Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shuttleworth Leaps in for Tyne's First Salmon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shuttleworth Leaps in for Tyne's First Salmon

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The first salmon of the season is reported from the Tyne with a 15lb 8oz springer for Ian Shuttleworth.

Ian, from Stanhope, Weardale, hooked the fish on the Bywell Syndicate beat and returned it safely to the water under mandatory catch-and-release restrictions.

Ian becomes the first winner of the Northern Game Anglers Magazine's Tyne Salmon Trophy.

The trophy is newly awarded this year to the angler catching the first Tyne fish.

* LAST weekend's North of England Game Fair at the Nissan Sports and Social Club was hailed as a big success with 541 people attending.

STILLWATER REPORTS

BEAMISH LAKE, near Stanley (07930 803336): Slow and deep is the best method and milder days should see best sport to nymphs fished close to the surface.

Flybox: Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Damsel, Black Fritz, Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker, Orange Fritz.

HIGHAM LAKE, near Ponteland (01661 860032, mobile 07950 428159): Heaviest bag was caught by Scott Maddison, of Wallsend, who had four trout totalling 19lb 3oz, his best at 7lb 6oz and all caught on a Cat's Whisker. Only one double for the week, an 11lb 10oz rainbow landed by John Moore, of Morpeth.

Flybox: Cat's Whisker, Diawl Bach, Olive Fritz, Pheasant Tail, Black Buzzer, Dawson's Olive.

JUBILEE LAKES, near Darlington (01388 772611, mobile 07761 593598): A strange week with averages varying from six trout per rod on some days and 2.5 on others. Best fish fell to Chris Holmes, of Newton Aycliffe, at 16lb 8oz.

Alan Place, of Evenwood, hooked a super brace of 14lb 13oz and 11lb 14oz rainbows.

Flybox: Bloodworm, Cat's Whisker, Hare's Ear, Damsel.

KNITSLEY MILL, near Consett (01207 581642): Plenty of fish in the 3lb-5lb range are being stocked and some larger fish, too. Intermediate lines or floaters with long leaders should do the trick in coming days. …

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