First it was the salmon:
|Mark working down "Hudley Bank" (I think) on Chesters Beat|
It started last week Wednesday evening when I caught up with the rest of the crew at the cottage in Humshaugh on the North Tyne in Northumberland. Early the next morning I stepped into the river with a 14 foot 9 weight Double Handed fly rod. I was going after salmon with a fly for the first time in my 35 years of flyfishing...
|my first salmon- a 14lb cock fish|
|the #12 Bann Special Shrimp did the business|
|The Bann Special Shrimp|
The salmon and sea trout populations of the Tyne have rocketed back from near annihilation after sewage works and chemical polluters in the lower estaurine stretch of the river in Newcastle were forced to behave due to new clean water laws a few decades ago. We fished patterns as small as 16's. I am amazed these huge predators will eat flies this small (and nothing else sometimes)... there is so much to learn about migratory salmonids.
|Simon with a 4lb sea trout that became dinner|
Then it was the high country Brown Trout:
|The River Tees just below Cauldron Snout (highest waterfall in England?)... loaded with hungry wild browns|
|the camping spot|
|Little, aggressive, Tees brownies.... no push overs though!|
Lunch of pork pie and ale went down bloody well after hours of hunched over stalking.
|A magical combination!|
|the Red Grouse were everywhere, with their shrill "go back go back go back" call|
|The obligatory selfie :-)|
And finally the grayling:
|not a monster, but rewarding nonetheless|
The first fish of this journey weighed 14lbs, the last one weighed 1.4lbs.... weird.
|the last fish of my journey, 10 times smaller than the first fish|
We should all be taking these journeys regularly!