Members have had some good sport during the month and it has been a case of being on the river at the right times. One member Alan Bramfitt has caught 23 sea-trout to over 8 lb on our Page Bank stretch plus a couple of grilse. These were all caught in daylight over several weeks.

Stewart Smith caught sea-trout of 6lb and 2.5lb on fly plus another of 4lb to spinner also off Page Bank. Many other fish have been caught there with returns not available at present.

Top fly was a Silver Stoats Tail. North Tyne top flies have been Red Shrimp Fly patterns. Gary Cruickshank has had over 20 migratory fish more sea-trout than salmon. He caught four sea-trout in a day on our South Tyne beat and also had salmon of 11lb, 12lb and 7lb off our main Tyne beats. Paul Veitch caught salmon of 16lb and 12lb off Bywell Quarry while Shaun Parkins landed a cracking 21lb salmon off the same beat plus a 6lb salmon. Harvey Marchbank caught a 12lb salmon off the Whiteadder and sea-trout of 4lb 8oz and 5lb off our North Tyne beats. Paul Neate also returned a 12lb salmon. Mr Illingworth fishing as guest caught a 13 lb 8 oz salmon off our Longwood beat on the Border Esk.

Bill Grant caught a sea-trout off Smalesmouth and I had an 8lb salmon caught on a Red Shrimp Fly/

Paddy Hogg had several grilse off the Whiteadder. Bill Horn and John Medley had grilse of 4lb and 5lb respectively. Other anglers were catching salmon mainly grilse off the Whiteadder.

Just reported today was a 17lb salmon caught by Anthony Hauxwell on our lower Wear beat. He also caught a 4lb grilse.

Our Redesdale Lake is being stocked tomorrow which will offer good fishing during the autumn and winter months. Please remember barbless flies, careful returning of fish. Don’t fish anything lighter than 5lb leaders! Take all litter home please and if you use the lodge please respect it as it is the owners; not ours!

After a season where we have lost several months, we have not done too badly. Hopefully a good autumn run will make our catches even better.

Some very nice brown trout have been caught, best wild fish to date was a 3lb brown trout caught and returned on our Coquet stretch by Gary Cruickshank. Steve Drury fished the Smalesmouth beat catching some nice brown trout. He landed fish of 2lb, 1.5lb and another just over 1lb.

Get out and enjoy our lovely waters and don’t forget the winter grayling.

August update


Kielder releases have kept levels healthy on the North Tyne and main river. South Tyne dwindled away to a trickle until yesterday when it rose a foot after rainfall.

Wading has been testing at times when Kielder release levels go above 10 cumecs. Great care is needed.

Salmon still continue to enter the river. Fish are seen daily at Wylam and some have been caught. Best salmon has been one of 9 lb 8 oz and a few sea-trout in the 2lb class have been caught with several very good salmon and sea-trout lost off. One rod had three salmon on in only 15 minutes losing two of them.

Advice is to keep  a look out on the Kielder releases levels. If you google this you’ll get a week’s programme.

Night fishing is the order of the day on a low river Wear.

The unsettled weather could soo some good spates and more fish running. The opportunist angler is likely to get among the fish when levels are falling and clearing should we get spates.

Trout fishing has been decent early and late in the day.




Firstly, our parking at Ridley Stokoe on the North Tyne is only inside the gate on the left approaching from the Bellingham end and then at the Old Picnic Site. Combination lock number is in  your membership booklet. Please only use these parking areas unless you can get your car off the road on the verges. Please do not park in the entrance of the farm inside the gate.

All our North Tyne beats should produce fish after healthy Kielder Releases and recent rainfall. The Rede had water today so opportunities arise there. South Tyne also had water with fish expected.

Our Wear beats have had good stocks of sea-trout and some salmon too. It is a case of getting out fishing. When there has been water, daytime has seen catches but when levels have been low night fly fishing is the best time.

If you have caught fish please report them to me by email or phone.

Tight Lines to all!

Late July Update

The past few weeks have seen some good sport on our waters mainly due to some long awaited rainfall. Fish have been seen in numbers at Wylam, Bardon Mill, Chollerford and on the Wear. Timing of visits is often critical in the quest to catch a salmon or sea-trout.

There are a few things needing to be brought up to date. Firstly on the North Tyne at Chollerford if you wish to fish the hotel side you must stick to the following instructions. Firstly there is a temporary barrier at the entrance. We have permission to move this to get into the car park. You must return it to its original position and you must display your card disc. Failing to do this may lead to having to leave the fishing.

Our fishing at Longwood on the Border Esk. Car discs must be displayed here too. Sensible choices on where you park is essential here as work is in progress.

Stocking of our lakes will take place during August; subject to availability of trout.

When fishing beats, anglers must exercise cast and step to work their way down a run or pool. When a beat gets busy this must happen. When on your own it does not matter. We all need to think of others.

I am away fishing in Scotland from 25th July for a week. I can be contacted on mobile number in membership booklet.

Enjoy your fishing and tight lines!


Update 15/07/20 Some excellent sea-trout have been caught of late up to 5.5lb with some much larger fish lost off ; two at the net at Wylam along with some salmon too.

Members have hooked fish on the Rede too. Our Tyne beats have produced some sport which includes the North and South. Not heard anything from our upper North Tyne beats yet. Border Esk should fish for sea-trout.

Gary Cruickshank caught and released a superb wild brown trout of 3lb on our Coquet fishing along with five others all around a pound.


The extra water has certainly made fishing more productive. In the last week we have had salmon of 7lb, 11lb, 13lb, 7lb, 9lb, 12lb, 11lb, 9lb, 10lb, 5lb, 13lb and 11lb. Sea-trout of 5.5lb, 2lb, 2lb, 3lb 8oz, 5lb and 6lb. Also a Steelhead of over 5lb gleaming fish. Some nice brown trout have also been caught to 1lb 8oz plus.

Many fish lost and probably a few more caught that have not been reported. After even more water at the weekend it is well worth getting out on to our beats. Border Esk, Ettrick, Rede, North and South Tyne, Main Tyne, Coquet and Wear have all had water some more than others. To get river levels Google your chosen river and location eg River level at Bywell, River level at Haydon Bridge, River Level at Bellingham, River Level at Otterburn. etc. These will give you up to date levels.




Local rivers have had good lifts of water at last. When fining down and clearing good sport should be on offer. Time to get out fishing. Tyne system has come away today with the  main river looking good. South Tyne, North Tyne and Rede all had good lifts of water. This will move fish well upstream. Rede and even Upper North Tyne beats may have some fish present.

Border Esk had a couple of metres and was falling as I write. This should encourage good runs of sea-trout, grilse and salmon salmon.

The River Wear has also had some water which will improve prospects on our fishing. I would expect our beats will produce some good sport in the weeks to come.

Both Whiteadder and Ettrick have had lifts of water too.

Most of our rivers had had plenty weed growth and slime which hopefully will be scoured out with the extra water.

Important info regarding Chollerford. The hotel is closed but we continue fishing as normal. If you wish to fish the Hotel side of the river or the opposite bank, Car passes MUST be displayed or you will be asked to leave. Please adhere to this advice WHICH APPLIES TO ALL OUR FISHING. There is a barrier which will require lifting and replacing on entry to he hotel car park.



Update 27th June pm.

Tyne has had a Kielder release in for a few days lately which has moved some fish upriver.

Plenty fish have been seen in our pools at Wylam and also running at Bywell Quarry.

Gary Cruickshank caught a lovely 5lb plus sea-trout and another just under 2lb. Fish have made it into the North Tyne and given a fresh water rise sport should pick up.

Our beats below Durham have fish present too with some reported caught. Further upriver at Page Bank, fish have been seen in the pools along with some very nice brown trout.

The Border Esk had a metre flood early this week which set fish running bringing Longwood into the picture. Well worth fishing for the sea-trout into dusk and beyond.

Given plenty rainfall fishing should really get going. Some picnickers have been a menace on some of our beats persistently leaving litter and broken bottles so beware when walking on the banks etc.. If people are fishing without badges and don’t look like members please ask them to leave. Obviously aggressive people need to be avoided.

Members are asked to keep a record of fish caught and report them to me. A log of brown trout and or coarse fish caught during the year would also be useful for us to have including any special fish or catches.

Tyne had a small rise after the South Tyne rose. This set fish running. Our pools at Wylam saw lots of movement. One rod to land a lovely fresh run 11lb salmon was Ian Gaffney. Ian caught and returned the fish on fly. Other fish were present and a few huge fish have been seen. The river is almost back to summer level again but there are fish about.

Advice to anglers is to keep an eye out for lifts in water after rainfall and get out soon after. Early and late in the day are good times to fish at present. Sea-trout will be worth trying for now into darkness or the first couple of hours before darkness.

11th June

Local rivers have had some very welcome extra water. The Wear has picked up a decent rise as has the South Tyne and River Rede. The Ettrick has also had a decent rise. This should improve prospects in the coming days.

The good news is that we have made an agreement to fish the Longwood Beat on the Border Esk as from today. The map and details are in your 2020 membership booklet. The beat is now back under our control so enjoy your fishing. Any questions email me at

The cooler conditions plus some rainfall has helped the situation.

A couple of grilse have been caught on our Wylam beat and fish have been seen in numbers at times. A few have also been seen showing at our Bywell beat.

A few smaller sea-trout between 1lb 8oz and 2lb have been caught on the fly at Wylam.

We are in need of a good spate to get sport going. Nevertheless there is always the chance of a fish but smaller flies are the order of the day.

Some nice trout have been caught on our Ettrick fishing and also on the River Rede.

Kielder releases have helped the upper North Tyne beats and some good trout have been rising. Salmon and some sea-trout are now in the North Tyne albeit in limited numbers at present. The extra water from the South Tyne and Rede etc should encourage fish to run the North Tyne.

Our Border Esk beat at Longwood is well worth fishing. If the river gets some extra water sport will be very good. With Pools like Skipper’s Bridge, Black Wa’s, Big Sowie and Little Sowie the sea-trout should be on especially under the cover of darkness.

As soon as there is something really promising to report it will feature almost immediately. Tight Lines!



Scottish waters are now open for fishing Whiteadder and Ettrick.

Three sea-trout have now been caught at Wylam and a 6 lb grilse all on fly.


Anglers out on our waters have caught some nice brown trout despite the low flows. Kielder releases have helped but there has only been an odd day when levels were decent. A 3.5 cumec releases is in at present for the rest of the week.

There are many smolts in our pools that need to leave the river but without extra water they may well fall foul of the many predators. A few decent releases would definitely help the situation.

A couple of sea-trout have been caught at Wylam; 2lb and 1lb 8oz both to fly and returned.

Salmon have been seen at Wylam, Bywell Quarry and even at Chollerford.

As soon as there is any real news this blog will be updated.

Anyone fishing at Ridley Stokoe please use the parking as per booklet. Do not park in the field beside the farm entrance, use the lower parking and wide verges.

Enjoy your fishing.


From Wednesday 13th May, Tyneside Anglers’ Syndicate fishing in England will re-open.

Our Scottish waters remain closed until the lockdown in Scotland is lifted. This means the Whiteadder and Ettrick beats. Hopefully these waters will be available in the near future.

Advice to members is to respect the fishery owners and keep to the social distancing at all times. Where you are close to their dwellings please always respect their privacy.

One other important thing to do is to either have something with you to wipe gate latches or wear gloves when ENTERING AND LEAVING fisheries. Also when touching fences and styles etc.

Park sensibly while at the river beats and lakes.

Hopefully pools will be well stocked after the long lay off. River levels are low so smaller flies and lighter lines may well produce action. It is likely that some sea-trout will be in the pools too.

Brown trout should be coming into good order and we have some fine areas to fish.

Advice for fishing the River Rede. Our three farms on the right bank offer some great sport. My advice would be to tackle them in three sections; too much for any one day!

The top beat from Oldtown, park in the lane and walk down to the river. This area offers some fine areas including some good pools and runs.

The central section can be accessed from Hole Mill farm crossing the river and fishing upstream and/or fish the Hole Mill bank.

The third area of fishing is accessed from the minor road near the brow of the hill coming up from West Woodburn on A68. Travel down the lane to the bend and park on the right. There is a gate to the river literally on the corner to your left facing upstream.

Please refer to this blog in the coming days and weeks in case our Scottish waters can reopen.

Enjoy your fishing and the superb surroundings and wildlife it holds!







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Above: Paddy Hogg ready to return his 11lb salmon caught on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate Whiteadder fishing.

Below: Harvey Marchbank’s 8lb salmon caught on a Verminator


Despite the inclement weather of late, Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members have caught three spring salmon off the their Whiteadder fishing. As per previous post when the first fish was reported on 3rd March. Paddy Hogg returned a gleaning 11lb salmon caught in a high water on a spinner on 14th March. The fish went back and swam away strongly.

On Monday 16th March, Harvey Marchbank caught an 8lb springer on a Verminator fly and he had the whole near 3 mile beat to himself.

While rivers like the Tyne are struggling to come into any decent order, the Whiteadder has shown it can produce sport even around two feet plus.

The improved weather conditions this week should see Tyne fall in to some kind of decent conditions. This should give anglers a much better chance of catching a spring fish.



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Tuesday 3rd March saw Tyneside Anglers Syndicate’s first salmon of the season caught on the River Whiteadder. The 9lb gleaming springer was caught by Paul Neate of Edington on a Cascade. Paul was fishing a quite high river at 2 feet 2 inches on the gauge. The river was at a steady height  and running clean. The fish was photographed in the net before being carefully returned. The fish was kept in the river at all times before release.

With a more settled weather forecast there is definitely the chance of others being caught.

The main Tyne is also beginning to fall in after some massive spates. Hopefully members will locate salmon on our lower Tyne beats.

We are still welcoming new members and we take anglers from out of our region without any financial penalties. Our subscription of £295 is the same for everyone.

Interested anglers contact or tel 0191 4133789.