Dear Supporters of the Tees Rivers Trust,
At the end of October we teamed up with Olly Shepherd from Yorkshire Fly Fishing and organised a Tees Salmon Fishing Weekend 27th – 28th October 2018
The Tees Rivers Trust are over the moon with the weekend which really showcased this magnificent river. We had people come from as far as Wales to enjoy spending time here, some for the first time. Not only has this helped to start dispelling the widely held misconception that the Tees is not worth fishing, the event has put had the direct effect of encouraging 4 new members into syndicates and clubs. All in all we welcomed over 120 rod efforts over the 2 days, who all fished hard and put money into our local economy. We conservatively estimate that this will be in the region of £8 – 10k.
We defied the elements on the Saturday for 3 salmon to be caught and 1 lost. The Sunday produced 1 Sea Trout and 2 salmon, including another 4 lost, all in all, a remarkable effort. Fish were caught from Gainford to Raby. With this result during the one of the hardest summers on record (even the Tyne only produced 8 fish on the Fishpal catches for the weekend), we are in no doubt that the river is a recovering salmon river. It is worth noting that Northumbrian Water also supported the event by releasing extra water from Cow Green reservoir to supplement the low flows. The Trust are planning on building on this and are now looking into developing a Tees-wide angling passport scheme which will help to keep building the profile of the Tees.
All the Best,
Ben Lamb
Trust Manager
The Tees Rivers Trust
Ben Lamb from the Tees Rivers Trust outside The George Hotel, with a handful of happy anglers who joined us for the weekend including: Marina Gibson, Robson Green, Charlie Keyser, Graham Vasey and Phill Elis.
There are no salmon in the Tees?

We hear it all the time but if this is the case, how is it that we find juvenile fish in electrofishing surveys throughout the Tees system? What is it that we have been watching jump at Whorlton and Low Force?

The Tees Rivers Trust is casting the net wide in seeking help from the whole nation to come and put some serious effort into catching some salmon on the Tees.

Negative attitudes have prolonged and supported a perception that at best, there are very few migratory fish in the River Tees. Even the popular game-fishing press regularly dismisses the Tees as a river best-avoided. Locally, nationally, even internationally, this has hindered the growth of fishing for migratory species in the catchment and the business that it supports.

In a bid to begin busting this myth, the Trust has teamed up with local business, angling clubs and landowners to throw open the banks of the river to anyone who owns a migratory fishing licence, a rod, some enthusiasm and interest in exploring and fishing this jewel of the North East’ aquatic crown.  

“Its time for the Tees to shine”, said Trust Director, Ben Lamb. “If you have written this river off, come and have another go. We are supporting this event as we believe that there are fish in the river but not enough effort going in to catch them. However, we are not doing this to prove a point beyond the fact that the Tees is an incredible river and deserves more than the negative press it so often gets”

Angling has the potential to bring a welcome boost to business in the Tees. At its very tip, visiting anglers may need food and accommodation. However, the presence of salmon convey a positive image for the river and the area and will bring in many more visitors, tempting them to turn off at Scotch Corner instead of following the herd along the A1.

The Tees Rivers Trust is working with Yorkshire Fly Fishing to organise the event. Despite being run ragged by the deluge of calls and bookings he has received, owner, Olly Shepherd, crackles with energy and excitement about the interest it has generated. “I grew up next to the Tees in Piercebridge and I love it”, says Olly.” We need more folk to know about and fish the river. The Tees is currently at risk. Lack of rod catch data returned to the EA is contributing to this. Since going live four days ago, we now have over 100 visiting anglers signed up to take part and we are expecting them to join about 50 club members out fishing over the weekend. Let’s line the banks and turn the tide!”

The event has received bookings from near and far including anglers from Kent, Lincolnshire and Wales and a local family of 10.. It has also attracted the interest of some big angling names including Marina Gibson, James Stokoe, Charles Keiser, Neil Loban, Phil Ellis and Robson Green.
‘I cant wait to get out for a day on the Tees’ said Robson. ‘It’s a river I’ve always meant to fish a bit harder but have never given it that much attention. It’ll be great knowing there are so many rods out on the day and that I can help in this effort. I hope The Tyne’s got her eyes closed!”

Businesses around the catchment are looking forward to welcoming visitors. “This weekend is a great chance to come and rediscover or discover the river for the first time and all it has to offer”, said Ben. A list of some of the local B&Bs and hotels has been made available on request and directions for parking and maps of beats provided ahead of the weekend.
Some quotes from the day...

Norman Deakin Thanks again Olly Shepherd for a fantastic weekend!!! Think we spent more time chatting on the river bank admiring the amazing scenery than fishing

Shaun O'Dowd Fantastic event Olly Shepherd, credit to you and all those involved in organising the event and to all those like minded anglers that turned up to support the event.

Gareth Hinchcliffe Well done for putting it all on Olly and Ben and giving the river a bit of publicity. I was pleasantly surprised at the result and can’t help wonder what we would have caught on the same weekend last year. There’s a long way to go but at least there’s fish in the river, I just wish they’d show themselves a bit more.

Philip Ellis A fantastic and well run weekend Olly Shepherd great to be a part of it.. Let’s hope the findings are positive and it encourages more Anglers to have a go

Gerard Beeby Great weekend and very well organised Olly in a stunningly beautiful upper river valley, the clarity of the light was amazing and the weather not too bad considering the light snow welcome from Weardale.
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