In a poor


The fish count figures for September for the rivers Tyne and Wear have been added to our fish counter today. Though not exceptionally high they are in line with previous years so we should not really complain. However, members will remember we had a lovely stretch on the river Tees which we relinquished at the end of the 2015 sason due to poor catch returns. Looking at the numbers of fish that have taken the Tees this year shows that there is something drastically wrong with this river. Whilst various bodies and angling organisations cite the seals and Tees barrier as the main culprits it is very sad to see that up to the end of September only 281 fish have been recorded through the fish counter. The consultation process that ended on the 9th october over rod and net exploitation will no doubt end in some sort of convoluted series of action to protect our fisheries but it may well be too late for this once superb river. 

No figures are available for September from Northumberland Rivers Trust for the Coquet but they are also concerned at the low numbers of fish so far this season especially in June and July. This river once boasted runs of over 30,000 fish per year and my how times have changed. The consultation prices may result in total catch and release on these two rivers but is that the answer?  Who knows, only time will tell.


a member left his gye landing net at the boat pool car park today. If found please contact me and I wil put you in touch with the rightful owner.

Closing shortly

English rivers

We head into the final four weeks of the migratory fishing season on our English rivers and hopefully we see some good late runs of Autumn salmon and sea trout Heading into our rivers to let members have their last chance of catching these magnificent fish. Rain of late has given the rivers a much needed lift and conditions are very good at the moment and further light rain today should keep them in fine fettle. The days really do seem to have shortened very quickly and any members night fishing will be starting as early as 7.00 pm as it is so dark by then. We hope members have the opportunity to get out on the banks in the next few weeks and hopefully catch a fish or three.

Rothley lake

Belated thanks to the ten members giving up their spare time to help remove the weeds from the lake. A fantastic job was carried out and catching and more importantly, landing, fish is now much easier. Until next year that is So be prepared.

Ending Soon

Consultation Process

Now into the last week of September and all along the north east coast our rivers are apparently short of fresh fish. Wether this is a lack of rain into the rivers or a general lack of fish in general is not known. General concensus seesm to be that there is a lack of autumn salmon this year along with a shortage of summer grilse. Worrying times maybe but still got to the end of October to go on our English rivers so hope springs eternal

On an earleir post we mentioned about members and indeed the angling fraternity in general about taking part in the consultation process regarding the north east coast netting situation. This consultation process ends on the 9th October so there is still time for ALL anglers to take part in the process. It is a lengthy process completing a somewhat rather complex consultation document but if you care about the state of YOUR fishing then we implore you to take part in the process.

For help and some guidance look at the Wear anglers association site, then on Northern Rivers Anglers Association, then you will need to look for salmon exploitation WAA response underlined.

August Fish Counts

These figures have been added to the fish counter and are some of the lowest figures over the last ten years For the month of August. As usual we don't gloss things over on our site but simply tell it as it is. All the more reason to take part in the consultation process.

High Weldon

On it's Way

Our riparian owners are part way through the construction of a brand new fishing hut on behalf of our members. When it is complete we ask members that use this facility to please keep it in a clean condition, and ask that all litter is taken home with you.

Lost and Found

A pair of Arapho wrap around sunglasses has been found at Rothley lake.

A section of a fly rod has been found at High Weldon.

Contact the club if you wish to claim either of these items.

Low Grange

Would members fishing this stretch please ensure that the combination lock is removed and replaced in exactly the same location. Failure to do so could mean you end up being locked in un necessarily. Please also note that this is a working farm and if you have any doubts about where to park then just contact the farmer who will be on site.

Rothley lake

It is intended for the working party to take place this Wednesday at 11.00 am. If you can make it please call head bailiff Dave Cave.



As hoped for the midweek rains have helped our fishing. The Till has produced some good sea trout with salmon unfortunately being lost. The Coquet has also produced fish today to 10lb in low water. The Wear has also been doing well with one member catching two salmon today and one member also catching the biggest reported fish of the season at 22lb. Frequent heavy showers have hopefully kept the rivers in fine fishing order for the weekend so tight lines to you all.


Those members fishing the Wear beats are advised that the car park by the pylon at the upper beat is pretty poor and members are requested to use the top parking area.

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