RIVER TYNE FISHING REPORT – UPDATED 8TH JULY 2021
Tyne fish counts for the season to date are below average, this is largely due to the unusual weather over the period to date. Looking back, April was a dry month, May was unusually cold and June has been very dry. Migratory fish are dependent on frequent natural flow events and water temperatures of 8C+ when there are obstructions to ascend.
Low water is not conducive to large scale migration, such flows when combined with bright conditions generally sees migration over the fish counter largely restricted to overnight activity. In these conditions there are more sea trout about than salmon.
The North Tyne has benefited from Kielder releases , resulting in some encouraging recent salmon catches. The South Tyne has reported very few fish to date, this river is extremely low. The Main Tyne is generally well below the average catch to date.
The Tyne catchment needs a very wet period over a number of days, initially a large spate to clean the rivers followed by a good flow over several days, that should bring a substantial number of fish into the system.
In recent seasons, July has seen excellent numbers of fish ascending the counter, given good water this could well be repeated.
Tyne fish counts at Riding Mill were 55 for April, 319 in May and 1,945 up to the 29th June. The end of June total should be 2,100.
To date in July, 1,385 upstream fish counts have been recorded up to the morning of the 6th. The slight natural increase in river flow encouraged almost 500 fish to ascend in one day. Good news.
UPDATE: 8TH JULY 2021
The North Tyne is carrying extra water from the Rede and a large number of fish have been seen moving above Hexham and it appears to be a very good run of fish.
The EA will be raising the radial gates at Riding Mill weir on Monday 12th July. This is to enable inspection and maintenance of the fish counter. The gates will be raised for a maximum of 48 hours.