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Trout fisher? Learn to fish for salmon with Fish&Fly

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Join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn how to fish for salmon. We'll fish in glorious surroundings, learn how to spey cast and fish with a very decent chance of landing a beauty.  We are delighted to be able to offer Members two short courses in prime time on the stunningly beautiful South Tyne in Northumberland. The beat we've taken runs through a gorgeous secluded valley on a private estate which includes about 1 mile of double-bank water. There are five excellent salmon pools with streamy runs between and all within walking distance of the luxury cottage accommodation.


The Wallace Pool
The lovely Wallace Pool in low water


This course is aimed at trout fishers who want to try their hand at salmon and sea trout fishing for the first time, or for complete novices who wonder what the fuss is all about. We will show you how to handle a double handed rod and teach you the gentle art of spey casting (from both banks). On this beat, long casting is not required so it is certainly not daunting fishing and fly-line and fly-depth control are almost as important to success. Wading on the South Tyne is not easy however as you can see from the photgraphs and decent walks are involved (but no hills) so please be aware that you do need to be relatively agile (but not a mountain goat).


The Home Pool
The Home Pool above a nice streamy run

The river on the estate is medium in width but varies according to its mood. As a spate river the South Tyne can be a beauty and a beast within the same day. A dropping, clearing, flood is however perfect for fishing and the fish and fisher will both sense the excitement. In days of old October rain was almost guaranteed but now things are different which is why the emphasis on this course is tuition because in low water catching salmon becomes very challenging! What can almost be guaranteed is that the beat will be holding lots of salmon and sea trout in October and with a nice flow - well - you may be running to the river!


Birketts Pool
The neck of Birketts Pool, a favourite haunt of salmon

Each course includes 6 persons with a rotational system where three persons fish while three enjoy group tuition. The groups change at lunchtime.

The trip is hosted by Fish&Fly salmon fishing editor Dr Colin Bradshaw who has fished these waters for over 35 years. Both he and the staff on the estate will ensure that the atmosphere is fun and light-hearted and suitably relaxed. You will learn much and may, if conditions are right, catch some memorable fish. Colin caught his first salmon on the South Tyne and though he has fished top class fisheries in many countries he still regards October days on the wild and wonderful river South Tyne as very special indeed. The shared cottage accommodation is first class and the freshly prepared food for our evening wining and dining quite excellent.We hope you can join us.


Into a fish on Madam's Pool
In to a fish in Madam's Pool, the beat's best low water holding pool


The Fish&Fly salmon fishing course comprises:

  • 3 nights full board in shared cottage accommodation.
  • Cottage one includes 4 bedrooms, three with en-suite and one with adjacent private bathroom. Shared lounge/kitchen/dining room.
  • Cottage two includes 2 bedrooms with shared bathroom. Shared lounge/kitchen/dining room.
  • Breakfast (self service), lunch (self service) and three course evening dinner provided.
  • Drink not included but feel free to bring your own wines and other drinks. (nearest public house 3 miles - off licence 6 miles).
  • The course will comprise, one and a half days of group tuition (max of three persons) and one and a half days of salmon fishing (max of three persons) with shared guide.

Tackle requirements:

  • 12ft to 15ft double handed fly outfit (we can provide with notice). Floating lines. Polyleaders of various sinking rates recommended.
  • Do bring your trout rod if you prefer to fish with this, though spey casting tuition will be with double handed rods.
  • Waders. Chest waders recommended.
  • Waterproofs & Sunglasses!
  • Wading stick & life jacket.
  • Monofilament. 13/15/20lb fluorocarbon recommended.
  • Flies: Various tubes, e.g. 1.5in Willie Gunn. Doubles: Stoat's tails, Cascades, Ally's shrimp etc. Red Frances, Black Frances.


  • Course 1: October Saturday 18, 3pm to October Tuesday 21, 1pm.
  • Course 3: October Wednesday 22, 3pm to October Saturday 25, 1pm.


  • Only £495! per person per course. Includes tuition, salmon fishing, accommodation and food. £990 for both courses (whole week). First come first served.
  • Non-fishing partners welcome @£180 extra. (golf, cycling, riding, Roman's Wall nearby).



  • An Environment Agency salmon licence is required. Obtainable from most Post Offices or from the Environment Agency website.
  • Further dates may be available for the week starting September 20- please let us know if you might be interested in this week.
  • Flyfishing only.
  • Catch & release recommended but one clean salmon and one sea trout per person, per course, may be kept. All red/coloured fish must be returned.


The angling writer Bill Currie into a fish on Wallace Pool
The great angling writer Bill Currie into a fish on Wallace Pool

The lovely (and prolific) Madam's Pool
The lovely (and prolific) Madam's Pool in low water


Jackies Pool
Perfect flywater on Jackie's Pool

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