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.



The rivers are unfishable today due to the Rain we have had over the last few days. If no further rains follow then we expect the rivers to be in ideal conditions for wetting a line over the weekend and we hope the fish join in our activities.


Unbeknown to the club, members of the club and the general public were sending the club various enquiries to our email and becoming slightly  frustrated at not receiveing any reply from us. It was only following a phone call to secretary Dave Wilson from a member that the problem came to our attention. Thankfully, and hopefully, this was resolved yesterday and things should be operating as normal.

Rothley Lake

This small lake is very popular with our members for rainbow trout fishing but the lake has provided minor problems for members of late, though fish are still being caught. Catching a fish then watching it head off into the direction of the water lillies and weeds makes it frustrating for the members. Treatment has been carried out on the water lillies which just leaves the weeds to sort out. We intend to have a working party on the lake on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday within the next few weeks to ensure better fishing conditions for the rest of the season. As usual we ask if members can assist with this project and are looking for 6 members to help the committee with this. If you can assist then can you please contact head bailiff Dave Cave with your details.

Peters Hole

Members who know the Tyne beats will be aware that Peters Hole has had this huge tree stuck in it for more years than we care to remember and it did of course hinder the members fishing this spot. We are pleased to advise that through Bellingham Angling Club that the offending tree has now been removed, tight lines on fish not the tree for the future.

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The 31st August saw the end of the net fishing for this year. Hopefully the rod anglers on our local rivers will start to see the benefits of increased numbers of fish starting to enter the rivers. We keep hearing that this has been a wet summer, well not up north it hasn't. We all know that the rains lift the rivers and this brings fresh fish into the rivers. So as we enter into September we hope that we have a wet Autumn and with the nets off we have a productive end of the season.

Members are asked to remember that the hesleyside beat on our Tyne beats is now off limits.

Whilst the rivers are currently low due to the lack of rain members are still having limited success. Salmon to 14.5 off the Wear, 14lb off the Tyne, 8lb off the Fenton beat and also the Coquet. With the rivers low members are having to be patient whilst fishing so put in the effort and hopefully you will reap the rewards.

Help or Hindrance

This year has seen more releases from Kielder reservoir into the Tyne system and members continually keep saying what a good level the river is running at on our Tyne beats. What we do not know is if this has improved catches or fish just keep running through the beats. The end of the season will let us know and hopefully it has been a help rather than a hindrance.

Angling Trust

The Angling Trust have been entrusted by the EA to oversee a five point action plan over the future of salmon stocks. This will have a major bearing on future stocks and also the future of angling clubs depending on the final consultation plans. This will have an effect on both nets and rods. Some pointers for members and other readers of our blogs is that the nets contribute circa £50k finance per year for their licences. Clubs and individual anglers in our region contribute much more than that figure. The nets off the north east coast last year had circa 17000 salmon and Circa 60000 sea trout. Our regional anglers produced less than ten per cent of those figures. Whist we appreciate that the netsmen do this as a living the financIan income against nets to rods simply does not equate. Part of the five point plan is the exploitation of salmon by Rods and Nets. We know that our rod anglers already have compulsory catch and release until the 16th June, still waiting after 20 years of this law to see what effect it has had on our spring salmon numbers, but rod anglers already operate catch and release after this date with around 80 per cent of fish being returned. The nets return , erm, you work it out. There are also rumours of total catch and release for all rod anglers. That would certainly have a dramatic effect on the number of rod licences being sold in the future and thereby having a knock on effect to angling clubs and our riparian owners. This is only a brief scenario of what could happen in the future to our beloved sport and we therefore implore members and readers alike to take part in the consultation process with the Angling Trust. To take part please use the following link, it will take some time but please partake in the consultation.


Tweed and Till

Members are reminded that from the 15th September that it is Fly only on our beats on the above rivers. Please observe this rule.

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