Farnley Video from Above
with thanks to David Corcoran
Latest News and a history of Farnley
Beat Report John Rogers "Summer Madness" Early July 2017.
4 top tips for Autumn and Summer Salmon
1. Try Early and Late : In all walks of fishing there is a direct correlation between these times and taking fish, so try during the summer and warm autumn days to plan the day around your fishing you might surprise yourself and hopefully the fish !
2. Please Don't Wade deeply or keep well back : we try to keep out of the lies. fish can easily sense our movements and we have tracked this effect on the beat in the past using sonar. Put simply salmon sense the effects of bodies wading in the pools and its not good news. This includes marching about on the gravel so think like a fish and be cautious and quiet.
3.Move the fly! : Certainly on the Tyne try different angles of cast and retrieval it works ...even the deadliest of slow retrieves. Why not try downstream mend or upstream in the cast.
4.Salmon are not line shy: please use decent line and check regularly for knots and wear. check your hooks and throw away old worn gear.
Massive Runs of Fish This Summer
The Fish counter 1 mile below the beat has shown the sheer quantity of salmon in June which exceeded 7,500 and one day over 1,000 fish. To put this in perspective this is above the estimated total yearly run of some known Scottish rivers. In June we had only light bookings first a heatwave then some proper rain, hooray which cleared the silt and slimy weed! Some local successes with good weights but annoyingly the guests tried extremely hard in difficult conditions with fish hooked and lost. I hope they come back and try again as its a cracking beat ! Many thanks Roger Naish and Dr Craig's parties in June we hope to welcome you back soon all good fishermen.
There In !
Early July again no bookings in the first week (we tried to tell people June and July are worth it !!) but boy what a time we had some terrific catches and one lost in the mid thirties well done David (of Farnley Video Fame !!) We have some great new and local rods taking the unbooked days and they've been very successful. Farnley Friends enjoyed greatly the fun and laughter from the 'Elk' and 'Boz' who had one frustrating day with fish on and off then ..drum rolls they had tremendous sport day 2 only to be washed out day 3! Ive some pictures to share here of their little trip.
An observation here in Northumberland is the number of fish hooked and lost which is most unusual one finds when they take they stay on! It happened to me in early June had 6 on all shook off in an hours fishing then landed 3 chub ! ten minutes later and then three fish all hooked and on properly. Interestingly my friends who fish all over said that this is a theme in Scotland too on the Esks in spring , later they hit the Spey full of fish and lost stacks of fish.Controversially, I'm now applying what big Tweed Steve taught me from Upper Caberston "Son hit them because its either on or not", Steve has probably caught more salmon than anyone I know, so just maybe its sound advice.
We have late spaces still in 2017 July , spots in August , only 3 days left first week Sept and good opportunities in October call myself 07733389474. Don't be put off by October because last year I took 2 days fishing in the third week and despite the doom mongers had some lovely sport and no the fish were not red !
You can still just contact us by email to enquire availability :
Farnley Estate covers some 140 acres and had the only tunnel on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway. This line was only the 4th railway to be built in the world and it runs to the south of our estate with our own private crossing. The line connects a story of great engineers, a certain George Stephenson was busy nearby on the Tyne downriver making the world famous "Rocket" in Wylam on the Tyne where a tea shop celebrates his achievements. Stephenson's inspiration was the Puffing Billy built by William Hedley another global hit now housed in the London Science Museum . The railway's first carriages were pulled by horses, apparently due to local landowners fearing the noise of the steam engines! We don't know what the hardy Navvies ate but its no doubt that Farnley Estate Tyne Salmon nearby would have made a welcome addition to their fare.
The salmon are still there and we are a short distance from the Riding Mill Fish Pass which tells the story of the daily movements of salmon and sea trout. These fish have to pass through our water so the canny fisherman just needs to concentrate and hold tight !
The land has been used for race horse training and was farmed until 1965 when my family started to take sand and gravel away which has left the Estate with three magnificent lakes which have been stocked with brownies and rainbows for many years. The members of the company were very proficient and keen fishermen they saw the Tyne revitalised as a Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery that rapidly gained the respect of anglers in the know.
When Kielder Dam (the largest man made reservoir in the UK ) was built in 1980 surrounded by the countries largest forest people feared for the future of the magnificent Tyne. In the years that followed the river had changed and the mighty shoals of dace and renowned trout fell away. The Tyne angler and owners fought and got a salmon hatchery at Kielder to compensate for the loss of spawning sites. This along with ongoing habitat improvement has meant that the Tyne is a very successful river for migratory fishing and the counter at Riding Mill (only a mile downstream from Farnley) can be between 37,000 and 45,000 fish per year! The situation got better when the Northumbrian coastal netting interests were largely bought off this further improved salmon runs on the Tyne.
When the ownership changed the Farnley beat has been run as a syndicate since 2000, and our best month fishing the Tyne was September 2013 when the catch was 73 salmon and 5 seatrout, our biggest salmon so far is 35lbs. Some very large Tyne salmon have been lost over the years and this reliably witnessed by rods that have fished the best rivers on the planet most years we get 30 pounders and a good quality fresh fish. The wading is easy and the pools are all different giving the angler a great days fishing. The whole estate is wooded and there are some lovely walks through the woods. Before the Estate was opened to visitors some incredible catches were taken. One of the owners took 12 Salmon from 15 to 25 pounds followed up by a 13pound sea-trout, all before lunch and rightly he called it a day. The senior Estate partner was a very skilful salmon fisherman in his day and its reckoned one of the top catchers on the Tyne. He really enjoys now giving the younger generation a hard time if they don't seem to be catching fish when perhaps they should! Contact us if your interested by booking your Salmon fishing days here , we will try and fit you in (but be warned demand is high on the main Tyne) last year the runs in July and August were terrific so don't miss out we can let you know availability within hours here on : email@example.com
We have a great variety of wildlife on Farnley Estate Corbridge including deer, otters, heron, kingfishers and one lucky angler saw an osprey take a fish from the water in front of him. We also have some swans that have made a home here and Pauline H will be sharing some of the stories and images of the various inhabitants over the years.
The land is covered in many varieties of tree including our own cherry trees that make a welcome treat in August.
The Estate has had an interesting life since the machinery and men left and then returned to extract sand and gravel over many years. Its a place that is forever evolving and quite unique with many private places and views that bring our friends and guests back.
The River has Roman workings evident in respect of a massive man-made wall which was badly damaged by the 2015 floods incorporating fish traps that are just about visable on the north bank just above our fishing rights on the estate. These ancient fish traps could even be prehistoric as there is much evidence in the well-wooded and fertile middle Tyne valley of settlements. The Romans settled hereabouts as well, having built a rather major wall a few miles to the north with its major supply-base at Corbridge, only two miles to the west. The road that rods often use is Corbridge to York Roman “Dere Street” which is chiefly now the A68 you will note just how straight it is with terrifying blind summits so please drive carefully!