Back to

Square one

Further discussions have been held with the Ford and Etal estates today and we have reached an agreement to continue with the ford beat for this season. We are delighted to continue our association with the Estate and know our members will also be pleased to do so. This means we need to amend our newsletter, again, which will put it back a few more days but it is worth the delay. Tight lines.

Better late

Than never

Thanks to our members for their patience in waiting for our latest newsletter and also their 2018 membership sticker and the 2017 catch returns. As usual there are various reasons behind the delay such as ensuring that members fees are up to date to ensure that the correct people only receive the 2018 membership sticker. This does take some time as letters have to be sent to members to chase up annual payments or as to why monthly payments have ceased. We have also been in dialogue with the riparian owners of the Ford and Etal beat on the Till over our lease. Regretfully we could not come to a satisfactory agreement that would be of benefit to our club and its members and we therefore advise members that this beat is no longer available forthwith. Further details will be in the newsletter. It must be stated however that we have parted company on good terms with the estate and they where very pleased to have had  our club and its members fishing the beat over the years. Then there is the problem of printing the newsletter. We know that in this day and age of technology it can be easy to send the letter by emai, but the last time we tried that some 40 odd emails bounced back to the club as the member had changed their email address. So pigeon post is the most efficient method for now. So, we are awaiting the printing and you should receive everything next week, but it does not stop you from fishing on your old 2017 sticker for now.


Picture gallery

New photos

Having had problems with our picture gallery which is now resolved a further ten pictures have been added as a test. These were all from our 2017 AGM.


Just a little


Following the bad snow of last week the rivers are still trying to settle down into any fishable order. We have not heard of any success as yet on club waters, not surprising really, and all our local rivers are also struggling. Still waiting to hear of the first fish coming off the Coquet but no news as yet. The February fish counts have been added to our counter although not many fish at present seem to be heading upstream, probably due to the water temperature. It was good to see that the Coquet is not becoming part of the Compulsary Catch and Release scheme being brought in by the EA. With members and anglers alike already returning upwards of 80 per cent of salmon catches we know that we are already doing our part for conservation. Whilst we were unable to provide final year end fish counts for the Coquet, courtesy of the Northumberland Rivers Trust, it is pleasing to see they hope to have a new fish counter in operation at Acklington dam within the next few weeks.

Save our salmon

EA proposals

The EA have released their proposals on 5th March. Sorry but I am having problems with cutting and pasting the link to read the full proposals. 

We have already given a fair idea of what to expect and we have been correct on most counts. Drift nets banned forthwith, T and J nets have this year to catch salmon then banned in 2019,

CCR has been imposed on about a dozen rivers but none of our club watears are affected, including the Coquet, but the Tees is now CCR.

From 2019 spinners will only be allowed a single hook with a certain size stipulated. Like to see how that works and if they have notified all the hook makers and makers of spinners.

Objections to the proposals must be made before 8th April. Hopefully I can get the link for club members and general readers alike to fully read ASAP.

More Articles...