Still waiting for

That first fish

The first week of the season has now passed us by with snow, rain, freezing temperatures and fairly high rivers all playing their part in stopping the first fish of the season being landed on our local rivers. Normally the Tyne would have had a fish or two by now down at the bottom beats but the river levels just seemed that bit high.   The Coquet did used to provide a fish or two at the start of the season in its halcyon days but those days are long gone. Once a prolific sea trout river and a fairly decent salmon river who knows where the numbers of fish that entered this river have disappeared to. The Wear is not generally classed as a Spring river but the odd springrs do enter in February and March. The Tees has really become a joke. Once known as the queen mothers river it is very sadly going downhill at a very alarming rate.

So what does the season ahead probably look like with the EA due to publish its second edition of its proposals later this month. By all accounts the nets men, drift, T and J have already received letters from the EA advising that the drift nets will end this year, the T and J nets getting this season for catching salmon then no more in 2019 and being restricted to sea trout only from that year. That leads us onto the rods on the rivers. There will be those rivers defined not at risk. Therefore leaving the rod angler to practice further catch and release. We believe our fishing on the Tyne and Wear will come under this category. Then there are the rivers classed probably at risk or at risk. This will mean either total Compulsary catch and release or no fishing at all. How will/could this affect our members. We believe that only our fishing on the Coquet will come under either of these last two categories and feel that it will become a total Compulsary Catch and Release river. Will that be a problem for our members? We don't believe so. Tight lines anyway to all anglers this year.

Clarifications and


Following further discussions with the Tweed Commission over the legal date for killing of sea trout on the Tweed system it has now been clarified that the actual date is in fact the 1st April in any given year and not the 1st February as previously stated. We know our club and  members are quite happy to comply with this and indeed do operate catch and release to a very high degree. Members will or should know that the club also partakes in the Tweed Conservation programme to which we pay a yearly levy and have done for some years now. Members are therefore requested to follow the Tweed Code on angling as already supplied in your members handbook.

EA Press Release

First Edition

The EA have announced their proposals regarding the future of salmon fishing following the consultation process of last year. We say first edition as they have not said a lot that we did not already know and they will be having a further press release in February 2018. Follow the link below to read part one.

The season starts


The new season for migratory fishing starts this Thursday on our Tweed and Till beats. River conditions at present look like our Tweed beat will be unfishable but the Till is running at a nice height for this time of the year. Members who will be out fishing our beats are reminded that it is fly only until 14th February. Any early season success by members be it salmon or sea trout then we would love to know.

Consultation process

Save our Salmon

Folowing the discussions that took place last year with the EA, Angling Trust, clubs, associations, riparian owners and individual anglers over the declining salmon stocks we believe that the EA will be submitting their proposals this coming week. What could be in the proposals? Here is a snap shot about what we believe will be happening.

Fishng for salmon by drift nets will be totally stopped from this year.

Fishng for salmon by T and J nets will be totally stopped from 2019

T and J nets to be allowed to continue Fishng for sea trout.

Total Compulsary Catch and Release, (CCR) on certain rivers from 2018. Maybe the Coquet and the Tees in our area based upon numbers of fish running the rivers. 5000 fish running a river in any given year is classed as being self sustainable.

Voluntary catch and release on other rivers. Something already operated by a lot of our members.

Modifications to angling equipment, like hook sizes, etc.

When the proposals are produced we believe there will be a consultation process, how long for, ?

Would we have any objections to these proposals? We have all seen a decline in our fish stocks over the years, certain rivers affected more than others. Is it the fault of the nets, the rod anglers, seals, cormorant predication or all of these? Removal of the drift nets and CCR should certainly help. Leaving the T and J nets to continue fishing for sea trout only. No idea what they will do if they catch a salmon, release it, then caught in another net to be released again, then again. 

So, lets wait to see what unfolds this week.



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