The month of September has always been a pretty solid reliable time for salmon fishing, there’s a good collective of fish in the whole system that have been running since the spring, the weather and water temperatures are dropping, and the fish are becoming more aggressive as it gets closer to spawning time. This September was a bit different, we had one unusual week where the fish were totally off, they were there in crazy numbers, but just didn’t want to know, but this was just a phase, and myself and guests finished strong for the month, heres how we faired.

September 3rd

When you introduce someone to the joys of fly fishing for the first time and they absolutely smash it. Huge congratulations to Caroline on her first fly caught fish, this lovely salmon, caught in really tough water conditions. Her husband @johnbresnihan also chipped in with his largest sea trout to date, making it the perfect day for us all and a great team effort

Caroline with her first ever fly caught fish
John with a lovely Tyne sea trout

September 10th

Here’s Keith with today’s prizes, and very hard-earned, especially after a really tough day for us yesterday, it was great to see him connect with something, his third and fourth fish with me this season, and my 40th guided fish of the year. As always I decided it was best to fish a dropper in the not so perfect conditions, it couldn’t have worked out any better, with both fish falling to a size 14 @fulling_mill mirage stoat on the dropper!

This salmon couldn’t resist a size 14 tweaked through slack water
Another small Tyne salmon on the dropper

September 12th First salmon smiles

Well, that’s an epic end to a great 2 days with the boys, great effort by each and every one of them fishing in tough conditions. Two of the boys managed to break their salmon virginity, which included this colossal hen fish for John that gave him an incredible fight, and a smaller grilse for Simon, great effort again lads, see you boys next year.

John with his first ever salmon

September 13th Barry strikes a silver hat trick

What an incredible day my good friend and today’s guest @bjwfishing had, smashing in a Tyne treble, 3 stunning salmon from 3 hookups, including fish of 14, 10, and 4 lb. Barry has an incredible catch ratio with myself totaling 16 fish in 11 visits, and this is not luck, he fishes his heart out, often missing lunch, and most of all, we work as a great team.

Barry completed his salmon hat-trick
A beautiful south Tyne Salmon

September 24th 50th guided fish!!!

After a tough day yesterday, it was great to finally show my good friends and guests Paul and Helen what the river Tyne is all about! They absolutely smashed today managing 2 salmon apiece, including Helens first ever salmon, and Paul’s first Atlantic salmon. It was also a fitting way to hit my 50th guided fishing of the season, and with a month left and some incredibly talented anglers, who knows what’s possible…

Paul’s biggest salmon of the day
Helen with her first ever salmon

September 26/27th

This weekend I welcomed previous guests Aaron and James back, this would be their third trip with me, and were desperate to keep their 100 percent record intact. What a perfect weekend it turned out to be, as James only went and bagged his first ever salmon, and Aaron landed his first fly caught fish, making it a first each for the boys over the 2 days.

Aaron and his fly caught salmon
James with his first ever salmon

September 28th Phil hits 4 in 4 days!

Here’s today’s guest and great friend @phil_pallister with his biggest fly caught salmon to date, making it 4 fish in 4 days with me this season, the man is unstoppable. Killer fly today was a @fulling_mill red Stokoe shrimp

Phil with his fourth salmon in 4 guided days with me

I managed to get out more than the previous months this month, but typically the week i designated to fish myself, the fish were totally off, but i did manage to wangle a couple of nice salmon out, one falling to a size 12 mirage stoat on the dropper in big water, and the other to a Stokoe shrimp Tube.

My biggest Tyne salmon of the season
Third time lucky after loosing 2 salmon in the morning

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

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……