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Permit price rise pegged at £1 and bag-limit remains at eight

Anglers at Northumbria Water’s will be able to take an eight-fish limit this year, with a permit price increase pegged at £1, although most had opted to accept a £2 rise in a social media vote.

The alternative was no price rise but a reduced limit of six.


A full eight-fish day permit costs £24 with concessions at £22, the four-fish Credit Cruncher from 2pm is £17 and the family and couples 12-fish ticket is £36. The barbless fly-only sporting ticket costs the same as last season at £15. Full day boat hire charges for Kielder Water have also been frozen at £15 midweek and £19 for weekends.


Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water is promoting affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent.


“We will continue to invest in the future and attract newcomers to the sport and there’s a brilliant season lined up for all our customers.


"The future of fishing is in the hands of the younger generation and we are doing everything we can to encourage them,” added Don Coe, operations manager waterside parks and fisheries.


By popular demand the new all-day sporting ticket introduced after fly anglers’ requests last season will also be continued in 2016.


Don said: “We have been able to avoid any price increases for the past three seasons and this small £1 rise means we can maintain the quality of stocked fish and allow anglers to continue to take up to eight trout this season too.


“During 2015 we asked our customers their views and ran a Facebook poll about prices and catch limits and the majority preferred an increase to sustain the eight fish limit


“We are really pleased to be able to continue the sporting ticket that so many fly anglers had asked for - and at just £15 for a full day there probably isn’t a better value permit in the country,” said Don.


There will be at least 12,000 fish stocked at the six premier fisheries - Derwent Reservoir in County Durham; Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North York Moors - for opening day. There will also be  a minimum of 80,000 trout stocked into those reservoirs through the season, with more than half from Northumbrian Water’s fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.


This season, anglers can experience a guided fishing day with England international and Northumbrian Water Ranger Andrew Scott on a one-to-one basis or with a friend for £250.


Don said: “An opportunity to spend a day on the water with an expert like Andrew is really special and would make a fantastic present for an angler keen to learn and help unlock the secrets of one of our reservoirs.”


It is free to join the company’s loyalty card scheme that offers anglers who visit seven times an eighth visit free - representing an eventual saving of almost £3.42 for each permit bought.


"Our emphasis is on having fun while fishing and encouraging people to join our fishing loyalty ‘family’ is a big part of that,” Don said.


“Try it” teaching sessions will be again held at Derwent reservoir on Tuesdays, Saturdays alternating between any method and fly.


Everything required is provided under expert tuition and three-hour courses cost £35 for adults and only £20 for the under 18s – a special offer made possible through a partnership with the British Trout Farmers Restocking Association (BTFRA) that has donated the proceeds of a memorial fund collected following the funeral of the late trout farmer Rob Mackie from Lancashire.


Courses can also be arranged at other premier fisheries by appointment. All “Try it day” sessions must be booked by phone on 01207 255250. Alnwick-based tackle company Greys, now part of the Pure Fishing Group, will provide rods, reels and lines.


Tagged rainbows will be stocked in Fontburn, Derwent Reservoir, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one and who have joined the optional over 18s £1 sweep before fishing could win up to £400.


Day permits for Northumbrian Water’s reservoirs can be bought in advance online from or are available on the day from the fishery.


Loyalty members will get special offer deals on tackle, clothing and bait and existing card holders will automatically receive their free copy of the new-look Discover Waterside Parks and Fishing guide packed with information.


The guide features all the premier stocked trout reservoirs together with coarse fishing at the Whittle Dene lakes in the Tyne Valley and at Derwent Reservoir and includes a feature by coarse fishing expert Dave Coster from Pure Fishing.


There is also information about the wild brown trout waters of Balderhead, Cow Green and Selset, as well as tips and information from Northumbrian Water’s own angling expert, Teesdale Ranger Andrew Scott.


Loyalty cards and copies of the guide are available from 0845 155 0236 or by email:


Further information is available on the website and anglers can follow stocking and other news on Facebook at ‘fishing with Northumbrian Water’ and on Twitter @gofishingnwl.


Fishing opens at all reservoirs from Saturday, 12 March apart from the wild brown trout waters of Cow Green, Selset, and Balderhead that open on 22 March. Brown trout caught at Kielder Water and Derwent Reservoir before 1 May and after 31 October must be returned. Whittle Dene is open to coarse fishing all year round.

Kielder to host Scierra Pairs heat

Northumbria Water has a busy competition calendar lined up throughout the region headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers once again supported by Greys.

Northumbrian Water’s partnership with the tackle company has so far raised £55,000 for its adopted international charity WaterAid – helping save more than 3,600 lives in Africa and Asia.

Competitions lined up so far include:

Kielder: WaterAid Boat Pairs - Heats 24 April, 22 May, 26 June – final 10 July.

Fontburn: Lions’ charity day, 7 May.

Kielder: Scierra Pairs, 7 May.

Derwent Reservoir: Bankmaster, 12 June.

Kielder: Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers’ Cup, 8 June.

Kielder: ATTEFF England qualifier, 5 June.

Fontburn: Northumberland Blind Association charity day, 29 July.

Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge, 29 August.

Derwent Reservoir: Charity coarse challenge 13 November.

Updated 1334 Friday, March 18, 2016