The first reported salmon of the season was caught on 10th April on the Whiteadder by Steve Drury on fly at Edington. The very fresh run 9lb salmon was carefully returned.  Well done Steve! Steve will shortly be presented with the TAS shield for the first salmon of the season caught on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters.

Fishing conditions have been very poor so far this year due to the atrocious weather. Hopefully spring is here now and opportunities will now come along to catch salmon, trout and sea-trout.

A few salmon have been hooked and lost at Wylam in poor conditions for this beat. Lower flows enhance the chances there.

I had an interesting couple of hours on the River Lyne on Monday catching four very nice brown trout ; three of which were 12 inches in length. I also landed a very fresh run gleaming little sea-trout of 13 inches. Successful flies were a winged wet Greenwell, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and Black Pennell. All in size 12. The Lyne was in lovely condition with odd fish rising but they are now beginning to look up.

The River Rede has been in good order some days but extremely cold nights have stunted hatches and made for slow sport. Milder conditions will get fish rising and this beautiful 3.5 miles of fishing will give brown trout anglers some very pleasing sport.

Trout almost rattle at the time of the year having been feeding on snail and caddis. Patterns such as the Black Pennell, Black and Peacock or Olive Peacock spider dressed with heavier bodies will catch trout.

We still have vacancies for this season and interested anglers can contact me for details  at davecarrickryton@hotmail.com or scroll down posts on this blog.



Pics above: Top left The lovely River Rede and some interesting fly fishing water.

Top right: Fly fishing one  of our North Tyne beats.

Below left:  Looking upstream on some of our North Tyne fishing.

Below right: Looking downstream to the Commander Dunn Pool from the Lower Stanley Burn Pool. These pools are on our water at Wylam. Pic taken in springtime.

Hopefully we have seen the last of the winter and now look forward to some spring like weather. Our local rivers have been really high and are now just beginning to fall  after snow melt and heavy prolonged rainfall.

Our spring beats at Wylam and Bywell Quarry should offer some sport in the weeks to come as March normally sees a few more salmon coming into the river.

The news that the drift nets are off this year, could see a fair number of extra salmon running the Tyne, Wear and Coquet as well as our beats on the Whiteadder.

We have had one big springer lost at Wylam on one of the few days when fishing was possible. It is likely that sport should get underway on the Whiteadder after the river falls in. Recently it has been too high for good fly fishing.

The rods we have on the lower Eden, should also offer the chances of some spring fish given favourable levels.

Trout fishing opens on 15th March on our Eden fishing and also on the River Lyne. These are some good fish to be caught on our lower beats and around May time the upper beats should fish well. Herling are normally around in numbers along with odd early sea-trout.

Our lightly fished Northumbria rivers open up for brown trout fishing on 22nd March and there is a wonderful choice for members. Lots of superb scenery and quiet areas to fish in that house a myriad of wildlife. Get out and enjoy it this season. INTERESTED NON MEMBERS GET IN TOUCH DETAILS BELOW.

Our Jewel in the Crown as far as trout fishing is concerned is our Rede fishing over six private farms. These areas offer some super wild brown trout fishing . There is always the chance of an early specimen.

Weighted nymphs do well as do patterns such as Black Spider, Greenwell’s Glory Spider,  March Brown, Waterhen Bloa and Snipe and Purple. The brown trout often rattle being crammed full of snail and caddis larvae. Tying spring fly patterns with a built up body helps to get the flies down that little bit more and this can mean the difference between success and failure.

Large dark olives often make an appearance on the Rede and Lyne in late March. Given fairly settled conditions sport could be good.

Our North Tyne fishing at Ridley Stokoe will also offer some fine brown trout fishing as there are good stocks there. Members caught a number of good browns last back end while salmon fishing. The nature of the water there is such that anglers will get great pleasure from fishing lots of lovely runs and glides that house the brown trout.

Our fishing on the River Wear should also give some good sport with brown trout as well as early sea-trout and odd spring salmon. Our Wear fishing is in lovely surroundings and the nature of the waters offers some very pleasant varied water to fish.

Contacts for TAS are 0191 4133789 or 07590 411015 or email davecarrickryton@hotmail.com




The following is relevant to our Northumbria region.

The EA has released its suggested byelaws etc to protect spring salmon for a further 10 years.  The following will interest anglers; to close all drift nets from 2018.

Shorten the fishing season, amend fishing areas and require the release of all salmon caught in the North East T and J net fishery from 2019.

Require any salmon caught on rod and line on the River Tees to be returned  for the full salmon fishing season from 2018.

Require the return of all salmon by rod and line from rivers that have salmon populations that do not have minimum safe spawning levels set for them to be returned for the full salmon  fishing season from 2018.

Prohibition of some fishing hooks and trebles when fishing for salmon and sea-trout in England and the Border Esk from 2019.

The byelaws protecting our salmon are considered necessary as stocks are still in decline and we (the EA)  that their exploitation can be justified at the present time. Bringing forward the closure of the North East Drift net fishery will bring the UK Government  in line with international treaties that require all mixed stock coastal salmon fisheries to close.

The byelaws requiring the return of all salmon on our most vulnerable are considered necessary as stocks are fragile that every salmon able to spawn will further improve numbers of salmon that could grow to maturity.

The restriction of certain fishing equipment will improve the survival of salmon caught and subsequently released back into the river.

These are the Environment Agencies words!

The restriction of certain equipment needs to be brought out into the open as soon as possible.

Anglers who have not received an email detailing proposed changes should either write to Migratory & Freshwater fisheries( salmon byelaws). Dept of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Millbank, c/o Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P3JR OR BY EMAIL to freshwaterfish@defra.gov.uk to be received by 8th April 2018.

The River Tyne and Wear will be unchanged other than a voluntary approach to catch and release to improve the percentages up to 90%.



The Environment Agency has just released its analysis of replies to the Salmon Consultation of last October. While this has been long awaited it is the actual recommendations from this that anglers eagerly await.

To see the many and varied responses anglers and netsmen gave to the consultation questionnaire log on to; https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-salmon-net-and-rod-fisheries/results/consultationsummary final 280218.pdf


I do not envisage any changes to the River Tyne or Wear. Voluntary catch and release of up to 90% of fish caught may be the aim. The River Tees is likely to be total catch and release.

The drift nets will come off. Beach T and J Nets will continue this year as is. Their season is likely to be cut the following year with other restrictions.

Changes to anglers tackle is likely to be minimal.

So all you anglers waiting for info get your subscriptions to your clubs, associations and syndicates sent in before fishing may be lost.


For more North East game fishing news visit hookedne.wordpress.com

Latest news; Tyne has produced two salmon so far this season. The first a 12lb fish was caught at Dilston on 12th February. The second on 14th February was a 15lb salmon caught at Bywell. River levels are still on high side today over 3 feet above normal at Bywell.

These two fish were not springers. The first was a very well mended kelt. The second was a rawner; a male salmon that had not spawned. It has a prominent kype!


Memberships are still available for Tyneside Anglers Syndicate for the 2018 season.

An Environment Agency Press release announced ahead of the Salmon Consultation conclusions outline the rivers in England that are classed as “At Risk” are: The Tees, Stour, Yelam, Plym, Ribble, Wyre, Lune, Calder, Crake and Derwent.

The Tyne and the River Wear are classified as “Probably not at Risk” which means that the situation will remain as is but Voluntary catch and release targets may well be increased. The Coquet and Yorkshire Esk are likely to be catch and release as will the Eden and Border Esk; although at present this seems to be unclear.

Anglers are certainly not the problem in the decline of salmon stocks in our rivers. Studies on the River Dee headed by Ian Gordon have come to the conclusion that predatory birds such as Gooseander and Cormorant are the main culprits. Masses of smolts are being hoovered up every year in their migration to the sea. They are not even mentioned in the Five Point Plan etc.

Netting is also the major problem along with Agricultural run off and insecticides, pesticides etc. Drift nets will be coming off but it is still unclear as to the fate  of the T and J nets.

Our fishing gets under way on 1st February on the Northumbria Region rivers with Tyne likely to produce some spring fish. Our Wylam beat and Bywell Quarry are likely places for an early fish. Our Whiteadder beats are also likely area for early spring sport. The Lower Eden fishing can also produce good early sport when conditions are suitable.

Our memberships cost £270 plus £50 joining fee. Cheques payable to Tyneside Anglers Syndicate and send to TAS, Rothgar, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE403NE.

We have some excellent areas in which to fish for salmon, trout and sea-trout in beautiful and quiet surroundings. We are a Conservation minded syndicate with members who care about the welfare of our fish and also the wildlife we see on our waters.

We have some good trout fishing on our river beats as well as several stillwaters.

Please look at further posts on this blog. Also visit hookedne.wordpress.com for Northern England Angling reports updated weekly and maybe more frequently during the fishing season.

For further details for Tyneside Anglers Syndicate contact 0191 4133789, mobile 07590 411015 or email davecarrickryton@hotmail.com


Above is a glimpse into some of TAS waters

There is much more on offer than these snapshots available to salmon, trout and sea-trout anglers. Pictures feature the River Tyne,  North Tyne, South Tyne, River Rede, River Coquet, River Wear, River Border Esk and River Lyne.

The Syndicate is still taking new members cost is £270 plus £50 joining fee. Our extensive fishing comprises excellent opportunities for salmon, trout and sea trout anglers. We have areas that suit the single handed rod anglers up to the big double handers.

Many of our beats are lightly fished. Enjoy a days brown trout fishing on the Rede, most probably on your own or the occasional members you may meet. Enjoy the lovely Whiteadder or Border Esk. Opportunities for the salmon angler are very good with plenty double figure fish caught each season. All for the cost of a day on some of the famous rivers! We offer 365 days a year fishing including stillwater trout fishing on several lakes as well as some good grayling fishing.

Have a tussle with the big Wear sea-trout under the cover of darkness or search out your own favourite night fishing spots. There are many places on our waters that have never been fished at night.

We have extensive fishing on top rivers such as Tyne and Wear; statistically the two best rivers in England.  We caught salmon to 22lb and sea-trout to 14lb 8oz on the Tyne system last year. Salmon to over 18lb were caught on the Wear as well as sea-trout to 9lb.

To join us  contact davecarrickryton@hotmail.com  or tel 01914133789 for further details.


Our monthly meetings have been changed to a Monday night at Greenside Cricket Club. Our first meeting of 2018 is on Monday 29th January. Meetings are on the last Monday of the month subject to late changes.

TAS members should visit this blog regularly to keep up with any syndicate news etc throughout the season.





If you have not sent in your catch return please do so. Email davecarrickryton@hotmail.com

Latest news: we have taken some rods on the famous Willow Pool and Cauldron beats on the Border Esk for the 2018 season.

We are taking new members from now. Cost to join is £270 plus a £50 joining fee. We have fishing on the Main Tyne, North Tyne, South Tyne, River Rede, River Wear, River Coquet, River Whiteadder, River Ettrick, River Tweed, River Eden, River Border Esk and River Lyne. Our salmon and sea-trout fishing is very good and in some superb locations. Parking is safe. We also have some good brown trout fishing in idyllic locations. Night fishing for sea-trout can be excellent for those enthusiasts who like to be out in the dead of night. Many of our beats offer good opportunities to catch sea trout during the day.

There are numerous areas on our fishing, where night fishing will produce sport. Many of these have not even been explored yet.

There is also plenty scope for big double hander fishing down to single handed rods.

Grayling fishing is also well worthwhile with good stocks on the Wear, Whiteadder and Eden. We have two stocked lakes open for trout fishing 365 days per year. During 2017 brown trout to 5lb and rainbows to 7lb have been caught in our stillwaters.

The 2017 season saw salmon to 22lb 8oz and sea-trout to 14lb 8oz caught. Lots of double figure salmon were caught on the fly. Sea-trout in the 6lb to 9lb range were also plentiful and again plenty caught on the fly. Wild brown trout to 3lb 8oz and grayling to over 2lb have been caught.

Our membership consists of many conservation minded anglers, who care about the environment and welfare of our rivers. Why not come and join us and make angling friends with our pleasant members.

Our fishing season for migratory fish begins on 15th January on the Eden and we fish until 30th November on the Tweed system. Memberships reflect great value for money having been pegged at £270 for many seasons. Fishing is in locations that offer solitude, superb scenery and the challenges of fishing for some excellent wild fish.

We fish on a wide variety of rivers which offer very good game fishing potential. Whether you fish the Tyne or the Lyne there is something on offer for every game angler.

Contact is as above by email. You can also telephone 0191 4133789 or mobile 07590 411015


Despite the general poor conditions some excellent catches have been made on our waters.

Kevin Winters fished the Longwood Beat catching a salmon of 8lb and four sea-trout to 4lb all on spinner in a big 4 feet water!

Patrick Martin fished our Coquet beat in perfect conditions and caught four salmon to approximately 15lb all returned in one visit.

Recently joined new member George Renwick fished the Tweed Peebles Beat catching salmon of 16lb, 10lb and 22lb 8oz in a day; all on the fly of course.

It has been a case of right place right time for really good catches.

In addition to these fish David Carrick caught salmon of 10lb and 22lb off the new Ridley Stokoe beat and another of 10lb off the Rede at Monkridge. All returned.

Working parties have been progressing with our platforms at Little Tosson and the outlet. Once this is completed restocking will take place.

Our Redesdale Lake will also be restocked for the winter months.

We are interested in brown trout catches off our river stretches. If possible could members include these catches in their returns.

Any fish caught on our Tweed beats-Whiteadder and Ettrick should be reported at the end of November.



This information has been put together by conscientious anglers who care deeply about our sport. We have published it help you fill in this consultation. Read it carefully and then complete your consultation document

TO ACCESS THIS LOG ON TO http://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-salmon-net-and-rod-fisheries/

Salmon and sea trout anglers who bought their licences on line will have received information concerning the above. Those who bought their licences from Post Offices etc have not been informed. To access the consultation process to give your responses log on to http://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-net-and-rod-fisheries/

It is presented in 7 sections and each section has a number of questions . This process is lengthy and will take several hours to complete. Answering questions  giving detailed reasons will also take several hours. While this process is ridiculous we as salmon anglers must make our thoughts known.

Here are some suggestions: Section 2

Q2.2a recommendation is Wholly

Salmon stocks are in decline and remedial action needs to be taken very quickly to encourage these to recover. However as data in appendix 2 show rod angling is not the issue as anglers already safely return 79% of salmon caught. Substantially more significant are issues such as; exploitation by offshore nets, the widespread and endemic problems of agricultural pollution, habitat damage, over abstraction and low water flows, fish farming and unsustainable predation.

Section 3 Q.32A-


We wholly agree that salmon need additional protection from nets/ fixed engines. Rod exploitation is not the cause of the decline of Atlantic salmon. As salmon anglers safely release 80% (7090) of all salmon caught (8930) Exploitation by rods is insignificant compared with other factors particularly exploitation by nets, fixed engines, predation,  agricultural pollution, excessive abstraction, fish farming, illegal fishing. low river flows, and habitat damage. Fixed engines nets killed just under 40,ooo salmon in the  NE and Yorkshire net fishery in the two years 2015 and 2016 most caught in District I and 2 in the NE. In 2106 the declared net catch in England was 20,017 fish. The fish killed by anglers was only 9% of this total. The net fishery has no limit on the amount of fish they kill though each fish needs to be tagged. There is no limit to the number of tags available.

Predation by cormorants, goosander and other predators is a very significant factor. Cormorants eat at least 1lb of fish each day some eat more. This is typically 8 to 10 smolts each day. Many rivers have large numbers of these birds taking many young fish. Lets say 50 birds on a river taking 500 salmon and sea-trout smolts each day.


Spring byelaws we recommend wholly that spring stocks should be protected as much as possible. Most anglers do not fish for spring salmon as spring runs of salmon are so poor in the North East. are so poor.


Q5.4a We recommend option 1. Nets must end to improve salmon stocks in all British and European rivers.


removing indiscriminate exploitation by nets would help salmon stocks recover. If the recreational income from salmon angling declines this will mean significant loss in revenue to the government, Environment Agency, the tackle trade, riparian owners and tourism. This will be a very large economic downturn compared with revenue generated by net fisheries.


We recommend 10 years.

Q.5.4d We recommend NE1. Mixed stock netting should be brought to an end because it is indiscriminate and leads to calls by fishermen in Greenland and the Faroes to increase their catches from the feeding grounds of the Arctic.

We recognise that netting in the NE impacts  on many rivers in Yorkshire, North East and in Scotland it has a significant impact on the number of salmon running up Tees, Tyne, Wear, Coquet and Tweed. In 2015, 60,000 sea-trout and 15,000 salmon were killed by NE nets; this is greater than all the salmon and sea-trout that run the Tees, Wear, Tyne and Coquet combined.


Currently many North East angling clubs, associations are losing up to 50% of their memberships as a result of poor fish stocks in NE rivers. Some face closure and many have been in existence for over 100 years. Their closure will have significant social impact on the local communities.

Section 6

Q6.2a Preferred option for catch and release.

Recommend Option 4. We believe that the voluntary catch and release targets set out in Option 4 are achievable. Anglers have already reacted quickly and responsibly to reducing salmon and sea trout stocks over recent years such that we now release 80% of fish caught. The release of more fish will help to improve fish stocks but importantly sets out a voluntary code that fishermen can buy into. This could see more fish willingly returned.


A voluntary scheme is something everyone takes part in and feels part of.

Q 6.2C  We recommend yes.

Q6.2 d  Yes

Q 6.2e A voluntary scheme is something everyone takes part in and feels part of. Anglers have already reacted quickly and responsibly to reducing salmon and sea trout stocks over recent years such that they now release 80% of fish caught. If 100% catch and release is imposed then significant number of anglers would stop fishing for salmon and sea trout. This will have major impact on EA licence revenue, club membership and existence, the angling trade, riparian owners income and fishing tourism.

Q6. 2 f

Recommend  No I would not support voluntary catch and release of all salmon caught.

As above.

Q 6.2i

Clubs would be losing membership from subscriptions and day tickets etc. For every £1000 of leases lost is £200 lost in VAT.


q 6.3 b Many of the best practice recommendations are extremely difficult, if not impossible , for angling clubs and EA and Angling Trust to police and are best implemented by a voluntary approach and left to the conscience of individual anglers. Anglers returning fish are very keen that they survive when released and will respond positively to a voluntary approach. Anglers return 80% already contrasted to 100% kill by net fishermen.

Q 6.4 C  NO

Q6.4 a


Having a landing net helps to safely restrain the fish before release.

6.4 b Yes

6.4 c No  Many of the punitive measures proposed in Section 6 will have negligible impact on the survival rate of salmon released by anglers compared to the 100% kill by salmon netsmen and the very large number of smolts lost through predation. Imposing these measures would result in anglers leaving the sport with financial consequences to angling clubs, tackle trade and licence revenue.

6.4 d No these should not be banned. Voluntary and left to individual angler.


Q 6.4 e No

Voluntary and left to the angler.

6 .4 f  No restrictions should not apply to Flying C’s

Flying C’s have an important role to paly in lure fishing particularly in high water. Members have very little experience of deep hooking salmon and consequently we see very little benefit to the banning or restricting the use of Flying C’s.

Q 6. 4 g


Section 7

Rod Exploitation is not the cause of the decline of Atlantic Salmon. Anglers release 80% and exploitation from rods is insignificant compared with other factors particularly exploitation by nets/fixed engines, predation, agricultural pollution, excessive abstraction, fish farming, illegal fishing, low rover flows, habitat change and hydros.

Fixed engines /nets killed just under 40,000 salmon in the NE and Yorkshire in the two years 2015 and 2016 most from District 1 and 2 in the NE. 2016 saw 20071 fish were caught by nets. The fish killed by anglers amounted to 9% of this catch!

The net fishery have no limit on the amount of fish they kill even though each fish needs to be tagged. There is no restriction on the number of tags available.

Anglers are being instructed how to handle salmon gently to ensure their survival when released. The same gentle handling of salmon will be required by NE nets if they are to be returned to ensure their survival. We do not believe this is possible in an industrial fishing environment.

We object in the strongest possible terms to the proposal by the EA in section 5.2.2 whereby the netting of sea-trout may continue and salmon be removed from the T nets and returned to the sea. Has the EA conducted any research into the mortality rate that this proposal would entail. In side the final chamber from which salmon are to be safely removed  consists of salmon and sea-trout frantically thrashing around. It is our experience and opinion of retired T Netsmen that this process cannot be safely operated to ensure the safe return of salmon to the sea. It is likely that released fish will then swim into another T net. This is because of the number of nets in district 1.This process would be repeated again and again.



It is a comprehensive document but takes far too long to read, comprehend and answer the questions. It takes many hours to complete.

We are concerned that many anglers will not take or have the time to complete this because of its complexity.

Only anglers who renewed their EA licence  on-line have been informed of this consultation. There are substantial number of anglers who buy and renew their EA licence at the Post Office and have not been informed directly of this consultation.


Other points to consider include

Anglers already release 80% of salmon caught on rod and line.

If 100% catch and release was imposed a significant number of anglers will stop fishing for salmon and sea trout. There will be a major impact and angling clubs, associations, Syndicates, Angling trade, riparian owners and fishing tourism.

Sea trout appear to be being sacrificed to preserve salmon stocks.

Anglers are being instructed to preserve salmon stocks.

Anglers are being instructed how to handle salmon and sea trout so as to ensure their survival when released. The same gentle handling will be expected by the nets if they are to be returned to ensure their survival. We do not believe this is remotely possible in an industrial environment.

The Angling Trust suggest the following points could also be included please use your won words if possible.

Mixed stock netting should be brought to an end because it is indiscriminate and leads to calls by fishermen in Greenland and the Faroes to increase their catches from the feeding grounds in the Arctic.

Anglers already release 80% of salmon caught. We have been regulated enough- we want to see tough action to regulate polluters and abstractors that damage the aquatic environment.

Angling has far more social and economic benefit for many people than netting, which only benefits a handful of people.

Many anglers also voluntarily donate funds and their own time to support Rivers Trusts and others who use this money to generate substantial additional  external funding to restore rivers. Netsmen make no such contributions.

Salmon stocks are in decline in England and Wales. Anglers need to see action to address the widespread and endemic problems of agricultural pollution, habitat damage, over-abstraction, fish farming and unsustainable predation alongside action to manage exploitation by nets and rods.





Our new fishing at Ridley Stokoe Farm opens on Friday 1st September. The beat is wade-able in conditions around 10 cumec releases from Kielder Water. Above this level anglers should exercise great care. On entry at the top end follow the pathway down the bank to the lower island on your right on entry across the road.

Wading is OK almost in a straight line from the road but becomes too deep to wade near the incoming stream behind the small upper island. Wading is possible down the glide below the Stokoe Pool. Also below this area but overhanging branches are difficult. A wading stick is essential on this beat! We intend clearing much of this out but at present holidays are preventing working parties. The lower parking is around mid way down the beat through the gate on left going towards Kielder on the hard standing. Please be aware that animals are often in this field and parking is at anglers own risk. The upper area is safer as far as this is concerned as no animals are in this area.

Location is above Eals and below Smalesmouth look for a small sign Ridley Stokoe on the left. The lower boundary is the incoming stream. There is a metal barrier on the left hand side of the road B6320 approaching Falstone and Kielder- look for this. Signs will be erected on the beat.


Any feed back from members would be gratefully appreciated as well as reporting of fish catches. Please keep a record of brown trout caught too. There are some good brown trout in the stretch having been a haven for some time. Brown trout enthusiasts may well fine this area productive as far a sport is concerned.

Please remember that fishing is fly only or spinning baits. No bait fishing is allowed.

Any queries just ask.