Fishing on the River Tees

Fishing in the River Tees Valley

The Tees is a truly beautiful river with excellent fishing for many species throughout its length. Rising on the slopes of Cross Fell the highest hill of the Pennines the Tees flows eastward between Durham and Yorkshire and empties into the North Sea near Middlesbrough.

The river Tees at Barnard Castle
The Tees at Barnard Castle

The upper reaches are the domain of wild and wonderful brown trout in remote places – a joy for the angler seeking space and solitude. The middle reaches offer not only quality brown trout fishing but also salmon and sea trout in increasing numbers. Grayling fishing is also good and coarse fish begin to appear in numbers worth pursuing.  

The great pools of the lower reaches below Darlington provide excellent coarse fishing as well as game in the faster necks and runs. The tidal river has been cleaned up considerably and above the Tees barrage fish are being caught throughout all previously tidal stretches, from the new Princess of Wales Bridge to Thornaby.

Much of the Tees is controlled by local angling clubs which offer very good fishing at very reasonable prices.

Upper River Tees


Barnard Castle


Middle River Tees





Lower River Tees




Ingleby Barwick


Useful Facilities

Fishing Tackle Shops within 25 miles of Barnard Castle
Game fishing stillwaters within 25 miles of Barnard Castle
Coarse fishing stillwaters within 25 miles of Barnard Castle

Useful External Links

Tees River Trust
Fly Fishing Forum - Tees Chat
Salmon Atlas - Map of English Rivers


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