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Angling Rules

N.B. These rules are subject to all relevant Environmental Agency by laws and anglers must familiarise themselves with all new by laws particularly relating to catch and release method of fishing and permitted tackle.

Rivers Tyne & Coquet

1. Rod Licence A valid Environmental Agency Rod Licence must be held by all anglers in addition to a Federation Permit, where required by law.

2. Close Season dates: a. Salmon: 1st November to 31st January b. Sea Trout: 1st November to 2nd April c. Brown Trout: 1st October to 21st March d. Coarse Fish: 15th March to 15th June All dates are inclusive.

3. Salmon & Sea Trout Rules.

a. All Salmon caught before 16th June in any year are to be returned immediately to the water with the least possible injury.

b. Fly or lure only to be used for salmon fishing before 16th June in any year.

c. No more than two barbless hooks (single, double or treble) shall be used for salmon or sea trout before the 16th June in any year. A team of flies may be used provided there is minimum distance of 30cm between each fly.

4. Methods:

a. Fly only to be used for brown trout before 1st June and no spinning for brown trout after 31st August.

b. Bank lines,trimmers or night lines are not allowed, and only one rod to be used at a time.

c. The use of prawn, shrimp or natural minnow baits is prohibited on all Federation waters.

d. No treble hooks are allowed for worm-fishing for salmon or sea trout.

e. No worm fishing is allowed from Warkworth Dam to Warkworth Harbour.

f. No worm fishing is permitted for any fish on the River Coquet and its tributaries before 1st June and no ground baiting is permitted on the river at any time.

g. One treble-hook only is allowed on spoon baits on all waters.

h. The use of gaffs is prohibited at all times.

i. Fly fishing only is permitted from 1st February to 31st August within 100 metres below the dam at Thrum Mill and no leaded lines or flies are permitted.

j. Spinning for any fish upstream of Pauperhaugh Bridge before 1st June is prohibited and fly fishing only is permitted at any time downstream of the bridge to the white posts.

k. The use of rods exceeding 13ft in length on the River Coquet is prohibited.

l. The use of full sinking lines on the River Coquet is prohibited - only floating or intermediate lines, sinktips and leaders may be used.

5. Special restrictions:

a. No fishing is permitted:

(i) at any time between the posts situated approximately 20 metres upstream and downstream of the dam between Warkworth and Amble.
(ii) at any time within a distance of 25 metres upstream and 100 metres downstream of the crest of the dam at Warkworth.
(iii) during October within a distance of 150 metres below the crest of the dam at Thrum Mill, Rothbury.

b. Fly only permitted at Felton and Mouldhaugh downstream to the limit shown on map 2 unless river height exceeds 1ft marker on Felton Bridge.

c. Anglers are reminded of the provisions in the National Rivers Authority By laws prohibiting fishing within 25 metres upstream and 100 metres downstream of dams, weirs, artificial obstructions (e.g. bridge footings) and Thrum Mill Falls during September and October and at all times between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.

d. All fishing is prohibited on the River Coquet below Warkworth Dam in extreme low water conditions as determined by the Head Bailiff. It is the responsibility of every angler to ensure that fishing is not prohibited and if in doubt advice should be sought from one of the Federation’s bailiffs before fishing.

6. Statutory provisions: All anglers should be familiar with: a. the current EA by laws which apply to all anglers fishing Federation waters; and b. the provisions of the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. A breach of any of these statutory provisions will result in the cancellation of a permit and risk prosecution.

7. General:

a. The bag limit per angler per day for brown trout is 2 brace .

b. No coarse fishing is permitted in the River Coquet or its tributaries and any coarse fish caught are to be returned immediately to the water.

c. All sea trout measuring less than 10 inches, and brown trout measuring less than 9 inches from the nose to the fork of the tail are to be returned immediately to the water, whether alive or dead.

d. No fishing is permitted up any mill race or fish pass.

e. Permits must be carried at all times when fishing, and be-produced for inspection at the request of any Federation bailiff or officer, EA employee, Northumberland Estates employee or other Federation permit holder.

f. All tackle, baits, equipment and fish caught must be produced for inspection at the request of any Federation officer or bailiff.

g. No fish caught in Federation waters shall be sold or offered for resale.

h. No camping, boating, bathing or fires are permitted.

i. All foul-hooked fish must be returned to the water immediately causing as little harm as possible.

j. All waters must be approached by recognised access without committing trespass.

k. All breaches of Federation Rules or statutory provisions must be reported to the Head Bailiff or the Secretary without delay.

l. Any angler fishing with worm shall withdraw from the water when required to allow any angler fishing with fly or spinner to pass down stream.
River Till

Federation Anglers wishing to fish the Till must be aware that it is not possible to fish the river without making prior arrangements with the head Bailiff as the number of rods per day are restricted.

The whole of the Tweed and all its tributaries are subject to the Tweed Commission’s rules and the Tweed angling code, which is a guide to legal restrictions and good practice when fishing on the Tweed and its tributaries. Some of these rules are legally enforceable and could result in prosecution if contravened. Please note, Tweed bailiffs, under Scottish Law, have the power of arrest.

In summary:

1. The season starts on 1st February and ends on 30th November.

2. Salmon & Sea-trout fishing is prohibited on Sundays.

3. It is illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout – dead or alive – from 1st February to 31st March each year.

During the Spring season, only those Salmon and Grilse that have actually died in the course of resuscitation, after 31st March, may be removed from the water. No one is allowed to dispatch a Salmon or Grilse, e.g. by use of a priest. On no account may any Salmon or Grilse be killed on purpose before 1st July.

4. Salmon & Sea-trout fishing is with artificial fly only before February 15th and after September 14th.

5. It is illegal to sell rod-caught fish.

6. It is illegal to fish without legal right or written permission from the beat's owner or his representative.

7. It is illegal to use prawns or shrimps as bait throughout the catchment and throughout the year.

8. It is illegal to attempt deliberately to foul-hook fish.

9. It is illegal to use any implement other than a net to land a fish.

10. It is illegal to kill kelts, smolts and parr.

11. It is illegal to kill unclean or unseasonable fish (which include baggots, kippers, fish about to spawn or in the process of spawning) and deliberately foul-hooked fish.

12. All caught fish (whether or not they are actually killed), must be recorded (inform bailiff and the end of your day – NIL RETURDS necessary) and the records retained for a minimum of five years. Excluding:

a) kelts (any Salmon that have already spawned);

b) in the Spring only, baggots and kippers (sexually mature Salmon from the previous year that have not yet spawned, ie. which are full of spawn or milt)

[Salmon in this context means Salmon or Sea-trout]

All anglers fish the Federation Water at their own risk. A life jacket can save your life if you fall into the water. Life jackets should be worn at all times. All anglers should take care whilst fishing, particularly when wading. Be careful when back casting if there are other persons behind you, particularly non-anglers. Be extra careful if there are overhead wires or cables nearby, especially when using carbon fibre rods. Carbon fibre is a high conductor of electricity, and contact with electric power lines can kill or cause severe burns.


Anglers should keep moving when fishing all waters and not start to fish in front of an angler already fishing - start behind. Avoid trespass and close all gates behind you. Keep any dog on a leash. Park your car with care and consideration. Do not obstruct any gates, openings, roads or ways. Take all litter, including discarded line, home with you. Observe the Country Code and the Game Angling Code.


Any incident of pollution on Federation Waters should be reported immediately to the Head Bailiff and the Environmental Agency. The Pollution Incident Hotline No. is 0800 807060.


Anglers are encouraged to return undamaged fish to the water, particularly hen salmon and sea trout and any coloured fish. Coloured fish, especially in October represent the future of the river and the Trustees are keen to see these fish being returned to the water as carefully as possible and not killed.Anglers are encouraged to return brown trout to the water to maintain the stock of breeding fish.


1. The angler proven to the satisfaction of the Head Bailiff and the Trustees to have caught the first fresh salmon of the season on the river Coquet will hold the Coquet Trophy for one year and receive three year’s free permits and a replica of the Trophy to retain.

2. The anglers proven to have caught the heaviest salmon and brown trout on any Federation water in each year will hold the Centenary Cup for such fish for one year and receive a free salmon or trout permit for one year.

3. A trophy in memory of Jim Hardy, former Federation Chairman for many years, will be awarded to the angler catching the heaviest sea trout on Federation waters, to be held for one year.


It is in the interests of all anglers that permit holders should observe Federation Rules and all relevant statutory provisions, and anglers are reminded that the Board has unlimited discretion to cancel permits without refund of fees paid and to refuse future applications for permits. The presence of nets, fixed lines or, other illegal devices should be reported immediately to the Head Bailiff or EA. Do not touch or remove them as this can prevent a successful prosecution.
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