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Fishing in Northumberland

Fishing in Northumberland around the River Coquet

The Coquet Valley is in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside and is incredibly picturesque and tranquil. Perfect for sightseeing, walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching. The historic market town of Rothbury provides an interesting range of restaurants, pubs, art galleries and speciality shops. Cragside House and Estate and Hadrian’s Wall are both close by and absolutely unmissable.

The Coquet rises in the Cheviot Hills running east to the North Sea entering at Amble. The river winds its way through some magnificent country – perfect for fishing in Northumberland.

The salmon season runs from 1st February to 31st October with the river receiving good spring runs of salmon with fish running throughout the summer, subject to the water conditions. There are also late runs in September and October of predominantly sea trout. There are always Brown Trout to be caught with the season beginning on March 22nd and ending on September 30th.

Please note that all prices shown on this page were correct at the time of publication however may have changed since, so you need to contact the various individuals and organisations for the most up to date prices.  We will periodically update this page but take no responsibility for any information which may have gone out of date since publication.

Caistron Trout Fishery

Caistron Trout Fishery is the closest lake to Rothbury, being approximately 5 miles west of the town and located at Thropton, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7LG. For further information, please contact the fishery on tel: 01434 609725 or 07944 178045. Mature fifty acre lake stocked with rainbow and blue trout, also natural head of brown trout. Fly and worm. Tuition, tackle and boat hire available.

Caistron Prices:

8 hours – £20 for 4 fish and then catch and release
4 hours – £10 for 2 fish and then catch and release
4 hours – £15 for 3 fish and then catch and release
8 hours – £12 sporting ticket (catch & release only)

Fishing on and around the Aln River

River Aln (Aln Angling Association)

Brown trout, salmon and sea trout stocked
01665 602135 – Jobsons (all permits)
01665 510027 – Hardy’s (all permits)
Secretary: – Alan Lawson 01665 579272

Hazon Burn Park Fishery

01665 575379
Situated approx. 5 miles south of Alnwick next to the A1.
Separate trout and coarse lakes. Open daily from 7am – dusk.
Fly fishing £10 for 6 hours and £20 all day. Coarse fishing £5 all day.
2 rods for £8 all day.

The ‘House of Hardy’ Fishing Tackle Factory, Country Store and Museum

River Aln
Situated on the Willowburn Trading Estate, Alnwick
01665 602771 / 01665 510027

Felton Fence Farm

Irene Adamson – 01665 570205
On B6345 between Longframlington and Felton.
Coarse fishing, well stocked ponds with carp, bream, roach, tench, perch etc.
Day ticket: £7.

Fishing on and around Kielder

Kielder Reservoir and Bakethin Reservoir

01434 240398

Here you’ll find fishing for trout (brown/rainbow).
There are two linked waters offering both bank and boat fishing. Fly, worm and spinning.
Boats are available.


Fishing on and around the Fontburn Reservoir

Fontburn Reservoir is a very popular fishing location and was built in 1905 at an altitude of 180 metres. Fontburn hosts a successful trout fishery stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout for fly, worm and spinning, and is located between Rothbury and Scots Gap approximately 7 miles south of Rothbury just off the B6342. Further details about this location can be found in Northumbrian Water’s ‘Go Fishing 2010’ Guide. If using satellite navigation, key in postcode NE61 4PL to pin point its location. Alternatively, contact: Fontburn Reservoir Lodge on tel: 01669 621368.

Whittle Dene

01669 621368
(Fontburn Reservoir)
Coarse fishing, consisting of 3 small lakes that straddle the old military road near Harlow Hill just off the B6318, 8 miles west of Newcastle.

Fishing on and around the River Till

River Till

Brian Thompson – 01668 216223 – Fishery Manager.
25 miles north-west of Alnwick, off A697.
Permits from Millfield and Ford Post Offices.
The Ford Beat is open to the public with no prior booking. 3 private stretches need to be booked in advance.

Sweethope Lough

Mr Rob Tait – 01830 602535
Kirkwhelpington, 4 miles west of A696, 3 miles east of A68 & 5 miles south of Otterburn.
Fly fishing for rainbow, blue and brown trout. Bank and boat fishing.

Fishing Tuition and Guides

Kevin Dawson Tuition

If you would like the opportunity to utilise local knowledge, then Kevin Dawson, a qualified instructor in Game Angling (certificate no: L2CCA05-790-492) is an experienced fly fisherman who has spent many years refining his skills on the River Coquet and can offer tuition for any level of angler. Further details can be found on Kevin’s website or contacting him directly on tel: 01669 621417

Tailor Made Skills Sessions

We are able to arrange time with Gary Proudlock at a qualified instructor, to accompany you. Gary is an experienced fly fisherman who has spent many years refining his skills on the River Coquet where he has instructed many people in a wide range of fly fishing skills.

Based on a minimum of 3 hours tuition, this package is ideal for those experienced fly fishermen who wish to hone their skills in one or two aspects of fly fishing. This tailor made package enables the angler to have a bespoke training programme, developed to suit their own personal requirements.

Half Day

Ideal for the individual or family group wishing to experience the pleasure of fly fishing for the first time. This is a great way to add to a holiday experience in Northumberland or simply for someone who wish to have a relaxing time out in the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside. This package focuses on the basics and is intended to give you the experience of fishing rather than the development of skills. It does however enable you to get down to the most interesting aspect of fishing that of catching your first fish. All necessary equipment included in the cost.

Half Day Tuition Prices:

One adult £60.00 for 3 hours 10.00am till 1pm
Two adults £80.00
Three adults £120.00
Four adults £160.00

Full Day

Enjoy the ultimate fly-fishing experience, ideal for the complete novice or those new to the sport of fly fishing. During this full day’s fishing you will be shown, through demonstration and practice, the many techniques which will enable you to successfully land that crafty and cunning and sometimes illusive fish.


Full Day Tuition Prices:

One adult £120.00 for 6 hours 10.00am till 4.00pm
Two adults £160.00 for 6 hours
Three adults £180.00 for 6 hours
Four adults £200 00 for 6 hours

These prices include all fishing equipment, however the participant needs to bring:

  • Warm/waterproof clothing
  • Wellingtons or preferably thigh waders
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses or spectacles if worn
  • An Environment Agency Rod Licence. (Trout £3.75, Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout £8.50 , Day Ticket Prices.)

For the more experienced fisherman Gary is happy to work River Guiding at £80.00 per day depending on customer requirements.

Buying your Licence

Full day fishing will be between £25 and £50 per day, plus rod licence, depending upon the time of year. Licences can be purchased on line at the Environment Agency Website, or on the day at Red Grouse Gallery, New Bridge St, Rothbury.

Northumberland Water Visitor Fishing Permits can be obtained from the Head Bailiff (W Farndale), 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7XZ. Tel: 01669 620984.  No application forms are necessary.  To apply for a permit, send a cheque for the correct fee, payable to NAF and enclose a SAE at least 9” x 6” (C5) with a first class stamp to the Head Bailiff. Please note that Visitors Permit Fees may be subject to change, but at the time of writing a ‘1 Day, All Fish, All Waters (excluding Coquet Tidal) Permit’ cost £30, and a ‘7Day, All Fish, All Waters’ (excluding Coquet Tidal) Permit’ cost £75.

Amble Angling Centre

River Coquet
4 Newburgh Street
01665 711200

RL Jobson & Sons

River Coquet & River Aln
Tower Showroom
01665 602135

River Coquet (Northumbrian Anglers Federation)

Brown trout, salmon and sea trout stocked
01665 602135 – Jobsons (full season permits for trout only)
01669 621011 – Fishers of Rothbury (day or week permits for trout only)
01665 711200 – Amble Angling Centre (full season permits for trout only)
01669 620984 – Mr W Farndale (Head Bailiff for all permits for salmon and sea trout)
01665 570271 – Anglers Arms (day permits) – private one mile stretch

Fishers of Rothbury

River Coquet
15 Bridge Street
01669 621011
Alternatively, called The N.A.F Representative, Willy, after 6pm for prices and more information on 01669 620984.

* Charges were correct at the time of going to press but may now differ, they are provided as a guide only.

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