Gainford is considered one of the best places to fish on the River Tees and home to species such as brown trout, sea trout, salmon, chub, grayling and pike.

As we own part of the river, visitors can fish from River Cottage, however you must buy a permit from the post office (100 metres away) to support the stocking of the river.

The river by the cottage is about 6ft deep and open for the following seasons:

Type of Fishing Open Dates
Sea trout 3rd April – 31st October
Salmon 1st February – 31st October
Trout 2nd October – 20th March
Coarse-fishing 16th June – 14th March

There are also five reservoirs in Upper Teesdale, which are open for fishing from March 15th to 30th November: the Hury, Grassholme, Selset, Balderhead and Cow Green reservoirs.

From a local man’s blog, here is a series of fish, all caught on the River Tees.

Tees Pike




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