A pleasant evening

Had by all

Last night we hosted our 35th AGM and the committee were pleased to see some 39 members in attendance. We will be posting out a newsletter shortly with updates of the evenings procedures but a few bullet points as follows.

All club waters from 2018 retained for the 2019 season.

A new beat has been added on the river Till and full details will be forthcoming.

Subscriptions remain unchanged for the fourth year running.

Jim Maclean was elected to the committee and all other committee remain unchanged.

Award for heaviest salmon overall was made to Dave Ryan

Heaviest salmon award caught on fly to Hilary Gostelow Drury

President awards were made by Stephen Garrett (Pure Fishng)

We also thank Birtley Golf Club for use of their facilities again and a special thanks to steward Simon Green for another excellent Buffett.

Membership stickers for 2019 will be included in the newsletter.

Mad dogs

And Englishmen

Well, the season started yesterday and the best chance of landing an early sason springer will come from either our Tweed or Till beats. River conditions are good at present and several fish have been caught on the first day on the lower beats above our beat. Times were when this Englishman would have been out today, whatever the weather, on the tidal stretch on the Coquet, when fish were caught in February, but alas age and lack of fish stop me from doing that now. Those hardy enough to venture out this early are reminded that it is fly only for the first two weeks of the season and if you go, tight lines and let us know if you have any success.

Heading our way

Not the snow

all members should have received notification of our forthcoming AGM, on Wednesday 6th February at Birtley Golf Club Commencing at 8.00pm. The club will be open from 7.00pm for any early arrivals. We hope to have another good turn out from the membership as in previous years and see what happened over the last year. There will be the free buffet throughout the meeting, generally when the catch returns are supplied, so please make every effort to attend as the committee look forward to meeting members new and old.

Changes afoot

North East Nets

Well we now know that the north east drift nets will not operate from this year and both T and J nets are restricted to catching sea trout only this year. Whilst it is always hard to see anyone losing their livelihood we do hope that these changes to netting restrictions will see an increase in the numbers of fish running our local rivers as they are not all Tweed fish. Rod anglers have been playing their part in helping to ensure the continuation of our beloved sport for the future with self imposed catch and release policies. There are also no changes to hook sizes this year either.

A busy close season

As usual at this time of the year the committee have been engaged in renewing club leases and so far we only have one outstanding issue to resolve which the committee will hope to have resolved by our forthcoming AGM on the 6th February. We may also have a new beat to add but that is still in its early days as yet.

Membership

The number of rod licences sold last year dropped which means that anglers are either sick of fishing in general or the lack of fishing available within their old or current club. We are currently in the process of opening up our membership for this year so if you fancy a change to a new club then come and join us. On offer is a wide variety  of salmon and sea trout fishing, secure parking, lengthy beats, three trout fisheries and a very welcoming membership only too pleased to offer any help and assistance needed to newcomers. Simply complete the membership application form at the top of our home page and you will receive a reply from our membership secretary in fairly quick time. 

Opening soon

Not long now, just over three weeks, before our fishing season gets underway On the 1st February. To early for the Tyne, Wear and Coquet maybe but a chance, just maybe of a springer on our Tweed or Till beats. Whenever you do get out, be safe on the river banks and tight lines for 2019.

Welcome to

A Happy New Year

From the committee to all our members both new and old we wish you a Happy New Year. In fishing terms for catching migratory fish in 2018 proved a great challenge not only for our members on our lengthy beats but for all anglers nationwide. Will 2019 be a better year for anglers alike, who knows. 2018 turned out to be a very dry year which stopped fish running the rivers, that is those fish that were around to run the rivers. The Tyne had a good run of fish but catch returns were down. The Wear had its lowest recorded fish runs since records were started. The Coquet, well, without any records of fish running the river we do not know where we are on this river but do hope it can again recover to the fantastic runs of fish like the sixties and seventies. We do however thank our membership for staying with us last season and hope we all have a better 2019. 

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