Welcome to the Tyne
With an EA reported rod catch of over 5000 fish in two of the last three seasons (April 2013), 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 instruction/guiding, and warm local welcome 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!
Fly Fishing down a good pool on the main Tyne.
Fed by both the South Tyne and North Tyne the main river is seldom too low to fish productively.
I have the ability to work with you on a number of beats throughout the system which means not only can we can be totally flexible in terms of your preferences and abilities, but also that otherwise “lost “days can often be turned into prolific ones as we move throughout the system to suit the prevailing conditions.
A cast on the lower Tyne
On the main river I can occasionally offer Friday, Saturday and Sunday rods fishing a fine private beat above the fish pass at Riding Mill. This is a productive low water beat offering beautiful fly water and fine year round fishing including the chance to try for Spring fish of this quality:-
I also guide and instruct at Dilston which provides 2 1/2 miles of productive 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 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.
A fine Tyne Springer returned March 2012.
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 every 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 some donning their spawning colours by mid October but with fresh fish still running in large numbers until the final day for the season.
A splendid August fish from the main Tyne.
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.
Prelude to a great day - Fly Water on a falling South Tyne at Lambley.
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 and Lambley include some beautiful and productive fly water.
Prime months are from June onwards although given water fish will run the river much earlier.
A 10 lb sea trout I took on fly at night from the lower South Tyne.
North Tyne – fed by both local rainfall and releases from Kielder reservoir the successful angler will know the recent weather patterns and the predicted level of release to plan their 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.
Playing a Salmon on the North Tyne.
The wading on some pools can be challenging - a guide who knows the pools can be a great advantage and 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 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 and our own private beat near Humshaugh 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.
A visiting rod playing an October salmon on the North Tyne at Haughton Castle under the supervision of his guide - me!
River Derwent – the river is fed by the Derwent reservoir and offers the Brown Trout and Grayling angler miles of quality fishing for both wild and stocked fish, as well as the odd migratory fish appearing in catches. Healthy hatches throughout the season including a Mayfly hatch mean that fish can be found rising on most days, although wet fly and deeply sunk nymphs will also score heavily. Rods of 7-9 ft for 3-5 wt lines should cover most eventualities.
For anyone wishing to learn more about fishing our local rivers for trout and/or grayIing I offer fully guided sessions with instruction to cover the range of casts required to present your flies effectively to fool wily fish, fly selection based on current hatches (matching the hatch) and the skills to read the river to predict where the better fish will be and how best to cover them. These sessions can include a range of styles and techniques including dry fly fishing, wet fly fishing and a range of nymphing techniques including traditional and Cezch and French nymphing.
Local Still waters - trout fishing on a well stocked lake is a perfect introduction to fly fishing and I offer days and half days guided fishing with tuition for hard fighting brown and rainbow trout on a stunning fishery in Hadrian’s Wall country just North of Corbridge. The fishery is an ideal venue as it offers seclusion and great top of the water / floating line sport with miles of wading as well as boat fishing by drifting (loch style) or anchoring to use the boat as a portable casting platform. During our sessions we will cover the basics of tackle, a range of casting and fishing techniques, fly selection and playing and landing your trout successfully.
For more experienced anglers I offer casting analysis and improvements to cope with a variety conditions and methods, more advanced fly selection based on local entomology, how to select where to find the fish on any given day and more advanced fishing techniques and tackle advice to improve your consistency and catch rate...........
Travelling - One of the many great things about fishing is the opportunity to travel to new places, meet new people, make new friends and to spend time in some of the most stunning locations in the world. I have been lucky enough to fish in Russia, Norway, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as on my home waters and will be planning more trips in the near future which may be open to guests – contact me for latest details.
If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a Tyne fish then you are certainly missing out. With plenty of reasonably priced fishing available and Sunday fishing available, with the help of a local guide, rods can be successful as well as flexible and lost days due to extremes of high or low water largely avoided.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Neil Lobban at Tyneflyfishing holds the AAPGAI Advanced instructors qualification in Salmon/Double Handed Speycasting and is a Level 2 Game Angling Coach and Angling Trust Coach Educator for the North of England
He offers quality personalised instruction in Speycasting as well as access to guided fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout on the beats described above or on your chosen water with permission.