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Fishing in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders

Fly Fishing ©

Anglers visiting Northumberland/Borders are spoiled for choice, with day and weekly tickets available for freshwater fishing in stunning locations on rivers and stillwaters, while the sea angler has 100 miles of coastline to choose from.

Perhaps best known of Northumberland’s rivers is the Tyne, which flows through the heart of the county and had a record number of rod-caught salmon last year, with 5,115 brought to the net.

Environment Agency figures indicate that this year could be even better as a record 1,866 salmon were counted in the Tyne between February and May 2011, up from 581 in the same period last year.

There were 978 salmon, the third best on record, caught on the River Coquet in Northumberland in 2010 with more than 100 landed from the Caistron stretch of the river near Rothbury in the last few weeks of the season.

Sea trout catches also showed an increase, with 2,687 landed on the Tyne and Coquet catches were also substantially up.

In The Scottish Borders it is the River Tweed that is the prime spot for recreational fishing. This is one of the top salmon rivers in the world. Other locations include the Hass Loch, Jedburgh; Headshaw Loch and Lindean Reservoir, Selkirk; and Kailzie Fishing, Peeples.

Northumbrian Water, the largest provider of freshwater fishing in northern Europe, has well stocked trout fisheries at Kielder Water, Fontburn Reservoir and the 1,000-acre, three-mile long Derwent Reservoir which lies in an Area of Outstanding Beauty in the North Pennines, with the boundary between Northumberland and County Durham running right through the middle of the lake.

The company also provides coarse fishing at Whittle Dene Reservoirs, located on both sides of the B6318 military road five miles west of Heddon-on-the Wall, and on newly established areas at Derwent Reservoir.

Fishing on the Tweed ©

As with the majority of the county’s stillwaters, Northumbrian Water’s reservoirs cater for disabled anglers, with specially designated areas that are easily accessible to wheelchair users.

And, for the angler who has had to travel light, or who has forgotten a vital piece of equipment, many of the fisheries, including Derwent and Chatton Trout Fishery, set in an extremely picturesque area just outside the village of Chatton, have well stocked shops carrying a wide selection of tackle, flies and baits.

The Environment Agency’s Where To Go Fishing brochure, last published in 2009 but still relevant today, lists a wide range of coarse, trout and salmon fisheries and gives details of who to contact to arrange a day, or a week, on any one of these.

The brochure also has high quality maps showing how to get to the fisheries and where the local tackle shops that can provide fishing permits can be found.