2016 Fishing Season Summary
you to all our clients for your interest, support, bookings and
feedback in 2016.
We were once
again blessed with a very good head of fish in the rivers at Warden and
mainly favourable conditions throughout much of the season and in
particular the summer months. The first half of
September saw more challenging conditions, as a warm spell of weather
often saw river temperatures rise to between 17.5ºC and 19ºC.
catches were up at 253 salmon (2015 - 95) and 102 sea trout (2015 -
93). We recorded our best season to date for the number of salmon
caught and set a new record for the number of salmon caught during July
and August, with the sea trout season being our second best on record
with some exceptional fish caught.
The size of
salmon landed at Warden varied between 2lb (extremely small for the
Tyne) and 28lb with the average weight of a salmon being 11½lb. The sea
trout catch comprised fish between 1¼lb (unusually small for the Tyne)
and 14lb, the average weight being 4½lb.
river benefited from a few floods and numerous small freshets and
Kielder releases during the season that helped keep the silver tourists
on the move allowing catches to be reasonably consistent. One of the
basic equations in Salmon fishing seems to be that if you get the water
you catch the fish!
The new Fish
Pass at Hexham seems to have had a positive effect, as fish were able
to ascend the weir at Hexham during lower river flows. Proof of this is
reflected in an improvement in the catches that were made on the lower
North and South Tyne rivers at Warden.
The fish counter
at Riding Mill
This has now
been in operation for 20 years and recorded 32,661 Salmon and Sea Trout
to the end of October (8286 down on last season’s total of 40,947), but
4% up on the 5 year average. The monthly counts were as follows – Note
in particular June and July and the monthly % change
Counts 5 year
average % change
+ 149 %
+ 53 %
( 18 % )
( 50 % )
( 18 % )
We hosted the
Pink Linda Charity event on 3rd and 4th October in aid of The Next
Generation Project and North East Air Ambulance, catching 5 Salmon and
3 Sea trout and raising £1600
who won the 2015 BBC World’s Wildest Waters Big Fish fishing
competition, is a Warden local and has been made an Angling Trust
Ambassador, which filmed James with Andrew at Warden helping 2 young
fishermen catch their first (and second!) salmon.
James was also
filmed at Warden teaching Keeley Donovan (BBC) for the Countryfile
diaries, shown on BBC1 at 9.15 on 25th October.