Many moons ago, a well known american folk group by the name of Peter , Paul and Mary sang a very popular song with the opening line of ‘where have all the flowers gone, long time passing.’
Many north east anglers’ are currently wondering ‘where have all the salmon gone, has anyone seen one? Yes, most rivers have old fish that are reluctant takers and there have been a smattering of fresh fish when river levels lift occasionally, but there has been a significant absence of summer grilse and no sign yet of a good autumn run. Similar problems are being experienced on most rivers, even as far away as Iceland.
Despite the weather being fairly awful this summer, with regular showery rainfall, there has been insufficient heavy rain to raise river levels to a good height. And since there is only four weeks of the season left anglers are rapidly running out of time. However, in the month of November 2003, starting on the day after the season closed, over 7500 fish ran the River Wear, so there is still time.
If a significant run does not appear then its going to be another very poor season, despite the euphoria generated by good runs in June and July.
So it is extremely important that everyone connected with the sport voices their concerns by taking part in the Environment Agencies ‘Managing Salmon Fisheries’ consultation process that closes on the 9th October 2017.
So please, don’t think about! Just do it!