Guests out on the beat

A week back Barry Mitchell our casting guru and guide took his first tentative steps into Dead Tree under my poor guidance and Kielder decided lets just add to a decent to heavy flow by adding more! So Barry got a bit of a soaking and fortunately no harm came of it. On the same day John M had his first few hours on the beat and enjoyed the water. No fish nothing seen.
Yesterday the 14th March Barry returned and enjoyed sublime conditions and saw some early sea trout racing through! Only a few hours on the beat so far this year…everyone has been busy helping with a lot of work on the Estate.
It looks like the good conditions will continue so some fish may be forthcoming …just need some rods to get in and get after them.
Barry N will be offering some of the local experts his take on the beat and he has somewhat of a reputation for putting people into fish. Its possible if your booking he may be able to spare some time to help rods new or even experienced to understand the wiles of the river.
IF you fancy some quality spring fishing call me 07733389474 John R

Tyne Keilder Release Information Improved

OK you are travelling up to fish OR you’ve arrived and the sun is beating down its all over …or maybe not ?

Whatever the case we need water or should we restate salmon/sea trout need water and sea trout to run the Tyne !

Well on the Tyne we are quite lucky in that the huge reservoir at the head of North Tyne is fed from the west and guess what, it rains a great deal more there than the NE which contrary to accepted wisdom is rather dry compared to most of the UK .

The kind people of the EA have now supplied us with a swag of data : HERE

So what does this mean …hmmm ok if there is little water then 15 cubic metres is excellent or above!
However should the river already be up a foot or so really 10 is about enough and any more really not good.
The releases are subject to change so if its pouring in the West keep your fingers crossed.


Farnley Estate Corbridge News

Season 2016

Lets look back on 2016 and recall what type of a season we had on the Tyne and how the salmon fishing fared.

The season started badly following the worst floods we are told in 300 years. The damage caused is still being repaired while I write this article. The famous 'scar' on the Estate took the brunt of the hostile conditions in the winter of 2015-6, this local geological feature was stripped of many ancient trees and tens of thousands of tonnes of material. Sadly the river banks were ripped apart in places and also a huge whirlpool flood entered our lakes and wreaked havoc. No grants were forthcoming and in about March we set to work and as of early December we are still working and adding improvements where we can. The condition of the salmon beat was luckily ok and perhaps for the hut pool a bit better. Fine sand was piled up metres high and with JCB and manpower we got there and grass eventually reappeared.

As the season began the prevailing easterlies seemed to stop the runs of salmon the theory being that salmon don't like running in seas that are rough where the sand irritates their gills. Some lucky rods picked up fish in April but as a rule the beat was lightly fished in spring. In May salmon were seen as lot but difficult to tempt ! Then June came and our fishermen were somewhat taken unawares that a massive run of salmon passed through the beat a quite extraordinary run. The Tyne rods were a chatter with autumn like runs of fish heading throughout the system so fish began to be hooked and even some landed by lucky anglers. What was discussed seemed to be the ease at which fish unhooked themselves and I for one can vouch for this not just on the Tyne but rivers I fished in Scotland in 2016, The Lochy and the Esks.

The summer progressed and the most skilful rods with a taste for the night were reputed to have caught some superb sea-trout. The weather was not really the best  to  our rods but once again July was quite amazing with nearly 10,000 fish going though the system!!!

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