Fishing Report 26th March

Fishing Report for the weekly radio show “Gone Fishing With Sam Harris”


With the fifth major storm to hit our shores during the last six weeks, the fishing conditions for all species have been “out of sorts”

This weekends weather forecast.

After a dry start in the east, rain, locally heavy, and strong winds will move east with local gales, severe around southern/western coasts. Then turning brighter and showery in the west, but further rain and gales in the northwest later.

Weather Warning

Swathe of strong winds, accompanied by heavy rain at times, will move east across England and Wales on Saturday. This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to some inland areas, perhaps topping 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills. Latest indications are that the strongest gusts are more likely across southern and eastern parts of the country, with parts of north Wales and northern England less likely to see any impacts.

River Levels majority are steady. Dee, Spey, South Esk are rising

Unknown-1Tyne Report

Tyne Fish Pass official opening by Robson Green – who said that he has fished across the world and the Tyne is still his favourite river.

(A new man-made fish pass at Hexham Bridge. A number of steep concrete drops at Hexham weir have long been a bottleneck for the migratory salmon …the new pass is a two stage fish ladder which facilitates the migration of salmon, eels and coarse fish past a high weir to their upstream spawning grounds.)

Good to see that fish have now moved over the fish pass.  Fish have been caught in the Corbridge to Hexham area. The quality of the fish remain good – with an average weight of 13lb reported.

Popular flies – willie gunns (orange, yellow, black) and calvin shrimp (red, orange, pink)

Scotland Report

Ness (Inverness) – good news is that the river Ness has started to pick up some early fish, and some crackers at that. A Hatrick on the Ness At Dochfour. Rory caught a 14lbr, followed by 15lbr and an 18lbr all prior to lunch and lost a 4th fish too.

Dee  (Aberdeen) – angling effort has been varied and some more rods on the water would have undoubtedly added to the week’s tally. 40 so far this week – with the biggest fish caught on Cairnton & Mid Blackhall & Ballogie at 14lbs

Tay (Perthshire) – the majority of the salmon continue to be caught in the lower river. 66 so far. Great to see angers have some excellent days on the river. “Fantastic day out at Meikleour Fishings yesterday on the river Tay with Head ghillie Calum. All the laughs and tears in a typical days salmon fishing. I hope I can land my next springer on my next visit instead of dropping it at the net.”

Tweed (Borders) – river is currently at a good height, nice condition and clear – could do with being a little bit warmer 43 with this wind. Need a bit of water to move the fish around – small spate. Couple of feet rise would move them around. 29 so far this week – largest at Rutherford – I’m fishing there on Monday – reporting for the April Tweed newsletter. 

Unknown-1Firth of Forth – new section to the site – which includes the River Teith.
Stirling Council owns one of the last remaining local authority owned salmon fisheries in Scotland, it is arguably one of the best value for money fisheries in the Scotland with fishing on the River Teith and River Forth.

Predominantly the main runs of salmon come in early season, with prime time being March, April and May. The average size of salmon from the Teith falls into the 10 ñ 20lb category but every year it produces fish exceeding the 20lb mark. Teith springers are very iconic and resemble the look of torpedoes.

Day permits adult £30 and juniors £5

Annan Fishing Event 

Saturday 9th April – Spring Salmon Fishing Experienced guides and a fully qualified AAPGAI casting instructor will be on hand to help explain tactics and techniques for approaching a variety of pools on the lower beats of the river.

Sunday 10th April – Specimen Brown Trout Fishing

Each morning anglers will meet at Hoddom Castle at 9am each morning for breakfast and introductory session before heading to the river. The cost is just £30 per day or £50 for anglers attending both days.

To book your guided fishing or for more information please email. or call 01576 470600\

Tight Lines


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