The Tyne is a risen angel in the world of high class salmon fishing. From its low in 1959, where no salmon or sea trout where reported caught by rod and line, today we see over 6000 migratory fish landed. This renaissance means that the Tyne is now the best salmon river in England and Wales.
Since its industrial heyday, the quality of the water in the Tyne has dramatically improved thanks to massive investment from water companies and government and at last can support a growing population of iconic fish species. To add to its success, the Tyne has around 350.000 fry returned to its waters annually by the Kielder Hatchery.
River facts and figures
The Tyne Catchment covers 1000 square miles and offers over 860 miles of waterway. Around 100 miles of this can be fished but as new beats are developed all the time the opportunity to explore one of Britain's most attractive and varied rivers is still growing. The Tyne runs from the Scottish borders in the north and North Pennines in the south to converge at Hexham to become the River Tyne. From there it flows through the stunning Tyne Valley to Newcastle and Gateshead before emptying into the North Sea at Tynemouth.
In the last 20 years the Tyne has shown its true colours by offering anglers the opportunity to be part of an ever-growing catch which peaked in 2004 at over 4000 salmon and 2000 sea trout. With a counter at Riding Mill on the main Tyne we regularly see over 30,000 ascending the river each year so there are plenty left to catch.
People have made great use of the river throughout the ages and this can be clearly seen right through the system, from Kielder Water (Europe's largest reservoir) at the head of the North Tyne, through Hadrian's Wall at the Roman baths, and lead mining workings in the South Tyne valley, right down to the city and ship building legacy of the Tyne Estuary. This gives the Tyne its unique character and is one of the reasons it continues to excite and attract visitors from all over the world.
John Legg playing a 16 pounder
Who looks after the river
The Tyne Rivers Trust looks after the interests of the Tyne Catchment and is working hard to 'make the name Tyne recognised for its catchment-wide environmental excellence'.
From March 2014, FishTyne, part of FishPal, will be looking after the FishTyne web site pages. This will include working on changes to the site itself, additional availability of fishing being offered and as proactive an approach as possible to promote the river to anglers both home and abroad. A new FishTyne Facebook and Twitter pages have been set up which you can "like" by clicking the links above.
For further details about Fish Tyne, please call Fishpal 01573 470612, or email. firstname.lastname@example.org.