After a very consistent September with good numbers of fish caught throughout the month, we were down to our last 31 days of the season, but as always a very good chance of connecting with silver or bronze. Again the numbers of fish running the fish counter down at riding mill were way down, although numerous fish had been seen running around it since work had been carried out, this means we will never have the true figure that actually ran the system, but as you’ll see, it didn’t affect an incredible month.

October 2nd – Salmon sent from above 🙄.

Today was an incredible but very emotional day for a great friend and guest Andrew. Today’s trip was meant to be a day spent with his dad on the river with myself, Sadly his dad passed away earlier this year, he was an incredible man and angler and no doubt would have smashed today out the Park. Andrew absolutely fished his heart out today in hard conditions and managed this stunning fly caught fish in his full tartan outfit, I know for a fact he was looking down on you today, laughing and admiring your great achievement, this one was for the big man 🙄🎣.

Andrew looking to the sky with a fish his dad would be proud of

October 3rd – The Cornish boys clean up (5 salmon).

After driving nearly the full length of the country the pressure was on to put the boys on the fish today, especially after the bad luck of their previous visit hooking and losing 5 fish.

After a hellish morning of losing their first 2 fish, the 4 lads went on an incredible run of booming and landing fish, totaling 5 landed and 4 lost. To top the day off, each of the boys managed at least a fish each making it one hell of a day for the squad, bring on tomorrow lads!

Stephen with the first of the day
Jo with his first ever salmon
Sam and his first ever salmon
Bob wasn’t going to let the lads have all the fun

Day 2 started as they left off the previous day, the water conditions were perfect again, and the boys were instantly into salmon and some absolute beasts at that. The great thing about Lambley water is that where it’s situated on the river system they get a good build-up of fish in the back, not all dark fish either with some lovely silver specimens. By the end of play, both myself and the boys were absolutely shattered, we had good reason to be as they had landed an incredible 7 fish.

Stephen with a new PB Tyne salmon
Joe with his fifth Tyne fish in 2 days

October 6th

Here’s yesterday’s guest Derek with his first ever salmon caught during a Tyne guided session with myself and grandson Ben, unfortunately, we got washed off the river in the morning, but as always we made the best of a bad situation.

Derek with his first ever salmon

October 8th

With just over 3 weeks of the season left I thought I’d better get my arse in gear and get out and try my luck with a fish myself. Even with strong winds and a lot of people spinning around me I thought I’d stick with the fly and go back to spring tactics, dredging the bottom with a 15 foot Rio scandi versi fast tip and twitching a Fulling mill snelda through the pools. Here’s the resulting fish for 2 hours fishing 😉🎣!

Another Tyne salmon on the fly

October 13 – A silver/bronze brace for brothers!

It’s always an incredible feeling guiding someone to their first salmon, but to guide 2 people to their first fly caught salmon on the same day is on another level.

Today’s guests and brothers Ian and Michael had a day to remember, as on their second day ever using a double-handed rod, they both managed a cracking fish a piece, both falling to a Fulling mill GP variant! Here’s are both the lads with their prizes. 

Ian with his first ever salmon
Michael making it 2 firsts on the same day for the brothers

October 15th

After a successful guided day with me a few months ago, I had good friends Dave and Craig back to try their luck with silver again. No silver fish this time but one hell of a bronze beast for craig and a huge smile that I’m sure will be there for a long time.

Craig with another Tyne salmon

October 17th

It doesn’t get much better than smashing October silver with great friends, massive thank you to John Henderson for the invite and great company, we won’t mention who caught the biggest 😉! Here’s a great example of an october fish that’s motored some miles up to Lambley in a short period of time.

A small but good conditioned fly caught Tyne salmon
John with a nice Tyne sea trout

October 18th

Another first ever salmon for today’s guests and dream team Joe and Alex, as always what an incredible feeling it was to make their dream come true! See you next year boys 🎣👊🏻.

Joe and his first ever Salmon

October 25th – What a way to celebrate your first ever day fishing in your life.

Imagine being thrown in at the deep end on your first ever days fishing in your life, well this is exactly what today’s guest Dale did. Due to the nature of how hard salmon are to catch, there are a lot easier fish and methods to target In this country, but Dale only went and achieved the unthinkable, a stunning double salmon capture on his first ever day fishing. This isn’t the end of his story tho, as the man of the moment also went on to land another salmon the next day under my guidance.

Dale with his first ever fish caught on his first ever days fishing
October fish don’t get much fresher than this
A hattrick of Tyne salmon in 2 days guiding

The last week of the season I decided to reunite the salmon squad by joining my partner in crime Phil and try our luck up and down the Tyne covering as much water as possible. As always we worked as a unit trying as many tactics and depths as possible to give us an edge over everyone else fishing, this couldn’t have worked any better, as we managed a healthy combination of 4 Salmon and 1 sea trout between us. It was Phil’s turn to shine this time tho as he managed 4 fish to my 1 but as always, it was a team effort.

My last Tyne salmon of the decade
Phil with a stunning Tyne beauty
Barry Ward and Phil with a solid Tyne sea trout

October 31st

It was the last day of the season and I decided not to fish, but instead do mornings guiding with a very talented young man called Archie. What better way to finish an incredible season than spending time with the future of our sport, to top the day off he managed a last day salmon caught under my guidance, after only taking up fishing this season he is definitely one to watch for the future, epic effort buddy 👊🏻🎣!

Amongst all the doom and gloom surrounding salmon in general around the county, the runs of fish on my river and people having a horrendous season, I had an incredible year and my guests smashed it out the park, finishing on a staggering 61 fish in 89 days guiding. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for making it one to remember and giving me a season I will never forget. Look forward to seeing you all on the water in 2020……

With the relentless heat and weather conditions my salmon fishing and guiding has been effected horrendously, to the point of only fishing a couple of days and guests cancelling due to un-fishable  conditions.  Now when I mention un-fishable condition I refer to water temperatures of up to 23 degrees and really low dissolved oxygen levels in the water and air temperatures of nearly 30 degrees.  Selecting specific times of the day like first light and last light have given anglers a best chance of getting any interest from fish!

It’s not all been fishing doom and gloom though as myself, ripon and mr Hywel Morgan have been filming our current Untamed Anglers – Iconic Fish series!  To give you guys the low do on our project it’s consists of us 3 travelling the length and breadth of Britain in search of some of The most incredible species in inhabit our rivers, lakes and seas.  The great thing about our series is that it doesn’t just concentrate on the fish, we also meet some very familiar faces that have spent a lifetime chasing these fish.  Our special guest each week gives us a crash course on how to understand and hopefully catch these incredible species, but it doesn’t just end there, myself and ripon go head to head against each other matched with either Hywel or our guest in a big competition to battle it out for supremacy.  

Our first episode saw us head to Winchester in February and to the world renowned chalk streams of the test and Itchen in search of the lady of the stream.  We Would not be alone tho and our Chief helper was the one and only Charles Jardine who’s knowledge of these rivers would help us bag our prize, the spectacular grayling!  Tactics over the 2 days fishing would be something new to me and a style of fly fishing that I’d really only read about through social media and books – French nymphing!  The style of casting consists of more of a raise and flick rather than your standard airborn false casts, along with the casting using heavy weighted fly’s on a jig head style hook with both the eye and bend of the hook being upright so that when fished it minimises snags due to how low in the water the fly’s are fished.  The final piece of the puzzle consists of is a multi coloured French leader that is used as in indicator and positioned in the surface layer of the water, I can happily say it’s a really productive, addictive and exciting way of targeting Grayling and won’t be the last time I use it.

Episode 2 had to wait for warmer weather and the months of May when our next target species would be on the well on the feed and hopefully gorging on a specific and famous species of fly.  Yes you guessed it Trout and with the chance of some mayfly action.  Even tho Hywel is probably one of the best trout anglers I’m lucky enough to know and fish with we still needed another legend, this time it would be the incredible Peter Cockwil and again we would be Hampshire bound but this time to the chalk streams of the river Kennet and the lambourn and the added bonus of a trip to one of the original “big fish” fisheries – Dever Springs.  During our 2 days fishing we got to fish and see some of the most pristine water I’ve ever seen that held some incredible brown trout, which is credit to the river keepers that work tirelessly to keep them in check.  Dever Springs was at the other end of the fish scale as we used our stalking skills gained from the previous day to stalk monster rainbows, browns and tigers at this historic fishery.

Episode 3 was something i literally couldn’t wait to try, being totally different to my usual target species and something that had been on my bucket list forever.  So this time the whole squad headed north to the only lake in Scotland in search of one of the fiercest fish in Britons water – The notorious pike.  As always we would need help to catch and understand our prize, this time we were fortunate enough to have predator pro and fish fanatic Dan Esox, as you’ve probably guessed by dans surname this week was the incredible pike.  Over the 2 days fishing we would be targeting these top predators from boats using a mixture of both lures and fly’s with the hope of getting some surface action and tail walking croc’s for camera, obviously due to not wanting to spoil the programme im not going to say anything apart from it being absolute carnage at times.

Unfortunately for now you will have to wait to see how our iconic adventure has panned out but I can guarantee its full of what fishing is all about – Being outdoors experiencing something you love, making new memories and friends with a few incredible fish thrown in.

For now Tight lines……!