs flying in. Fish are moving and catches reasonable. Lets hope this is a sign of a significant and welcome run that will fill the redds and allow the humble salmon fly angler a little sport to light up their faces. Or current gang are regulars headed by John M and its been arm achingly successful !! I will keep quiet about the full score because they are still at it even though yesterday the 11th it was a complete brown out.

John M’s team in action !

Chris B brought his friends and family across to Farnley with sumptuous lunches prepared by Vicky. Barry Mitchell did the guiding and certainly fish were hooked! It took until day 3 when Chris landed a lovely grilse to round off the trip. Good feedback on the Lodge improvements the new steps riverside and other things we are trying to make the Farnley trip better!

Regular twice yearly Keith J and his merry men hit the river and found it ok and dropping. Fish were hooked pulls had and the interest was there. The team really enjoyed their time so much so have booked 2019 already along with other rods so get in touch soon please. The trip finally paid dividends when team leader Keith caught a lovely grilse!! Picture may be forthcoming … he said 30 yes 30 days up and down Scotland and England to get this fish so at last it happened well done indeed Keith.

Barry Mitchells gang had a lovely time but the river suddenly dropped (Northumbrian water pumping again ??) fishing was tricky and once again hope and some interest ! Eventually Jamie hit into one a lovely grilse of 6lb. .


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