River -MainTyne – With an EA reported rod catch of over 5000 fish in 2 of the last three seasons, excellent catches of Salmon and Sea Trout can be made on beats from the lower reaches to the headwaters of both main tributaries. The Tyne is undoubtably the jewel in the crown of the English rivers in terms of migratory fish numbers and the stunning countryside, classic pools, professional guides, and warm local welcome will ensure that any visit will be a memorable one. It’s not a coincidence that many visiting rods are planning their next visit before they’ve finished their last!
Fed by both the South Tyne and North Tyne the main river is seldom too low to fish productively.
Beats available through Fish Tyne on the main river include Eltringham which boasts 1.6 miles of productive fly and spinning water with some beautiful fly pools to conjure up that “any minute now” feeling.
An experienced ghillie and casting instructor is available for hire with this beat and many of the fish caught are sea-liced being straight from the sea.
Adjoining and above Eltringham is Bywell which is justly popular with visiting rods. Enjoying 2 1/2 miles of varied fishing the beat boasts catches to rival most anywhere in the Uk with the vast majority of fish caught on fly.
Above Bywell, Styford offers weekend rods fishing both above and below the fish pass at Riding Mill. Dilston provides 2 1/2 miles of water and offers rods the chance to fish some fine fly water on a historic beat made famous by A H Chaytor who fished it in the early 20th Century. Above the market town of Hexham Watersmeet beat is a short 2 rod beat which offers rods the opportunity to catch fish pausing before making their run up either the South or North Tynes. Also with access to the meetings pool, Warden fishings is unique in providing quality fishing on beats encompassing of all three rivers where day or weekly ticket rods can fish alongside club members.
Most fly anglers will use rods between 13 and 15ft to cover the river with floating lines and a range of tips coupled with a mixture of tubes and doubles. Popular patterns will include those with orange, yellow and\or black in their dressings. Both fly and spinning are popular and productive.
Spring fish can be encountered from the opening day of the season (Feb 1st) in the lower river and by mid March fish usually begin to ascend the fish pass at Riding Mill populating the rest of the main river up to the pools around Hexham. From then on until well past the end of the season (31st October) fish can enter the river on any tide. Runs of Salmon and Sea Trout build throughout July, August, September and October by which time all of the better pools in the system will hold a good head of fish many donning their spawning colours by mid October but with fresh fish still running in large numbers until the final day for the season.
South Tyne – a true spate river which can rise and fall quickly. Anglers fishing a falling river with the water the colour of weak tea can enjoy tremendous sport on the fly with both Salmon and Sea Trout.
Night time fly fishing for sea trout into double figures can be thrilling sport in lower, clear water under the cover of darkness with fish starting to move as the light fades on a Summers’ evening. Fly rods in the 13ft region will cover most pools and there is some stunning fly-water and scenery to enjoy.
Much of the river is controlled by associations and syndicates but access to beats at Warden, Melkridge Lambley, and Alston include some beautiful and productive fly water.
Prime months are from June onwards although given water fish will run the river much earlier.
River – North Tyne – fed by both local rainfall and releases from Kielder reservoir the angler needs to know the recent weather patterns and the predicted level of release to plan his trip. The water carries a peat stain which should not put anglers off as it doesn’t put off the fish. Both fly and spinning will produce Salmon and Sea Trout -a Garry Dog or Zebra Toby can be lethal. There are many beautiful runs and pools to fish with numerous features and large rocks providing lies for fish and targets for the angler who can read the water. Some pools are large and will be best covered with a longer fly rod – the angler packing both a 13ft and 15 ft rod will be well covered for most possibilities.
The wading on some pools can be challenging – a stick is a must, but the fishing is classic flyfishing and fighting a large salmon (fish of over 30lbs are caught most years) in water full of obstacles , fast runs and large boulders is something that certainly gets the heart pumping!
Fishing in the lower North Tyne at Chesters can be productive from May given water but from June onwards both Salmon and Sea Trout will start to appear throughout the lower and middle river with beats including Chesters, Chollerton, Haughton Castle, Chipchase and Hesleyside providing excellent opportunities for sport. Sea trout catches will usually peak in july and August with hard fighting fresh fish attacking a well presented fly or spinner by day or night with early morning a favourite and very productive timeslot.
By late August most of the main pools will hold fish and these will continue to fill up with running fish arriving until the very last day of the season.
Again most rods will fish a floating line with a variety of sinking tips and tubes of various weights or dressed doubles to suit water conditions.
If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a Tyne fish then you are certainly missing out. With plenty of reasonably priced fishing usually available and Sunday fishing part of the package, with the help of a local guide, rods can be flexible and lost days due to extremes of high or low water largely avoided.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Neil Lobban holds an AAPGAI (Prov.) qualification in Salmon/Double Handed Speycasting and is a Level 2 Game Angling Coach. He offers quality personalised instruction in Speycasting as well as access to guided fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout, throughout the Tyne system and on many of the beats described above.