14.5.13 New casting club launch

A date for your diary is June 22nd when the newly formed North East Fly Casting Club will be holding its launch day at Eltringham fishery on the main river near Prudhoe (NE43 7DN). More details will follow but the day will be free to all and feature AAPGAI instructors to include casting demonstrations, 1 to 1 instruction, the opportunity to try out some new tackle as well as refreshments and activities to entertain the rest of the family. 

The club will be hoping to attract a number of new members who for an annual subscription of only £10 will be able to attend weekly drop in sessions to include casting coaching, tackle try outs, fishing on the beat and sharing experiences with other members. For an additional fee of £50 members will be able to attend on an additional evening 5  x 2 hour top quality structured speycasting instruction programs led by fully qualified instructors, followed by fishing on the beat. These courses will be filled on a first come first served basis. This will an opportunity not to be missed for local anglers in particular.


A few fish have been caught and lost in the middle reaches of the main Tyne near Corbridge and Hexham over the last few days - some very fresh and up to 20lbs. Good catches have also been made in the lower river at Wylam this season when levels have been lower.

The river is at a good fishing height today for the middle beats and late mornings seem to be seeing most activity as temperatures rise. 

More rain is forecast over the next couple of days so some sort of a lift is expected. The river has been dirty but not too high over the weekend as pulses of water from the South Tyne catchment have added colour and washed weed from the river bottom.

 Runs of fish continue to build and are near the 5 year average for this time of year.The level of water in Kielder reservoir remains below the trigger level for a release so the system will be relying on rainfall for any lifts for the foreseeable future.


On the trouting scene the river fishing remains highly dependent on conditions - warm, overcast days without too much breeze resulting in some super top of the water sport to hatches of olives, sedges and stoneflies. We still await the first hawthorns however to be followed hopefully by the Mayfly hatch so treasured by river trout anglers. On cooler days nymphs or more deeply fished wets are still taking plenty of fish.

There have been some excellent quality trout included in catches on the Derwent.

Any angler successful in landing a Tyne salmon is encouraged to send scale samples to the EA - details and sample packets from Morton Heddell-Cowie :- call 0191203 4140.

Rods looking for access to Tyne fishing or casting tuition can contact me direct.

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