27 November

Only two days fishing left on the river Till and that is the season over on the clubs waters on the rivers. Member Steve Kettlewell caught a salmon of around 8lbs yesterday whilst fellow angler Dave Cave caught two salmon of 7lb and 8lb. A lot of sea trout were caught and carefully returned yesterday as they had already spawned so members who have booked for the last two days are asked to be careful with the sea trout.

We have had several calls regarding the fish counts on the river Coquet. Whilst it is fair to say that the figures for September were low, 141,  this is due to the counters being out of action for the last 26 days of the month following the very severe flooding that the area suffered at the beginning of September.  Nonetheless the overall figures for the year can not really be described in words and the club have written to the EA today to voice our serious concerns. A weekly fishing article in our local newspaper has heralded the same views and mentions re-stocking by using the Kielder hatchery. This would go some way to help the river but the real crux of the matter is how drastically the figures have fallen and trying to ascertain the reason/s behind this and to remedy it/them.

We are approaching that time of the year when anglers look at whether or not they continue with their membership of their respective angling club and our club is no different. Our membership level remains very good and though we have had a few resignations over the last couple of weeks none of them have left because of the fishing on offer. We ask that those members that do intend to leave contact us asap as we do have a waiting list in double figures.

Thornton Steward reservoir is open all through the winter for members only and will be stocked a week on Saturday with fish in the 1.5lb range. If you prefer to fish the rivers then you can always try the Wear for its grayling.