Northumbrian Water permit prices are frozen for third season in a row
prices for the new fishing season on Northumbrian Water's reservoirs - which opens on Saturday 14 March - will be frozen
for the third year running.
Full eight-fish day permits remain at £23 with concessions at £21, the four-fish
afternoon Credit Cruncher is pegged at £16 and the family and couples 12-fish ticket will stay at £35. Full-day
boat hire charges for Kielder Water remain £15 midweek and £19 at weekends.
And there's a new £15
all-day sporting ticket for fly anglers - who must use barbless hooks - who want to return all they catch.
operations manager waterside parks and fisheries, said: "We are really pleased to be able to introduce 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.
"We also appreciate that in these tough economic times many of our anglers are finding it increasingly
difficult to fund their fishing. It's not easy for us to meet the costs to sustain our fisheries either but we continue
to look closely at our budgets and believe that we can keep prices down for the third successive season.
that anglers will find it that bit easier to enjoy their pastime and support our fisheries with their visits."
will be at least 14,000 fish stocked at the six premier fisheries - Derwent 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 - waiting for anglers on opening
day, many of them from the water company's two fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.
Advance day permits
can be bought online from www.fishpal.com
Last season's popular change to the earlier opening time of 7am and the 2pm start to the Credit Cruncher will also
continue this season.
Anglers are urged to join the growing 6,500-strong loyalty card fishing family, so when they
have fished seven times they get a free day's fishing.
The extra reward for repeat visitors of a catch limit increase
to 10 on a full permit complimentary loyalty day and five for a Credit Cruncher ticket also continues.
will get monthly special offer deals on tackle, clothing and bait and existing loyalty 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 Dave Coster from Hardy and Greys.
There's information about the wild
brown trout waters of Balderhead, Cow Green and Selset and there are tips and information from Northumbrian Water's own
angling expert, Teesdale ranger Andrew Scott, who is a gold-medal winning England International.
Loyalty cards and copies
of the guide are available from 0845 155 0236 or by email: email@example.com
Further information available on www.nwl.co.uk/gofishing and anglers can follow stocking and other news on Facebook at ‘fishing with Northumbrian Water' and on Twitter
Try it,three-hour tuition courses for the under 18s costs £15 - a special offer made possible through
the partnership with the British Trout Farmers Restocking Association (BTFRA), which has donated the proceeds of a memorial
fund collected following the funeral of late trout farmer Rob Mackie from Lancashire.
Don Coe added: "There's
a brilliant season lined up for our customers and we will continue to invest in the future and attract newcomers to the sport.
"Our emphasis is on having fun while fishing and encouraging people to join our fishing loyalty ‘family'
is a big part of that. The future of fishing is in the hands of the younger generation and we are doing everything we can
to encourage them."
Try it teaching days are held at Derwent reservoir on Tuesdays and Saturdays and start on 7
April and will alternate between any method and fly.
Everything required is provided under expert tuition and three
hour courses cost £30 for adults and £15 for the under 18s.
Courses can also be arranged at other premier
fisheries by appointment. All ‘Try it day' sessions must be booked on 01207 255250.
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