So, Where are they

Latest fish counts

The fish counts for August have been added to our fish count page. Whilst the Tyne figures remain extremely good, being the third highest August total in the last twenty years, the number of fish being reported caught on the system never mind our beats is extremely low which is disappointing and surprising. As always we always keep things honest here and don't try and gloss over things. We have however had the odd success on the Tyne and look at things improving very quickly. The fish count for the Wear is extremely poor for this time of year even now that the nets are off. So ladies and gentlemen tight lines in the weeks to come.

Timely Reminder

For those members fishing our Tweed and Till beats you are reminded that from the 15th September it is FLY only on these beats.

September news

Rothley Lake

on behalf of the members we say a big thank you to the eight committee and club members that attended the work party last Thursday For the weed and lily clearing operation. The extremely warm weather this year had a major impact on the growth rate of both the weeds and lilies but an excellent job was carried out on our behalf so again a big thanks ladies and gentlemen.

There still remains a problem in that with the extra growth this year the working party could not reach out far enough to clear more rubbish with the equipment that we have available From the bank side. In order to make the fishing more accessible for members we are asking if any member has access to a boat for one day that we can place on the lake and carry out further work to improve the situation for us all. If you can help with a boat then please contact head bailiff Dave Cave. We would probably only need around four members for this extra working party.

The last stocking of this lake for this year took place last Saturday and again thanks to the regular members who stock this venue on our behalf. As an added bonus for members we added some additional bigger fish this time amd hope the members enjoy the quality of the fish. With reference to the odd query by one or two members regarding the number of fish stocked into the lake we advise that stockings are arranged on the size of the lake and the ratio of fish per acre and can only say we stock above this ratio.

Working Parties

As members know we generally have working parties midweek as we have a fair amount of retired members that can assist. We know that other members work and are not available to assist but would only be to willing to help out on a weekend. If you fall into the latter category and wish to help then again please contact head bailiff Dave Cave and he will make a list of weekend volunteers. As usual we thank all members for their assistance

North Tyne Fishing

Just a little reminder to members that we have no fishing on the Hesleyside beat from the 1st of September. All other beats remain as normal. On an earlier post we mentioned the number of Bellingham rods allowed per beat and ask our members that if they encounter any more than the allocated number of rods then please contact us ASAP. Hopefully the situation of last year were they had four and five rods on the beats will not re-occur. There is an increase in the cumic releases from Kielder reservoir this coming weekend to 15 cumics. The general amount of time taken for these releases to reach our beats is around three hours. Hopefully this additional release will encourage more fish upstream and also more fish into the rivers. Now that the nets are off for this year hopefully we will also see an increase in the number of fish running the rivers as they have been down in recent months due to the total lack of rain. Unfortunately the long term forecasts seem to be fairly dry until October, let's hope they are wrong.

Guest Permits

Those members wishing to take a guest or two fishing on our selected beats are reminded that no permit's are allowed after the end of this month.

Please say

A prayer

Regretfully we have to announce the very sad death of long time member Beverley Tynan. Bev was a great advocate of the club and loved his fly fishing and usually had  a word or two to say at our AGM's, but maybe that was the Brown Ale, as he liked a bottle of the old brown dog. Bev will be sadly missed by us all at our meetings and on the river banks by members alike. His funeral is on the 4th September at 15.00 at Tynemouth crematorium if any member wishes to attend. RIP big man.

Members request

Rothley lake

We will be having a working party this Thursday, dependant on volunteers, at 11.00am for weed clearing and lily clearing. Those members that can attend should contact Head Bailiff Dave Cave to confirm their attendance. Hopefully we will have sufficient members attend to partly clear the clear the lake in preparation before the next stocking takes place. The last stocking was cancelled as the size of the fish expected were below the required size required but will be at the required 2lb size for us at the next stocking. As an addition we will be placing in some extra fish between the 3 and 5lb mark. Please make every effort to assist this work party and it would certainly be nice to see some new and additional faces for the work party.

A WelcomeR


On behalf of the committee and the members I would like to welcome member Jim McLean onto the committee. Jim has a vast amount of experience in his past having spent nearly 30 years in the RAF and we look forward to his assistance and knowledge helping the committee. Jim has volunteered to take on the role of membership secretary and the transition of transferring everything over to him will Hopefully take a short time.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Following the recent rain falls we are pleased to advise that the reservoir is now almost back to its upper level and the embargo of fishing next to the inlet has now been removed. Members and day tickets are still advised however that the maximum time allowed fishing in this are is still one hour per fishing session.

River Scenes

The welcome rain of late has brought some much needed water into the rivers and being totally honest we could do with a lot more like having a five foot spate on all rivers to move on stale fish and bring in fresh runs of newer and cleaner fish. Like all river anglers we certainly hope this occurs to improve upon what so far has been a disappointing season. Currently the best prospects seem to be our Start beat on the river Tweed as a lot of fish are being caught on the lower beats of this river. If ever a statement is true we do hope mepmbers have Tight Lines.

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