Fishing Report w/e 12th March
Saturday’s fishing report for “Gone Fishing with Sam Harris” on CVFM Radio.
We are now coming into one of the most important months on the calendar for Spring salmon as they start to move from the lower into middle beats of the river, spreading themselves more evenly throughout the system.
4 fish up to 20lb have been reported on beats below the FishPass at Corbridge.
Week started with hard frosts which kept the water temperature down to 40′ – by the end of the week temperatures have risen to 42′ making wading the river in waders just comfortable. Successful flies Calvin Shrimp red/pink body – badger hackle dyed red. Kielder have reduced their release to 9.3 cumic 10th March – we should see the main river should drop by about 4″. Another release is due on Thursday 17th March of 1.3 cumics.
A decent rise in the river, which certainly helped catches . Plenty of snow on the high ground, and we would like a bit of that to melt into the river this week. 30 salmon so far – Anglers fishing Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo have caught the biggest salmon so far this week – 2 at 20lbs.
47 salmon so far this week 15, 16, 18 and 22lbs. The majority of the salmon have been caught in the lower river, which is understandable with the cold conditions and a few fish have been running giving improving results further up the river including odd fish from Loch Tay now.
River Annan – 2 fish so far this month – first springer on the fly at 14lb
Newbie beat is the first fishery above the tide where the River Annan meets the Solway Firth. A few fish were also seen moving through about an hour before the tide.
Conditions are good – beats now seeing fish in the river – though proving tricky to catch.
53 spring salmon so far this week. Biggest fish caught on Wednesday – 2 salmon at 17 & 20lbs on Junction beat. Popular fly to use – Posh Tosh – pearlscent body with a flourescent yellow rib – yellow hackle – yellow underwing and a black over- wing
Lines & Flies
Fish a floating line with a fast sinking tip, intermediate lines or even deeper will help you find your quarry but you will need the all-important fly on the end of your setup.
Small copper tubes, black & yellow being the most popular colour combination for this time of year.
Today is the opening of Northumbrian Water’s reservoir fishing season. A total of 12,000 fish have been stocked in their reservoirs. Check their Facebook page for the latest news from opening day.
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