Yesterday, I was invited on to the Chollerford beat of the North Tyne – my first salmon fishing trip of 2012. The North Tyne has had a disappointing autumn run so far, compared to previous years. :suspious: I’d never fished this beat before, and being the North Tyne, with peat stained water running the colour of dandlion and burdock, you have no idea as to whether the pool is 3’ deep or 13’. :blindfold: In the morning, my host (Giles on right) caught a 3lb sea trout and his pal John (centre) had a 12lb cock fish on fly in the ‘Jaws’ pool. The guy on the left is Malcolm who looks after the beat, but he busy during the day and wasn’t available to show us the hotspots. I hooked a fish early in the morning, within 10 minutes of starting, on a 1½” floating red devon, in the head of the ‘Mains’ pool, (pictured below) which promptly fell off! I thought I had blown my only chance of the day, but without having to rely on modern Japanese plastic technology, things came good for me in the head of the same pool, at just after 5pm. I still have faith in these old fashioned wooden lures! Good old Rapala – this time a black and silver J9.