Beginning at Wylam situated at the upper tidal limit, the Tyne is rightly famous for its early start to the season. In most years the first salmon of the season will be landed on February 1st, the opening day. These spring salmon are much sought after due to their high average weight and are caught throughout the Lower Tyne from Wylam through Ovingham and Bywell and upstream to Hexham. As the season progresses more salmon enter the river, lower river levels and cold water favour this productive section of river, although spates will continue to bring increasing numbers of salmon into the river with enough fish holding in these reaches to provide good sport. The Tyne enjoys sea trout often as early as March although most run in summer and autumn. Some good trout fishing can be had here with excellent coarse fishing in season.
Above Hexham the Tyne divides into the North and South Tynes. Upstream from the A69 Bridge the Waters Meet can be seen at Warden. Fish entering the North Tyne in March will provide sport up to Chollerford with a few early fish being caught above this weir. It is in April when rods can expect salmon above Chollerford through to Wark. Spring fish will be in these pools right up to the Rede confluence below Bellingham.
Sea trout are present in the North Tyne in April, with larger numbers appearing as summer progresses. The sections around Bellingham begin to fish consistently in late spring with more fish entering the Rede given higher water. Summer and autumn will see large stocks of both salmon and sea trout all the way up to Falstone. The river fishes well even in low natural flow especially when supported by releases from Kielder Reservoir. To view up to date conditions see the river levels page.
Above Warden and the Waters Meet the South Tyne offers good opportunities for salmon from March. The lower beats up to Haydon Bridge are generally the earliest to fish. Surprisingly the average weights of the South Tyne salmon are the heaviest in the system and a great place to start your campaign.
As a true spate river the South Tyne generally needs rains to encourage fish to enter the river, although recently salmon have appeared on low water. Above Haydon Bridge there are excellent pools which begin to provide fish consistently in April and continue throughout the summer. Summer floods see fish spreading quickly through the system with the Bardon Mill area giving extremely good sport.
If the rainfall is a little above average a surprisingly early run of both salmon and sea trout will access the pools in the lower part of the upper reaches, the secret is to react to the rains! In a wet summer salmon will run well upriver, with Haltwhistle and Featherstone holding fish due to the presence of weirs and pools. Late summer water brings sustained runs of migratory fish right through the system with splendid autumn runs all the way up to Alston. There is great sport to be had on the South Tyne.