Signs of improvement

20/06/22 Update

The Kielder release over four days with two days at 7 cumecs and two at 5 cumecs has moved fish. I saw several sea-trout splashing at Wylam on Saturday afternoon. The river had a nice tinge of colour from the North Tyne. Unfortunately the appearance of a seal in the Stanley Burn Pool put paid to any chance of catching any fish that were in the pools.

Another release is scheduled from Wednesday. Please remember that it takes 24 hours to get to Wylam and normally releases are from around 7am but increasing slowly during the day! Fish are entering the Tyne; a few brand new salmon were seen at Bywell Quarry with early and late in the day top times to be on the river.

Warden has had some sport of late with a few salmon and sea-trout caught. They are on the move. Over 1000 have gone through the counter at Riding Mill for the season so far. Picking your times for fishing is critical at present with so many bright days and of course the low water levels.

Salmon and some sea-trout have made it into the North Tyne. Salmon have been caught as far upstream as Tarset and Carriteth.

Odd fish have been seen on our beat at Bywell and at Wylam. A few salmon have been caught in the Wylam area of late. There is a Kielder release of 7 cumecs from Wednesday lessening to 5 cumecs after a couple of days. This may help conditions and bring in a few more fish which are desperately needed.

Tyne had some water earlier in the month mainly from the River Rede. This did get sea-trout moving as a few pods were seen on the main river with several hooked and lost. A good sea-trout was lost at Wylam. Advice is to keep an eye on river levels especially when unsettled conditions are forecast.

On of our members lost a very good sea-trout at the net earlier in the month fishing at Wylam.

Salmon have been caught as high up as Chipchase Castle and also in the South Tyne so there is a chance now on many of our beats.

Coquet had a rise too so there may well be fish on our beat. Levels are now very low and this goes for the River Wear, Border Esk and South Tyne

Any relevant up to date news or changes will be added to this post.

Tight lines!


The Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Association is holding their fishing event at Kielder Reservoir next Wednesday 8th June. The location is Leaplish Waterside. We require a few helpers on the day one to possibly take a boat out and ghillie for the anglers. The others will help on the banks.

Helpers will get a meal (free) and will be very welcome. The reason we are short is mainly down to Covid and the fact that we have not had an event for three years now.

The Kielder Event has been very popular over decades. If you can help on the day please contact me by email at or phone 01914133789.


A rod has been found on one of our beats. If it is yours contact the following number to arrange getting it back. 07887782562.

TAS members have always been known for their honesty as someone could easily have walked away with it. Owner please contact the secretary when you get it back. 07590411015.

Hopefully the changeable weather will bring some welcome extra water to get fish running.


To help with your outings Google the following to get the latest river levels:

RIVER BORDER ESK river level at Langholm

RIVER WEAR river level at Sunderland Bridge for lower beat and river level at Witton-le-Wear for Page Bank.

RIVER COQUET river level at Alwinton or Rothbury

RIVER SOUTH TYNE river level at Alston or Haydon Bridge

RIVER REDE river level at Otterburn

RIVER NORTH TYNE for Smalesmouth and Ridley Stokoe google river level at Falstone.

For Chollerford river level at Bellingham.

RIVER WHITEADDER river level at Hutton Castle.

Also google Kielder release programme for North Tyne releases from Kielder Reservoir.


Last year we had a problem with the owner of the Low Grange Farm fishing which resulted in us coming out of the fishing. We took on Union Hall Farm again which is an excellent stretch of water.

The Meadow on the opposite bank was leased by us for many years but access to the fishing was always from the Low Grange beat. We kept the fishing last year. This year I tried to get an agreement for us to access the fishing from the gate at the top of the field but unfortunately this was not possible. We waded across last year but this was not always possible. We have the left bank so we still fish through the whole section from the left bank therefore covering all the fishing from there.

We have taken back the Shankfieldhead Fishing on the River Lyne in Cumbria after a couple of years where a few TAS members kept it on due to lack of funds. It is a special place offering some nice trout fishing with runs of sea-trout throughout the summer and early autumn. Odd salmon are in the pools too.

The fishing runs from Lower Goat Island down to the Rack Bridge. The River Lyne is a beautiful river; the lowest tributary of the Border Esk running in below Longtown.

A map will be attached to this post in the near future. The fishing will add to the portfolio of good trout and sea-trout fishing we have. The wildlife there is often stunning in very quiet surroundings..

There is another stretch that we can fish owned by the same owners which covers a section of the Black Lyne from the bridge down to where it meets the White Lyne forming the main river. The Meetings Pool can be a very good one when conditions are right. Our fishing ceases around 50 metres down from the meetings.

The post codes are Shankfieldhead Farm CA66JG,

Black Lyne Bridge / Meetings CA66LJ

Directions In Brampton right turn passed the school to the Kirklinton / Hethersgill road follow this road.

Directions from M6 come off onto A7, Turn right to Kirklinton. Once over the Rack Bridge up the hill for 400 metres turn right and look out for the two wind Turbines. The entrance to the farm is on your right. Park sensibly on the grass just short of the farm buildings or in the farm yard when wet.

This stretch of river gives us fishing on ten rivers. Some lovely fish have been caught by members in the past who got to know this lovely Cumbrian river.

If in doubt ask the secretary. Please be considerate when parking and enjoy this lovely river.


Some members have got off to an encouraging start to 2022. Our latest catch count is 10 salmon. Heaviest 12lb and all the rest in the 8 lb class and all but one caught on fly.

Tyne has been slow as has the River Wear. As we approach April, with hopefully a few rises of water and mild conditions we may see fish in our Tyne and Wear pools.

Conditions have been decent for the start of the trout fishing although it has been rather bright.

The Whiteadder has had a decent show of fish so far which is very encouraging.

Early sea-trout should be beginning to show up soon given a rainwater rise or two.

The Rede should provide some good early trout fishing. Trout are often full of caddis and snail in the spring. A Black Pennell, Black and Peacock Spider and the usual spring wet fly patterns should do the trick. Weighted nymphs are useful on the point to pull the flies down.

Tight lines!


We got off the mark with our first salmon of the season caught on Friday 25th February. The fish was an 8lb beauty caught by James Illingworth from Knaresbrough, on a 3″ Black and Yellow Templedog. The fish was caught on our Whiteadder lower beat above Hutton Bridge and was carefully returned.

This first fish was followed the following day by another of 7lb caught at Edington Mill on a Gold Toby by Mark Humble from Ancrum. It is likely that there will be others on our beats.

Advice to rods is to share the water in a friendly manner. We have all been restricted for many months but angling etiquette is very important to us. Take turns if there are a few rods about. The access to the Horseshoe is now available, so there are three areas to use which will spread out anglers should things get busy. Fish down the runs and pools and don’t hog an area.

Please report your fish and don’t display any on social media.

Tyneside Anglers Syndicate still has a limited number of places left for the 2022 season.

Contact 07590411015 or email for details.

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Firstly welcome to all our new members hope you enjoy your fishing and meet many new fishing friends among our membership.

We have got access permission from Thompsons of Prudhoe owners of our Bywell Beat to access the entrance track down to the railway arch. This saves a ten minute walk.

Members must notify staff there that you will be opening and closing the double gates if you are proceeding down to the Railway Tunnel.

Alternatively you can park near the log bay before the entrance to the lane.

Members need to know that the site is operational with plant and equipment using the passageway at the double gates. Lorries are constantly coming and going. Make sure you approach this area with great care.

When parking to the left of the railway tunnel please park sensibly and make sure you display your car pass.

Also treat all Thompson’s workers with respect as this is a bonus to us after having to walk down.

UPDATE 11/02.22

Tyne had a big spate of 7 feet last weekend and has been falling in nicely since then. The river heights at present rule out wading at Bywell Quarry. It is possible to fly fish some of the good areas from the bank. Ideal spinning conditions with the chance of catching a springer almost anywhere on the beat should they be there.

The Willow Run pushes through for several hundred yards. The glide above can also produce a fish or two.

The fence at the bottom of the beat is another interesting area. Boulders create areas where fish will often rest. These can be located by the surface ripple effect. Please not the beat finishes at the small burn. There is a seat inside the fencing.

It may be possible to get into the river at the top end above the glide. Proceed with care.

Wylam offers the chance of a springer with the small subsiding stream worth a cast just below the island. The main flow is also worth fishing but a long cast is required. The lower end and tail of the pool is always a likely area to find a fish.

The Commander Dunn Pool (Gusher Pool) fishes well in the upper area of the streamy water.It is possible to cover a sizeable area with the fly.

The main well of the pool is best spun. There is a spine of rocks at the tail end of the pool worth fly fishing. Wading is not easy so take care.

The Pump House Pool has a nice fly stream and good push. Much of if is only accessible from the bank. Large blocks make access difficult at times. For the younger members this is not a problem.

The area below this is difficult due to the Keelmans Way pathway collapse.



Firstly a warm welcome to new members hope you enjoy your fishing.

The two storms Corrie and Malik have brought a tree down on our vehicular access to the Horseshoe on our Edington stretch of the River Whiteadder.

There are also trees snapped off making access difficult on the river bank to the Horseshoe.

Access to lower areas may well be best from Hutton Bridge. Park on the bank leading down to Hutton Bridge. The river is low and settled at present.

Secondly we are still unsure of access by car down to the railway Arch on our Bywell Quarry fishing. The owners are still working this area. Advice is to park on the grass verge on the right before the road splits to the quarry and Farm. There is sufficient space for two cars con the right and again just on to the left track. Park on the right just past the fork in the road.

It may be possible to enter by the normal access road but please be cautious as heavy plant and wagons are in constant use here.

Should the situation change an update will be posted here.

Tyne has been reasonably settled so there is a chance of an early fish on our Wylam beat and also at Bywell Quarry.

The long Willow Run is a superb stream that affects the river for a few hundred metres. Parts can be fished with the fly while others require a spinner.

The glide above can be waded but great care is required and a wading staff a necessity.

New members need to know that the Keelman’s Way runs along our beat at Wylam collapsed almost two years ago. This has made access to the bottom Pool- Eels Wood difficult.

Anglers are advised to fish Stanley Burn Pool, Commander Dunn Pool and the Pump House Pool. These are large Pools but all have produced salmon in the past.

We would advise against going down to Eels Wood Pool.

Please note this beat is TIDAL and is best fishing when the tide is moving off or at low tide.

Any problems contact the secretary.

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8/12/21 Edit


Our syndicate was formed over 30 years ago, with our first fishings on the beautiful River Rede near Otterburn in Northumberland. Since then, we have expanded taking on fishing on the main Tyne at Wylam and Bywell / Merryshields. On the North Tyne we fish at Chollerford, Ridley Stokoe and Smalesmouth. On the South Tyne we fish at Bardon Mill. On the River Rede, we fish over four private farms. We have beats on the River Wear; one below Durham at Union Hall Farm and the other in the middle reaches at Page Bank.

In addition, we fish on the River Coquet, River Border Esk, River Whiteadder and Ettrick all of which boast some super fly water.

These rivers offer members a varied selection of very attractive game fishing; much of which is in stunning surroundings. Many areas offer some excellent fly fishing opportunities for salmon, sea-trout, trout and grayling fishing; not to mention some good coarse fishing areas too.

Our beats are situated in: Tynedale, Redesdale, Coquetdale, Northumberland, Co Durham and the Scottish Borders. All stunning areas of the north. We welcome members from all over the country and abroad.

Our largest salmon to date, was caught in 2020 weighing 34lb and it was caught on a fly. We have also had one of 32lb a few years ago. Most seasons, we see salmon caught to over 20lb and sea-trout often into double figures.

Our largest wild brown trout was one of 9lb 8oz caught a number of years ago but we regularly have them reported between 3lb and 5lb. We have also had grayling to 4lb. One off our Whiteadder fishing and the other off the Border Esk. Not a river renowned for grayling but they are present in the river!

Parking on our beats is very good, much of it on private land. During the 2021 season, which we all know that fishing time was curtailed due to Covid and extremely low water during drought conditions throughout the summer. Fish runs have diminished over recent years, nevertheless members have still caught some fine fish. Those able to get out when conditions are just right have done well.

On a late season visit to the Rede I witnessed many salmon vee-ing away in every area that I fished on our water. It was like the old days. Hopefully we will see a recovery on the Rede with salmon and sea-trout numbers increasing. Trout fishing on this North Tyne tributary is still very good with keen members catching some lovely fish each season.

We welcome more trout anglers to enjoy the excellent opportunities on offer on our varied waters. No chance of being on a river full of anglers as most of our fishing is lightly accessed.

In addition to our river fishing we have two trout lakes which remain open all year round. These are in Redesdale and Coquetdale adjacent to our river fishing. There are other wild trout options available. One of the pleasing things to note is that we have never stocked brown trout larger than 1.5lb; yet we are catching them in the 3lb to 5.5lb size range in our Redesdale lake in particular and also in Coquetdale.

We welcome new members and have vacancies for the 2022 season and interested anglers can contact or telephone 0191 4133789 or 07590 411015 for further details. Cost is £295 which gives you 365 days of the year trout fishing and 9 months salmon fishing on English Rivers and 10 months on Scottish waters. Winter trouting is mainly for rainbow trout on our lakes. Plus grayling and coarse fishing if interested.

The selection of pics below are from some of our waters showing a glimpse of the fishing on offer. There’s lots more! Pics below are: Stokoe Stream and Pool, Ridley Stokoe beat North Tyne. Storey’s Hole, River Coquet, The New Stream, River Coquet, Stanley Burn Pool, Wylam Main Tyne, Big Sowie, Border Esk at Longwood.


Long standing member Kevin Foster reports the following catches on TAS Tyne fishings:

Salmon of 8lb, 7lb, 8lb and 10lb followed by three in a day off our North Tyne fishing including salmon of 12lb, 16 lb and 14 lb. Five of these salmon were caught in October. Kevin also caught sea-trout of 4lb and 4lb. Other anglers reporting late catches include Mark Humble with an 18lb salmon caught on a Junction Shrimp Fly on 31st October. Steve McLean returned a 13lb salmon caught on fly.

From our Coquet beat, Richard Lindsay caught a salmon of 8lb and sea-trout of 5lb and 3.5lb all on fly and all returned.

Bernard Westgarth caught a salmon of 8lb and another of 7lb both to fly ; one from our South Tyne beat and the other from Page Bank on the Wear.


As we have seen the end of the worst season on record we look towards 2022 with hope that things will improve. The last two seasons were those to see the return of offspring from spawners in the Storm Desmond time. It stands to reason that much of the spawning was washed out resulting in poor runs of fish. In addition to this we had many weeks of drought which affected the rivers we fish. We have not even mentioned Covid which has kept rods away ; which is understandable.

When conditions were favourable we caught some good fish. Salmon to 18lb have been reported and sea-trout to 9lb. Wild brown trout to 4lb and grown on browns to 5lb have been caught.

While salmon and sea-trout sport was well below what we expect brown trout fishing was good when conditions were reasonable. Our Rede stretches produced good sport and some lovely fish. Coquet also did well at times as did the Whiteadder.

Please sign the Salmon and Trout Conservation UK ‘s petition to protect Wild Fish Google Salmon and Trout Conservation UK to access the petition.

Please let me know if you have caught salmon or sea-trout and also any good brown trout or grayling. Renewal letters will be emailed shortly. We are taking new members for the 2022 season.