Welcome to the Aln Angling Association

2022 Season News

Fishing will restart on The River Aln Association water from Monday 1 February 2022 (a permit is required before fishing). 

Permits are available (Mon – Sat – 9am – 5pm) from Hardy Store & Museum, 30 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, NE66 1TD – 01665 510027

Open Season dates (All dates are inclusive).

Salmon:                  1st February until 31st October
Migratory Trout:   3rd April until 31st October
Brown Trout:         22nd March until 30th September

Please be aware that the rules and regulations have been revised for the 2022 season; copies of which will be given to you with your permit and we would ask you to familiarise yourself with these prior to fishing. 

The Aln Angling Association also has a new contact number – 07376 951 145 or you can use our contact us form at the bottom of this page. 


Covid-19 Update

Stay safe

There is currently no restrictions on fishing due to covid-19 but the Association strongly recommends all anglers must aware of and abide by, all the current covid-19 guidelines and controls at all times. The most up-to-date guidelines can be found on the Governments Covid-19 website. 

About Us

The River Aln rises in the Cheviot hills running east to the North Sea at Alnmouth. The Association water commences at Denwick Bridge half a mile East of Alnwick and ends at the Duchess’s bridge at Alnmouth.

The fishing season runs from 1st February 1st to 31st October.
Both banks may be fished, and wading is allowed.

The Association water is approximately four and a half miles in length.
There is a short exclusion zone which runs from Lesbury old road bridge down to Lesbury footbridge between which no access or fishing is allowed.
The river is fly fishing only, for the majority of the water and there are some fine streamy pools particularly in the Hawkhill bridge area.
There is a restriction on rod length of 10 ½, foot and no full sinking fly lines are allowed.  Sink tip lines are permissible provided the sinking tip does not exceed 10 feet in length.

Below the footbridge at Lesbury the river is tidal where fly and spinning are both allowed.  No prawn or shrimp fishing is allowed.

The tidal stretch is where the majority of Sea Trout and Salmon are caught mainly to spinners.  Full rules and regulations are displayed on the reverse of the permit.

Following advice from the Rivers Trust a decision was made to stop stocking the river with triploid Brown Trout as it is considered detrimental to native stock.  (A noticeable decline in Sea Trout was seen when triploid fish were being stocked).
The river was last stocked in 2015.

The river has recently been classified by the Environment Agency as a Recovering River and therefore ALL Salmon caught MUST be returned unharmed to the water.

Following changes to the North East netting, migratory fish will now have an easier passage into the river, and it is hoped that there will be a significant improvement to fish stock particularly in the autumn.

Prices 2021



Senior /Con*

ANNUAL SALMON   (inc. Sea Trout and Brown Trout)






ANNUAL JUNIORS 12 -18 years old  (inc. Sea Trout and Brown Trout)



MONTHLY (Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout)



WEEKLY (Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout)



DAILY (Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout)



DAILY (Brown Trout Only)



DAILY JUNIORS 12 -18 years old (Brown Trout only)



*Cash or Cheque only

Under 12’s may fish the river for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

A current national rod licence is required.

Permits may be purchased from:
Hardy Store & Museum, 30 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, NE66 1TD
01665 510027

Permits are available (Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm)



1.  From Alnwick turn down at the war memorial and just before Denwick Bridge there is a lay-by on your right, with ample parking.

Grid Ref: NU 19686 13651  What3Words: century.brass.pythons

2.  From Alnwick take the Alnmouth road. Just before the A1 bridge, turn left into new housing estate. Park at the cycle track car park and walk the lane down under the fly-over which will take you to the river. This is Peters Mill Bridge.

Grid Ref: NU 20267 13007  What3Words: unhappy.took.cocoons

3.  Continue Further along Alnmouth Road and you will come to Hawkhill Bridge.  There is parking in the lay-by on the left, just up the hill.

Grid Ref: NU 21545 12702  What3Words: towel.greed.hears

4.  At Lesbury there are various parking areas near the roundabout.

5.  In Lesbury village there is a car park just past the Post Office.  Park here then walk down the lane and fish below the footbridge.  This is a tidal stretch.

Grid Ref: NU 23677 11641   What3Words: again.harnessed.floating

6.  At Hipsburn turn at the roundabout, up the hill past the Railway Station look for a sign on the right to Greenrigg and Bilton Farm.  Turn here and follow the road down to the river where there is parking for 2 cars.

Grid Ref: NU 21685 11743   What3Words: indoors.crank.cape

Contact Us

Please use the contact form below if you have any queries