Freemen’s Reach Durham ; Archimedes Screw Update.

15 Sep

Following fish again getting into the base of the newly commissioned Archimedes screw earlier in the year, Durham County Council, the turbine operator instructed a company called Fish Guidance System to install a fish scarer in the form of an acoustic screen and strobe light system at the base of the screw.

However after a lift of water at the beginning of June, Durham County Council,  the operator and Fish Guidance System (the installer) concluded that the acoustic screen was not effective. It was decided that a better option would be to abandon the acoustic system and use the space freed to install more flashing lights.

This work has now been completed and there is 7500 lumen (a 100W light bulb produces approximately 1600 lumen) of light power on both sides of the outlet.

Due to low water levels throughout the summer period it has not been possible to measure the effectiveness of the revised system. Durham County Council however have reinstated that they would rather shut the turbine down during critical periods than install any form of protective mesh screen as such screens are costly to clean and if installed at the inlet side of the turbine will reduce the head pressure entering the turbine.

Interested parties, anglers, council officials and the Environment Agency are monitoring the situation closely.

Fish, migratory or otherwise cannot continue to be damaged in this way!!!!

FUR and FEATHERS Fly Fishing Competition – Tunstall Reservoir, Sunday December 2nd 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

15 Sep

Tunstall Fly Fishers will be holding an end of season fly fishing competition at Tunstall Reservoir, Wolsingham on Sunday 2nd December from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. There will be no bag limit. Entry fee is £5 per person and all proceeds will go to the Solan Conor Fawcett Family Trust. Anyone taking part must bring along and donate a “prize” such as a bottle of wine, box of biscuits etc. These prizes will fished for and awarded at the end of the day with the person with the heaviest bag having first pick from the table.  

There is no need to register for this event, just come along at the stated time.

PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS – NERAC Salmon Fishing Charity Weekend

15 Sep

NORTH EASTERN RAILWAYS ANGLING CLUB (NERAC) will be holding a salmon and sea trout fishing weekend on the 28th  and 29th September 2018 on its river Tyne and South Tyne waters to raise money for Prostrate Cancer Awareness. Places can be reserved on a first come first served basis with 14 places available each day; the cost is £50 per person per day. This is excellent value for this time of the season and 100% of all monies will go to prostrate cancer charity.

There will also be a prize for the biggest fish of the weekend; the prize is for up to 2 persons  (maybe more if it’s a family etc.)  and is a days fishing on the famous Larford lakes near Stourport, Birmingham.  This prize can be redeemed at anytime and includes a 6 berth, top of the range, caravan on the banks of the lakes, owned by club member Phil Briscoe. The prize also includes free tuition on how to catch prime double figure carp on the lakes or salmon on Phil’s own river Severn beat next to the lakes, a fantastic gesture by Phil. These two  charity days on the Tyne are open to everyone, whether beginner or expert. Instructors and fishing rods will be available for all beginners and safety is upmost so everything is covered.


To reserve your place email Steven Hutchinson (Hutchy) now at or ring him on 07401818018. 

The Wild Trout Trust Spring Auction: 9 – 18 March 2018

23 Feb

The Wild Trout Trust are holding their spring auction again at the beginning of March. This auction helps raise vital funds which allow the WTT to deliver practical advice and habitat work, inspiring and helping people to protect wild trout. The WTT and the Wear Rivers Trust often work together to identify and then implement habitat and fish passage improvements. Several clubs with water on the Wear and some individuals have kindly volunteered access to their fishing in order to raise funds for the WTT which will be ring-fenced for work in the catchment.

To help fund this vital work why not take part in the auction? There are many exciting lots on offer ranging from fishing on the Rio Grande in Chile for huge sea trout to bids for a days fishing on rivers and streams here in the North East. Full details of the auction, how to take part, along with details of over 300 fishing lots for sale can be found on the WTT website at:

All lots are up for sale on eBay in March.