Tyneside Anglers Syndicate has secured another North Tyne beat for the 2019 season. This will add just under a mile of fishing which includes some fine fly fishing water.

The rainfall of 12th and 13th August has brought a rise in flows on the Tyne system including the Rede. This should move further runs of fish upstream improving catch prospects. The River Wear also had a lift as did the Border Esk and River Lyne.

Some sea-trout and odd salmon may well have run into the Rede on this extra water.

Our Coquetdale lake has been restocked and one boat is available for use at present.

Recent catches of sea-trout include fish to 4lb 8oz. Some good brown trout have been caught on the Rede and North Tyne. Grilse to 5lb have been caught on the Wear and our Border Esk fishing as well as sea-trout to 3lb.

Conditions have been improving recently and a further rise or two in flows should bring some fine sport.

Other rivers we fish have had rises in flow so sport could be on the up! Time to get the rods out.

Flies:  Small Cascades, Claret Shrimp Flies, Silver Stoats Tail

Trout: Klinkhammer and various wet flies such as Black Pennell, Greenwell, Mallard and Claret.



Update 7/08/18 7966 migratory fish were counted through Riding Mill fish pass during July. This has produced some better sport on the river. The North Tyne in particular has fish moving upstream.

The weather front coming in later this week may produce some spates so keep aware.

The Border Esk had water last week and good runs of sea-trout entered the river. Irvine House did well with sea-trout. When more settled the night fly fishing should be good.

Silver Stoat , Thompson’s Terror, Peter Ross. Black Pennell, Teal, Blue and Silver and Border Belle. Dressing for the Border Belle is very similar to that of the Bibio. Tie in a Golden Pheasant Tippet in at the Tail. Tie it fairly bushy with a broad silver rib. It works well on a small double or treble.

An unsettled week could bring some further runs of fish.

The Kielder releases continue to keep the North Tyne at a nice fishing height and pulses of fish are moving upstream. Our North Tyne beats are well worth a visit.

South Tyne has dropped back to almost drought level again but heavy rainfall in the west could bring it up again.

The River Lyne has had several rises and the Shankfieldhead stretch is worth a try for sea-trout.

The Rede  is still producing some good trout sport with some members catching over 20 fish for a visit mainly to dry flies such as Klinkhammer.

Watch this blog for up to date info.


update 1st August

Tyne has had some water, Kielder releases are keeping the North and Main Tyne freshened up. Almost 4500 migratory fish have gone through the fish pass at Riding Mill  this month up to 21st July.

The Rede has also had a rise. Bill Reay a regular trout member on the Rede fished a couple of days ago and caught over 20 trout. At least four of them were over 12 inches and in fine fettle. All returned and all caught on the Klinkhammer. Bill was fishing the quicker water in what was a very low river.

On our Redesdale Lake, Tom Cowing caught a lovely 3lb brown trout on a Yellow Humpy. Our Coquetdale Lake is being restocked on Friday 10th August. This will be on a catch and release basis for the near future. Please look for details in the fishing hut .These will be available shortly.

The Irvine House beats are now available to book on Friday and Saturday for three rods on each day. The Irvine House Lower Beat produced 12 sea-trout yesterday and one salmon. There was a good run of sea-trout on the Esk . The river Lyne has also had water and sea-trout will have run the river. Please note we do not have the Gibstown and Low Luckens fishing.  We have also given up the Water below the bottom bridge at Westlinton. We still fish the Westlinton bridge stretch between the two bridges.

The Shankfieldhead Farm stretch is still available and well worth fishing as is the Whiteholme Farm beat from the Black Lyne Bridge down to the farm boundary on the main Lyne.

The North Tyne has a stock of fish and our beats there are well worth fishing

Bywell Quarry has been partially strimmed and should produce fish from now on this season. It just needs rods.

The Wear is still short of water but has fish in the pools.

Some work has been done at Ridley Stokoe and Kielder releases has made this stretch very pleasant to fish. Better access is being made gradually. Three seats have been installed.

The River Till beat is also seeing work done. Please scroll back on our posts to find the map and fishing details etc for this beat.

We still need more rainfall and the short term forecast shows little in the way of rain.

Evenings and into the dusk and dark are likely times to catch fish.

Please report fish caught  to me.



Please note this report is being updated on a regular basis.

Latest update 17/07/18

Kielder releases have kept the North Tyne fresh and sea-trout and some salmon have been moving upstream. Our North Tyne beats are well worth fishing. In addition to the sea-trout caught on the 5th July at Ridley Stokoe several others have been hooked and lost. Our main river beasts are quiet at the moment but things can quickly change.

I along with another TAS member caught 14 brown trout to 1lb mainly on Black flies and Partridge and Orange. At least three large brown trout were risen during the visit none of which stayed on.

Kielder releases have resulted in a really good fishing level at present. Check levels before a visit on and go into the prospects page. 7 cumecs gives an excellent fishing level as does 10 cumecs. Heavier flows require caution but are still well worth fishing but take care!

The constant low waters have curtailed salmon catches recently but sea-trout numbers have been building up on several of our waters. Targeting these very sporting fish requires timing of visits. Best times are very early morning and evenings and well into darkness.

Catches have been made on the Till, Border Esk and Wear recently. Stocks are likely to build up in the weeks to come. Kielder releases have freshened up the North and main Tyne and salmon have been caught well into the North Tyne. It is likely that some will have pushed on up to Ridley Stokoe and will certainly be in the pools at Chollerford. Timing visits to coincide with Kielder releases can be critical. A 4lb 8oz sea-trout still bearing sea-lice, was caught last Thursday on the Ridley Stokoe beat on a small Ally’s Shrimp Fly. Significant movements of fish have been seen running up the North Tyne recently.

Sea trout to 7lb 6oz have been caught on fly from our Wear fishing at night.

The last few hours of light can be good on the main river with both Wylam and Bywell Quarry worth fishing. Several very fresh run salmon have been hooked and lost at Wylam recently.

The River Rede has produced some very nice brown trout even though levels are low. One member reports fish up to 15 inches on a recent visit, fishing upstream dry fly and nymphing tactics. These were in the main caught in streamy water.

We have held back restocking of our Coquetdale lake due to the ongoing hot spell of weather. When things cool down fish will be stocked.

Ridley Stokoe is a fine venue to try for wild brown trout; especially when there is extra water in from Kielder. A visit will also be worthwhile from the point of view of seeing salmon or sea-trout showing themselves. Single handed rod approach would be my recommendation.

A change in weather will be a real bonus . A few good spates will certainly get fish running and boost sport. Lighter approaches could well pay off in the low flows. Small flies, finer leaders but not less strength may produce more takes.

I was in Sutherland last week and anglers fishing the Oykel in extremely low flows were still using 15 foot rods and number 10 plus lines. The only fish caught were caught on a single hander ; one early in the morning and the other well into the evening. I can only guess how much they had paid for the privilege!

Night fly fishing is the way to go at present with Till, Border Esk, and Wear prime venues. Otherwise take advantage of the Kielder releases on the Tyne. While Kielder releases are on pristine fishing conditions prevail at Ridley Stokoe. Make sure you have your wading staff!


Tyneside Anglers Syndicate are still taking new members contact for details.



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.