River Tyne – Northumberland Fly Fishing Breaks
Fine Salmon Fishing
The best chance of landing a salmon in England and Wales is probably offered by the River Tyne in Northumberland. There are few better rivers for a short salmon fishing trip, especially if you live in England and would prefer not to travel all the way to Scotland.
wonderful variety of water
Most years, the fish counter at Riding Mill sees over 30,000 salmon pass through. This is remarkable when you consider that the River Tyne was in dire shape during its industrial heyday. There is a massive variety of water between the South Tyne, North Tyne, and the main river, much of which is perfect for fly fishing. Each section of the river has its own characteristics and offers something different. With the three rivers rarely more than half an hour’s drive apart, it’s easily possible to fish all three over one trip.
One advantage of fishing the Tyne system is that the North Tyne is fed from Kielder Water. Weekly releases from Kielder Water keep the level topped up in the North Tyne and main river so even if there has been no rain there is always the chance of a fish.
Although often thought of as a late season river, the River Tyne can have some good spring action, and the fishing can be excellent during the summer months, especially with a rise in water. The bulk of the salmon run enters from summer through to the end of the season in October.
Although the Tyne system is known mainly for its salmon fishing, there is also some excellent sea trout fishing. Different to some rivers, the sea trout in the Tyne will take freely during the day and can often be caught while salmon fishing. These fish are usually in the three-to-six-pound range and make for some excellent sport.
Fully guided packages
Our fully guided packages with Olly Thompson are the perfect way to explore the area and some of the Tyne’s wonderful beats. Having an experienced guide who knows the water well is invaluable. Not only does it increase the chances of success, it also means there is someone on hand to offer advice on Spey casting and pointers salmon fishing techniques.
We can advise on a variety of accommodation to suit anglers visiting the River Tyne. There are several options in Corbridge, a charming town just a stone’s throw from the main Tyne. Just off the A69, Corbridge is easily accessible from all directions and even the furthest beats are less than 30 minutes by car.