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Fly-fishing Masterclass on Sunday 12th May 2024
- update 7th May 2024

Fly Fishing

Members can now find more details about this event in the “SAL Members Only” section of the “Members” webpage.

Whorlton Bridge

Whorlton Bridge Refurbishment – April 2024

Refurbishment of the historic Whorlton Bridge is well under way. The latest newsletter issued by Durham County Council and VolkerLasser is available here.

For more information please visit the DCC Website.

Water Quality Monitoring Network – April 2024

For several years the water quality on the Gainford/Winston stretch was monitored using kick sampling. This method, carried out by Tom Ayres, looked at and counted the number of different species of insect larvae present on the riverbed and the results were a biological measure of the water quality. Tom then regularly presented the results at board meetings.

Last year (2023), SAL signed up to the Angling Trust's Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN). This is organised by anglers and does not involve the water companies or the Environment Agency. It was started by salmon anglers on the river Severn who produced a kit with help from Cardiff University, which could be used by amateur scientists. The Angling Trust then used the kit as the basis for setting up a national scheme for monitoring rivers used by anglers right across the country.

There are now 250 angling clubs covering over 200 rivers across 60+ catchment areas. There are more than 400 monitoring kits currently in use by volunteers.

Monitoring Kit

The basic kit comprises:

Phosphates, which are found in human sewage and chicken waste, lead to a build-up of nutrients in a river. Too much nutrient in the water leads to a build-up of green algae and micro-organisms using up the oxygen, so killing fish and other freshwater life. There are 3 sewage works adjacent to the river at Ovington, Winston and Gainford.

Nitrates, which derive mainly from run-off of fertilisers on fields and farm animal waste, also affect the quality of the water in high concentrations.

The conductivity meter reading varies from river to river but a change in that reading can be a quick indicator that there is a possible pollution incident.

On the Gainford/Winston stretch of river, the results to date (between May 2023 and March 2024) show that the phosphate and nitrate levels are low when the readings have been taken. There are limits set out in law for the maximum concentration of phosphates allowed in rivers and a recommended maximum for nitrates.

The national picture that is emerging from the Angling Trust WQMN shows about 40% of rivers have phosphate and nitrate levels above the level required for healthy freshwater life. The first annual report from the Angling Trust has been published on their web site:

If anyone would like to help with monitoring water quality, I can be contacted via email at

Ray Willett
(SAL board member)

October 2022, ATDAC Parking permits must be displayed

Some ATDAC members are STILL not displaying a current permit in their vehicles when parking at Bishopton Mill, Westgate or Piercebridge. This has led to a recent complaint from one of the Piercebridge water landowners, of cars parked at his farm where he is unable to confirm they are ATDAC members because no permit is displayed.

The ATDAC committee have worked very hard to establish a good working relationship with this landowner. Please note that any member found to be in breach of this rule will be severely dealt with.

October 2022, Winston Bridge Ladder Access

Work to replace the old ladder is now complete. The new access ladder features a cranked handle design which provides safer and easier access for members.

11th November 2021, Barbel Stocking

The club is delighted to announce that following liaison with the Environment Agency, 1,000 barbel and 1,500 chub from the EA's Calverton facility were released last week in to the club's lower Tees waters. The barbel ranged from 7″ to 10″, and the chub from 4″ to 6″.

We would request that any club member catching small barbel reports this to the club at either , or using the contact details to be found on the back of your rules booklet.

Boats on SAL Waters

The SAL board is requesting that should members observe boats on SAL waters which are either moored to the bank or using excessive speed, the details of the incident are reported to the club secretary at the club's email address,

Should members be also able to take a photograph of the boat, or failing that, provide a description and/or any other means by which the boat may be identified (such as a name or number), that would be extremely helpful.

Working on ATDAC River Fisheries

Farmers and Gamekeepers have reported continuing problems with poaching and theft of farm property. Whilst we as fishermen enjoy the right to roam the river bank and cast a line, the sight of somebody wandering around without fishing tackle is not allowed (our rights are to fish) and sets alarm bells ringing.

The legality is that maintenance work trimming trees etc should be agreed with the farmer prior to any work being carried out, also there are implications with insurance cover for members acting independently on unapproved maintenance.

There are on occasion anglers on the river bank who do not have fishing tackle but are in fact carrying out well intentioned maintenance work. We do not want to discourage this, far from it, all help is much appreciated. However, this needs to be done properly and the right people informed beforehand of your expected presence.

Dick Sidgwick Tel 07870680953 and Paul Richmond Tel 07815818030 plan and carry out regular work on the river bank liaising fully and with agreement from the farms. To preserve good relations we request anybody planning or wishing to help work on the river bank please speak to Dick or Paul beforehand.

All offers of help will be welcomed.

Aislaby Grange Fishing

A fully automatic gate has now been installed at the Aislaby Road entrance to our Aislaby Grange fishery. When you approach the gate it will be closed. Simply drive up to the gate and it will open automatically and will also do so when you leave.

WarningWARNING: This gate has an automatic timer. It will lock itself at the fishery closing time shown on the notice board at the farmyard entrance and will re-open at 8.00am in the mornings. If you have not passed through the gate by closing time your vehicle will not be released until the following morning and you will be responsible for finding your own way home.

It is unfortunate that these measures have had to be introduced but the intrusion of thieves, poachers, and people in 4 x 4s on to our landlords property has made them necessary. They are not a result of any misbehaviour by our members.

The closing times for the fishery are:-

June to September   8.00 pm
October to May   5.00 pm

If you ignore these times the gate will NOT be unlocked to release your vehicle.

Failure to observe these times will result in disciplinary action which could include expulsion from the club.

ATDAC Rules being broken at Bishopton Mill

We have experienced a number of problems with angler's behaviour on this fishery. There is no evidence that this is Stockton Angling members but please be aware of the situation and observe the following:-

  1. Residents disturbed - Local residents are being disturbed by early morning anglers and gates to the fishery are being left open.
  2. 7.00am opening - Please be aware that arrival on this fishery is not allowed before 7.00am.
  3. No night fishing - you must leave the water no later than one hour after sunset.
  4. Behave quietly - When arriving and leaving please behave quietly and observe the 10mph speed limit.
  5. Park responsibly - No parking is allowed on the access road or its verges. If the car park is full we must leave the water immediately.
  6. Close the gates - Please ensure that you close all gates immediately you have passed through them whether arriving or leaving. The expensive otter fencing that ATDAC has installed is wasted if gates are left open.

Bank Digging

Once again it has been reported by our bailiffs that fishing platforms are being dug into the banks on our Lower Tees water. Such digging often leads to severe erosion of the banks and at worst undermines flood defences. Such actions are strictly against club rules (Rule 17).

Any member found digging fishing platforms will be subject to disciplinary action which can include expulsion from the club.

Parking at Low Middleton, Dovecot Field

The ownership of the Dovecot Field has changed and members are no longer permitted to park in the Stack Yard. Members will now have to park in places at the roadside. There have been recent reports of members parking in, and obstructing farm gates contrary to club rules.


Help us protect our waters

Recent evidence of serious poaching and fish theft on the lower reaches of the Tees, including the discovery of multiple fixed lines for Pike, has led to the introduction of new policing methods by the club River Keepers. These problems could quite easily migrate upriver to Aislaby, Low Worsall etc.

Our River Keepers have discovered evidence in the past of overnight stays, fire pits, bin bags of rubbish etc. on our waters.


Initially focused on these lower reaches, we aim introduce patrolling in pairs, the use of walkie-talkies, the wearing of more obvious and official identification and better planning to ensure that we cover all of the waters.

Please support the River Keepers by telling us about any problems you encounter on any of our waters.

You can do this by emailing details to the club at either, or We WILL act on your information. If you don't want to send details just email your name and phone number and we will call you back.