Fishing on the Wear
For game anglers the Wear is recognised as one of the best Sea Trout Rivers in England, with double-figure fish being caught annually. The Environment Agency fish counter at Framwellgate Weir in Durham has counted 17,728 Salmon and Sea Trout this year, with a record September of 6,431 fish. This is the second-best month since Wear records began in 1994.
What to find on the Wear
Double figure Sea Trout.
Significant run of salmon.
Brown trout fishing, both wild and stocked
Specimen size coarse fishing: Barbel to over 12lb, chub to 6lb 10oz
British record Dace; Increasing numbers of bream.
The Wear is the smallest of the North East's three major rivers, being approximately 100km. in length from source to tidal limit. Rising in the Pennines in the West, it flows Eastwards to the estuary at Sunderland. Along its length it is fed by many tributaries, the two most significant being the Gaunless and the Browney which enter the middle reaches. Brown Trout are abundant throughout and Sea Trout and Salmon are well distributed during most of their seasons. Grayling can be found in the middle and lower reaches whilst most of the Coarse Fish are found in the lower reaches.