After an unusually wet July, we were waiting for the scorching weather to return and hit us hard, as in previous seasons we had a consistently damp August, but even in the lower and warm conditions in between the rain, we triumphed with some epic catches, as always you just need to fish for them right. Here are a few of the lucky anglers that struck silver….

August 3rd First fish feels.
Here’s my good friend and guest Paul Rumble with his first-ever migratory fish, after losing 2 fish earlier between 3 of them, it was a great relief to finally get one in the net for the boys.

Pauls first migratory fish

August 5th Last minute silver.
I can’t congratulate today’s guest Charlie enough on this incredible achievement, his first English salmon on the fly, and amazing that he got to share it all with his partner Pippa who absolutely smashed her casting today. Huge thank you to you both for driving all the way from Dorset and filling a last-minute space after being messed around.

Charlie with his first English salmon

August 7th

Huge congratulations to today’s guest a good friend @phil_pallister on this stunning bar of silver today! His second day with myself this season and his second fish, a very well earned fish on a a stupidly hot and sunny day

Phil with another guided Tyne salmon

 August 8th

They don’t come much brighter than this absolute belter, caught in serious sunshine and nearly 30 degrees temperatures by my guest and great friend Barry Ward, an incredible fish and even better fight.

Barry with a perfect Tyne salmon

August 9th

Well, there was no stopping Barry again today, as the main man connected with 3 fish and finally managed to land this beautiful grilse, it just shows that in bright and hot conditions the fish can still be winkled out, you just need to fish with the right tactics.

Another beautiful Tyne salmon

Today We managed my 30th guided fish of the season, and it couldn’t of been caught by a more deserving man than 72 year old Graham.


August 20th
After experiencing some horrendous life-changing events last year, it was a pleasure to eventually guide him on the water for the last 2 days. With very high water temperatures of 20 degrees, bright sunshine, and low water, we had a tough time trying to get a reaction from the fish, but at 4.30 today he managed to get his prize, his first English salmon! I couldn’t be happier for you mate, that fish was sent from above, see you soon! The killer fly of choice was a @fulling_mill micro Francis

Another first Tyne salmon

August 25th

Well, the biblical rain showers myself and @benhunt_angler experienced today didn’t dampen our spirits at all, as this absolute legend managed to land his first ever salmon! Great effort today mate, looking forward to next year’s session already.

Another first ever salmon

August 27th

After being totally washed off yesterday, it was nice to get out guiding again, and even better to be joined by this absolute legend John. Even with the water still being big and holding a bit colour we managed to connect with 3 fish during the day, and John expertly managed his second of the season! Look forward to our next day together mate, epic work! The fly that did the damage today was a @fulling_mill size 10 mirage stoat on the dropper.

August 29th

After being totally washed off the river yesterday it was great to finally get guests Martin and Damian on some fishable water. With conditions still not perfect, we hit the water with full confidence as always, and the boys were rewarded duly. Hooking a total of 5 fish they managed 3 to the net, including 2 stunning salmon and a feisty sea trout.

Tyne salmon
Another stunning fly caught salmon

August 30th

Finally, after hooking 3 separate fish and losing them all, we managed to land this feisty sea trout! I’m sure you can see the relief and celebrations from the photos, great effort all round from the boys today, especially James, who had to watch a friend and guest Aaron land 2 fish on their last trip.

James with his first ever sea trout

During the month we had some really mixed weather and fishing conditions, but as always we fished confidently and mixed tactics to adjust to the river conditions. For a change, I actually found a few days to cast a line myself and was rewarded with a few fish, nothing spectacular, but a salmon is always welcome no matter the size.

One of the highlights of the month was taking part in my good buddy Robson Greens new series – Walking Hadrians wall with Robson green, not a fishing based show, but we did manage to have a cast on my local water at Warden.

Casting a line on the Tyne with Robson Green
Fly caught Tyne salmon
Another south Tyne fly caught salmon
Not another salmon selfie

Well the water eventually arrived in August along with a colossal run of both sea trout and salmon, this was only going to mean one thing – Absolute carnage!

Duncan fished to the death and gets his prize!

Early August I had the pleasure of guiding my good friend Duncan that came back for revenge after an unfortunate 2 days last year loosing an incredible 3 fish, 2 being right at the net.  He literally fished his heart out solid all day through horrendous winds and rain, his hard work however paid off with this belter of a sea trout, but it could of ended so differently – After fighting the fish on the dropper for a good 5 minutes that horrendous sensation of a slack line happened, we were absolutely devastated, it was so close and the end of the day, however it wasn’t over yet, as 10 seconds later we noticed the line moving through the water, we literally couldn’t work out what was going on.  To cut a long story short, the fish had taken the dropper and the fly pulled from it mouth as it came to the net, as the dropper pulled the point fly caught the fish in the side of the head and hooked itself, unbelievably we still had the same fish on and a minute later we had his prize in the net – Crazy!

 

Duncan and his lucky prize

Duncan playing his big sea trout

Well after the recent drought during June and July and worst run of loosing fish I’ve ever experienced (landing 5 from 15 hook up’s), i was starting to loose faith but i new eventually luck had to change and I eventually struck and landed some substantial silver, well maybe bronze!  As always the killer fly was a Fulling Mill Stokoe shrimp fished on a fast figure of eight!

My first double of the season

A sensational silver week at warden!

After the ridiculous months of hot and dry weather it was great to see a substantial lift of water throughout the Tyne system.  Any water that came was always going to get the fish excited and finally get them started on their final stage of their incredible adventure up to the same spawning grounds they were born in.

We had one memorable week at Warden in August totalling 30 fish, including a great number of grilse being caught that haven’t been present for quite a few years but are starting to make an appearance.  Here’s a few photos from an incredible day my guests Martyn and Tim on their first day’s salmon fishing during that crazy week, they only went and smashed in a Hat trick of sea trout in an actioned packed day.

Martyn with his first ever sea trout

Tim with his second of the day

Tim with his first ever sea trout

The Stokoe shrimp is always my first port of call when ever i fish the Tyne, the fly is actually a pattern I first tied about 17 years ago but now an improved pattern tied in both red and orange and also in tube form to accommodate all types of water conditions, it has had an incredible success rate for not only me but for anglers around the country.  Here’s one of the fish that literally couldn’t resist an original Stokoe, fished with a fast figure of eight on an intermediate line.

This fish couldn’t resist a Stokoe fished fast

Another Atlantic Tyne salmon

The fantastic 4!

It’s not often these days you get a real red letter day, but these 3 legends absolutely smashed one out the park.  Not knowing he was going salmon fishing, David was told last minute as a birthday present he’d be joining myself along with brother Tom and friend Brody for a days guided fishing. Even tho all 3 had never fished for salmon or sea trout at all, they absolutely cleaned up, each landing fish totalling 5 for the day.  This wouldn’t however turn out to be the most action packed day of the season…… 

5 incredible fish for the boys

Brody with a fish after 5 minutes

It was nice to eventually get some fishing done with the boy’s or as i like to call us – the salmon squad , due to us all having different jobs and life styles we don’t get to fish as much together as we would like, we did however manage to squeeze a few days in at the end of the month.  Fishing down behind the guys on 3 separate occasions one day I managed to hook 3 fish, 1 unfortunately slipped the hook that was the biggest of the day but the others thankfully stuck giving us a nice duo of grilse.  Even tho i caught the fish I always look at it s team effort, as everyone fished their hearts out using different flies and lines, it was my choice of fly and fast paced retrieve that the fish decided to take a liking to but we still caught them as a collective.

My second Salmon of the day

Robson holding our first of the day