Seasons Greetings 2018

On behalf of the committee we wish all our members and readers of our site a very merry Christmas. Whilst 2018 was not a very successful year in terms of migratory fishing throughout the whole country it is hoped that 2019 will bring an improvement for all our members, especially those who blanked this year, just like me. ????

Bits and Bobs

This very dry year left our rivers low and in some cases fish floundering due to lack of water. An application has been submitted for water extraction from the river Coquet. Angling bodies, clubs and individuals are in the process of objecting to this request. We are among those lodging an objection.

We all like to know the number of fish entering the rivers every year and we try to provide the information as soon as we can. On the river Wear 1039 migratory fish took the fish counts at Durham in November taking the seasons total to a very poor 8625. This is below the worst year since records were kept being lower than the 8651 fish in 2012. As we all know, fish runs are cyclical, and look forward to a vast improvement in 2019?

EA catch returns are required to be submitted by the 1st January 2019. These are required by law and you could be subject to a fine for failure to return your figures. Mine did not take long.

Thank you and


Thanks to the members that have submitted their catch returns to secretary Dave Wilson by whatever method as they are greatly appreciated. The migratory fishing season may have ended but the committee are in the process of looking at our current leases some of which are up for renewal and we are pleased to report good progress has been made on the continuation of these leases.

We also offer a welcome to our new members that have joined the club over the last few weeks and also look forward to several more members joking in the next week or two. I am sure they will be afforded a good welcome by current members once out on the rivers and stillwaters. 

Interested  in joining one of the top clubs in north east England with a very good variety of fishing venues then why not apply. Whilst some people may think our monthly fees are high compared to other local clubs, yes you can pay monthly, you only need to look at what our club has available for the fees. Weather permitting, you can really fish all year round on our venues.

Your Time

Is Up

The last week of the season turned out to be a bit of a damp squib with both the Tweed and Till being unfishable due to the height of the rivers. Where was this rain in the summer and autumn when it was really needed. So, your time is up now for migratory fishing and we request that members send in their completed csth returns to club secretary Dave Wilson ASAP. These are required by law for the Tweed and Till and also for the club for when leases need renewing. So please take the ten minutes or so to complete your return and send it off, or send it to the clubs email sight, whichever you prefer.

Fishng still available

Whilst the migratory season may have ended club members still have plenty of other opportunities to go fishing On club waters. Rainbow trout fishing is available throughout the winter months on both Thirnton Steward reservoir and Rothley lake. Or, if you fancy an alternativ, then why not give the Wear a go for either coarse fishing, with some specimen barbel on our beats or keep out your fly rods and try for the grayling.

Club Membetship

How has your season gone with your current club?. Only one river to fish throughout the season and if this year has been pretty poor then your opportunities to fish would probably have been pretty limited. Frustrated at not being able to get out on the river and then having to pay around £25 for a days trout fishing somewhere to keep you going. That is why we have such a different approach within our club. If our north east rivers are out of nick then you have the opportunity to fish the Tweed and the Till. If they are also out of nick then you have three stillwaters available all stocked with good sized brown trout at Crag Lough and very good rainbow trout at both Thornton Steward reservoir in north Yorkshire and Rothley lake in Northumberland. If you wish to be considered for membership of one of the top clubs in North East England then simply complete the online application form and we will let you know.

Not good

For the Wear

The latest fish fount figures for October have been added to the lists. Whilst 4516 took the Riding Mill fish pass on the Tyne to take the yearly figure up to 32852 this figure is roughly equal with the last few years and a good sign. The Wear however only had 1184 fish through the Framwellgate weirs to take the seasons total to 7586. This is one of the lowest on record for the Wear and only bears out what members and other clubs have said that it has been a really poor year on the river for migratory fish and fishing. At least the beauty of our club is that, unlike other clubs, members do have other rivers to fish throughout the season. 

Having just stated on the last post that the Till was fishing reasonably well it has now come into full spate and stopped the fishing. Ah well, that means it's either Thornton Steward or Rothley Lake for trout fishing.

Time is

Running out

There is less than two weeks to go before the end of our migratory fish season on out Tweed and Till beats. The Tweed has been unfishable due to the high river level but gladly this has not affected our Till beats. Members have been out on our three beats of late and have been catching both salmon and sea trout with the best salmon I am aware of being caught coming in at a lovely 12lbs to the rod of one of our lady members. It is hoped that the current wet weather we are having does not put the Till out of action between now and the seasons end and that members can continue fishing until the end of the month.

Just a reminder to members to submit their catch returns to club secretary Dave Wilson as outlined in our last newsletter.

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