Not fishing related


Most members if not all know that our committee meet every two weeks at Birtley Golf Club and also hold our AGM there every February and the use of the facilities are free of charge. I have been asked by the Chairman of the golf club to put this request on our site on behalf of one of the golf club members. They are looking to buy a touring caravan and ask if any of our members has one they are looking to sell. If so then please contact me and se where it leads.

Working Party

Thsnks to the members that attended the working party yesterday. Hottest day of the year and members were flagging in the heat and then our cutting equipment broke down.  Renewal equipment is required and will be purchased in order to complete the rest of the work in the next few weeks. Two of the four tasks were completed and the rest will be arranged at a later date.

A good height

For Fishing

The river Till has now dropped to a very good fishing level and fish have entered the system in reasonable numbers. Hopefully members will have the opportunity to wet a line either during the day or as quite a few members prefer, a little night fishing. With open banks on the Shellacres and Fenton beats there is little chance of getting your flies caught up a tree. Hope you can have the opportunity to wet a line and if you do have any success we would like to hear from you.

Short notice

Working party

Following the heavy winds over the last few days we have had four trees that have fallen on the river Wear. In order that we can get these obstacles removed so that our fishing is not disrupted we are asking members to attend a working party this Saturday at 11.00 am. If you can assist can you please confirm your attendance by contacting Alan Horner along with your contact details just in case of having to cancel at late notice. If you can assist please bring any cutting tools that will be of assistance. A point to note is that fish have been caught by members over the last couple of days, where? On the Wear. The working party should last a couple of hours depending on numbers.

At long last

Much needed

Eventually our northern rivers have received some decent rain falls that currently have the rivers unfishable, though it could be argued they have been like that all season. Are we river anglers fickle? Who knows, but we are certainly patient. We now head down to the rivers in the next few days in the anticipation that the recent rains have brought the salmon and sea trout into our beats and be lucky enough to catch and safely return one or two back to the river unharmed.

Whilst members have not had much to shout about on the river scene they have certainly had some fantastic days on our stillwaters. Thornton Steward Reservoir is providing plenty of bag limits and with catch and release members and day tickets are catching and releasing double figure catches of both rainbow and blue trout. Not to be outdone, two members fishing Crag Lough last week, had 30 superb brown trout for the day on the dry fly and as is the norm for Crag Lough, all safely retuned to the water. Though this is a put and take fishery for members we all seem to wish to preserve our brown trout. Well done guys.

Fish Counts

The fish counts for May have been added to the fish count page. Roughly the same numbers for 2016.

What Rain

Not here

Despite heavy rain around the country we again appeared to have missed out in the north east. Rivers continue to run at summer levels but fish are around. Fish have been caught and lost on the Fenton beat on the Till and fish, salmon, have been seen slowly meandering up the river Wear. Any member that does have any success we would like to hear from you and apart from publishing on our website we will look to also have it published in the Trout and Salmon. Please contact Dave Cave or myself.


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