Firstly, thank you for your interest, support, bookings and feedback in 2017                                            15th January 2018

2017 Fishing Season Summary

The 2017 season saw another very good head of fish in the rivers at Warden with often near perfect conditions throughout much of the summer and autumn months.  The combination of Kielder releases, floods and numerous small freshets during the season helped salmon and sea trout migrate upstream with ease and with that catches were reasonably consistent with frequent rises in river levels. 
2017 catches were 181 salmon (2016 - 253) and 114 sea trout (2016 - 102). We recorded our third best season to date for the number of salmon caught as we surpassed the 5year average of 170.6 and set a new record for the number of sea trout caught beating the previous record of 104 that was set in 2012.

Salmon up to 25lb and sea trout up to 12lb were caught and the average weight of salmon and sea trout caught at Warden in 2017 increased respectively to 11¾lb (11½lb 2016) and 4lb9oz(4lb8oz 2016). 
The salmon catch included good numbers of fish in the range mid to high teens and low twenty pound.  Some exceptional specimen sea trout were landed including five double figure fish along with many between 6lb and 9lb, caught on a regular basis.
 
The fish counter at Riding Mill recorded 32,085 salmon and sea trout to the end of October (32,661 in 2016) which compares favourably to the 5year average of 32,239 for this period.
The highest ever counts for June and July were recorded with 7,581 and 10,995 respectively, with 5year averages for these months being 3659 and 7314.

Charity and Publicity

We hosted a Charity day on 3rd October in aid of The North East Air Ambulance which raised £500 and although those who took part didn’t connect with any fish everyone who participated enjoyed the day and had the opportunity to cover good numbers of fish.

James Stokoe, who won the 2015 BBC World’s Wildest Waters Big Fish fishing competition, is a Warden local and has been made an Angling Trust Ambassador, and was filmed at Warden teaching Keeley Donovan (BBC) for the Countryfile diaries in 2016. James is available to Guide and Ghillie at Warden – contact Andrew Jackson.