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February newsletter

Our first newsletter of the season will be posted to members within the next few days. Enclosed with the newsletter is your membership sticker for 2017 and should be adhered to the back of your membership card. Hopefully you have not moved address and failed to notify the club. The 2016 catch returns are also enclosed with the newsletter. Those members that have junior members under their wing will also receive membership stickers for them. If we have missed your junior membership sticker then please let us know and we can update our records.

Annual membership fees

We are aware that some members pay their fees annually and it is easy to forget when your fees are due. If you believe this may be you then please give Jim Irving a call or email and he will soon put you right.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Regular members that fish this venue, along with the committee, again offer our great thanks to bailiff Walter Trewitt for his daily visits checking members and day tickets along with doing all our regular stockings. Following on from our AGM , which Walter was unable to attend, head bailiff on behalf of club president Stephen Garrett, met Walter at the reservoir and presented him with a president award for his service to the club and members.

Members have been fishing the reservoir regularly throughout the last few months and last week a member was rewarded with our heaviest fish of the year so far, a cracking rainbow coming in at 8lbs. Hopefully this bodes well for this coming year, though it always has a good rod average at the end of the season, and we have already  carried out our first stocking for this year. Just hope the rivers fair better this season.

Brief report

33rd AGM

Thanks to the 44 members who braved the conditions to attend the meeting last night. More so when we left to find an inch of snow had fallen throughout the meeting.

Membes were advised we have retained all our fishing for this season and that we hope catch returns turn out better than the last two seasons, but the one bright spot was how the first season had gone on Shellacres despite the low river levels. Reports were provided by Jim Irving, Dave Cave and Jeremy Macbeth and the members appreciated the hard work the committee had done throughout the previous twelve months. 

The committee along with the members were delighted that our President Stephen Garrett from Pure Fishing attended our meeting more so when he presented his five awards to various members for their outstanding work carried out over the last year On behalf of the club and its members. Presentations were also made for those members catching the heaviest salmon and sea trout on both fly and any other method.

Finances remain healthy and should any other water become available we could be in a good position to make a bid but we do need to be invited to make any such offer. The current committee were re-elected along with our current list of bailiffs.

We do still have a few membership vacancies if any person is interested in joining.

As always we offer our thanks to Simon Green, the steward of Birtley Golf Club , for providing the members with a very good mix of a hot and cold Buffett, and also the golf club itself for providing the venue free of charge not only for the AGM but also for our fortnightly committee meetings. A newsletter will be forthcoming within the next few weeks to all members along with your 2017 membership sticker.


February 2017 update

2017 AGM

just a reminder that our AGM is this coming Wednesday at Birtley Golf Club commencing at 8.00pm. Thanks for those members that have sent in their apologies by phone or email. As always we do hope for a good turn out of members on the night.

Hopefully a good sign

At this time of the season the Tyne generally produces the first salmon of the season and this season is no exception. However the fish that are caught in the first few weeks of the season are generally caught below the Riding Mill fish pass but the first fish this year has been caught above the fish pass. New release schedules from Kielder are intended to assist fish above the pass and it appears to have worked so far. With the new fish pass at Hexham weir opening last year we can only hope that fish get further upstream quicker than in previous seasons, rain would also be a help this year.

Annual fees

Would those members that pay their annual fees in full please ensure that their fees are paid. If you need confirmation of when your payment is due then please email us and we will confirm your payment date.

Is it time to


This Wednesday sees the beginning of the new salmon season on our rivers but our beats on the Tweed and Till also allow sea trout from the 1st february. The best chance of an early season springer for members will almost certainly come from these beats. The river levels are currently at a good fishing height and members must remember that it is fly only for the first two weeks of the season. For any members having the opportunity to fish this early we wish you all tight lines and ask you to drop us a line of your success.

Rod catches

2015 Catch returns

The EA have published the salmon catches by rod anglers for our rivers for the year 2015 but there are no figures in their report about sea trout catches?.

The Tyne rods caught 1838 salmon/grilse compared to 2694 in the year of 2014.

The Wear rods caught 628 salmon/grilse compared to 995 in the year of 2014.

The Coquet rods caught 187 salmon/grilse compared to 292 in the year of 2014.

Anglers will not be surprised by these figures as 2015 was a very dry year and we can only wait another twelve months to see what 2016 produced.


All members should now have received our first newsletter  of the year that enclosed details of our forthcoming AGM that will be held on Wedensday 8th February with a prompt 8.00pm start. This event is generally well attended by our members and we look forward to seeing members old and new on the night.


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