Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

See each day's largest fish and individual beat catches on our Latest catches page which is updated each time a ghillie uses our automatic telephone reporting system.

Last week

(Last updated: Sunday 20th April)

A relatively quiet week on the lower Tyne saw more salmon caught above the Riding Mill counter, some of the catches included Stuart Rose who caught a 15lb salmon at Dilston, Simon Brown landed 2 salmon at Widehaugh, the largest a fish over 20lbs. In low water Haley Blades caught a fresh salmon at Hexham on a trout fly rod.
Upstream at Chesters Dr Neville Keep caught 2 salmon on fly in Upper Island, salmon have been seen at Chollerton.

© A Pollard
20 April 2014

Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Bywell 1, Dilston 1, Chesters 2.
Total: 4 Largest: Dilston 14lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season review

The 2013 season opened in what was an extension of winter with water temperatures falling below 5 degrees on the 10th January and remaining below this level until early April. These temperatures were unattractive to salmon as demonstrated by the fact that only 6 fish ascended the fish pass by the end of March the same period in 2012 recorded 198 upstream counts. This was reflected in spring catch returns with one good spring beat reporting 9 fish for this year which was well down on the 47 reported last year.
From the cold spring the river temperature swung to the other extreme when river temperatures exceeded 20 degrees on the 8th July. Conditions in the estuary became critical for fish and a number of mortalities occurred, fortunately the estuarine water quality has greatly improved since secondary treatment began in 2000 at Howden Treatment Works and such events are less frequent. The Environment Agency arranged two reservoir releases to alleviate the situation, these releases combined with a change in the weather encouraged fish to run and they did.
Encouraging fish movement in June July and August totalled 22,868 upstream counts; this gave many beats some good sport, although this abundance of fish was not always reflected in the catches.The late season counts were lower than normal, the overall count for the year is quite good with 31,616 recorded up to the 20th December, and this count is above the 5 year average count of 31,087.
Some beats reported catches above the average, others particularly in the Tyne were well below average.
Highlights include the catch of a 34lb salmon from the North Tyne and one rod on the Lower Tyne landing 10 salmon and 1 sea trout in a days fishing.

Overall salmon catches are expected to be near average in 2013, the year may well be remembered as a good spawning year as indicated by the Kielder Hatchery which completed its egg collection earlier than usual and the number of good redds seen in the catchment which bodes well for the future.

Large salmon from the North Tyne

A cock salmon, estimated to weigh 37lb, from the Croy pool on the Duke of Northumberland's water at Countess Park on the North Tyne. It was caught on Sunday 13th September 2009 by Ashton Clanfield on a Blue Madonna fly and was returned to the water.

Angler Scale Sampling

The angler scale sampling 1n 2012 managed to collect 537 scale samples, 431 from salmon and 106 from sea trout, these were sent by 171 different anglers from 48 different beats. The Environment Agency would like to receive 600 samples from salmon and 200 samples from sea trout. Additionally brown trout scale samples are much needed, samples from all sizes above 6 inches/15 cms will give essential information on age groups and distribution. What we are looking for is a representative sample of the fish that are caught, so we want samples from big fish, small fish, fresh fish, kelts and your normal, everyday fish!

Information sheets (pdfs)
Procedure for Collecting Scales
Scale Sampling Report 2008

If you would like further details about the scheme or some scale packets please call 0191 203 4140 or email

Fishing on the Tyne
The first salmon of the season at Chollerton, Lord James Percy with his fresh 10lb fish caught in the Station Pool.Fish returned.

Fishing on the Tyne
Thanks to Mr Rose, fishing on the 12 March, this lovely clean fish from Dilston, Fish returned.

Fishing on the Tyne
And again another fantastic fish, 24lb springer caught at Bywell by Jonathan Elkington of Chipchase Castle.

Fishing on the Tyne
Steve Wellard with a stunning 18lb fish, At Bywell.

Fishing on the Tyne
Otis Ferry with a 24lb springer caught at Bywell.

Fishing on the Tyne
First time on the Tyne, and First fish on the Tyne. A great day at Bywell, many thanks, Tom Carter Fishpal.

Fishing on the Tyne
A golden Friday evening when Harry Egerton's party decided to stay late. Between 8.30 and 9.30 they landed a 15lb fish, a 18lb fish followed by Camilla Straker's first ever sea trout of 9 lbs. All fish were sea liced and were taken within 10 yards of each other at the Concrete. 2013.