Co-operation

Working together

Following discussions over the last few weeks we are pleased to advise members that some new water has been acquired for members on the river Wear. Those members that fish the Wear know that by parking at Low Grange farm they can access both the Low Grange stretch and also Moorhouse Woods. In between these two beats are two other beats that are leased to Tynside Anglers Syndicate. Following the discussions with TAS we have come to agreement that either club will have three rods available to fish each clubs waters. This will now give members access to between two and two and a half miles of continuous single bank fishing. Members generally just fished the Low Grange beat due to the fairly lengthy walk down to Moorhouse Woods that has some excellent fly water. Well rather than not bother to walk down to Moorhouse Woods members can fish their way down through the two additional beats. All four beats have some good pools that allow either, fly, spinning, prawn or worm whichever is your preferred choice. Members just need to park at Low Grange as usual and place their membership sticker and number of rods fishing as usual and TAS members will do the same. Both clubs members carry membership cards so don't be afraid to ask to see membership rights. This new fishing comes into operation from 1st April 2017 and if it is a success then there is no reason why it will not continue in the future. Our thanks go to TAS for their co-operation in making this possible.

First of the Season

Whilst he does not wish to named on the site I am able to report that our first salmon of the season has been caught , guess where, yep the river Wear. The fish was caught on the fly yesterday and came in at a guesstimated 10lbs, bar of silver and safely returned to the water. Hopefully this is the start of a good season, but time as usual will tell.

The yo yo effect

Up and Down

Just when the rivers begin to drop to a fishable level this rain comes and up they go again. Not just a foot or two but six or seven feet. This has happened for the last four weeks and will no doubt be frustrating to members alike. They will however settle down and then we will get the opportunity to have a real go at the fish. April should start to see fish spreading out and our first chance of a salmon would be from either the Till or the Wear. Whilst reports from the Coquet appear to be fairly quiet it is known that private beats have been catching salmon between the twelve and fifteen pound size. 

Northern Rivers Angling Association

The above association has now been formed and correspondence has already been sent to the EA and the Angling Trust over the forthcoming consultation process over the Net Limitation Order and Five Point Action Plan. Both of these areas will have a great bearing on the future of our local rivers and at long last we now have a recognised association that can actually speak on behalf of anglers, either within a club or as just an individual, to act on the interests of the local angler within the north east region. The association are looking for syndicate rods or individual rods or private clubs to join. Whilst in its infancy we can inform you that the members of the board of the association have a wealth of angling experience in terms of our regions fishing and our club have two members on the board. A new website has been set up to enable individuals to join or contact the association, coming whilst the site looks pretty bland at the moment please take the time to look and even join. Please look at northernriversanglingassociation.com. The clubs that are already in the association represent over 1000 anglers within the region and the more that join the stronger we will become and therefore have a stronger voice rather than that of an individual.

Ups and downs

River levels

Members trying to get a days river fishing in are finding it hard to get the right river levels at present. Just as the rivers start to fine down to a reasonable height more rain  arrives and up they go again. Bad news? Maybe, but fish are entering the rivers, albeit it small numbers but they are arriving. Fish are above Riding Mill and above Durham with 47 fish going through Durham in February. Hopefully a sign of better times this season.

Consultative Group

Members will remember last year we had a news item about the lack of consultation anglers in the region had with the powers that be. In order that this matter will be addressed this year, especially with the five point action plan, of high importance a new organisation has been formed. This will be called the Northearn Rivers Angling Association. It is early days yet with the new Association but it is imperative that clubs and individual anglers eventually join up with the association. More news will follow in the weeks ahead.

 

Website updates

Fishing

The Shellacres beat has now been added to this section and the Tees removed. 

Gallery

Additional pictures have been added to the gallery from our 2017 AGM showing the president and club awards.

Fish Counts

As usual we provide the fish counts for our local rivers and we are up and running for 2017. Top river so far is the Wear with 68 fish taking the counters in January. Late running fish or springers?  

A good start

First of the season

The river Till has produced our first fish of the season. With the river fining down to a foot at Shellacres a member caught a bar of silver sea trout coming in at 6lb last week. Other fish were also seen so hopefully this will be a good season for members on the river scene. Since then the rivers have been in spate conditions and are only now starting to drop down again.

Poaching

Now this is a different kind of poaching to what members think it is. There are rumours coming back to the committee that members, not fish, are bring poached, or approached, by another angling club or syndicate within the region. Whilst a member has the option to choose which club, syndicate of other organisation they wish to fish then it must be their individual choice. However, as a committee we believe that the hard work we and our members put into operating a successful club could/ is being totally undermined by individuals DIRECTLY approaching our members. A lot of clubs are finding it hard to attract/retain members and we as a club would not act in this manner and any club or syndicate that has to operate in this manner are purely not capable of running an efficient club.. We stand or fall on our own feet. We do however ask our members that if they have been approached by another club or syndicate to join them then please contact any member of the committee with relevant details and we will take appropriate action.

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter has been posted along with your 2017 membership sticker and members should receive it soon if not having already received it.

 

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