Game angling: NAF permits now available for Tyne and Coquet

A round-up of the North East's game angling scene brought to you by George Mcintyre

Permits are now available for the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters on the Rivers Tyne and Coquet, with prices held at last year’s level.

A full salmon season permit will cost £105 (with a concessionary price of £70), the bolt-on to fish the tidal stretch of the River Coquet is £80, a trout permit ticket is £70 (£50 concessionary) and a coarse permit is £30.

Visitor permits for the new season, which starts on Saturday, February 1, are also available, with a seven-day all fish ticket costing £140 while a one-day ticket will be £50. A seven-day trout ticket is £80 and a one-day permit £20.

Permits are available by post from head bailiff Willie Farndale. Phone 01669 620984 or visit

Lockwood Beck opens for the new season at 8am on March 1.

At Chatton, Alex Miller from Lauder landed a 5lb 8oz rainbow, whereas James Macdonald from North Shields weighed in two for 9lb 2oz.

Jim Tuck is organising a ‘cash competition’ on Sunday and Chatton and Ross lakes are fully booked, although Dunnydeer will be open as normal. To book a place contact Jim on 07985232437.

Adam Ivison (11), from Carlisle, was enjoying a sea fishing session on the River Tyne outside the Baltic Centre at the weekend when a 4lb sea trout took his bait of mackerel. The fish was quickly photographed and returned, unharmed.

Caistron Lake holds an open weekend on February 8 and 9 for potential members.

At South Linden G Lumsden, Amble, and Ralph Holmes of Newcastle each caught and released 10; J Taylor of Blyth caught nine to 8lb, keeping two; S Taylor of Cramlington caught six, releasing four; D Maddison of Bedlington caught and released eight; and A Dodd of Meldon caught and released eight to 7lb.

Fishing was slow at times at Jubilee Lakes, although Craig Campbell from Eaglescliffe did well with a White Zonker, while Johnny Croker from Crook caught on a Black Buzzer. The best trout of the week – at 12lb 6oz – was weighed in by Harry Freeman from Gilesgate and George Taylor from Leeming Bar took one of 8lb 7oz on a size 14 Black Spider.Jim Fearn from Rio will be at the fishery on February 2, demonstrating methods, including Skagit-style Speycasting, for using the new range of Rio salmon lines and will have Vision Salmon rods for testing.

Anglers should phone the fishery on 01388 772611 if there are doubts about the weather as the event may be cancelled. Andrew Smith from Whitby landed a brace of 14lb rainbows at Sharpley Springs where Simon Nichols from Stanley had the best bag of the week with 20 fish, including a 14-pounder.

Stew Younger from Newcastle and Edd Dunbar from Washington landed 18 and 17 trout, respectively, while Tony Rowley from North Shields returned a 4lb 8oz overwintered brown trout.

Nick Hart from Stanley had two double-figure fish in a total bag weight of approximately 50lb and Graham Lowes from Low Spen returned a 12lb rainbow.

Catches at Naworth have also been steady all week to fly and worm, with fly accounting for good numbers of quality fish. D Taylor landed a brace of 15lb rainbows on a Montana.

Knitsley Mill has fished well, with good numbers of fish in the 2lb 8oz to 16lb – including a 10lb 8oz brown landed by Derek Parker – brought to the net and safely released. Derek also won the recent monthly competition, with Wayne Blemmings second and Kevin Telford third. The next monthly competition will be on Sunday, February 2, with a 9am start.


Jubilee: Bloodworms, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Black Humungous.

Knitsley: Bloodworm, Green and Black Fritz, Wicked White Buzzer, Egg Flies.

Sharpley: Damsels, Montana, Zebra, Black Buzzer, Pinky, Yellow Worm, Black Zonker, Two-tone Blobs.

South Linden: Black Dancer, Black Bloodworm, Black and Green Montana, Black and Green Tadpole, Diawl Bach.


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