Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Thursday 19th May)

Note - The Northumberland County Show is held at Bywell this bank holiday Monday 30th May and there will be representatives from the Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust and North East Fly Casting Club there to offer flycasting tuition with double and single handed rods. Please come along to say hello and have a go – all ages and levels of experience welcome. We will be in the ring shared with the birds of prey display.
And on to the fishing…… low water has meant fishing for migratory fish has been challenging recently. A lack of rain and no Kielder releases for several weeks has left the river “on it's bones” and although there are fish in some of the pools tempting them has been difficult and anglers are having to work the fly in order to get any movement in much of the river.
Success is possible in the low water however and those that have been successful include Trevor Spence, who landed a salmon from the main Tyne on fly of 13lbs and John Earwacker who also landed a main Tyne salmon on fly but of 15lbs. David Carrick landed a very fresh fish straight off the tide on a small flying C from the Wylam area and earlier in the month Steve Harrison caught two on fly 10-12lbs from the same area, both very fresh.
There have been some sea trout about and newcomer to the sport John Statham from London landed one from Dilston last week. Two days later he also made brief contact with a salmon that showed in a fast stream at Chesters – a decent effort in these conditions! Another newcomer in Alan Brocklehurst's party from Hull lost a salmon at Dilston on fly. On NERAC waters Ross Middleton landed a salmon of 12lbs.
Catches from Bywell over the past weeks have included April fish for John Large, Mr A Ward (2), Mr J Barrow, Mr T Palmer(2), Mr B Shield, Mr P Childerhouse, Mrs F Atherton(2), Mr T White, Mr C Corme, Mr Lorness and May fish for Mr C O'Gara and Mr T Springham. Brian Towers also landed a sea trout from Bywell.
Bywell fish have all been landed on fly with popular scoring patterns including Cascades, Willie guns, Park Shrimps and Calvin Shrimps.
The EA report the upstream count up until 15th May as 433.
In the meantime trout fishing on the local rivers and stillwaters has begun to take off as trout are now rising to naturals on most days in the warmer temperatures with good hatches of Midge, Olives, Grannom and even the odd Mayfly starting to put an appearance in

Please send reports of fish caught to or contact me on 07751644599.
PLEASE NOTE - The Environment Agency is asking anglers to send in a few scales from the fish that they catch including kelts. The scales contain information that can be described as a biography of a fish's life history and growth rates and by examining the scales under magnification we can infer the age of the fish. The age data that is collected from scales adds detail to the counter and video data we collect at Riding Mill. If you would like further details about scale sampling please contact the environmental monitoring team on either 0191 203 4140 or
Please send any reports, pictures or thoughts you would like included on your Tyne fishing to or contact me on 07751644599 - reports are gratefully received and make this page a much better read for all.
If anyone would like to brush up their casting with Speycasting lessons from an AAPGAI Advanced instructor or guided fishing for this year I can be reached as above.
Tight lines,
Neil Lobban

Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Bywell 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Bywell 15lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

Full report to follow shortly for the first few months of the season.

There is a new Page for Fish Tyne.

Fishing on the Tyne
Harry McVeigh's cracking salmon from the Tyne in the second week of September.

Fishing on the Tyne
Mr. George Bennet with his Lush 20lbe on Bywell, on thew fly, 14 May.

Fishing on the Tyne
What A Whopper!!!!It's 27.5lb and it was caught by Merton Croisdale-Appleby on Bywell, Fanatastic!! .

Fishing on the Tyne
More cracking action from Bywell,Ian shaw with a lovely, 22lb spring salmon, in March.

Fishing on the Tyne
and another this time Paul Growcock with a large bar of silver a17lb off Bywell in March.

Fishing on the Tyne
Another fish on our Tyne course! 8lb springer for Tim Springham, at Bywell, 19 Feb.

Fishing on the Tyne
A 2015 spring fish being released at Styford. Well done!!

Fishing on the Tyne
The new season is starting and new photo's will appear shortly. Trevor Spence with his large fresh Styford spring salmon, in the 2014 season.