Tyne Ladies Charity Day

Ladies charity day on Bywell BeatYou know you are in for a treat when you fish the number 1 beat with the number 1 ghilles on the River Tyne, Bywell.

Ladies of all abilities gathered for the first of our charity ladies days for breast cancer charity Casting For Recovery and were thrilled that our first of three fund-raising events had raised £561 for the charity.

After an introduction from the ghillies Gary & Stewart to the day and safety talk the ladies were off to fish the Tyne. With the forecast of a hot day, water levels dropping and signs of fish running the ladies were eager to cast a line. So far this month 3,864 fish up to the 29th June have passed the fish counter.

Beginners Jan & Irene fished the lower beat, enjoying the chance to fish a selection of streamy glides and holding pools whilst learning the best cast for the wind direction a double spey. Irene hooked the first fish of the day a wee brown trout .

Just before lunch we had a visit from the EA bailiff Joe – who regularly checks licence’s on the river. One thing this taught many of the ladies if you are buying a one day licence make sure you have it with you on the river – most ladies had them in their bags in their cars.

Junior rods Ella & Maisy with their father Graeme joined us after school – casting a line in the pipeline and bridge pools. Ella hooked into a salmon, but lost it.

Thank you to Jan’s husband Ken who joined us after his days fishing on the North Tyne with a couple of bottles of fizz – the ladies enjoyed a super day with a glass of fizz and a slice of Jan’s wonderful cake.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the day, and to Helen Jobson who captured the essence of the day beautifully on camera.

If you would like photographs from the day please contact Helen via her website  or email 


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