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.


A Good Week

Double success

after my report earlier this month that the best four options for fishing in the current dry spells bring either our three stillwaters or the Start fishing on the Tweed into contention then it has turned out correct.

Thornton Steward Reservoir is fishing very well with some very good catch returns coming to the bag with several members and day tickets catching double figure numbers of fish in a days fishing.

Crag Lough is also producing the fish, even in these cold winds, with bags of up to six fish a day.

Rothley Lake is also fishing very well with members catching up to seven fish in a days fishing.

Our Tweed beat, The Start, has been showing encouraging numbers of fish leaping and jumping over the past week but members have not had any success in catching any of them. Yesterday however changed that with two super silver fish coming to the net. The best coming in at a lovely 12lb caught on a spinner and safely returned unharmed to fight another day By member Paul Edwards. The second fish was another fresh fish coming in at 8lb caught on a 10.0' trout rod on a size 14 treble ally shrimp by member Richard Barnes, again returned safely to the water unharmed. This was after fishing the Shellacres beat and finding it too low and clear so made a detour to the Start. What a nice option the club offers our members. A member did ask on the club forum at the weekend what size flies should members be using in these low water conditions on the Start and local expet Dave Charlton did recommend the ally shrimp in size 12 or 14. Hopefully it was this advice that Richard followed.


No improvement

River levels

Whilst the south of the country, Yorkshire and below, are getting some rain over the last few days and raising the river levels we in the north east are again experiencing continuing drought levels. This is reflected in the huge, or rather hugely, disappointing numbers of fish running our local rivers and again reflecting in fish catches or should I say the lack of catches. The fish counts for our rivers for April have been added to the fish count section of the site and make grim reading. But, honesty is the best policy from our club as is normal.

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