Upstream count hits record for River Tyne

The Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for August was 8,168 - the third highest on record

River Tyne
River Tyne

The Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for August was 8,168 - the third highest on record.

The count for year to the end of August is 17,811 and is also the third highest on record and as of 10am on September 6, the upstream count for the month was 736, bringing the total for the year to date to 18,547.

The Kielder Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, and there will be no boat hire on both days and no bank fishing on the Sunday. On the Saturday, bank fishing will be limited to Tower Knowe, with permits on sale at Tower Knowe shop, not from Leaplish Waterside Park.

Bait anglers have had good results ledgering with orange floating PowerBait, fished six to 12 inches off the bottom. Fly anglers had success with Di 5 lines and teams of dark lures, although John Hunt of Wark took four for 10lb 12oz on the top with a deer hair Daddy in the entrance to Belling Inlet.

Chatton Trout Fishery regular Matty Divine from Hadston had 17, including a 12lb 8oz rainbow from Ross Lake and Marion Matthewman from Horncliffe, another fishery regular had one of 6lb rainbow from Chatton Lake.

Billy King from Gateshead had the fish of the week – a 13lb 2oz rainbow – and another of 9lb 6oz; Dean Appleby from Peterlee returned 18; Rob Frame from West Denton caught 13; Gareth Tilley from Lanchester kept five and returned four and M Dorritt form Consett landed 10.

On Saturday, the fishery’s ‘Ladies Fishing’ Get Together ( starts at 9.30am and on Sunday the fishery is hosting Lucy Bowden’s Fundraiser Competition ( in aid of the North Northumberland Hospice Care.

G Lumsden of Amble took full advantage of the £6 evening sessions at South Linden to land several full bags, with his best fish weighing in at 8lb.

A Osstle of Seaton Deleval six to 8lb 8oz, keeping two, and B Armstrong of North Shields landed 10, including a 5lb rainbow.

The Hirst Park Trout Ticklers held a day’s fishing, bbq and prize giving at South Linden.

The fishery’s closing time will be posted on

The weather kept the number of anglers down at Higham Lakes but those who did venture out were rewarded with good sport.

David Bilbrough from Gosforth had another good session, returning 18; John Acton from Rothbury returned a 14lb 3oz rainbow; John Thompson from South Shields returned one 12lb and Richard Davison from Westerhope returned one of 11lb 8oz. Next week, the fishery will be introducing an autumn stocking to 18lb in all lakes.


Chatton: Diawl Bach, Hoppers, Black Buzzer, Nymphs, Klinkhammers, Damsels.

Derwent: Daddy, Dawson’s Olive Hot Tail, Black Fritz, Kate Maclaren, Bibio.

Fontburn: Hoppers, Black Gnats, CDC Emerger, Bibio.

Higham: Various nymphs, Black Buzzer, Black Hopper, Black Shipman’s.

Kielder: Daddies, Hoppers, Orange Fritz, Fry patterns.

South Linden: Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Black Fritz.Witton: Black CdC, Shipman’s, Yellow/Lime Green Blobs, Red Bloodworm.


Derwent: Yellow PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Fontburn: Red Gulp Eggs, Pink PowerBait.

Kielder: Worm, Orange PowerBait and sweetcorn.


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