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The River Wear

Sea Trout Fishing on the River Wear

The Wear is the smallest of the North East's three major rivers, being approximately 100km. in length from source to tidal limit. Rising in the Pennines in the West, it flows Eastwards to the estuary at Sunderland. Along its length it is fed by many tributaries, the two most significant being the Gaunless and the Browney which enter the middle reaches. Brown Trout are abundant throughout and Sea Trout and Salmon are well distributed during most of their seasons. The Wear is recognised as one of the top Sea Trout Rivers in England, with double-figure fish being caught annually. In 2008 it was the most productive English sea trout river, with a recorded catch of 2080.


The River Wear at Bishop Auckland



Sea Trout Fishing on the River Wear

Much of the best fishing is to be found in the Middle Reaches where the Wear meanders through rich pastures and arable land. Deep holding pools are interspersed with long gravelly runs well suited to fly fishing. The gravel bed makes wading in this part of the river generally safe and easy. The Wear is most famous for its sea trout fishing which, in the middle reaches, is worthwhile from May onwards, with many of the larger fish caught early in the season. Fishing the fly at night is, without doubt, the most productive method. However, many fish are also caught during daylight hours on both fly and small spinners. Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Wear is generally very accessible, with several angling clubs offering day, weekly and season permits at very reasonable rates, among them Bishop Auckland Angling Club and Ferryhill Angling Club .


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The River Wear

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Fishing on the River Wear

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Fishing on the River Wear

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