27 June

Latest Catches

The rains over the last few days have set the fish running with the odd fish being caught. Member Geoff Horrill caught his first ever Tyne salmon on 24 June. Fishing the Hesleyside pool using a floating line with a cascade he tempted a salmon of  14lbs. The fish was safely returned to the water.

The Wear  has had a good run of sea trout with one member catching 7 over two days, committee member Jerry Macbeth had one of 4lb last week but had an even better fish of 11lb 2oz on 23 June with a spinner.  Member Steven Kettlewell who was being shown the Wear stretch by head bailiff Dave Cave caught his first sea trout on club waters a beautiful fresh fish of 4lbs on 25 June.

Committee member Fred Richardson , not to be out done by Jerry, had a 1.5lb sea trout from the river Rede.

With further rain expected it is hoped that more fish will enter the rivers.

10 June

Fish Counts

The fish count register has been updated with the latest fish to have taken the fish passes on the Coquet at Warkworth.

06 June

Bad Break

Head bailiff Dave Cave and committee member Jerry Macbeth were carrying out some minor improvements to the fishing on the new beat on the Wear on 5th June when Dave slipped and fell into the river. Unfortunately when Jerry helped him out of the river Dave complained about a severe pain above his right wrist. Jerry took Dave to hospital and Dave has broken his arm just above the wrist. This will keep Dave from fishing for some 8 weeks but we know he is a very resiliant character and he will be back sooner if not later.

River Till

Local member and expert Mick Moffat had three sea trout to 5.5lbs to fly on Wednesday evening. Again Mick is secretive about his flies except that he says they are all home made and are variations of normal flies like teal blue and silver, stoats tail and ally shrimp.

Additional Fishing

It is very early days but we are trying to secure further fishing for the members. It is only a short stretch but it would be something to add to our portfolio. We have only spoken to the owner twice over the phone and we are hopeful that he will come back to us on this subject. As stated it is very early days and it may be a couple of months before we know one way or the other.

04 June

River Rede

Members are advised that the Rede has had its annual stocking of brown trout with fish in the 12 to 13 inch range. Members are reminded about the total number of fish that they are entitled to take per week and this includes any fish killed on Thornton Steward Reservoir.

Fish Counts

The fish count register has been updated for the Tyne for May with 691 fish taking the fish pass. Again no figures are available for both the Wear and Coquet and we have have emailed the respective agency officers for those rivers asking why there has been no update since 2007. Hopefully we will receive a reply this time.

01 June


The videos of the club beats on the North Tyne appear to be proving a hit with visitors to the website as we have had over 100 visits since their introduction. As the year goes on we will post more videos of other river beats.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Members and the general public have voiced their concern that the reservoir has not been at its full height for some time now. Yorkshire Water have advised last week that their repairs and improvements are ongoing but are not expected to be complete until the end of June and this will have an effect on the levels of the reservoir. having said this it has not stopped anglers fishing and some excellent returns being supplied. Latest top angler was day ticket rod Tony Hoggarth on 24th May catching 18 fish, returning 15, and taking his limit of 3 fish, whilst membership secretary Brian Tindle had 15 fish with all being returned. Rainbow continue to be be the main type of fish caught but both brown trout and blue trout are also being caught. Next Saturday sees our singles competition for both senior and junior members and members are required to be at the reservoir for 9.30am.

Fish Counters

The figures from the Environmental Agency that we use to update our website have been missing for some two months. They have now got their site back to normal but appears to be well out of date as they state no fish have taken the Wear or  Coquet fish passes. Whilst our fishing on the Wear is below the fish counter and we cannot be certain 100% that fish have taken the counter we would believe that some fish have taken the fish pass by now. On the Coquet we have had reports from two members that have caught salmon on our beat that is above the fish counters at Warkworth. We await to see what figures come from their June statement.

23 May

Latest known catches.

Paul Edwards from Huddersfield has had three sea trout from the Till, one on Wednesday 21st on worm safely returned and two on Thursday 22nd the first on worm and the second on a fly a size 14 stoats tail. One was kept and the other returned.

Two members have had some success on the Coquet with local expert John Anderson losing two and catching one salmon, 7lb, which were fresh run on the last spate just under two weeks ago. Member Mick Moffatt also had a fresh run salmon at 8lb caught on one of his favourite flies the stoats tail. Both fish were safely returned unharmed to the water.


The latest newsletter has been issued to the members on 22 May and includes a map and details of the short new stretch that we have acquired on the river Wearat Croxdale. This beat has to be booked and we have high expectations for the coming year.

Website Videos

To inform both members and the general public who view our website, we are in the process of placing short video clips on the site of some of the beats of club waters in the hope of bringing us in to the 21st century. Our webmaster who places our videos on the site is a  total novice at video streaming, and is trying to cater for those people who use either dial up or broadband. We ask for your patience when streaming the videos and if you do have a problem then please contact us on our email address and we will try to assist you. As an example we had a person from Tasmania who could not access the River Garry video and contacted us and we the think the problem  has now been resolved,

14 May

New member Colin Morrison on his first visit to the river Till last evening caught a beautiful 8lb salmon on the fly. So impressed was he with his prowess that Colin will be fishing tonight and tomorrow in search of more excitement. Wait for the results, if any.

We generally communicate with our members on a regular basis through a newsletter and through the website and the next newsletter will be issued within the next two week. Members do contact the committee on various topics very regularly via the telephone but members should also note that they are able to contact us through the link on the website. If you are unable to contact us by phone then leave a message on the website and you will generally receive a reply within 24 hours.

13 May

River Garry

Member Aiden Currie has informed us that he and fellow angler Alan Tait thoroughly enjoyed their 3 days on the Garry from 26th to 26th April. Aiden was pleased to inform us that he caught his first ever salmon of 5lb.

Member George Teasdale fishing with David Pattinson from 5th to 9th May had every salmon fisherman's nightmare. Baking hot sunshine every day with no fresh water to get the fish running and even the weekly release on the Thursday only lasted some 8 hours. George states he only had one take on the dangle but was unable to keep it on the hook. Nevertheless they both thoroughly enjoyed their visit and will be visiting again and  certainly recommend the beat to the members.

11 May

River Till

Our local expert Mick Moffat had a lovely 6lb salmon to fly on 3rd May. Suffice to say Mick only confirmed that it was caught on a home made fly but what type he is to keep to himself, but I bet it had a bit of black in it knowing Mick so I will hazard a guess that it was a stoats tail variant.

On May 9th Member Paul Edwards from Huddersfield caught a beautiful 6lb sea trout. Though Paul would have liked to say he caught it on the fly he advised it was caught on the worm. If it works for you then why change.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Both members and day ticket anglers are having very good days out at the reservoir with the current weekly rod average standing at 4.19. Some notable catches are Paul Farnell 20 fish, all returned, David Hild 11 fish, 10 returned and David offers his thanks to head bailiff Dave Cave for his success, Andy Bell with 10 fish, again all returned, committee member Jerry Macbeth 9 fish, all returned, Paul Moore 9 fish, all returned, Ian Cruttenden 12 fish, 10 returned and Stephen Masters 10 fish with 8 returned. A superb 6.5lb brown trout was caught and safely returned. The brown trout that we had to stock into the reservoir two years ago due to the problems with Cragside and the River Rede being in spate are really putting on weight as the biggest  stocked were between 2.5 and 3lb. Blue trout are also starting to show and are being caught regularly.

We have been concerned with the low level of the reservoir over the last two weeks and the problem has been identified as a broken outlet pipe which Yorkshire Water have now repaired. It is expected that at the rate they will fill the reservoir it should be back to summer level within the next two weeks.

Fish Counters

According to the Environmental Agency records no fish appear to have taken the counters on both the Wear and the Coquet. We know they have been updating/repairing the south fish pass on the Coquet so we have to take it that no fish have gone through the north pass. Somehow I do not think so.

River Wear

We have just about completed negotiations for a small stretch of some 300 yards on the Wear above Durham city. Though a small beat his is a stretch that we believe has never been fished by any other angling club so we are proud that we have been able to come to an agreement with the owner to allow us this fishing. Due to the small size of the beat it is expected that a two rod limit will be placed on the beat. We hope to inform members of the details in a newsletter within the next couple of weeks.

17 April

Working Party. Many thanks to the members that attended the working party on 12 April. Though I was unable to attend due to suffering from the working party in August 2007 which is still affecting me I have been advised by other committee members that the amount of work carried out by the 15 members was unbelievable. Some of the members had not visited the Wear stretch before but having seen the potential of the river they intend to fish the stretch this year. The committee fully appreciate the work the members put in and hope they receive their rewards in their fishing this season. It is understood that all members are not able to attend these working parties but when they fish the rivers it is hoped they appreciate the work put in by so few for so many.

Thornton Steward has started to fish now that the Global warming has arrived, someone must be joking in our region, however the fishing has taken off with day ticket visitor Harold Rowland having a good day with twelve fish, and other day tickets and members catching 6, 7 or 8 fish. Two more beautifully over wintered brown trout, both weighing 4.5lbs, were caught and safely returned. Blue trout are also being caught by anglers and current rod average is 3.9 fish.

Rod License, don't forget that you should have renewed your license on 01 April.

08 April

REMINDER - Working Party

A working party has been arranged for the river Wear for Saturday 12 April 2008. Members have been advised of this in the newsletter but we are also posting this information on the website. Please meet at the car park below the sewage works for 10.00a.m. We have a lot of equipment but please bring any of your own that you may feel will be of use. We will bring equipment for a barbeque and members are requested to bring their own food for cooking.

27 March 2008


For members and anglers in general if you have fished abroad lately for salmon, especially in Norway, you are reminded about the dangers of bringing GS into this country. Great care should be taken with cleaning your angling equipment before fishing in the United Kingdom. For full details on how to clean you equipment please read the full article below. (10 May 2007.)


Thornton Steward Reservoir

The season has got off to a reasonable start in spite of global warming, freezing temperatures, gale force winds and snow, - still it is only March. Visiting angler Mr Morgan landed a superb 5lb rainbow on 19 March, member Phil Robinson landed a rainbow of 5.5lb on 20 March and member Tom Artley caught and returned a lovely 4lb brown trout on the 19 March.

Rod Licence

Rod licences are due to be renewed from 01 April 2008, please see the link at the top of the page. Where possible we hope that you support your rural post office and renew your licence there. Our agent at Finghall would appreciate your business but like many other rural post office is waiting to hear this week if they will continue to operate.


It is appreciated that a lot of websites can be pretty boring by looking at still photographs that can be deceiving.  We as a club are looking to improve our website by placing video clips of various fishing beats that we offer to the membership and the first video clip can been seen in the Photo Gallery and Video Show. This video shows the bottom of the river Garry beat and shows the river flowing past the fishing lodge and running into Loch Oich.

11 March 2008

The latest figures for the fish counters has been updated with the latest news about the South fish pass on the river Coquet. There are no figures for the Coquet or the Wear so far and the figures for the Tyne are still low.

06 March 2008

Member Aiden Currie has advised he thoroughly enjoyed his two days fishing the river Garry last week. Though he did not catch any fish he was so impressed with the river and the area that he is going back for a further three days in April with fellow member Alan Tait. Aiden stopped in a lodge that he hired for the few days he was there, the lodge being owned by one of the river bailiffs and had pine martins around the lodge every night he was there. The owner of the lodges has advised that he will offer a reduction in the costs for members of the club and a link will be placed on the River Garry fishing web page.  This stretch also offers fishing on Loch Oich for ferrox trout and pike should the river be un-fishable. We only have two rods per day for this beat and it needs to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. The following dates are already fully booked, the 24th to the 30th April, dates inclusive.

The committee as always are continually looking for additional fishing for members and we are exploring new areas that we have not tried earlier, fingers crossed.

01 March 2008

The first reported migratory fish of the season have been caught on the river Till on Thursday 28 February. Head Bailiff Dave Cave caught 3 sea trout and 1 salmon between 4lb and 6lb. One sea trout was kept and the other fish were safely returned unharmed to the river.

28 February 2008

Working Party

A working party has been arranged for the river Wear for Saturday 12 April 2008. Members have been advised of this in the newsletter this week but we are also posting this information on the website. Please meet at the car park below the sewage works for 10.00a.m. We have a lot of equipment but please bring any of your own that you may feel will be of use. We will bring equipment for a barbeque and members are requested to bring their own food for cooking.


We have received a lot of enquiries for membership over the last few weeks and these enquiries are turning into membership of the club. Like most clubs we lose members throughout the close season but this has not been the case for us this year. This has resulted in fewer vacancies this year and we are approaching the point where we anticipate that we will cease to enrol new members within the next few weeks and will refer all other applications onto a waiting list should the applicant require this. As/if vacancies become available throughout the season then we will contact the applicants in the order they applied.

Thornton Steward Reservoir  

The reservoir has been closed to all members for the last week following the large stocking last week. The reservoir will re-open on Saturday 1st March to both members and the general public.

River Garry

Having just secured two rods on this stretch again, we are pleased to have had so many enquiries from members wanting to fish this beat. New member Aiden Currie will be fishing this week and we hope he has some success. The fishing needs to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment and members wishing to fish the beat should contact Jim Irving.

10 February 2008

We have started the fish count register for the year 2008. The only fish reported to have entered any river so far is the Tyne with one fish being caught  so far on the Bywell section.. The south fish pass on the Coquet is out of action following a lot of debris hitting the pass and damaging the electrodes. Work to repair this will be carried out in the near future. Though no fish have ran the river so far the first fish has been caught on the tidal stretch.

08 February 2008

The club held its 24th Annual general Meeting on 06 February 2008 with a good attendance from the membership.

The members were advised that the club is in a very healthy position in terms of fishing availability, membership and finance. All current waters remain within the club with a new ten year agreement with Yorkshire Water for Thornton Steward Reservoir. We were able to advise the members that we have reached agreement with the owner for the fishing on the River Garry on the west coast of Scotland. This was lost in 2005 due to circumstances out with the control of the committee and we are delighted to have this fishing back in the club.

Other main points were

a) Fees to remain unchanged.

b) Membership has increased but vacancies still exist within the club.

c) Existing committee re-elected.

d) Further stocking to be carried out during the "Dog days" of summer on Thornton Steward. Our normal stocking policy of a minimum size of  2lb fish for the reservoir will continue with larger fish throughout the season but the additional stockings in the summer will be fish weighing between 1.5lb and 1.75lb.

07 January 2008

Members will be sent details of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting within the next week to be held at Birtley Golf Club on Wednesday 06 February 2008 commencing at 8.00pm. Any member wishing to submit any motion for discussion must submit this in writing to the secretary before the end of January. The committee have been very active throughout the close season endeavouring to maintain current waters and trying to locate new waters for the members. As most members will hopefully appreciate, new water is very hard to come by as most, if not all, of the waters on our three main rivers is already secured one way or another. This means looking further a field within what the committee feel is a reasonable travelling distance.



19 August

To make the fish count data more accessible, a new page has been created - Fish Counts

River Liddel - 02 August

Thanks  to those who assisted on the bank clearing exercise on the river on Saturday 21st July. Sadly not enough members turned out to complete the exercise so another date has been arranged for Saturday 08 September at 10.30am. Whilst the committee accept that members join the club to fish the waters we do expect some assistance to improve the facilities for all our benefits.

River Reports 02 August

We are now getting regular reports of members catching salmon and sea trout on all beats with the exception of the Liddel which has only just been opened to the membership.

Thornton Steward Reservoir - 02 August

We are now able to report that anglers have caught over two thousand fish on the reservoir this year to date (15 July 2007). In comparison to a commercial fishery we believe this to be excellent progress for a club that also has heavy financial commitments with riparian owners on all our river beats. We are closely monitoring the "Dog Days" with the view of increasing stocking levels in future years to assist all anglers over this period.

09 July 2007 - New Water - River Liddel

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the lease on a single bank stretch of river fishing on the River Liddel. This tributary of the Border Esk is renowned for its fabulous runs of sea trout from June onwards to the season's end on 30th September. There is also a good run of salmon from July onwards to the season's end on 31st October. Excellent brown trout fishing is also available. Members have already been advised of this new stretch and in order that we can make it a better fishing area for the members a working party has been arranged for Saturday 21st July. Members are asked to meet at the river for 10.30am. As always the committee endeavour to provide quality fishing for its members.

Congratulations to junior member David Limon who caught his first ever brown trout fishing the reservoir on the 10th June.

Kielder Water Release - From 09.00hr Thursday 05 Julythe release will be 15.4 cumex until 13.30hr on Saturday 07 July when the flow will be reduced to 12.0 cumex. Updates on the release pattern can be obtained from the usual number. (01434 240463)

From Friday 29th June 2007, until further notice, the release from the reservoir will be 50 cumex (FIFTY cubic metres per second).

There is a report that salmon have been caught at Hesleyside but I have no details.

It is 4 years today since the "Web Counter" went live. Over 18450 "hits" have been recorded - no great surges but a steady stream of people who are interested in what we are doing and a steady trickle of prospective members of the Club.

RIVER REDE - 31 MAY 2007

The stocking of brown trout, 11" to 13", has been successfully carried out . Members will hopefully enjoy some excellent river fishing over the coming months with these quality fully finned fish. Members are reminded of the number of fish that they are allowed to kill in any one week.


We are only able to announce any migratory fish catches on the site if members contact the committee. The first reported fish is a sea trout caught by Head Bailiff Dave Cave fishing the Till last Friday. So members, if you have caught any fish then let us know.

RIVER REDE - 24 MAY 2007

Our annual stocking of brown trout, 11" to 13", will be taking place in the next few weeks which will give the river anglers, hopefully, some really good fishing. It is hoped that the stocking will not be cancelled like last year with the river being in spate and not being able to find an alternative date for the stocking.


The good fishing at Thornton Steward continues with over a thousand trout caught since the start of the season. This is encouraging news for the club to be able to state these figures following last years trouble with not being able to stock due to the VHS disease really affecting stocking levels. It is also very encouraging to see both day tickets and members taking no fish home due to exercising catch and release at their own behest. Thank you from the committee.


"Home and Dry"

The GS parasite is a highly contagious bug that has devastated freshwater salmon stocks in a number of countries within Europe.

Countries affected include Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Norway and Sweden.

The United Kingdom remains officially parasite free and it is essential that we keep our British rivers free from this parasite.

It is capable of surviving for several days in damp and/or wet conditions on our fishing equipment such as waders, lines and bags etc.

If you have fished in any of the above countries then it is essential that you go "Home and Dry". This means that it is important that you take one  of the following measures with your fishing gear.

Dry equipment at a minimum of 20 degrees C for at least 2 days.

Heat for at least 1 hour at temperatures of above 60 degrees C.

Deep freeze for at least one day.

Immerse in a suitable solution for at least ten minutes.

Keep Home and Dry and preserve our fishing.

For information regarding suitable disinfecting solutions download SEERAD or DEFRA leaflets from

http://www.infoscotland.com/gsbug/contact.html or


From SEERAD leaflet

(Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department)



Where are the Fish? - 10 May 2007

Many anglers in the North East are wandering where the migratory fish are at this time of the season on our major rivers like the Tyne, Wear and Coquet. We are unable to provide the exact answer but a major factor could be the lack of rain so far this year. What releases there are from Kielder appear to be having no effect. From today, until further notice, the release will be 1.8 cumex. (Call Northumbrian Water on 01434 240463 for the latest information throughout the season). We will endeavour to publish on a regular if not monthly basis the number of fish running our 3 major rivers throughout the season. These figures are supplied by the Environmental Agency.

River Tyne. The number of fish running through the Riding mill fish pass stand at 42 at the end of March. This is made up of 4 in January, 18 in February and 20 in March.

River Coquet. Both the north and south fish pass at Warkworth are in operation and the total for the year is 101. 30 in January, 15 in February and 56 in March.

River Wear. The total through the Framwellgate fish pass stands at 42. All of these fish went through the fish pass in March.

Main Tyne Fishing - 22 April 2007

On the 31 March we announced that we were to submit an offer to buy a stretch of fishing on the main Tyne. We are able to report that the club submitted an offer above the guide price of £85,000.00 for this stretch of fishing at Mickley near Eltringham. The closing date for offers was 16 April 2007. Though we have not had official communication from the agents dealing with the sale we have taken it that our bid has been unsuccessful. An article in the local paper on 17 April reported that the fishing rights had been sold for over £200,000.00. We can report however that we did not offer that price for the water.

Thornton Steward Reservoir - 22 April 2007

Members are continuing to have good fishing at the reservoir with the rod average currently standing at six fish per rod day. Members and day ticket holders are reminded that any brown trout caught are to be returned to the water unharmed as this is part of the agreement with our lease with Yorkshire Water.

Membership - 22 April 2007

Though we have a very good membership level we still have vacancies and any person interested should contact us via our email on the contacts page of the website. If you go fishing with a junior then we have a very attractive option for them joining the club also.

New Committee Member - 05 April 2007

The committee are pleased to announce that Fred Richardson has been co-opted onto the committee for the remainder of the year. This takes the committee up to its agreed level of seven. Fred has attended the last five committee meetings and has already come up with some plans for the future and is the pro-active type of person required by the committee.

Main Tyne Fishing - 31 March 2007

A stretch of fishing has come onto the open market on the main Tyne at Mickley near Eltringham. The fishing is 2600m ( approx 1.5 miles) of single bank fishing on the south bank. It is seldom that a stretch of fishing of this type comes onto the open market and this is believed to be the first of its type in this region for some 30 years and comes with a guide price of £85,000.00. Since the committee became aware of the water we have viewed the stretch and over the last four weeks have agreed to submit an offer for the fishing and will do so before the closing date of 16 April 2007. When we are advised of the outcome of our offer the website will be updated.

Thornton Steward Reservoir - 31 March 2007

Since the initial heavy stocking of rainbows before the start of the season which saw excellent catches and plenty of bag limits we have now commenced our regular stocking programme for the year which will be of the normal 2lb weight with bigger fish of 5lb plus going in throughout the season. Both members and day tickets are still enjoying very good sport with a day ticket catching 9 fish, returning 6 and retaining his bag limit of 3 fish on 22 March. A member has caught a beautifully over wintered blue trout of 3lb which was safely returned.

Thornton Steward Reservoir 10 March 2007 

Following a heavy stocking of rainbows a week before the start of the season with fish ranging from 2lb to 5lb plus members and day tickets have got off to  a cracking start with plenty limit bags being caught. Fish of the season so far is a beautifully over wintered brown trout of 5lb caught and safely returned unharmed by member Joe Salt. Best rainbow to date is 4lb caught by a day ticket rod on 3rd March who had his bag limit as well as returning 8 other fish.

Annual General Meeting 07 February 2007

Many Members awoke to snow on the morning of the AGM but it melted during the day and the well attended meeting went ahead as scheduled.

The various Reports indicated that the Club is in a strong position both in membership levels and financially. In a club like ours, financial strength it is very important in order to be able to take advantage of any new water that comes available. In this regard, the club has signed a new lease with the National Trust for a stretch on the River Wear (known by the Trust as Moorhouse Woods) but shown as Rainton Park Wood on O.S. maps and Durham Council's website. Hopefully, this will give members earlier spring fishing on the river.

The Committee did not propose any changes to subscription levels, the cost of Day Tickets or bag limit on Thornton Steward Reservoir. The members agreed the proposals for stocking of TSR and a stocking of 11"- 13" brown trout in the River Rede.

As usual, an excellent buffet was enjoyed by the members during the evening.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

The Reservoir re-opens on Thursday 1 March 2007 for Members and Day Ticket holders for Rainbow Trout. As a result of the problem with VHS restrictions last summer, Brown Trout were stocked in the reservoir and the Close Season for them does not end until 22 March 2007.

It does not seem possible that this is the start of the FIFTH season that the Club has run the fishery - there have been difficult moments over the years but there seems to be general agreement that the venture has been an overall success - we are looking forward to the new season and wish all anglers who fish there "tight lines" and enjoyable days' fishing.