PLEASE NOTE :
ANGLERS MUST REPORT THEIR CATCHES AT THE END OF EACH DAYS FISHING BY ENTERING DETAILS OF THE CATCH (INCLUDING NIL RETURNS) IN THE FISHING BOX BOOK AT THE END OF THE CASTLE DRIVE AND ALSO BY EMAIL TO ANTONY@HAUGHTONCASTLE.CO.UK.
FAILURE TO REPORT CATCHES MAY RESULT IN FUTURE LETS BEING REFUSED.
On Beat 1 there is forest road from Coldwell farm to the rack. There is also a track to the tobogoning field.
On Beat 2 we have put in two new forest roads from Haughton Mains Farm to the Mains Pool and to the Lower Mains Pool, making access much easier there as well.
At the Mains Pool – please park on the hard standing and not on the field, which is boggy.
HOW TO FISH HAUGHTON CASTLE
(2 beats - change at lunchtime).
Only one beat for two rods is let and the fishing for the let rods commences on each day as follows-
Monday - beat 1
Tuesday - beat 2
Wednesday -beat 1
Thursday - beat 2
Friday - beat 1
Saturday - beat 2
Sunday- beat 1
All pools have white posts marking the top and bottom of the fishable stretches.
You can find a comprehensive beat map by using the link on the main Haughton Castle beat description page on FishTyne.
DIRECTIONS TO LONG RACK STRETCH:
use the new track from Coldwell Farm.
0.The Scar Pool
Difficult to acces and 5 mins upstream from The Rack and difficult wading. Fishes well in high water.
1. The Rack
The Rack is 150 yards of fishing. Start upstream on strimmed bank, fish initially from bank, then gradually in the stream, on below the wires across the river, until the fly ceases to fish. Spinning effective for another 100 yards in high water.
To reach the new Scar Pool, which is a five minute walk up river, follow the signs – over 2 stiles, into the wood. It is the tail-end of a deep pool and fishes well at high water.
2 . Fairy Rocks
Spinning at high water in the centre of this long deep holding pool.
Delicate fly water opposite the Chipchase hut. Taking spot is in the Jaws, with sea trout on our side further down. Fish from bank - take care to be courteous to other bank.
4. Stepping Stones
Down steps by fence between Coldwell Wood and Tobogganing Field. Walk out on stepping-stones and up river 10 yards on cobbled stoneway and fish as far below stepping-stones as you can. This is good in low water
DIRECTIONS TO TOBOGGANING FIELD STRETCH:
Vehicle access (4x4) down down the new track from Coldwell Farm to the Tobogganing field. Fishing hut and Parking Place available.
Pools 3 and 4 can be reached easily from here.
5. Harry's Cave pool
Nice fly water on far side, in, via stile, up from hut, wade straight over and back out by hut. Glide out of pool worth covering delicately.
6. Wester Hall pool
Three croys at top, fish off each. Fish lie on far side of run near top. Difficulty to control the fly in the turbulent water.
7. Lower Westerhall pool
Path downstream through wood. There are two high water spinning spots in the middle of the pool with stepped access down steep bank. The main fishing is at the end of the pool. Down roped steps. Fish the tail of the pool from the bank, right down to the fast stream on our bank.
FERRY COTTAGE PARKING PLACE:
Drive on tarmac, below the Castle, first turning left down to river, and park in hammer head parking place next to the Ferry Cottage. Can walk up to pool 7.
8. Island Pool
Walk up river, over stile into Horses field and then down to the riverbank. Nice run on far side (wading), spin centre of pool and good delicate fly water at tail of the pool. Running fish are often caught on the lip, and sea trout in the glide to the right of the island.
Ferry Cottage parking place Drive on tarmac, below the Castle, first turning left down to river, and park in hammer head parking place next to the Ferry Cottage.
Two parts, First part, wade out below the Island and fish on far side. Second part, below Cottage, easy wading, fish lie on the other side of the current, in deep water. Then walk down bank and across stile, to
10. Rock Pool
A few casts, generally unproductive, but very pretty, below Haughton Paper Mill.
DIRECTIONS TO BATH HOUSE WOOD PARKING PLACE:
Drive on made-up track above Paper Mill, across field, through gate and parking place is just in the wood.
11. Pump House Pool
Access by stile below Sewage Farm. The Pump House is the big red building on the other side and the pool is where the water runs out of the Pump House race. Low water lie, walk across rock promontory and up stream 3 yards, fish lie at the end of the concrete wall opposite, fish run into pool. Main body of the pool, lies up and down from large Larch Tree overhanging the river and particularly off Point on other side. Good pool.
12. The Pots
There are about 4 lies (very close to the Parking place), 2 or 3 casts each in the running water below the Pump House Pool running into the long, slow Shilburnhaugh Pool. First is at the 'run out'of The Pump House pool on the far side. The Second is a pot in the centre of fast running water, the third is on the far side of the Grassy Islet and the Fourth is a run of 10 yards below the Grassy Islet.
DIRECTIONS TO MAINS POOL FISHING HUT:
Drive on through the gate out of wood, by Pheasant pens, into Shilburnhaugh field. Hut is at the other end of the field.
13. Lower Shilburnhaugh pool
The run out of the long slow Shilburnhaugh pool. There are about 4 lies behind submerged rocks across the pool at the tail. Fish spook easily. At hih water the salmon lie about 10 yards higher up.
14. Mains Pool
Very popular pool. Easy fly water below the fishing hut. Wade upstream to start and fish each of the three runs separately Fish well down past the fence on the other side.
DIRECTIONS TO POOLS 15-17:
There is a New Road from Haughton Mains Farm to 17. Lower Mains Pool, otherwise walk down-stream along pretty path from the Mains Pool to get to the next three pools.
15. Fir Tree Run
Short stretch. Fish lie in the obvious 'V'and can be reached from the old submerged fishing platform, that's if you can see it!
16. Lower Fir Tree
Fast running Sea trout stream in the centre of the river. Very productive from the other bank.
17 Lower Mains Pool
This is a good pool, little fished. There is a long obvious stretch which fishes almost down to the electricity wires across the River, when the water is high.
It is unlawful to fish for coarse fish from the 15 March to 15 June both dates inclusive on any river or stream.
It is unlawful to fish for migratory trout from the 1 November to 2 April both dates inclusive.
It is unlawful to fish for salmon from the 1 November to 31 January both dates inclusive.
All salmon caught before 16 June must be returned to the water immediately with as little injury as possible.
No person shall sell, offer or expose for sale, barter, or have in possession for sale any salmon or sea trout which has been taken by rod and line.
It is unlawful to fish for non-migratory trout from 1 October to 21 March on any river both dates inclusive.
All anglers aged 12 years or over must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency rod licence before starting to fish.
All fishing belongs to someone; make sure you have permission from the owner before you start to fish.
Further details of Byelaws are available from the Environment Agency - Fisheries Byelaws for the North East.
Contact the Environment Agency for Catch and Release Guidelines - England and Wales.
This publication is for guidance only and is not intended to replace statutory regulations.