Tactics for the River Tyne

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Bait fishing (worms, maggotts and grubs only) is permitted in many areas (see map) but the river excels for fly-fishing. 

An 8-9 foot rod for 4 or 5 weight lines would be suitable for most conditions on the Tyne, although a shorter rod might be useful in some of the more overgrown sections while a  heavier rod might occasionally be called on in high water.

In the early part of the season, when the water is high in April and May, wet flies in sizes 12, 14 and 16 are most successful, particularly Partridge and Orange, Greenwell’s Glory, Black Spider, Blae and Black, Pheasant-tail Nymph and Silver/Bloody Butcher. 

As the season progresses, dry flies such as Grey Hen and Rusty, Ginger Quill and Red Spinner, especially in the smaller sizes – 16 and 18 – become more effective.

 Evening rises can be prolific but often only just as the light starts to fade.

 Later in the evening slightly larger flies such as moths or a Butcher can be used to good effect.

 Towards the end of the season, the flies darken again and sea trout start to run, though the runs depend heavily on the rainfall.


  East Lothian Angling Association