Formed in 1935, Chester-le-Street & District Angling Club started with very little water but we now have almost 10 miles of double bank fishing.
The River Wear is now officially classed as the second best Sea Trout river in England and fish weighing into the teens of pounds are not uncommon.
Salmon, too, are caught each season, some weighing-in over the 20lbs, (9kgs), mark.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since those ‘heady-days’ of 1965, the first year with a declared Salmon rod catch of TWO!!
The declared Sea Trout catch for that same year was 658!! Wowww!!
It doesn’t end there! Coarse fishing is excellent, too, with Barbel, Bream, Chub, Dace, Gudgeon, Perch, Roach, even Pike and not forgetting Grayling to be caught. Barbel, well into double figures, are caught each season.
The Environment Agency River Wear fact file reports that, “The River Wear at Chester-le-Street is popular with coarse anglers and large catches of Dace are not uncommon”.
Well, we can add that large catches of Chub, in fact every coarse fish listed above, are not uncommon!
On the right bank, Chester-le-Street & District Angling Club has licence to fish the River Wear from just above Finchale Priory footbridge, downstream, to Low Cocken Farm, then from Red Rocks, downstream, to Newbridge, just north-east of Chester-le-Street town centre.
On the left bank, the Club has licence to fish from Red House Gill, (just west of Finchale Priory), downstream, to Low Cocken Farm, then from Bostley Wood, (opposite red Rocks), downstream, to Bog Wood, then from Crichton Avenue, downstream, to Newbridge.
A general map of our fishing is shown above.
More detailed maps are shown in the “Club Water tab”
The Club has licence to fish both banks of the River Wear, virtually covering all the way, downstream, from Finchale Priory to Newbridge at Chester-le-Street.
Club beats and boundaries are shown on the maps below.
A map is also provided showing the boundaries for day-ticket holders and the location of fishing platforms in the Chester-le-Street Park area.
Membership of the Club is limited to 270 Full members.
Park members & Junior members have no limit and can join anytime throughout the year.
For Full membership, you need to contact the Subscriptions Secretary, who will put your name on the waiting list.
More details are found in the “Club Info” tab, sub. section ‘Membership’.