Firstly we are now catching some fish again after the welcome rainfall. Our beats on the Tyne system are all worth as visit as are the Wear and Whiteadder.

I must bring members attention to the following: firstly spinning on the Whiteadder. Yes you can spin when the water is around two feet and coloured. At levels below this unless it is still coloured then fly fishing is recommended. Please be sensible about this. The Whiteadder is not a huge river by any means and fly fishing is relatively easy from the bank.

Fly fishing should be our preferred method!

Secondly our stance on dogs accompanying members is quite clear. No dogs off leads wandering the banks. Complaints have been  made concerning dogs running wild and excreting on the banks without anglers picking up and depositing in litter bins.

Please note the land adjacent to the fishing at Edington belongs to a different owner who has access to the fishing as he is a personal friend of one of our founder members.

Please keep your dog on a lead and under control. Do not let it run wild on the river banks.

Enjoy your fishing but keep to our code of conduct.




The plan above shows the new extra North Tyne fishing for Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members. There will be parking at the old Ridley Stokoe Picnic site. A new lock is to be installed in the near future. This will be a  combination lock. Number will be available for members by contacting the secretary after 14th June.

Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members can now fish the stretch in between the Ridley Stokoe Beat and the Smalesmouth Beat on the North Tyne. It means a continuous stretch of fishing. At present our parking at the entrance to Ridley Stokoe will continue until a new lock is put on at the defunct Ridley Stokoe Picnic Site. This will then be our Ridley Stokoe parking area.

This extra fishing consists of some nice holding water as well as some interesting streamy runs.

There is work required on this new fishing as it has not been fished recently. Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members can fish this water from now.

Update on fishing.

The recent rainfall has perked up chances on the River Tyne and its tributaries. Fish have run into both the North and South Tyne.

As I write this report very heavy rainfall is crossing the North East so further rises may be expected. It is time to get out and cast a line.


Updated 26/05/19


The South Tyne got some water last week and this brought some fish into the tributary. Water levels are now low but odd salmon should be in our beat. Small flies may produce the chance of a fish. Wylam should see fish accumulating. Members need to scrutinise the tide tables. Best times are after the tide has gone off our top two pools.

Given water then fishing should get going. We are now on 16 salmon for the season all but two caught on fly. Sea-trout should begin to slip into our rivers anytime now.

As we approach the back end of April our local rivers are low and clear with some having weed growth. Conditions have been good for the trout fisher and some of our members have caught some nice fish on the Rede and North Tyne. Brown trout have been in pretty decent condition and have been quite keen to take a fly.

We can expect odd sea-trout to appear on some of our beats in the coming weeks as well as salmon too. Given water then things may wake up.

We are now on 12 salmon for the season so far which is encouraging. Wylam could come into play IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO as long as we don’t get a flood. If the river Tyne remains low and it will should we not get rain. Kielder is down to minimum releases 1.32 cumecs which will see the river low with some salmon and odd sea-trout holding back in our tidal pools. It is always worth a try in April and May.

Given rainfall then the picture could quickly change. A good spate at this time of year could kick-start the fishing on our rivers.

When trout fishing would members please keep a log of all fish caught and report them to me at your leisure. We would like to collate our brown trout catches from our rivers. Evidence of stocks is important to us and to those who look after our rivers. Please report good brown trout over 1lb too.

A reminder to anglers fishing the Rede that we no longer have the Monkridge Hill fishing. Access is either from Hole Mill or from the other bank down the lane well prior to Coldtown Farm. There is no parking at Coldtown Farm. The road leading down to the fishing access is just over the brow of the hill from West Woodburn just at the top of the layby. Proceed down this lane and park just round the corner. ACCESS IS THROUGH THE METAL GATE INTO THE FIELD NOT DOWN THE TRACK! Please consult a map. Enjoy your fishing.

This area is superb and there is some great water to fish ranging from big pools to riffles ,streams and lots of small pockets between boulders etc. Scenery is stunning and the river banks are quite pleasant to fish.



Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members should note that fishing on the Moorhouse Wood stretch below our Meadow stretch on the River Wear is temporarily out of bounds. Felling Fly Fishing Club are waiting for a new lease to come into operation in the very near future.

Please refrain from fishing this beat until given the go ahead. Consult this blog. We will give the go ahead as soon as Felling’s leases is completed.

The upper stretch is available to fish at present. Sea-trout should begin to arrive on our Wear beats in the near future.

Four more Springers brings TAS total to eight.

Updated Sunday 31st March

Monday 25th March saw Alan Lumsden land a very fresh 9lb salmon on a Tosh. This was followed on 30th March by Finlay Hogg catching springers of 5lb, 6lb and 8lb; two on a Silver Doctor and the other to a Prestige Highlander. All these fish went back well and all caught on the Whiteadder.

NOW THE BAD NEWS. Due to lack of funds we have had to give up the following fishing: Monkridge Hill on the Rede. This means no access or parking in the layby. We have the opposite bank which can be accessed either by fishing upstream from our bottom boundary or wading over from Hole Mill . From the upper end of our fishing from Oldtown farm downstream.

We have relinquished the Union Hall fishing on the Wear but again have the opposite bank. There was no access for vehicles and a lengthy walk was required to get to the river as well as no access for night fishing.

The third piece of fishing given up is the Heatherslaw Beat on the Till.

These fishings have had to go because of the loss of members due to the previous couple of poor seasons and the EA Consultation. We are still taking new members and encourage anglers to join us.

 There are not many organisations that have caught 8 spring fish already as well as a few lost off. Contact number is 07590 4111015

PPaddy Hogg Salmon

Paddy Hogg from Kelso gets ready to return TAS’ first salmon of the season, caught on the Edington beat on the River Whiteadder; lowest tributary of the River Tweed on March 9th. The fish was carefully returned.


Hilary Drury showed the men how to catch salmon landing a lovely 6lb fresh run salmon also off our Whiteadder fishing. The salmon took an Orange and Yellow fly fished in what was a big water at 2 feet 5 inches on the gauge. The fish was carefully returned.

This was TAS’ 3 rd  salmon of the 2109 season


Len Metcalfe landed a superb fresh run 20lb spring fish off Tyneside Anglers Syndicate Whiteadder fishing. The sparkling silver beauty took a 3/4 inch Tosh and was carefully returned. 22nd March

Our 4th salmon of the season well done Len! Prospects are looking good. Tyne is also running in nicely after the huge flood from last week.

The first fish of the 2019 season were caught yesterday Saturday 9th March at Edington Mill on our Whiteadder fishings. Paddy Hogg from Kelso landed a fresh run 14lb salmon caught in a very high but falling water on a Copper bladed Flying C. The fish was carefully returned.

His son  Finlay Hogg also caught a fresh run salmon of around 4lb – 5lb also to a Flying C. Other fish are certain to be present in the river.

Other rivers received extra water and with the unsettled weather forecast, being there at the right time is of great importance. Ettrick had a big lift and there is the possibility of early fish to be caught.

The weather has been pretty dismal of late but more settled conditions are forecast for next week.

Tyne has been massive this week ruling out any real fishing prospects. Should levels fall and settle prospects will certainly be improved on our lower river fishing.

The Wear also got plenty water which may move in some early fish.



Update 7/03/19  Local rivers have all had water Tyne had almost three metres with tributaries also running very high. Given a dry spell prospects should improve when levels fall and clear.

The unsettled weather that has arrived from the beginning of March including Storm Freya may well herald the arrival of some salmon and early sea-trout.

TAS ‘ Tyne, Ettrick and Whiteadder beats should see odd fish in the pools. Unlike last season the Whiteadder has had a few good spates already and this could get sport going.

So it is time to get out when levels fall and clear.

Trout fishing opens in Northumbria on 22nd March and our Rede fishing can give good sport from the off. Fish can often be full of caddis larvae and snail and in remarkably good condition for the time of year.

The Wear beats are also well worth visiting as are our trout lakes; which have given good sport at times during the winter months.

We are still welcoming new members. Contact is 0191 4133789 or email


Here is the information for members for the use of the Ovensclose Fishing at Lindean near Selkirk on the River Ettrick. The beat is situated in beautiful surroundings offering a very pleasant day out.

TAS members can fish for salmon, sea-trout, brown trout and grayling subject to their seasons. The grayling fishing is also available during the winter months. The fishing is on the left bank from the Nettley Burn downstream to Lindean Bridge. The named pools are on the black and white map while the other map is for information.

All fishing is subject to Tweed rules and members should make themselves aware of these before fishing. There are codes for salmon, sea-trout, brown trout and grayling fishing on the Tweed system.

The beat is a two rod beat and members wishing to fish will need to book their visits through John Medley on 01620 860738.

This fishing was acquired and the lease was signed after the membership booklet was produced. For travel purposes the post code is TD13PJ.

Enjoy this lovely beat.


Lindean Fisheries



Here’s to 2019; a season of hope!

Any members that did not receive the renewal letter or email. Please get in touch by email Some of these have gone astray.

A few pics from our fishing. Long time member Steve Drury with a couple of salmon caught on our waters including a cracking beauty. A few scenic pics of TAS waters:

River Tyne at Wylam x 2, Border Esk, North Tyne at Ridley Stokoe, Border Esk,  River Coquet and River Wear.


The new salmon season opens on Friday 1st February. The drier conditions means more settled rivers; so prospects for early fish are improved on our waters. Our pools at Wylam and Bywell Quarry offer chances of an early springer or two. Fish tend to hold up in our pools in the lower Tyne during lower flows. The Whiteadder also gives members the opportunity to catch some lovely spring fish. We have lots of excellent fly water offering opportunities for double handed fishing as well as single handed rods.

With the drift nets off and T and J netting times reduced more salmon and sea-trout will run our east coast rivers.

Tyne, Wear, Coquet, Till and Whiteadder will benefit from this. Each season we catch salmon in excess of 20lb and fish as large as 30lb and 35lb have been caught on our waters with several even larger fish lost off. Sea -trout into double figures have been caught and wild brown trout and grayling to well over 3lb.

22nd March sees brown trout season open up  and even earlier in Scotland. We have a wide choice of places to fish for these sporting fish. The Rede, North Tyne, Coquet, Wear and Ettrick all offer good opportunities to catch some excellent wild brown trout.

In the past grayling have been a fringe fish for us but we now have some very good grayling fishing. The Wear, Ettrick, Whiteadder and Till all have good stocks and we have caught grayling to 4lb. Even the Border Esk has produced some excellent grayling.

We have extensive opportunities for night fly fishing for sea-trout as well as areas that have never really been fished at night. These are still to be discovered.

We encourage new members to come and join us. Our fees are very reasonable and we offer many excellent venues to enjoy. While the last few seasons have been leaner in catches as well as giving us difficult weather and river conditions we anticipate an improvement this year.

Our yearly membership amounts to little over the cost of a day on some rivers. For visiting anglers it means being able to visit whenever they like. Limited time can obviously mean less opportunity to catch the best conditions and runs of fish. Being a season member, can mean being able to come when you like and select those favourable times ; which a pre-selected week often misses out on.

We also have several trout lakes offering good sport all year round and these are inclusive of membership.

We fish the following rivers:  Tyne, North Tyne, South Tyne, River Rede, Wear, Coquet, Till, Ettrick, Tweed, Whiteadder and Border Esk as well as having access to the Ribble and Hodder in Lancashire.

Cost for membership is £295 plus a £50 joining fee.

Contacts are 0191 4133789, mobile 07590 411015 or email


We have taken back the fishing on the Tweed tributary; the Ettrick at Lindean Bridge. The fishing is actually called the Ovenstones Beat comprising 1.25 miles of fishing. We have the salmon, sea -trout, brown trout and grayling fishing for this season.

The usual booking system will take place through John Medley number in your membership book.

This fishing is situated in beautiful surroundings offering TAS members an interesting days fishing in a lovely setting.

Car parking is as previous map. The existing map in previous booklets is unchanged. This also has all the named pools featured.

For new members, a map will feature on this blog shortly.

Conditions look good for the opening of the salmon season on the Tyne. Consistent river levels may well give us a great chance to catch springers from the off.

The pools look good and Bywell Quarry is another chance of a springer.







The Environment Agency has at long last announced their byelaws which will become law and come into force on 1st January 2019.

The following restrictions are being implemented:

*  Closing all commercial net fisheries for all At Risk and Probably at Risk rivers ( netting for sea-trout will still be allowed). This will include all drift net fisheries;

*Mandatory catch and release by anglers on the rivers that are classed as At Risk to be introduced in June 2019. These are the Cumbrian Calder, Dorset Stour and Yealm.

*Mandatory catch and release by anglers that are listed as Recovering Rivers. These are rivers where salmon were effectively wiped out and small populations  have re-established in recent years with improvements in water quality on most heavily polluted rivers. Examples are the Mersey Yorkshire Ouse..

*Renewal of the 1998 Spring Salmon Byelaws. These protect the larger early running salmon and do not involve any new measures.

The new byelaws come into force following an Environment Agency consultation, which sought views on how to better manage salmon fishing in England and  the Border Esk.

As part of the new byelaws there will be voluntary catch and release expectation for salmon caught in rivers classed as Probably at Risk to ensure catch and release levels greater then 90%.

Reducing the taking of salmon by rods and nets is only one part of the EA’s larger programme to protect salmon stocks.

Environment Agency Deputy Director of Agriculture Fisheries and the Natural Environment said “It is only through continuing to take concerted action and through the cooperation of others, that we will successfully protect this iconic fish.”

“We are not implementing these changes lightly and have consulted widely with those affected. There is no single solution to protecting salmon stocks: reducing the catch of salmon can only partly contribute to the recovery of salmon stocks.”

As you can see there are no changes to tackle etc. This is not to say that changes won’t happen in the future.

The Tyne, Wear, Coquet and Tees are unaffected.

The withdrawal of the drift nets will produce more significant runs of fish in the rivers above plus the Tweed system which includes the Whiteadder and Till.

The continuation of T and J netting for sea-trout is still causing great concern for the stocks of sea-trout.

Should the sea trout be caught in similar numbers to the last two years we will not be fighting the Save our Salmon cause but the Save Our Sea-trout as stocks have dwindled over more than a decade.