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A new year, a new thread...
2017 seemed like a mixed year on the Wear, a lot of fish seen but not that many caught (or maybe just not reported on here).
The fish counts reflect an average year but as we know fish do pass by it.
Hopefully we all have a great year!
All the best & tight lines :D
 

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A new year, a new thread...
2017 seemed like a mixed year on the Wear, a lot of fish seen but not that many caught (or maybe just not reported on here).
The fish counts reflect an average year but as we know fish do pass by it.
Hopefully we all have a great year!
All the best & tight lines :D
Well Chris the big countdown has now started 1st Feb then 6th April......my intentions this season to try get a fish or two before May time.I have been slowly stocking up on new flies from various sources,new leader line (s) differnet poundages,and composites,ie soft nylon, hard harsh nylon diff colours and some older makes that seem to have dissapeared from the tackles shops and online sales,managed a few spools of sly cast blue line 18lbs,it looks older than me but still has it's shine and strength,if all else fails it will do for Pike fishing,MAXIMA chameleon is my fav, ive tried that green one for spinning back in the day when it first came out but i still prefer the brown line for the Wear.Ill be ordering some devon minnows both metal and woods for the new season,my mate has a hydro dipping buissiness so he don't know it yet but he will be dipping me minnow shells,gunna try summit totally new on the pattern.

I am also on re-whipping a rod i have and made a few mods to it-ie;sleeve for the middle section top spiggot,re whipped all around and varinsihed up where need along with a new cork handle for the bit below the reel,samller sized line rod for lighter queitrer fishing.

Either way i can't wait for the 1st of Feb.....:eek:
 

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Well Chris the big countdown has now started 1st Feb then 6th April......my intentions this season to try get a fish or two before May time.I have been slowly stocking up on new flies from various sources,new leader line (s) differnet poundages,and composites,ie soft nylon, hard harsh nylon diff colours and some older makes that seem to have dissapeared from the tackles shops and online sales,managed a few spools of sly cast blue line 18lbs,it looks older than me but still has it's shine and strength,if all else fails it will do for Pike fishing,MAXIMA chameleon is my fav, ive tried that green one for spinning back in the day when it first came out but i still prefer the brown line for the Wear.Ill be ordering some devon minnows both metal and woods for the new season,my mate has a hydro dipping buissiness so he don't know it yet but he will be dipping me minnow shells,gunna try summit totally new on the pattern.

I am also on re-whipping a rod i have and made a few mods to it-ie;sleeve for the middle section top spiggot,re whipped all around and varinsihed up where need along with a new cork handle for the bit below the reel,samller sized line rod for lighter queitrer fishing.

Either way i can't wait for the 1st of Feb.....:eek:
I'm doing the same thing here Taddy. Collecting flies, Hooks,leaders and bits and bobs so I'm ready for the coming season.
Hope that your offer is still on for showing me some good fishing hot spots;) i'm really looking forward to it:)

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Well, after about seven years out of salmon and sea trout fishing ive decided to get back into it. Been buying gear like you lads and i'll be fishing the Wear, Tyne and Till. Maybe the Coquet. I used to fish the Tees a lot back in the day, up at Eggleston with quite a bit of success, mainly on the spinner. Although, I like the Wear, if I had to fish one river, it would be the Tees. Roll on next season.
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Well i'm more than happy to help anybody this season coming,that is what it's all about helping each other to achieve the intended goal.....SALMON-ST. :D people pay strong money for guides etc and they ain't no need to in many circumstances,ok one or two guides are very good at their job and can put yer straight onto the fish,but at a massive cost usually outside the comfort zone of what we call the Normal workiung man.Hey don't get me wrong thse guides can and will put yer onto the fish,and if yer don't mind spending that sort of cash for a fish go for it,the Ure has a few good guides so too does the Tyne.So im not crabbing any of them as they all pretty good-some better than others.
The thing is we have free fishing,ok some might say that some of it is urban or in industrial areas,but the areas im talking about can produce sparklers (fresh silver fish) where as the further up yer go the chances aere decreased, if its scenery yer want well up river will always beat down stream.The thing is i like any sort of area be it the sticks or the town (ghettos) as long as yer enjoy yer sen that's the main thing surely,but the chances of fresh fish in the lower river always beat the chances upcountry,as a norm,and lets face it when all said and done we would all rather catch us a silver fish....this is and has been one of the main reasons i rarely fish above Durham.
 
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I'll be fishing between Durham and Cocken, but I'm not sure if it fishes early season there. I always done my fishing on Bishops water which is right up steam. I know the Chester anglers pick up early fish, so hopefully I should be in with a chance. Most probably wait till April mind.
 
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like most rivers that don't have a traditional early run. No or very little fishing effort = poor returns so it's a catch 22 situation ( pun intended ) but put the hours in and you will catch... No one really knows the extent of the wear early run as no one really gets out to exploit it. Durham and below for sure before April ....just put a pair of your lasses wool tights on under your waders to take a bit of the cold off or if you fish the Yorkshire rivers early doors a bit of wool instead of a hook seems to be the order of the day....😎
 

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like most rivers that don't have a traditional early run. No or very little fishing effort = poor returns so it's a catch 22 situation ( pun intended ) but put the hours in and you will catch... No one really knows the extent of the wear early run as no one really gets out to exploit it. Durham and below for sure before April ....just put a pair of your lasses wool tights on under your waders to take a bit of the cold off or if you fish the Yorkshire rivers early doors a bit of wool instead of a hook seems to be the order of the day....😎
Yer bang right me old mate,no body really knows what runs the Wear early doors,Tozer always had a crack in the first 3 months and sometimes caught,so too did Jimmy Whin,but when ye caught that fish in the willa in march.wow amazing then manged a few off the Tyne all in the same night.......gota ask yer sen one question Lee was that a "one off" or not? What a do know is this it isn't something that can be repeated easily?

DAVE1959 start between cocken and Durham,yes more fish will be further down river as a rule at the very begining of the season as yer already know,but they won't be as many past Durham so the chances are well increased "IF" the fish are present of course and that is the number one question? if the fish are there as every year can differ in the first 3 months-take a google at river wear fish counts to see this :D like baldbadger says being at the very right place at the right time and having luck/karma on yer side mutha nature the lot on yer side :D Now two season gone i was having some banter with jImmy whin and he was telling me about the time he just upsticks and went for a few cast in the 2nd week in Feb some time in the very early 80s and landed 3 spring fish one after the other after a hour or so fishing for nothing,then bang crash wallop 3 came out (spinning) so it can be done.
 

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Not sure if the Wear is up but i assume so by the water that was coming down the tidal Tees earlier on today that the Wear be the same.This has to be good for the next few weeks,now if fish run now which indeed for the past few yrs they have been,that will get odd fish past Durham,both shincliffe and croxdale and even escomb have all had fish this early oh sorry witton park area has had odd spring fish according to T&S magazine (80s time) so nice flood in first week in Jan,let it hold for a week then hopefull drop off back to say 2-6 inches above summer level,then come up again in the first week in Feb,and i recon we might be in with a good chance During Feb time and maybe into first week in March.I was always learnt to treat the river in the spring months like the summer months as far as floods are concerned same sort of timing to start fishing and if they there well yer never know? how ever as Bushwhacker says the fish IF present don't always hold in the places where they do during summer time.We have had low spells since the close of last season,a few high spells,warm-ish weather along with some nice old skool frost and snow,like a proper winter almost,so with all said and done we might be in with a chance of a springer,the thing si too any new comers to srping fishing is the cold weather,yer have ter brave it and treat the fishing like summer fishing don't land there get out the car and think erm no yes is the way forward....brave it put the hours in and a springer may come anyones way :D
 

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Not sure if the Wear is up but i assume so by the water that was coming down the tidal Tees earlier on today that the Wear be the same.
Bang on. Was up a couple of foot easy, maybe 3, at Witton ford this morn and you could actually see it rising.
 

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Bang on. Was up a couple of foot easy, maybe 3, at Witton ford this morn and you could actually see it rising.
Well let's hope it brings a few fish,it certainly has done for the past few seasons,and january has alwyas been a unpredictable month according to the fish counts.Even if it brought 50 or so fish via the fihs counters that would be really something.Now we have two counters and this is really the infancy years if yer like,so we all got summit new to observe over the next few coming seasons, i still say we will see a slight increase in spring fish now we have two counters running,meaning jan and feb fish.
 

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Well i,v said it the last four seasons:D:D,hopefully we will have some water in the river this year.
I will be out on opening day,weather and water conditions permitting.
Good luck to everyone fishing the river this year...
 

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Does chester le streets water ever fish in daylight or is it mostly nighttime fishing, also is it good fly water ? Considering getting my ticket as its on my doorstep and as another option for when the tyne and coquet conditions arent ideal.

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Does chester le streets water ever fish in daylight or is it mostly nighttime fishing, also is it good fly water ? Considering getting my ticket as its on my doorstep and as another option for when the tyne and coquet conditions arent ideal.

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Not entirely sure but chester have a good section of water on their doorstep,they must do ok during daylight as a lot of fish get caught esp early on when noe else upriver has caught or even seen fish,straight off thge tide cant be bad,is chester park tidal as a rule or does it become tidla according to spring tides etc as i know flatties get caught there?
 

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Not entirely sure but chester have a good section of water on their doorstep,they must do ok during daylight as a lot of fish get caught esp early on when noe else upriver has caught or even seen fish,straight off thge tide cant be bad,is chester park tidal as a rule or does it become tidla according to spring tides etc as i know flatties get caught there?
Cheers. Just weighing it up at the moment trying to figure out what to do this year as its close enough to hammer the hours in but then it would mean less time on the tyne and coquet which i also enjoy.

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Not entirely sure but chester have a good section of water on their doorstep,they must do ok during daylight as a lot of fish get caught esp early on when noe else upriver has caught or even seen fish,straight off thge tide cant be bad,is chester park tidal as a rule or does it become tidla according to spring tides etc as i know flatties get caught there?
Taddy, I'm pretty sure the upper tidal limit is the weir pool at Chester park but only in the very highest spring tides. A few years ago I went for a walk downstream from there with the bairns in early March and watched a guy land a salmon on fly. From what he told me, he rated that stretch better than the free stretch in Durham. He might have been exaggerating as he had just landed a Wear springer😁 but I've only heard very good things about the spring fishing below Chester park weir. It wasn't his first fish of the year.
I think there are temperature barriers on many rivers, weirs or natural barriers beyond which salmon will rarely move until the temperature is high enough. I think Riding Mill is like that where few fish will pass until the water reaches a certain temperature. I'm really interested to know if Chester park weir and fram dam are limited not only by water height but also by water temperature.
 

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Well i'm more than happy to help anybody this season coming,that is what it's all about helping each other to achieve the intended goal.....SALMON-ST. :D people pay strong money for guides etc and they ain't no need to in many circumstances,ok one or two guides are very good at their job and can put yer straight onto the fish,but at a massive cost usually outside the comfort zone of what we call the Normal workiung man.Hey don't get me wrong thse guides can and will put yer onto the fish,and if yer don't mind spending that sort of cash for a fish go for it,the Ure has a few good guides so too does the Tyne.So im not crabbing any of them as they all pretty good-some better than others.
The thing is we have free fishing,ok some might say that some of it is urban or in industrial areas,but the areas im talking about can produce sparklers (fresh silver fish) where as if its scenery yer want well up river will always beat down stream.The thing is i like any sort of area be it the sticks or the town (ghetos) as long as yer enjoy yer sen that's the main thing surely,but the chances of fresh fish in the lower river always beat the chances upcountry,as a norm.
Taddy, don't write off the lower Wear scenery wise😁 there are some beautiful stretches below Durham. There is not much will beat the stretch of river downstream from Durham for natural beauty, bottom end of Durham rangers (where the woodland starts you can still see big slabs of rock on the river bank which were left over in the construction of the Cathedral - I think they quarried much of the stone from there and transported up river to the construction site, apparently the slabs on the river bed are good holding spots if you know where they are!) and felling fly fishers down to the Belmont viaduct, all the way down through union farm and down through Finchale Priory and below. I believe Finchale still sell season tickets at about £25. They can be bought from the priory during opening hours. It's a few years since I fished the priory. Some good pools there but no night fishing allowed.
The free stretch in Durham, yes the setting is "urban" and the free stretch is walled in but there are not many places in the world you can fish within sight of a World Heritage Site as beautiful as Durham Cathedral and Castle. For visiting anglers, Durham is a great place for the other half to while away the day while you sample the free fishing. Good restaurants, great pubs, plenty of shopping and the Cathedral is pretty stunning. The free stretch is about 10 minutes walk from the train station on the east coast mainline. Some good hotels overlooking the river, one just 10m from the free stretch - book a couple of nights and get out at first light then spend the day in Durham. As I've said before I don't fish there myself but I get frequent visitors at work, some of whom are salmon fishermen and I often loan them my gear so they can sneak a few hours of fishing into their busy schedules for just the price of a single day S&ST license. One time they'll get lucky and catch the water just right, or they can take their Polaroids and watch the big lumps lying in the pools.
 

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Taddy, don't write off the lower Wear scenery wise😁 there are some beautiful stretches below Durham. There is not much will beat the stretch of river downstream from Durham for natural beauty, bottom end of Durham rangers (where the woodland starts you can still see big slabs of rock on the river bank which were left over in the construction of the Cathedral - I think they quarried much of the stone from there and transported up river to the construction site, apparently the slabs on the river bed are good holding spots if you know where they are!) and felling fly fishers down to the Belmont viaduct, all the way down through union farm and down through Finchale Priory and below. I believe Finchale still sell season tickets at about £25. They can be bought from the priory during opening hours. It's a few years since I fished the priory. Some good pools there but no night fishing allowed.
The free stretch in Durham, yes the setting is "urban" and the free stretch is walled in but there are not many places in the world you can fish within sight of a World Heritage Site as beautiful as Durham Cathedral and Castle. For visiting anglers, Durham is a great place for the other half to while away the day while you sample the free fishing. Good restaurants, great pubs, plenty of shopping and the Cathedral is pretty stunning. The free stretch is about 10 minutes walk from the train station on the east coast mainline. Some good hotels overlooking the river, one just 10m from the free stretch - book a couple of nights and get out at first light then spend the day in Durham. As I've said before I don't fish there myself but I get frequent visitors at work, some of whom are salmon fishermen and I often loan them my gear so they can sneak a few hours of fishing into their busy schedules for just the price of a single day S&ST license. One time they'll get lucky and catch the water just right, or they can take their Polaroids and watch the big lumps lying in the pools.
And the river is no where near as good as it used to be.
The stretches you mention are devoid of fish now to what they used to be.
I have fished down there since the 70,s for both coarse and game fish.
 

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Yes some beautiful stretches above and below the viaduct, new to me last season, but will be back this coming season
 

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Taddy, don't write off the lower Wear scenery wise😁 there are some beautiful stretches below Durham. There is not much will beat the stretch of river downstream from Durham for natural beauty, bottom end of Durham rangers (where the woodland starts you can still see big slabs of rock on the river bank which were left over in the construction of the Cathedral - I think they quarried much of the stone from there and transported up river to the construction site, apparently the slabs on the river bed are good holding spots if you know where they are!) and felling fly fishers down to the Belmont viaduct, all the way down through union farm and down through Finchale Priory and below. I believe Finchale still sell season tickets at about £25. They can be bought from the priory during opening hours. It's a few years since I fished the priory. Some good pools there but no night fishing allowed.
The free stretch in Durham, yes the setting is "urban" and the free stretch is walled in but there are not many places in the world you can fish within sight of a World Heritage Site as beautiful as Durham Cathedral and Castle. For visiting anglers, Durham is a great place for the other half to while away the day while you sample the free fishing. Good restaurants, great pubs, plenty of shopping and the Cathedral is pretty stunning. The free stretch is about 10 minutes walk from the train station on the east coast mainline. Some good hotels overlooking the river, one just 10m from the free stretch - book a couple of nights and get out at first light then spend the day in Durham. As I've said before I don't fish there myself but I get frequent visitors at work, some of whom are salmon fishermen and I often loan them my gear so they can sneak a few hours of fishing into their busy schedules for just the price of a single day S&ST license. One time they'll get lucky and catch the water just right, or they can take their Polaroids and watch the big lumps lying in the pools.
Sorry you took what i said the wrong way,Yes Durham has always had that magic you speak about don't for get im from Teesside (stockton) so Durham is paradise to me.Again you also right them pools below the farm (kepier) down to chester-le-street are second to none...

Bushwhacker yer right to a certain extent about the pools not holding like they used to,how ever the ST population ain't what it used to be and places like the willa pool and even the wall area don't seem to be holding the numbers like we were all used to say 10 yrs or so ago.However season gone i learnt a lot about the way the wear now flows etc what with a screw thing and readjustnmeant of water flows heights and pace lower down,what i discovered last season was that the fish wernt resting but then again the water never eally went to summer level it was at 4 inches most the time unless we had rain,in which case we got it up to the V rocks many times but not massive floods,ok we did have lots of water from first week in june till end of season,yer may say we had nowt but from what im remembering off last season we did so,i personally though it was a wet-ish season we had lots of good rises of wtaer throughout,though i hardly fished august.Boat loads of fish were present most times i fished,then again in some of the hot spots some nights i seen nowt,and knew they was nowt there.Once ova yer know yer self that yer could fish a pool,fish would be taken and a hour or so later yer could jump back and repeat again and again till first light and even a hour after,so yeah the pools aint holding much for very long but again has to be the strange water heights we had-zero drought conditions last season,not the norm for a warm summer on the wear.

Then again they was fish holding in areas i rarely fish,by that i mean for example if yer walk form the wall down ice rink side,that bit below the V to the willa pool well fish were in there last season and thats a bit of the river i uasually walk past,and below the sewer pipe down from the sands.I even had a fish from where the big tree used to be footy ground area,again some where ive not cast a line since the 80s,old skool places worked for me last season,and some betetr ones further down towards the woods.When i first started BW was 1980 and the likes of Rudi and PA and bigHZ ALL USED TO FISH THEM POOLS and bits no one fishes or seems to fish these days,shingle bank for one,steep bank another,under the trees,me mate did the trees i hate wading there !
 
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Do know what??? I just love reading about the fishing on local rivers(like the Wear) that everybody on here keeps on talking about:) But, as much as I enjoy reading I can honestly say that i'm being tormented by you all;) Its all the different pools/ runs that people keep talking about, I'm totally lost. I need maps, maps and more maps:) It is my intention over the next few weeks to take a trip to Durham and try to identify some of the places that you guys are always taking about, not only to enjoy my fishing more this coming season but also to get a better understanding of what/where people are talking about..........if that makes sense;).

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Do know what??? I just love reading about the fishing on local rivers(like the Wear) that everybody on here keeps on talking about:) But, as much as I enjoy reading I can honestly say that i'm being tormented by you all;) Its all the different pools/ runs that people keep talking about, I'm totally lost. I need maps, maps and more maps:) It is my intention over the next few weeks to take a trip to Durham and try to identify some of the places that you guys are always taking about, not only to enjoy my fishing more this coming season but also to get a better understanding of what/where people are talking about..........if that makes sense;).


You might find it useful to checkout the websites of the Wear angling clubs (Bishop Auckland, Ferryhill, Durham, Chester). They all have maps of the beats they run that will give you a better understanding of beats/pools etc and if nothing else it'll get you in the mood for Feb 1st!!
 

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Do know what??? I just love reading about the fishing on local rivers(like the Wear) that everybody on here keeps on talking about:) But, as much as I enjoy reading I can honestly say that i'm being tormented by you all;) Its all the different pools/ runs that people keep talking about, I'm totally lost. I need maps, maps and more maps:) It is my intention over the next few weeks to take a trip to Durham and try to identify some of the places that you guys are always taking about, not only to enjoy my fishing more this coming season but also to get a better understanding of what/where people are talking about..........if that makes sense;).

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not brilliant i know but red is no fishing ie wall and ice rink side down to the tree just above the pink house (now whitey cream) blue is ok to fish now yer can fish below the wall in the water but not actually on the wall,so end of the steps yer can fish off the bank or stand on the steps platform,i wouldnt rec wading up river from here but its ok on the first bend where the island is before the bridge :D i tried to inbox yer with it but it asks for me to send it to fotobucket or the likes...so here yer go,if yer want more indepth detail illsort oit for yer if yer like,where to stand where to cast etc
actually they is a little more towards the road bridge up from the start of the red but wading the left bank looking downstream,from the sign on the wall down over is the legal limit but wading only !
 
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The rivers well up today, it’ll give it the clean it needed. Looking forward to getting out for some Grayling once it’s settled down


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The rivers well up today, it’ll give it the clean it needed. Looking forward to getting out for some Grayling once it’s settled down


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With half a decent day I wouldn't mind having a go at Grayling fishing myself. Never tried it but I new a few older guys off years ago who loved it.

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