Fly fishing in Northumberland

Fishing in Northumberland

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From smaller streams to rivers and coasts, Northumberland is home to incredible game, river and coarse fishing spots. Enthusiasts can make the most out of our multiple venues and plan an unforgettable fishing trip here.

You'll be hooked to the North East

Pack up your rod and bait and visit Northumberland's streams, rivers and coast where you will find a wealth of fishing opportunities. No matter what aspect of fishing interests you, Northumberland can offer you the best.

Whether you’d like to fish for salmon and sea trout, wild brown trout, or rainbow trout there are numerous venues available. River fishing can be catered for from the mighty Tweed in the North, to the Tyne in the south. Between these two rivers there are the River Coquet, Aln, Wansbeck and Till, which all provide exciting opportunities to catch wild fish.

Coarse fishing enthusiasts appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the Tyne and the lower reaches of most of our rivers while casting for perch, roach, dace, gudgeon and pike.

Larger reservoirs, such as Kielder and Derwent (famous for grayling fishing in the autumn and winter), allow anglers to bait, spin or fly fish. Smaller still waters, at Chatton, Thrunton Long Crag, Caistron, South Linden, Higham Lakes, Sweethope Loughs, and Langley Dam, all offer excellent lake fishing for the novice while still providing a challenge for the more experienced.

Most of the smaller lakes are fly fishing only but coaching can be arranged prior to the actual day. These still waters are dotted all around the county and one will be within easy travelling distance no matter where you are staying.


There are professional fly fishing coaches and guides available who can provide any tackle that is required and ensure your day fishing is fun.

The stunning Northumberland coastline is so varied for sea fishing trips, any fisherman will be in their element. There are superb sandy beaches, and numerous rocky areas which provide the shore angler the chance to catch a wide variety of saltwater species including cod, pollack, and summer mackerel.

Casting a line from a pier can be fun too! Craster, Amble, Seahouses, and Blyth all have piers and charter fishing boats for those who wish to go sea trout fishing.

Be sure to check the Northumberland County Council website in advance of your visit for up to date information on fishing permits and licenses.
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