A good day

For the Juniors

Our annual junior members competition was held at our Thornton Steward reservoir on the 10th August In which 8 members partook. The event was organised and ran by club bailiff Barry Gibson who started the day with the usual health and safety rules and regulation. All competitors also received a selection of free flies tied and supplied by club member Mary Bowes. If rather iffy weather conditions not all were successful in landing a fish or more but the majority of them did, so well done in trying conditions. Pure Fishing Also supplied the juniors with a fishing hat so thanks to them also for the sponsorship. Overall winner on the day was Jake Battensby with 4 fish and he was presented with the winners trophy by reservoir bailiff Walter Trewitt. 

Hesleyside Fishng

Having informed members that Bellingham Angling Club were now continuing with their fishing on these beats we supply clarification of the number of allocated rods on each beat that is part shared. The Mill beat, Hesleyside beat, Dunterley beat, Ridings beat and Eals beat, we have six rods on each beat. In September and October we have no rods on the Hesleyside beat.

Bellingham have one rod on the Mill beat, one rod on the Hesleyside beat. They have no rods on either the Mill or Hesleyside beats in September or October. They have two rods on the Dunterley beat, of which only one rod may fish Peters Hole, Two rods on the Ridings beat and two rods on the Eals beat.

The maximum number of rods per beat at any one time is six. That can be made up of say six Felling members and no Bellingham members, Five Felling members and one Bellingham angler or Four Felling members and two Bellingham anglers. So if there are two Bellingham anglers on a beat a further four Felling members are allowed on the beat. If there are six Felling members on a beat then there is no Bellingham anglers allowed. So in essence it is on a first come first served basis.

Welcome Back

At our committee meeting last night it was with great delight that committee member Dave Charlton made his first appearance in some months following majorly surgery. Whilst it was good to see Dave it was even more pleasing to hear that he is also getting out onto the rivers again. Onwards and Upwards.


We currently have some vacancies available within the club and if you are interested in joining one of the best clubs then please contact us through our website or send in your application via our membership application tab at the top of our home page. You will find our committee, bailiffs and members are all very friendly and especially helpful assisting new members on club waters.

A new month

River wear

A big thanks to members Alex, Charlie and Jim who greatly assisted committee members Dave Cave and Alan Horner in removing the two fallen trees from ban the bomb pool last Thursday. Removing big fallen trees from the river at any time is really strenuous work but we all know how hot it was last week so it was even harder for the guys so a big thank you from us all.

Junior Competition

Just a reminder that we have our annual junior competition on Thornton Steward Reservoir on the 10th August commencing st 10.00am. This event is being organised by club bailiff Barry Gibson and it is not to late to enter your junior relative.

Latest on the rivers

Things are starting to pick up slowly on the rivers with fish being seen on a regular basis and some success being had. Top river at present is the Tyne with members starting to catch both salmon and sea trout. The Tweed is also at an excellent height at present and should present members with the opportunity of catching a truly fresh run salmon.

Bellingham Show

Any members fishing our Tyne beats later this month may wish to take the opportunity to visit the annual Bellingham Show. It takes place on Saturday 25th August and is on the playing fields Next to the bridge over the river.

Needs must

Thornton Steward Reservoir

With the extreme warm weather continuing and no rain for nearly two months the water level in the reservoir is very low. We have continued with our normal stockings and additional stockings over the summer period to help members and day tickets the really good chance of catching a fish or two. With the low water a lot of the fish are settling in the region of the water inlet where there is more oxygen in the water. We have continued to allow members and day tickets to fish this area but having checked the catch returns over the last few weeks it is a case of overkill with anglers catching over 20 fish in a session In this area. As we believe this is not within the realms of what our sport is really about we have decided from today that this area will be closed to Fishng for the forseeable future. Those members that have visited the reservoir today are in total agreement with this decision and thank them for their support in this issue. Once we receive some heavy rain and the reservoir returns to a normal water level we wil of course remove the restriction.

Take two

Another try

A second tree has now fallen into the river Wear and is really hindering the fishing on ban the bomb pool which can be a very productive pool. In order to remove the trees we have planned another working party for this Thursday with an 11.00am start. Again, in order that we know this will go ahead will those members that will attend please contact head bailiff Dabe Cave to confirm their attendance.

Hard Work

Whislt removing the two trees from the river Wear will be hard work, catching migratory fish is also proving hard work. Even though there are plenty of fish in our Tyne and Wear beats and theTill they are elusive. One member did catch a sea trout and lost a salmon on Hesleyside at the beginning of the week and a member did catch a sea trout on the Ford beat yesterday.

Heskeyside fishing

Earlier in the year we advised members that Bellingham Angling Club had relinquished their fishing rights on these beats. As it now stands they have agreed to continue with their fishing rights. At the moment, in order that members of both clubs fully understand who has what fishing rights, we are in dialogue with both the Estate and BAC. When it is clearly agreed what is what we will advise members accordingly. It is hoped we can continue our good relationship with all parties.

Well knock me down

With a Feather

I have added the fish counts for three of our local rivers for the month of June. Without any rain you would expect the figures to be poor. Well you will be as surprised as me to see that 4327 took the fish pass at Riding Mill on the Tyne and 1559 took the fish passes at Framwellgate on the Wear. Really can't say much more than that. There are no figures for the river Coquet for the months of May and June as yet from the Northumberland Rivers Trust.


The working party arranged for last Thursday on the river Wear to remove the tree from ban the bomb pool was cancelled due to no volunteers offering the committee any assistance. Again, really can't say much more than that.

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