Autumn has arrived here in Northumberland.

After an Incredible first half to our Spring Season then missing the last half of Spring due to no water all we could ask was a good run of Sea Trout as the levels on our Tributaries were incredibly low and would probably make it hard work for the Salmon to move upstream.
We were very lucky to get two great months of Sea Trout Fishing on the River Till. Our first fish being landed second week of May. Among the catches was Jon McNeish who had a great day with us Landing One SeaTrout and Two Salmon on Lower Tindle. Due to the incredibly low river levels night fishing was very in favor. Some amazing catches including Jack Davis who landed Five Sea Trout in a night session up to 6Ibs. Brad Mackie also landed his first ever Sea Trout on the Fly with us.
Our great regular Squad Gary Broadley & Co visited us once a week for six weeks to take advantage of some incredible night Fishing. Landing 16 Sea Trout upto 7ibs on Redscar and Upper Tindle. Nothing of huge size this year sadly on the Till. Good Friend and Client Adam Radwan landed his first ever Sea Trout on the Fly in the Burn Mouth on Upper Tindle on a black muddler and went on to land a beautiful Salmon just last month on the Whiteadder.
Tony and Dave from York landed five Sea Trout over a two day trip with us. Three of those fish falling to a Black and Blue Muddler. Dave Allason landed a lovely fish in the Lower Barley Mill. His first Sea Trout for many years. That fell victim to a lightly dressed sz16 stoat. Terry and Ian landed Four Sea Trout and one Salmon on there three day sea trout trip with us. One fish was just under 6Ib and took fancy too a ¼’’ Black and Blue Tube Fished Fast.

As you are all aware this summer was incredibly Hot and Dry. This had a huge effect on Salmon fishing and our guiding and fishing holidays we had planned for clients. Postponing 80% of our Holidays was all we could do to give our clients a chance to come back when conditions had improved. This has certainly been the hardest year yet for Chasing Fins. Most trips have been pushed forward to next Season: 2023.

This last month has improved slightly after a good band of wet weather hit the Scottish Borders & Northumberland at the Beginning of September. We took advantage of the quick lift on the Whiteadder and managed to land five Salmon over three days along with a few Salmon on the Middle Coquet and North Tyne. Once again Adam Radwan (Falcons Rugby Player) landing a lovely 9Ib Salmon in the Pig Pool on a Dressed Cascade stripped fast. His team Colleague Richard Palframan landed another lovely fish the day after in the gorge after a good fish a few acsts earlier. These few days showed us exactly how important water is to us. At the time of writing this, October jut around the corner all the rivers are back down to summer levels and unfortunately many stretches have become unfishable again. The lower tweed has been fishing incredibly well but only the odd fresh fish being caught. Good friend and Client Bill Wooley having
an unforgettable day on Ladykirk landing 15 Salmon between himand his fishing partner Robert.

We have a few holidays booked and organized for clients in October so I’m really hoping we can get a bit more rain over this next week to try and end our 2022 season on some sort of positive note? After all, the fishing conditions this year have been incredibly tough.

On a positive note, bookings for 2023 are well underway. We only have handful of prime spring dates left so if you wish to experience what we can offer please get in touch. I will upload our end of Season blog towards the end of November.

I wish everyone a great end to there season and may your lines be tight. Thank you all for your continued support.

James Armstrong – Chasing Fins

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