Two mile stretch of the river Wear, 1 mile either side of the Abbey, access above abbey is by the river bank and below abbey by a road way leading to various points of easy access to the river bank. You are offered a variety of fish from prime Salmon, Sea trout, Brown trout and course fishing. Long streamy runs, glides and deep holes gives you perfect fly ,spinner and worm water for game fishing.

For the course fisherman, float, feeder and bomb, with maggot, caster and worm will tempt Barbell, Chub, Dace, Grayling Gudgeon and Eels


2013 Fishing Day tickets are available from the shop £7 a day (inc car park) £4 Junior or Season Tickets for £50 (car park not inc but at reduced rate of £1.50 per day ticket must be shown)

Further details please contact the farm 0191-3866528

Finchale Abbey Fishing Rules

1/ A valid " Environment Agency " licence must be produced before a day or season ticket will be issued
2/ No Day, season ticket , or licence to be transferred.
3/ Fishing will only take place on the "Abbey " bank approximately one mile upstream and a mile down
4/ No more than one rod to be used at any one time
5/ No nets (fyke), or traps to be used.
6/ All coarse fish to be returned
7/ Keepnets must be at lest 8 feet in length, not less than 15 inches in diameter, of knotless material.
8/ Fish to be retained in Keepnets no more than 5 hours, no trout to be kept in Keepnets
9/ Two fish in season may be kept, brown trout (10") all others to be returned.
10/ No fires
11/ No maggots to be used during close season; March 15th - June 15th, both dates inclusive.
12/ The Riparion owner has the right to terminate your day or season ticket without refund, if it is proven that you have broken any of the above rules, or any other "ENVIRONMENT AGENCY" rules.


This Water has a working Bailiff

Method of Fishing

March 16th - June 15th
Fly, spinner or worm only

June 16th -March 15th
Any Legal Method

March 16th - June 15th
Ban on maggot

All dates inclusive


Feburary 1st - Salmon Season Opens

March 15th - Coarse Fishing Season Opens

March 22nd - Brown Trout Season Opens

April 3rd - Sea Trout Season Opens

June 16th - Coarse Fishing Season Opens

(Any salmon caught before June 16th must be returned immediately)


September 30th - Brown Trout Season Closes

October 31st - Salmon and Sea Trout Season Closes



Please note that Anglers are advised to wear a lifejacket and a wading stick is advised.


Update 2014 -

There have been good runs of sea trout coming through, a good number have been caught on fly and spinner.

Low water have kept salmon from running but a few have been caught on the Finchale Abbey stretch, more rain will bring salmon up and we expect some good runs of fish during this month.


Update 2013 -

There are a lot of sea trout in the river at the moment,Some big fish have been seen on the river, Salmon are starting to move but we need some rain to move them up. For the sea trout angler fly's such as Peter -Ross Teal blue,silver and black Pennel all do well.


Closest tackle shop
Hetton Angling Centre, 37 John Street, Hetton-le-Hole, Tyne & Wear Tel Jimmy or Mel 0191 5265831




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