Rod licenses *all members need a current EA rod license to fish
About our club
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 2! The declared Sea Trout catch for that same year was 658!
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!
The club’s waters
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.
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 theses downloadable maps.
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.
These are available for the "Park" stretch (see downloadable map) from Durham County Council on the Park side of the river only, from the Cong Burn upstream to Crichton Avenue for £3.60 per day and must be purchased in advance. Please follow this web link for more information : purchase a day ticket.
A full member may purchase a guest permit to take a friend fishing on club waters, apart from the month of October where no guest tickets are available. Fees per day: Brown Trout and Coarse Fish £10, Salmon and Sea Trout £20.
Further information and other member benefits such as exchange permits are advised in the club rule book.
Other club matters
For any other club related enquiries, please contact the club secretary, Dale Cowey by email:
The club’s officers
EARL OF SCARBROUGH
EARL OF DURHAM, LORD RADICE, Mr. A. GOLIGHTLY I.P.F.A.,
Mr. MARK T NICHOLSON, Mr. FRANK NICHOLSON,
Mr. R. STOVES, Mr. R. STEPHENSON, Mr. D. HAYES,
Mr. G. CURRY, Mr. S. TULLY.
PO Box 280
PO Box 280
PO Box 280
Tel: 07592 859772 (10am to 8pm)