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.

Diseased salmon and sea trout

13 Nov

The EA are anxious to examine dead or dying salmon and sea trout, particularly those showing signs of fungus growth. If you see see a dying or recently dead fish (24hrs) then please let the WAA know by sending and email via the “contact the WAA”  button on the top right of the screen.

When replying please state EXACTLY where on the Wear the fish is.

Thank you

EA Salmon Exploitation Consultation

22 Sep

More than 20,000 salmon are caught by targeted commercial net fisheries in England every year and the time has come to bring this unsustainable practice to an end.

The Environment Agency has recently launched its consultation to further restrict commercial netting of salmon in England, particularly closing down the mixed stock coastal net fishery that continues to operate in the northeast.

You can have your say on the proposals via an online consultation at:

The consultation document is quite quite complex and takes a substantial amount of time to read and answer so we are therefore posting the WAA response to help you:

Salmon Exploitation_WAA Response

Not only are there proposals to remove the nets but there are also proposals on compulsory catch and release and fishing methods for rod anglers. These will impact on your fishing so it is important that you submit a response to the consultation and answer these questions carefully. The Angling Trust have battled the Environment Agency to prevent them forcing compulsory catch and release on salmon anglers. This is what is being proposed in Wales, and the Angling Trust and WAA completely disagree with that.

Instead, the Angling Trust have managed to negotiate a set of voluntary proposals that include ensuring good practice when salmon fishing to increase the survival rate of released fish and trying to increase catch and release rates by anglers. We recognise that anglers have their part to play in salmon conservation, but to restrict us further when thousands of salmon are being killed every year by nets, agricultural pollution, fish-eating birds and low flows would be absolutely ridiculous.

Please have your say by the 9th October deadline and make sure our enormous collective voice is heard!

Archimedes Screw at Freeman’s Reach, Durham

22 Sep

There have been problems again this last week with salmon and sea trout entering the screw, being hit by the blades and violently catapulted into the air often with a resounding thud! In some case the fish are then thrown with such force that they hit the wire netting above the screw. Very disturbing. The still taken form a video taken on Monday September 18 shows what is happening. The videos themselves can be seen on the WAA Facebook page at:

To try and prevent spawning fish being damaged in this way on Wednesday September 20 the EA got the operators to agree to reduce the flow through the turbine at problem times. As we understand it the idea is to reduce the flow so that there is no white water at the bottom of the screw; it is this white water that attracts the fish in. This move is to be welcomed. By Wednesday the river level had dropped so no white water was being produced so we now wait until the next lift in water to see if this flow reduction works.