The River Derwent rises in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flowing into Derwent Reservoir and down through the Derwent Valley to join the Tyne at Derwenthaugh. Since the decline of heavy industry in the valley, the river has steadily improved and now supports wild brown trout and grayling throughout its length. Natural recruitment of brown trout has improved dramatically in recent years, with a good spread of age groups and the occasional heavyweight fish.
Grayling were stocked in the upper river around 1902, these fish became well established in the upper reaches and as water quality improved, particularly after the mid 1980’s they colonised the lower river and now offer excellent sport. Sporting size triploid brown trout are stocked annually by the Angling Associations.
Sea trout and salmon are attempting to access the lower river and hopes are high that a combined hydro power scheme and a fish pass will be constructed in 2011; this would be a major step forward towards the restoration of the natural [pre-industrial] ecology of the river.
Most of the fishing is managed by Derwent Angling Association [the upper/ middle reaches] and Axwell Park and Derwent Valley Angling Association [the middle/lower reaches]. Both Associations offer affordable day tickets and Axwell Park also have two beats in the Tyne Angling Passport scheme which is managed by the Tyne Rivers Trust. Both Associations are conservation minded and encourage catch and release. Both Associations can be contacted via their websites.
Retailers for Passport tickets include: Bagnall and Kirkwood in Newcastle, Frasers Angling and Leisure in Gateshead, Top Tackle in Hexham and Orvis in Corbridge.
Accommodation and Passport tickets are available at the Battlsteads Inn at Wark and at Lambley Estate near Haltwhistle
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