Back To Fishing yet?

Wait and See

The Angling Trust have advised that fishing can commence from this Wednesday but more clarification is required on some of our fishing. Hopefully things will become more clearer over the next few days. In the meantime the committee are working behind the scenes to get clarification on certisn areas. If we are allowed to start fishing then members will be allowed to fish the Tyne, Wear, Coquet and Rothley Lake.

Thornton Steward Reservoir. This was closed by Yorkshire Water are we are awaiting a response as to when it will re-open.

The River Till. All fishing in Scotland is still banned. Yes the Till is in England but comes under the Tweed Commision. We have contacted them and again are awaiting a reply.

Crag Lough. Still closed as the National Trust will not allow access.

members access various beats by gates on the waters and ask you take hand sanitizor with you for this. Social distancing is two metres, when fishing this is too close to another member, unless they live with you, so we recommend about 15 metres.

When we receive any further details we will advise accordingly, STAY SAFE.

Coronavirus and Covid-19: Challenges for our club

These are very challenging times not only for our club but the country as a whole and as a club there are no easy answers.

Firstly, and most importantly, we hope all our members stay fit and well through this crisis and are able to get back fishing as soon as possible but, as you will understand, this is government dependant and out of our control. 

From a club perspective it is vital that we come through this crisis in a sound financial state and with all our waters intact. FFFC is a prestigious club held in high esteem by riparian owners. It has taken many years for the club to achieve this position, acquire the portfolio of quality waters we currently have and to establish the very good relationships we enjoy with our riparian owners. We look for this to continue. Most leases for this year have already been paid and if we all stick together then we, as a committee, believe we will come out unscathed. Thank you all for your support in this trying time.

So, please, take care, keep safe, follow the government directives and we will notify you as soon as fishing is again an allowed activity.


EA Consultation on potentially extending the sea trout netting season.

Amid the gloom of current Coronavirus crisis we are pleased to report that the EA have just published their decision with regards their recently held consultation on potentially extending the sea trout off-shore netting season. And the decision is ……… NO EXTENSION. So the sea trout netting season remains as specified in the 2019 bye-laws which, for District 1, the North East Coast , is from March 26th to May 31st. Full details of this decision can be found here:


Thornton Steward and Ford & Etal Estate

Because of the Corionovirus Yorkshire Water have closed access to Thornton Steward Reservoir whilst Ford & Etal have closed their estate. Both from Tuesday, March 23rd, for the forseeable future.

CORONAVIRUS & COVID-19: Health and Safety of Members

The Government directive issued at 8.00pm on Monday, March23rd, is clear and unambiguous: LOCKDOWN MEANS NO FISHING at all. 

The directive is clear  - we can't leave our homes for ANYTHING other than the  following purposes:

-Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
-One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
-Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
-Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
-Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

-Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
-Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
-Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
-Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

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