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.

What to find on the Wear

Double figure Sea Trout.
Significant run of salmon.
Brown trout fishing, both wild and stocked
Grayling fishing
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.

River Wear



Visitors to the area enjoy a range of outdoor activities with sites of historical interest, including the World Heritage Site in Durham. The River Wear at Durham featured on the BBC television programme Seven Natural Wonders of Northern England.



River Wear



About this web site

FishWear is able to provide sea trout and salmon fishing enabling more and more people to enjoy this wonderful sport. You can read about each fishery, see its current fishing availability, and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

In particular you have free, unlimited access to:
There is more information in the left hand menu, being continually updated, to help you arrange your fishing on the Wear and organise your visit to the North East of England.