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River Aln: The Aln Angling Association has five miles of Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing between Alnwick and Alnmouth. Permits can be obtained from Hardy & Greys Ltd., Willowburn Industrial Estate, Alnwick, Tel: 01665 510027, or Jobsons of Alnwick, Tower Showrooms, Tel: 01665 602135.
River Blyth: The Bedlington & Blagdon Angling Association controls some 6.8 miles of mostly double bank fishing on the River Blyth for Brown Trout and Grayling. The association’s water stretches from the bridge on the A1 at Stannington through Plessey Woods Country Park and the Hartford Hall Estate to the stepping stones at Humford near Bedlington. Website: http://www.babaa.org.uk/
River Coquet: The Northumbrian Anglers Federation was founded in 1894 and first took the lease for much of the fishing on the Coquet in1897. It still to this day controls over ten miles of river between Thropton, at the bottom of Coquetdale, and the estuary between Warkworth and Amble, with the principal beats being from Rothbury to Pauperhaugh, Felton to Sandy Hole and the ‘Salmon Only’ tidal stretch at Warkworth. Permits can be bought for either Brown Trout Fishing Only or Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing. Weekly or Day Visitor Permits are also available. Website: http://www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk/
River Derwent: Forming the boundary between Northumberland and Co. Durham for most of its length, the last eight miles of the Derwent flows through the rural fringe of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough and the Axwell Park & Derwent Valley AA (see links) controls most of it. Fishing is for Brown Trout and Grayling and season permits are available directly from the club, with day tickets also sold at Rowlands Gill Caravan Site Shop. Website: http://www.apdvaa.co.uk/
*See the articles “Winter Grayling Fishing on The River Derwent” for more detail on this stretch.
NEW River East Allen: The brand new Allen Valley Angling & Conservation was formed in July 2011 and already has several beats on this picturesque South Tyne tributary available both within and near Allendale Town for Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon fishing. Season membership deals for 2012 are on offer now and day and weekly tickets are also available. Details at the club’s website: http://www.allenvalleyanglers.co.uk/
River Rede: A tributary of the river North Tyne, this small upland stream rises near the Scottish border. There are two stretches open to public angling for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout. Otterburn Tower is controlled by the Castle Hotel in Otterburn village (on the A696 Newcastle-Jedburgh road), contact Mr. John Goodfellow on 01830 520620 or visit: www.otterburntower.com. Permits can be obtained from the hotel reception. Woolaw Farm is six miles north of Otterburn on the main Newcastle-Jedburgh road after it has become the A68. Permits are available from Woolaw Farm, by telephoning 01830 520686 or visiting the website: www.woolawfarm.co.uk
River Tyne: The largest river system in the North East, there are a number of locations within the Tyne catchment that can be fished with The Tyne Angling Passport, a day ticket arangement between a number of local angling clubs and the Tyne Rivers Trust (see links). Tyne Angling Passport Webpage: http://www.tyneriverstrust.org/index.php/home/what-we-do/conservation/tyne-angling-passport
The river Tyne at Tyne Green, Hexham has a mile of fishing available on the south bank, upstream of Hexham Bridge (A6079), adjacent to Tyne Green Country Park. The river here contains Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Chub and Dace. Day, Weekly and Season Permits are available from Hexham Tourist InformationCentre, Wentworth Car Park, Hexham. Tel: 01434 652220.
While the Tyne is predominantly a game fishing river, it does naturally contain a number of coarse species. The Tyne Anglers Alliance, to which a number of local angling clubs are affiliated, controls a section of the north bank of the tidal river Tyne in Tyne Riverside Country Park at Newburn. This part of the river holds Brown Trout, Dace, Roach and Eels, as well as – in keeping with its tidal nature – the occasional flounder! Website: http://www.thetaa.co.uk/menu.html
Others fishing on the main river Tyne include The Wylam Angling Club, which controls fishing at Wylam and Hagg Bank – information and day tickets are available from the Spar shop in Wylam village or by phoning 01661 852214. And The Northumbrian Anglers’ Federation controls two sections near Wylam and Ovington – contact details/website are the same as those for the river Coquet.
River North Tyne: The northern upstream arm of the main Tyne, the North Tyne has fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout available about four miles from Bellingham on the B6320. The contact for permits (bookings in advance) is Mr. Charles Allgood on 01434 240239.
River South Tyne: The Haltwhistle Angling Club have six miles of the river South Tyne available for salmon fishing at £20 per day, £50 a week or £120 for a season ticket. Permits are available from the Secretary, telephone 01434 321858. The Alston & District Angling Club (just over the border into Cumbria!) controls fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown trout from Alston to Langley Viaduct. Permits can be obtained from Alston Post Office and Tourist Office.
River Till: The Lower Tindall and Red Scar beats offer Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Grayling fishing. Contact: Brian Thompson, Redscar Cottage, Millfield, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6JQ, telephone 01668 216223. *Unlike the other rivers in the area, the Till – a tributary of the Tweed – comes under the jurisdiction of the River Tweed Commissioners, rather than the Environment Agency, therefore different rules and seasons can apply!
River Wansbeck: The Wansbeck Angling Association controls around eight miles of fishing for Brown Trout on the river Wansbeck from just upstream of Morpeth to the tidal limit at Sheepwash. Season Permits and Day Tickets are available from McDermotts tackle shop, 112 Station Road, Ashington, Tel: 01670 812214, and Game Fishing Supplies, 3 Fawcett’s Yard, Morpeth (near the new bus station), Tel: 01670 510996.
*See the articles “Spring Fishing, Parts One & Two-” in Where To Fish for tips for fishing the River Wansbeck in and around Morpeth, and also “The Credit Crunch List” [in this section] for information about Free Fishing on the river.
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