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A stronger line

Our Start beat on the Tweed, as recently said, is the place for those early season springers. Salmon to 13lb have been caught this week and it could have been bigger. One unlucky member, having already had a salmon of 11lb , hooked into a much much bigger fish but the fish won as the member got snapped. Just to remind members, this is a low water beat and the river is low. All fish caught were on the fly and safely returned unharmed.

Please Remember

Members will know we have quite a few club bailiffs covering all our various waters and they are there for the benefit of the club but also the members. We know members are quite happy to be asked to show their membership card but more importantly members are reminded that they must carry their membership card whilst on any club water because you will be asked to leave the water if you can not prove your membership.


Frankland Beat

Members are reminded that when fishing the Frankland Beat (river Wear) there are 2 parking areas. The Top car park (just after the fork in the road) has no restrictions as long as you can park clear of the road and not in the crops.

The Lower car park (in the corner of the field under the pylon) has the following restrictions:

1. Limited to 4 cars (3 members cars and one Bailiff car). If you arrive and there are already 3 cars parked, and you don’t know whether any belong to a club bailiff the just park in the top car park.

2. The first 3 cars that arrive are requested to park nose to tail tight along the hedge row to leave the turning area clear for others to turn round. The forth car may park in the turning area but try and leave room for others to turn round.

The Bailiffs regularly monitor the use of this car park and sometimes, due to surface conditions will declare the car park closed. If they do this it will be announced in the news section of the website.

All car parks

Members are also reminded that in addition to the carbadge being displayed it is also a requirement to leave a note with the badge stating how many rods are fishing that arrived in that car. This serves 2 purposes.

1. It gives the bailiffs an idea of how many rods are on the water.

2. On beats where we have a rod limit it allows arriving anglers the ability to ascertain whether there is space to allow them to fish or wether to move elsewhere, before they get kitted up.

Are you interested in

Non-native Invasive species
The Wear Rivers Trust are running a 2.5 day spray training course for local angling clubs to help limit the spread of non-native invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam etc. On successful completion of the course participants will be awarded a City and Guilds Certificate. Anyone interested in participating please let the acting secretary know as soon as possible by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details; name, email address and phone number.
Places are available for 6 members only.

Trying to keep you

Upto date

A further fresh off the tide, silver and sea liced 10lb salmon was caught today on our Start beat on the Tweed. The fish was safely retuned to the water and swam off very strongly. As we keep saying, this is a low water beat and the water is low at present so dont all rush at once. 

Farmed salmon

A very strong and hard hitting Panorama programme tonight highlghted the problem that salmon fish farming is causing to the environment. I am sure most, if not all, of our salmon anglers have strong feelings on this topic and have kept on reading about the ongoing problems these farms appear to have produced over the years. Number of warnings to the fish farms, numerous, number of prosecutions and fines, answers on a postcard, but then again, dont waste your stamp.

Still coming

To the net

Members are still landing sea trout on our Till beats which is good news. The river is fairly low and so is the Tweed and salmon have been caught on our Start beat on this river. At this time when the river is low members should remember this is a good bet to land a Tweed spring salmon When the river is low, and will be fresh off the tide.

Trout and Salmon readers

For our members and prospective members that are looking for excellent brown trout stillwater fishing from a boat then open the first page of the latest Trout and Salmon. There you will see a guy fishing from a boat testing a new Greys fly rod, such a stunning picture on a great stillwater. Well, the stillwater is Crag Lough which is one of our three stillwater fisheries, and the guy in the picture, casting superbly, is member David Billbrough whom is a director of Pure Fishing that incorporates Hardys, Greys to name a few rods but also help sponsor our junior members. Want to join the club? Be quick, spaces going fast.

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