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Lee Armstrong from Thrunton caught his first trout on the fly during a visit to Thrunton Long Crag.
Lee Armstrong from Thrunton caught his first trout on the fly during a visit to Thrunton Long Crag.

Glendale students enjoy day at Thrunton

POURING rain on Tuesday, not only freshened the water at Thrunton Long Crag but also tested the resolve of a group of students from Glendale Middle School, Wooler, who were trying fly fishing for the first time as part of their activity week.

Coached by Stevie McCann, they all had a wonderful day, with most having takes and a number of quality fish brought to the net. Lee Armstrong from Thrunton, Brodis Purves from Whittingham and Charlie Redpath from Wooler, who had a beautiful 3lb blue, all caught on foam klinkhamers. More photographs on Around the Fisheries.

Report updated July 14

Tyne, Tees and Wear fish count data

THE fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for June is now available on the web.

For the River Tees check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

Free fun event for junior anglers

NEW Mills Trout Park, Brampton, is hosting a free fun fishing event for junior anglers aged between eight and 17 on Saturday, July 26 as part of National Fishing Month.

There will be two sessions - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm - when the youngsters will get the opportunity to bait fish - and take up to two fish home - before trying their hand at fly fishing.

After practice casting, under the supervision of qualified coaches, the youngsters will be allowed to fish in the pond, which holds a good number of double-figure fish and where one of last year's participants - an eight-year-old girl - hooked and landed her first fish - an eight-pounder.

There will be a casting competition, with the chance of winning a fly rod and reel.

All tackle will be provided and all children taking part will receive a certificate.

Booking is essential. Anyone interested should phone 016977 48003 or email

The poster for the NCBA cash competition at Fontburn Reservoir on July 25.
The poster for the NCBA cash competition at Fontburn Reservoir on July 25.

NCBA cash competition
at Fontburn

THE 13th anniversary Northumberland County Blind Association charity cash prize fishing competition will be held at Fontburn Reservoir on Friday, July 25, with Northumbrian Water again providing the facilties and the services of their staff.

There will be cash prizes for adults and tackle vouchers for juniors, aged 15 and under.

The first prize for adults is £200, second place will win £100 and the prize for the heaviest fish is £50.

The top place junior will win a £50 tackle voucher, second place will receive a £40 voucher and the angler with the heaviest fish will receive a £30 voucher and the Greg Robinson Memorial Trophy.

If the heaviest fish is caught by the winner or runner-up in each sector, the angler with the next heaviest fish will be awarded the prize.

All entrants will receive a free golden tiocket to enter the draw for 10 days' free fishing at Fontburn.

The fishing lodge will open at 7am, the taking of entry fees and registration will be from 8am.

Entry fee, with an eight-fish limit, is £23 for adults and £10 for juniors.

181,683 rod licences issued in 2013

FRESHWATER anglers in the  Environment Agency's North East region paid more than £3.41m in rod licence fees in 2013.

Figures show that 175,498 trout and coarse (T&C) licences were issued, with game anglers buying 6,185 salmon and sea trout (S&S) licences.

A total 72,500 full T&C licences at £27 each brought in £1,957,500, while 2,615 full S&T licences at £72 raised £188,280.

In addition to the full S&T licences, there were 207 disabled concessions at £48 each, 1,246 one-day licences (£8), 335 eight-day licences (£23), 415 junior concessions (£5) and 1,279 senior concessions (£48) issued.

There were also seven upgrade disabled, 61 upgrade full, two upgrade junior and 18 upgrade senior but no cost was available online for these.

But the real moneyspinner was the trout and coarse licence, where, in addition to the full licences, 6,955 disabled concession at £18 each, 60,364 one-day licences (£3.75), 5,826 eight-day licences (£10) and 9,936 junior concessions (£5) were issued.

Set off on an Arctic adventure from Newcastle onboard the Boudicca

THE Arctic is one of the most magnificent and hard-to-reach regions in the world, but, next year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is offering guests the chance to experience this unspoiled destination on a 27-night Arctic Adventure & Exploration voyage from Newcastle.

Leaving on August 2 next year, this cruise, on smaller, more intimate Boudicca will allow guests to cross the Arctic Circle, witness the majestic fjords of Norway, take in the peaks and pinnacles of Iceland and Greenland, and - maybe - spot some fantastic wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea eagles, Huskies and, even, polar bears.

FOCL sales and marketing director Nathan Philpot said: "This dramatic cruise is bound to appeal to even the most seasoned traveller. Firstly, it is one of the most unusual and cultural itineraries that we have ever offered to our guests, with visits to Greenland and Spitsbergen - both of which are extremely difficult to reach by air; secondly, it offers wildlife and photography enthusiasts the chance to capture some incredible moments; and thirdly, guests will have the chance to enjoy some of the best scenic cruising available, anywhere in the cruise industry " 

And, on July 20 this year, Black Watch will sail from Newcastle on an 11-night Puffins, Waterfalls and Geysers cruise to iceland with overnight stays in before sailing on to Runavik in the Faroe Islands.

Full stories and more FOCL news on Travel and Travel 2

There may be a chance to see polar bears on the Boudicca's Arctic Adventure from Newcastle.
There may be a chance to see polar bears on the Boudicca's Arctic Adventure from Newcastle.

Enjoy Norway's greatest fjords sailing direct from Newcastle

For 2015, FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL)'s guests will have the chance to experience the very best fjords of Norway on Boudicca's nine-night The Greatest Fjords of Norwaycruise, D1520, which leaves Newcastle on Septermber 11 next year.

The cruise was inspired by Fjord Norway's 2013 online photo competition, Best of Fjord Norway, which saw more than 6,000 images entered and judged by Norwegians, to compete for a place in the Top 10 Norway Fjord Experiences.

Prices start from £999 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin, ‘Inside' cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues.

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Last updated: 1856 Saturday July 19 2014.