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Northumbrian Water permit prices are frozen for third season in a row

PERMIT 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.

Don Coe, 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.

"We hope that anglers will find it that bit easier to enjoy their pastime and support our fisheries with their visits."

There 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

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.

Loyalty members 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:

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

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.

See also  'Rises like a phoenix'

Kielder to host Scierra Pairs heat

KIELDER Water and Lockwood Beck have been confirmed as venues for this year's Scierra Pairs heats.

Anglers vying for the highest prize fund in British competition fly-fishing will converge on Kielder on Saturday, May 9 and will fish Lockwood the following day.

Consistently good sport throughout the season at Northumbrian Water's fisheries

SPORT was consistently good at Northumbrian Water's premier fisheries last season, with 32,622 rods landing 83,196 trout for a seasonal rod average of 2.55.*

Derwent Reservoir, straddling the Northumberland and County Durham border, was the most popular of the six fisheries, with 9,056 rod visits accounting for 25,325 fish, a rod average of 2.79. The largest recorded fish of the season weighed in at 12lb.

Grassholme in Teesdale posted a seasonal rod average of 2.97, with 6,500 anglers bringing 19,364 trout up to 15lb to the net.

With low water levels making various areas of Fontburn dangerous for anglers, the Northumberland fishery closed early, with 5,670 anglers netting 16,158 trout to 10lb 10oz for a seasonal rod average of 2.85.

Kielder Water, as normal, closed for fishing two weeks before the scheduled November 30 end of season and had a healthy rod average of 2.9, which reflected the landing of 9,133 trout by 3,064 anglers. The heaviest recorded fish of the season at the Northumberland fishery was a quality 6lb 8oz rainbow.

The upland Teesdale fishery of Hury had the fewest anglers - 1,667 - but the highest rod average - 3.3 - with 5,573 fish to 10lb landed.

Scaling Dam, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, saw 2,759 anglers landed 7,643 fish to 10lb 11oz for a seasonal average of 2.8.

The fisheries are closed for fishing until March 14.

*Provisional figures based on the final NWL report of the 2014 season.

Last updated 1506, Thursday February 26, 2015