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 losing all of April and May due to covid, it was incredible to be back on the water, although, back to incredibly low conditions due to a scorching spring, but our fishing lockdown was eventually over. Due to losing 2 solid months of fishing/guiding, I decided to ram as much in as possible to make up for what we lost, it was going to be a hectic couple of months, including an unheard-of wet July, but an absolute fish-filled month.

June’s weather seemed to follow suit from the spring and was boiling hot with consistent low water, but as always we adjusted to the conditions and had some great sport.

A quick mission over the border to the river tweed was the first port of call for the month, the water level was at summer low, warm, and clear, but my good old tyne summer tactics went down a treat with the fish. A team consisting of a micro Francis tube on the point and size 14 crathie on the dropper fished on a really long leader with a fast figure of eight accounted for 2 lovely tweed fish, one around 11lb and the other about 7lb, my luck with Scottish salmon this season was a welcome change, but later that day normality was resumed as I lost another 2 fish, but still a day to remember.

My first tweed salmon
Salmon number 2

Here are some of my lucky guests that managed to strike silver during June and July

A decade without silver

Here’s guest @phil_pallister with his first salmon in 10 years, I think the smile as always says it all 👊🏻🎣! That’s 2 fish in a week of guiding from 7 hooked, hopefully the start of some good luck… 

Phil with my second guided fish of the season

Here’s guest Steve with his first-ever fly caught sea trout, he put in an incredible shift to land his silver prize in low water and bright sunshine. Fish fell to a size 14 @fulling_mill Arndilly fancy fished on the dropper 

Tyne sea trout

Single handed salmon.

Here’s today’s guest and great friend Jason with his well earned prize. This fish gave him an incredible battle on single handed trout rod, making numerous runs and explosive leaps across the pool, but as always he played the fish hard, and we eventually got him safe in the net. This is Jason and Carl’s 4th year in a row with me and their 8th fish and 100 percent record.

Jason keeping his 100 percent record intact

Here’s guest and salmon slayer Mark with his first Tyne salmon on the fly. It took him all of 15 minutes of fishing to connect with this fish this morning, and after others had been fishing the same water since 4 am

Mark with his silver prize

My good buddy and guest @djnickwarren is maybe best know for creating world renowned music, but nothing compared to the sound of his reel when he hooked this stunning salmon. Nick also completed his Tyne treble with a beautiful brown trout and this chrome sea trout.

5 minutes of fishing and nick was into this salmon
A stunning Tyne sea trout

The dream team hits 6 🎉🔥.

Today I had the pleasure of welcoming back last seasons guests Ian and Michael as they looked to continue their 100 percent record with me.

After putting in some substantial time themselves this season so far and not having the luck they deserved, it was only a matter of time that something special was going to happen. The boys put in one hell of a shift today, and as a team, we managed to land a mix of 6 stunning fly caught sea trout and salmon, as always the smiles say it all, I couldn’t be prouder of the lads today, and can’t wait to have them back on the water. As always size 14 @fulling_mill patterns doing the damage

Sea trout number 1 for michael
Nice Tyne salmon for Ian
Michaels biggest sea trout to date
Ians biggest sea trout

Here’s my great friend Matt with his first 2 Tyne fish, not quite the PB sea trout he was after, but incredible sport on a single-handed rod. He even twisted my arm to try a little night time fishing, not my usual cup of tea, but we had some epic fun, and I even managed my first sea trout in the dark.

Matt with his prize sea trout
My first night time sea trout

Sea trout on size 14’s.

Here’s guest Keith with another monster fly caught daytime Tyne sea trout, 1 of 2 fish we landed today and a new PB for him. Size 14 @fulling_mill RS cascade doing the damage again.

Keith with a massive day time fly caught sea trout

Well Beni eventually got his prize, his first ever migratory fish, and an absolute stunner at that. What a perfect way to end 2 really tough but enjoyable days fishing, you were a pleasure to guide mate. Killer fly was a size 14 @fulling_mill crathie.

Beni with his first ever migratory fish

First salmon alert 🚨🚨.

Here’s today’s super star Alfie with his first ever salmon, something I’m sure he’ll never forget, as not only did he manage this absolute stunner, 30 minutes later he landed an absolute beast of a fish. I literally couldn’t be prouder of this lads achievement and how well he’s fished over the last 2 days, and it was a pleasure to guide you young man.

Alfie with his first ever salmon

Sea trout of a lifetime for the Green…

I’ve just literally just had the pleasure of putting Robson on the money and netting this incredible fish for him. We literally decided last minute to have a quick few hours on the water with his partner Zoila, actually, the first time since lockdown since we had fished together, and what a result! This is by far one of the biggest sea trout I had ever seen, such a beast of a fish, and another Tyne double-figure beauty. Huge thank you to @andy_rollins_fishing for the flies that literally arrived the day before

Robson with the biggest sea trout of the season

Personally, I didn’t get to fish many days in either months, but when I did I had some incredible sport with the sea trout on tiny size 14’s and 16’s, here are just a few of the silver beauties I managed.

Day time south Tyne sea trout
One of 5 sea trout