Get ready for the

Beast or the Start

End of February and winter is still with us. Our local rivers are certainly not producing many migratory fish at present and that includes the, erm, mighty Tweed. River levels  have been up and down like the proverbial yo yo and will certainly have had an effect on catch levels and maybe the number of rods fishing. Or maybe it is the cost of an early days Spring salmon Fishng, looking for that elusive Spring salmon. Why is it elusive? Maybe there are not enough Spring fish these days, oh, and that's after 25 years of Compulsary catch and release which is why more Spring fish are caught, again no. So that theoretically means less fish to catch and therefore a reduction in the cost of a day or two on the river. Again no. 

Angling clubs are now realising, maybe too late, that riparian owners simply put up prices year by year in the belief that angling clubs and associations will simply agree to these increases. Well, we believe, the boot is on the other foot. Clubs and associations and the individual rod angler pay for the privalege of fishing a beat from a riparian owner, yet the owner is unable to guarantee that fish will be there to be caught but still charges high rates for a days or a weeks fishing. Whilst the riparian owners are not able to guarantee Fish will be in their spot on the river they are quite happy to increase fees at the behest of the rod angler.

The long awaited news release from the EA on the save our salmon campaign has been delayed by about a week. Why? It was ready to be published but is now delayed, problems with it we think. 

So, no, or little river fishing available we would look to our stillwaters to wet a line. For members and day tickets we have done a double stocking of 2lb rainbow trout at Thornton Steward Reservoir in prepeation for opening day of 1st of March For our day ticket guests and all year round members. Having left our fortnightlly committee meeting at 9.30pm tonight on a cold but very chilly night it is now even colder and an inch or  2.5 mm of snow has fallen in the last hour. So if you do intend to go fishing, be safe and be careful in the beast from the east. 


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A big

Thank you

The committee extends its thanks to the 39 members present at our 33rd AGM last night. Reports were provided for the membership from Jim Irving, Dave Cave, Jeremy Macbeth and Dave Wilson. The club continues to run very well and we all look forward to members having more success this year than last. Club awards were made for the heaviest salmon and sea trout caught by both fly and any other method. Again we were delighted that club president Steven Garrett was able to attend the meeting and he made three president awards to members for their long standing work and contributions for the club. Steven has offered the club the opportunity of linking up with Pure Fishing with the aim of offering the club more publicity and hopefully of attracting more members to our great club. One disappointing piece of news was that our effort to attract funding from the Angling Trust Processed by Jeremy Macbeth to help us promote and attract more females into our sport was rejected. Our thanks to Birtley Golf Club and  steward Simon Green for the use of their facilities and the excellent hot and cold buffet. All current waters are currently available again this season and the committee remains unchanged. Members will receive a newsletter in the next couple of weeks along with their membership sticker for 2018.

Fish Counts

We have started this years fish counts on our rivers with the Wear and the Tees leading the way with the Tyne still at zero with no fish as yet going through the Riding Mill fish pass. The first fish have been caught on the Tyne, at the bottom end, with two fish being landed so far. No fish have been recorded as being caught as yet on the Wear or Coquet.

Looking forward to

Seeing you there

Just a final reminder for members that our AGM takes place tomorrow night with a 8.00pm prompt start. As usual the golf club will be open from 7.00pm for any members arriving early. The weather forecast looks fine so the roads should be safe without any snow to bother us. Looking forward to meeting members old and new.

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.

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