Latest updates March 19th.

Club Waters

All club waters, both river and stillwaters, are open for members as usual. Stockings of still waters are still going ahead as per our agreed stocking programmes. We do ask members though to use a common sense approach when fishing and to keep a reasonable distance from other anglers. Several committee members, club members and the general public are fishing Thornton Steward reservoir on a fairly regular basis and it is fishing very well.

Position of Head Bailiff

With the current situation with Coronavirus/Covid19, current head bailiff is standing down, purely age related and as a precaution for himself, and member Barry Gibson will be taking over these duties for the time being. We ask that all members co-operate with Barry whilst he carries out these duties.

Crag Lough


We are trialing an online booking system for Crag Lough.  You will need to have forum access and you can either follow this LINK or use the link in the Crag Lough fishery description page.

Please make every attempt to use the online booking system however if all else fails there are additional ways to book listed in that forum thread.

That thread is locked so no replys can be posted but I have started a feedback thread so please feel free to leave a message letting us know what you think of the new system and if there are any improvements you could suggest.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Now open to Day Ticket Holders

The year is progressing and members should be aware that Thornton Steward Reservoir opened to Day Ticket holders on March 1st. You will be interested to hear that  Day Tickets in 2020 are avaialble to the general public from 5 outlets:

1. Gilslan Sports. 2 High Street, Leyburn, Monday to Saturday

2. Constable Burton Caravan Park (open 7 days a week from 17th March)

3. The Weighouse, 8A Market Place, Bedale, DL8 1FQ, Monday to Saturday

4. Caravan and Motorhome Club, Lower Wensleydale, Harmby, Leyburn, DL8 5NU 

5. Akebar Park, Leyburn, DL8 5LY (open 7 days a week).


Coming next week

February 2020 newsletter

Next week we will be posting out a newsletter, along with the 2019 catch returns and also your membership sticker or stickers if you have any junior members under your wing. If you have moved address lately then please advise us accordingly to avoid duplication.

Membership for 2020

We have vacancies for this season and if you wish to be considered for membership then please complete and return the application form on our home page. We offer a wide variety of fishing on our local rivers for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling fishing throughout the winter months along with three still waters with both rainbow and brown trout fishing.

2020 AGM

Updates from our AGM last night

We had a good turn out for the AGM with 38 members in attendance.

Jim Bumby was elected to the committee as Secretary and Alan Horniman was elected to the committee as Assistant Treasurer. Both will bring a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to our club. Various reports were given by myself, Jim Mclean on membership levels, Jeremy Macbeth on club finances and Dave Cave on bailiffng matters. All in all we are in a good posiotion as a club and look forward to another successful for our members.

All club waters bar one have been retained for this season. The only beat not available is the Start fishing on the river Tweed. This beat was owned by our late committee member Dave Charlton and his daughters do not know if they will lease the fishing, sell it, lease the cottage as a holiday let or sell both. With these varying options we as a committee decided there could be pitfalls ahead and agreed not to enter into a new lease. Following the beat survey carried out at the end of last season Crag Lough was only fished on five occasions. If this trend on this water continues this season then the committee do not see this as good value for the membership and will not renew our lease. As said last night, use it or lose it.

Committee members Jim Bumby and Jim Mclean have been updating our club constitution and members handbook. Once the committee are satisfied that it is all spruced up correctly than all members will receive an updated version to replace your current version?

Members present at the AGM were supplied with the catch returns for 2019. This will be issued to all members with the next newsletter in the next two weeks. Alan Horniman gave a detailed breakdown on all catches on the waters and all beat catches for salmon and sea trout were up on all beats with the ecception being the river Wear where the salmon catches were down on 2018. Of all the migratory fish caught by members in 2019 there was a 91% release rate overall by the membership with  the river Coquet having a100% release rate. Congratulations to you all.

There were no new recomendations for committee and all current members of the committee were re-elected.

Following the length of service, time and commitment on the committee, messrs Dave Cave, Jeremy Macbeth and Alan Horner were nominated by the rest of the committee for life membership to the members present. This was accepted 100% by the members.

Subscriptions for this season remain unchanged with the last increase being in 2015. As usual this will be reviewed at the end of the season.

Stockings of Rothley and Thornton Steward will be the same as last year but with slight changes. The initial stocking at Rothley will see some bigger fish introduced this year. At Thornton Steward Reservoir the additional summer stocking we make will now be fish of the regular 2lb size rather than smaller fish.

President Stephen Garrett of Pure Fishing made two awards, one to Dave Ryan and the other to Barry Gibson for the outstanding work they have done on behalf of the club and its members in 2019.

Club trophies were awarded for the largest salmon caught on fly, 25lb by Geaff Horrill, largest salmon by any other method, 18lb caught by Jim Bumby. Largest sea trout caught on fly, 11lb by John Eardley. Largest sea trout caught by any other method, 8.5lb by William Hindmarsh.

Our thanks and gratitude go to Birtley Golf Club for allowing us the free use of its facilities for our committee meetings and also the AGM. Also a special thanks to club steward Simon Green for putting on another superb buffet that was enjoyed by one and all.

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