First the bad news!

The Environment Agency have made the following byleaws on the Border Esk and River Eden.


Application and exemptions

  1.  These byelaws apply to the Border Esk together with all its tributaries upstream and including the River Sark.

2. These byelaws shall expire 10 years after the date they cone into force.

3. These byelaws shall not apply to any employee of the Environment Agency acting in their official capacity or to any person who, with the permission in writing of the Environment Agency and acting in accordance with any conditions attached to that permission, carries out work connected with the maintenance, improvement or development of fisheries or for scientific purposes.

4. Except as provided, or where the context otherwise requires, all words and expressions used in these byelaws shall have the meaning assigned to them by the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, the Water Resources Act 1991 and Environment Act 1995.


Return of all rod caught salmon

On the Border Esk, and on all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with , the Border Esk, during the period from, and including, the 16th June to , and including, the 31st October following, no person fishing by rod and line is permitted to remove any live or dead salmon.

Any salmon caught within this fishery must be returned to the water with the least possible injury.


Maximum number of migratory trout that may be kept by rod and line and killed

On the Border Esk, and on all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with, the Border Esk, during the period from, and including, 1st April to, and including 30th September following, no person fishing by rod and line is permitted to catch and kill more than 4 migratory trout.

Any person who has caught and killed four migratory trout in the circumstances set out in byelaw 3 may continue to fish for migratory trout provided that any further migratory trout caught are released immediately, to the water in which it was caught, with the least possible injury.


Catch and release of female migratory trout in the Border Esk

On the Border Esk and all waters which are tributaries to, or connected with, the Border Esk, from and including the 10th September to and including the 30th September following, no person shall retain any female migratory trout.

In this byelaw to retain means to catch a fish and not return it immediately to the water in which it was caught with the least possible injury.


Members of TAS please make sure you adhere to these byelaws.



We have had a few salmon caught on the Whiteadder recently. Graham Glenn landed one of 8 lb on fly. Paul Neate caught one of 7lb a few days ago.

The rainfall over the weekend of 1st June saw rainfall which did lift local rivers. Some got a decent lift while others only rose a few inches. This extra water may well have brought in good runs of fish. We had a lot of fish in the pools at Wylam last week but few of our rods were out.

One of our member Len Metcalfe saw just how good the Rede can be for brown trout. He visited last week in very low flows. Fishing small spider patterns he caught well over 20 trout to 12 inches fishing down from Monkridge. On his way back up he caught another ten more on a Klinkhammer with several over 12 inches. A great day out in a superb location.

Our lake in Redesdale is fishing well and today Sunday 3rd June we completed the third fishing platform at our Coquetdale Lake. We also completed the outlet so restocking will now take place soon. Members have two boats to use. Watch this blog for official opening after stocking.




As of today 16th May, members of Tyneside Anglers Syndicate can fish the above beat on the Till. Fishing is for salmon, sea-trout, brown trout and grayling. In the main fly fishing areas are limited at present and new areas will be opened up as and when. There are several good holding areas.

Anglers should keep to the edges of fields and river paths and the fishing is for four rods at any one time. Should numbers exceed this then taking turns would be necessary. Parking is available as shown on the map. Fishing is from Ford Bridge downstream to the first weir above the  Heatherslaw Cornmill.  No fishing from the weir or below it.

The beat requires bank clearing and on the lower and on the lower right bank tall reeds obscure what is a steep bank. Great care is needed here.

Members are encouraged to trim branches which may obstruct fishing.

Please park sensibly with TAS car passes visible. Please note that areas on this beat are dangerous for wading due to heavy siltation. Salmon and sea-trout fishing is until the and of November. Grayling fishing is allowed up to 31st January 2019.

Night fishing is also allowed but great care is required. Make sure you know that where you choose to fish is safe under the cover of darkness.

Fishing is by fly, spinner or worm with fishing to Tweed rules! Visit TWEED WEBSITES TO LOOK AT THESE RULES.

Please note that some canoeing takes place from Ford Castle; normally during late morning.

Further information will be given soon so keep visiting this blog for any updates. Please remember, good conduct will ensure that we continue to fish in future years on the Till.


We are still awaiting the paperwork from Ford and Etal Estates for the Heatherslaw stretch of fishing. As soon as this arrives and payment is made details will appear on this blog.

We are all eagerly awaiting this but it is out of our hands!

Now that things have warmed up runs of salmon and sea-trout are expected on the next few rises of water.

Our Ridley Stokoe beat has produced some nice brown trout up to 14 inches recently and is well worth a visit for the brown trout enthusiasts. We expect to restock our stillwaters very soon.

Some nice trout have been caught on the Lyne at Westlinton and I would expect the River Rede to produce some good sport in the coming weeks.

While salmon runs have not exactly been prolific May, June and July should produce sport. You need to be on the rivers to catch them!

All the hassle concerning the Environment Agency Consultation has come to an abrupt halt with no changes at all likely until next year. This means nets operating as normal but a hold on bylaw changes and tackle.

What a load of fuss for nothing. Not to mention how damaging it has been for angling clubs, associations and syndicates etc.


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 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




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 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; 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.


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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 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


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  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

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