Tracy was keen for the ladies to enter one of the Chatton Trout Fishery winter league competitions, after much persuasion she finally got her wish and we arrived on a cold and windy saturday morning in January adding a little bit of sparkle, well our flies were tinkling in the morning sunshine.

 Only Trish, Tracy and Marion had entered a “proper” competition before, so standing by your peg and not wandering, moving every 40 minutes and a set lunch without the usual chat was proving impossible for one or 2 members, actually one, me! Anyone who has entered a competition will know that you have set pegs to fish from during the day, some of those pegs can feel as if the devil is on your side, casting into wind, standing in a spot that you would never fish from in your right mind and choosing the right fly (oh the right fly, as the chap next to you guards his fly choice with zeal, glaring at you from beneath his woolly hat and matching waterproofs)

Actually everyone was really good to us, realising by the afternoon that we were just ladies out for a fish, well some of us, though Trish and Tracy by now in full competition mode, Trish was in the lead with 4 fish (she is a star). 

Myself and Tabitha were positioned next to each other, in the afternoon we had the unlucky spots, gale force wind in our faces or on our sides. After a time of this, it was not fun, so we stopped for a chat, the gentleman next to myself also stopped, that says something. So it was a chat about hand warmers and fishing trips until it was time to move on to our next peg.

The last peg and Tabitha said “i don’t think i’ll catch my first fish” the gods then shone and Tabitha’s rod bent double, line chasing across the water a brown trout firmly hooked. The game of landing her first fish securely, commenced. Thankfully Tabitha had the assitance of one of the Chatton regulars who skillfully netted the fish and then said its got to go back its a brown trout about 6 to 7lb.  Well we had to have a photo, though Tabitha was more concerned about putting the fish safely back.

The day finished on a high note over mugs of tea and cake. The competition won by a gentleman catching 16 fish, well done. We all left happy that we’d had chance to cast our single handed rods in anticipation of a trout, the season has now begun.

Sarah and Anne with the owner of Newtyle Beat Tay

Newtyle Beat on the Tay celebrate 40 years with a little help from the ladies

Beat owner Gordon Mitchell celebrates his 40th year of beat ownership this year and who better to start the celebrations but ladies fishing opening the 2010 fishing season.

Gordon commented “ last year 2 of the largest fish caught on the beat were by ladies, so ladies opening the beat should bring us luck ”

A Classic Tay Salmon fly tied by world renowned classic fly dresser Paul Little was presented in memory of the day and achievement to him by the Ladies.

Sarah & Anne from ladies fishing said “we’re honored to have been asked to open the season for Newtyle. The beat is great for a group of ladies, easy access, wading, tuition and a Victorian-style fishing hut complete with coal fire, a great location to go salmon fishing on the Tay”

If you are an angler looking for a day’s fishing or a group, party or company seeking some quality time together, the River Tay is the perfect destination and there is no more ideal location to savor that experience than the salmon fishing beat of  Newtyle,

Head Ghillie Martin Ritchie has fished the Tay and its tributaries since the age of just four, using his experience, knowledge to make your visit to Newtyle the best it can be.

Sarah tying her first salmon fly Midnight Fly

Our aim is to make fly tying popular with ladies and who better to help you tie your first salmon fly but world renown classic fly dresser Paul Little. To make it spicy tie in an Indian restaurant on the Tay. The ladies tied their first salmon fly and the next day used it to fish for springers on the Tay. Sarah commented “we enjoy tying our own flies the satisfaction of catching a fish with your own tied flies is priceless”

Ladies fishing hold fly tying days and have tied flies for salmon, grayling, trout, pike. They are soon to hold a day tying their first classic salmon fly with specialist Paul Little.

We are off fishing for the Tay this afternoon, looking forward to car sharing with the ladies and then fishing the Newtyle Beat tomorrow

Evening of the  14th dinner with the ghillie, explanation and history of the beat and then the opportunity to tie salmon flies with Paul Little.  

Day of the 15th celebrate the owners 40th year and salmon fishing, including tuition if required. Lunch is provided including hot drinks.

 The trip includes en-suite accommodation and breakfast, fishing for the day with tuition, equipment if required. We can also offer car sharing for any lady who is interested. 

Ladies fishing are a group of ladies who enjoy fishing. We’re not a club so we don’t charge a membership,  we arrange trips and divide the cost between the number of women on the trip and there’s no commitment to regularly attend. We normally have between 6 to 12 women per trip, keeping the numbers down ensures that everyone gets the chance to have individual one to one tuition (if required),  we have equipment for women to use free of charge. The opportunity to develop fishing friendships with other females, we understand that women juggle busy lives and have many commitments.

 Just to confirm that the Tay opening ceremony is going ahead as advertised at Kenmore despite rumours to the contrary. They will be raising money for good causes including the Angling Youth for Development.

Our 2009 Thank you

We would like to thank some very special people who have not only supported us, but have given up their time in many cases free of charge to help us. So how can we thank you all. Well were going to take you through our 2009 journey.

It all started sitting in a boat with Trish at Sweethope Fishery, the Northumberland Salmon & Trout Association fishing competition. We were eager to go salmon fishing as a group so we organised our first event. We started in style an overnight stay at Riverdale Hall, wine on ice at our dinner table greeted us from Ali’s husband Roger, an evening just giggling and talking fishing.  Salmon fishing on the Tyne with instruction from GAIA Cliff Johnston and our ghillie complete with boat, the day was just perfect.

We learned so much and had fun, we wanted to go fishing again. Until our next event Marion, Trish, Ali, Cathy and Sarah were honing their salmon skills on various beats across the Tyne and Tweed. I was away fishing for mullet on the fly with Sage, AAPGAI instructor Lee Cummings, salmon fishing on the Tay with APGAI Alberto Laidlow and Hardy Academy Ken Muter. Then the CLA game fair helping out on the S&TA stand, meeting old/new friends and trying to catch Ali and Roger from Chatton Trout Fishery for a glass of pimms.

August the weather was hot, then it rained a lot. Kevin at Tweedswood who is one of the nicest ghillies in Scotland finally secured a day for us to fish for Salmon. Warm Scottish hospitality came from Trish, Jack and Small, a drinks party and a fabulous dinner awaited all the ladies and our great friend GAIA Instructor Cliff Johnston. Our first time together on the Tweed was not dampened by the weather, Sarah hooked a salmon, only to lose it as we tried to net it, hard lesson to learn. Lunch came from one of our award-winning cooks Marion. Kevin our ghillie announced the winner of the most improved lady of the day, won by Marion for her dedication to master the double spey.

Another August event “a first”, night fishing on a river famous for its sea trout, the Wear. We were joined in the afternoon for a casting demonstration from writer, AAPGAI instructor and Orvis consultant Paul Procter. Paul introduced the ladies to single speys, snake rolls using a single handed rod. After supper in a local hotel and darkness fell we went fishing for sea trout with the help of instructor Cliff Johnston. Thank you to Colin for the loan of Sonik sea trout rods and reels. We were rewarded when a sea trout jumped in front of one of the ladies, I must admit it was quite scary in the dark.

September came and Ali organised 2 ladies teams for the Macmillan Big Fish. We had a master class from instructor Lee Cummings on the single handed rod at Chatton Trout Fishery. Lee started at 9am and finally finished at 7.30pm. Thoroughly enjoyed by every lady. Lee had us casting single, double speys, snake rolls, snap t’s, single and double hauling all with a single handed rod. We even had time to fish.

So it was lots of practice and raising money for the Big Fish, thank you to Cliff Johnston for your coaching tips and advice. I was lucky to be invited to go fishing for Sea Bass with the double handed rod, fresh caught Bass on the fly is something were going to be doing more of in 2010. We went to a Hywel Morgan (writer and tv presenter)  fly fishing day at Higham Lakes Ponteland, entering the distance casting competition on the day, we cast farther than some of the guys.

October was the Macmillan Big Fish, messages of support came from the world of fishing from Charles Jardine to Chris Tarrant and the Millionaire Team. Thank you to all the ladies who entered and our 2 instructors Neil and Cliff. The day is summed up by Trish

“We tried everywhere – into the wind, with the wind behind us, from rocks, from shore, wading, cat’s whiskers, black lures, MFF’s tufties, Consett Budgies, all sorts of weird and wonderful lures and flies. We stomped around the reservoir in our waders, from bay to bay, still there was no respite from the wind. Some had takes, some thought they might have had offers, others felt nothing at all, and one poor man lost a fish when it cleared the water and snapped the leader, and those who were watching swore it was about 3ft long.

But we raised lots of money, raised a glass or two to celebrate the end of fishing at 4pm, and had a good laugh at ourselves for trying the impossible. We went our separate ways, knowing the good cause had been supported and saying ‘Never again! Well, ’til next year’.”

End of October our first beginners fly tying event, who better to introduce ladies to the art of fly tying but AAPGAI Master and world recognised classic salmon fly tier Paul Little. Not only did we make flies but we even fished with them, and yes they did catch fish. We now have some keen fly tiers within our group. We visited the Hexham Fish Pass with the Environment Agency. October saw many ladies fishing the last day of the Tyne salmon season.

November came and the start of the grayling winter season was upon us, then came the rain, or should I say floods. We had a day booked with AAPGAI Master Tony Riley grayling expert, who was v busy helping families whose homes had been flooded in Cumbria. So it was back to casting days. By the end of November there were 36 flood warnings in the UK and still raining.  November also saw Vesalius the Tyne Tunnel dredger arrive and start cutting the underwater river trench for the new tunnel.

December and invites to fish with Alberto Laidlaw Grayling fishing on Tweedswood Tweed, including a day with Scott Mackenzie on the Tay Newtyle.  Thank you we had a great time. We were lucky to be asked by Carole-Ann of the Seafood Training Centre to have coffee with the Countess of Wessex at the STC, when she came to visit the North East.

Then our last event of 2009 held at Chatton Trout Fishery called ladies go christmas fishing without a shop in sight organised by Trish, we left the best event till the end. Flies tied by Paul Little and myself were given to every lady, and they caught fish. Party games of who wants to be a fish millionaire and pin the tail on the dog fish put us all in the christmas spirit, including Trish’s mulled wine.

We remembered children and ladies less fortunate than ourselves with a christmas present collection, and raised money from a day donated by Don Coe Northumbrian Water on Kielder, including donations. Were still raising money for the Macmillan Big Fish on the North Shields fish quays.

Finally we would like to thank every lady who has supported our events during 2009. For 2010 the words of Abraham Lincoln can only describe ladies fishing  “the best way to predict the future is to create it” and we start January 2010 with a bang.

Watch this space…….!

Regards Trish and Anne

Newcastle Women’s Aid

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated a gift  for the christmas appeal. We were very lucky to have a days boat fishing from Don Coe Head of Leisure at Northumbrian Water to raffle to the highest bidder. We’ve also received donations, in total we raised £55, a cheque was handed over yesterday.

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