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River Tyne

Fantastic Angling on River Tyne

Fishing On The River TYNE Northumberland

The Tyne is considered to be the best river system for Salmon and Sea trout in England and Wales and is even starting to challenge some of the more famous Scottish rivers. Spring fish are gradually increasing in numbers with typically April/May being the best months. Fed by both the South Tyne and North Tyne the main river is seldom too low to fish productively.

The Federation has access to quality fishing on the main Tyne and fishing is downstream from Bywell to Wylam, around the villages of Ovington and Ovingham. The beat extends to approximately two miles, some of which is double bank. This water provides excellent Salmon and Sea Trout fishing from early in the season. Every year a number of large double figure spring fish are caught from Federation waters.

The Tyne is a prolific coarse fishery with a long history of match fishing on it. Dace, roach, chub, perch, pike & gudgeon are all present but it is the humble dace with which the Tyne is synonymous. They can be caught throughout the season but August to November are the prime months & large nets of 30lb to 40lb are not uncommon on the Federation waters. Individual specimens to 14oz are often caught, which is of exceptional size for a dace. Any game fish caught must be returned to the river immediately please. The Tyne is a beautiful place to fish. It is a large, wild river & very picturesque. A float anglers paradise & truly lovely place to spend a Summers evening catching the quick biting dace! Float fishing using stick float or waggler tactics & maggot hook bait are favourite methods. The whip can be devastating when the conditions allow. Line strengths of 2lb to 3lb BS & hooks ranging from size 18 to 14 are adequate. Tyne dace love groundbait! There are also some very large chub in the Tyne & specimens in excess of 6lb are regularly caught using bread hook bait & fishing into dark. 6lb BS line & hook sizes from 10 to 6 are needed to keep the chub out of bank side snags! The Tyne always fishes better with a little extra water & colour. 18'' to 24'' being the ideal height as this brings the fish closer to the bank making them easier to catch & amass a large bag. Good places to try are the 'Alders' which offers easy access to the river for the less mobile, Ovingham school, Prudhoe Riverside Park & Haggs Bank at Wylam. It always worth checking the Kielder releases too as this affects the water level, especially important if wading. The river also hosts four regular charity matches organised by Steve Hoggins of the Tyne Anglers Alliance. The longest running of which is the Gurkha, first held in 1977. The matches are large & utilise the river from Hexham to Wylam & include several sections on the Federation water. They are very popular & attract top local anglers as well as competitors from the Midlands, Yorkshire, Cumbria & Teeside. The match record, set in 2009, currently stands at 64lb 10oz. Dates are published on the Federation website. For more advice on coarse fishing the Tyne & details of the matches contact Steve on 07881631870 or email

Please refer to the maps for further details.

River Level Links

Bywell River Level

River Tyne

Ovington to Ovingham

Ovingham to Prudhoe

Clara Vale

What Species Are Available?

Brown Trout
Sea Trout
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