Suggestion box

As club secretary I try to run the association for the continuing benefit of all of its members. We are always open to new ideas and different points of view ,so here is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and feelings on the association. What we’re asking for is feedback from the membership:

What do we do well?
What could we do better?
Is there anything we don’t do that we should do?
Why do you like fishing the area you do?
What is your view on the stocking of fish etc?
Or anything else that’s on your mind…

To let us know how we’re doing, send us a message through the contact form at the top of the page.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Alan Farbridge

Lost fishing tackle at Allensford

On Monday 26 July a member lost an 8’ 4# Greys Streamflex rod, and a black Redington reel with orange line and a green furled leader. The items were lost from the car park at Allensford Bridge. Reward offered for safe return. Tel 0191 273 2469.

Win a day on the river with England Int’l Rivers champ Simon Robinson

A day on the river with England Rivers champ Simon Robinson is up for grabs in a charity raffle in aid of children’s cancer research organised by the madabouttrout website.

Tickets are a pound a strip and anyone interested in bidding will have to register on madabouttrout to buy a ticket.

Good luck to all who take part.

Forces fish for free

When looking back at the history of the Derwent Angling Association, we noticed that the Association had offered free day tickets during the first and second world wars for service men and women on leave from active service.

The committee have unanimously agreed to revive this tradition and any service personnel on leave from active service or recovering from wounds received who wish to take up this offer need only contact us and we’ll let them know how to obtain their ticket.

We feel this is the very least we can do to show our support for the young men and women who put their lives on the line on our behalf.


It has come to our attention that a mistake had been made on the membership information page of our website on which we stated that the club’s senior membership had a limit of 200 members. This was incorrect – senior membership is in fact capped at 250, as stated in rule 13 of the club’s printed rule book, which is given to all members. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

Grayling and wild trout survey reminder

Could anyone catching wild trout or grayling in Association water, please let us know by telling us what you caught, where and when, and approximate size. This will help us identify areas of need on the river so we can target them accordingly.

Thank you for your support.

Suspension of grayling day tickets for 2010 season

The association have sadly reached the decision to suspend day tickets for the 2010 grayling winter season due to the collapse in grayling stocks since the 2009 pollution incident. We feel we cannot in all honesty ask people to fish for what is not there in the sort of numbers that would allow any chance of success.

The main areas of concern are from Allensford to Blackhall Mill. We hope to replenish the stock of grayling in this area to bring to the level it was before the pollution incident.

The association are currently continuing with their case against the polluter, Northumbrian Water, and hope to reach an agreement in the near future.We will update the membership and overall fishing community with the situation as it develops.

Howard and Simon lead England to Rivers gold

Congratulations to DAA members Simon Robinson and Howard Croston, who were in the medals at the Home International Rivers Championship, which was held on the Tees yesterday 2 July. The victorious England team, who were captained by Howard, took the first four individual placings while Simon won the Individual Championship with four firsts in each of his sessions. The winning margin was 20 points, with England catching 61 fish more than any other country.

Simon Robinson, winner of the Moc Morgan Trophy

Simon Robinson, winner of the Moc Morgan Trophy

Andrew Scott and Simon Robinson

Andrew Scott and Simon Robinson

And proving that you really can’t keep a good man down, just one week later, Simon and Simon Robinson and Andrew Scott took first place in the Kielder Pairs Water Aid Competition, catching their 16 limit by 3pm. In in second position were Tom and Norman Robson with seven fish and, making it a bumper week for the club, in third place were DAA committee members Andrew Coats and Stephen Fletcher!

Well done to all involved.

Break-in at Game Fishing Supplies, Morpeth

A number of pairs of waders and wading boots of various brands and styles were stolen in a break-in at Ian Woods’ Game Fishing Supplies in Morpeth on Thursday (1 July) night.

All the items taken are brand new and boxed so if anyone is offered any wading boots or waders cheap, could they contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043, quoting incident number 2/7/10 82.

Reminder: fishing demo with former national rivers champ

If you’re looking for a spot of inspiration for your fishing this summer, on Saturday 26 June at 12 noon, Jon Barnes, former national rivers champion and DAA member, will be giving a demonstration of the fishing techniques he uses on the Derwent. Among other things, Jon will be demonstrating Czech nymphing, as well as the Polish and French nymphing styles which can be so effective on spooky fish. This is a great chance to come along and learn from a man who represented his country at the very highest level.

Meet at Ebchester on the green in front of the cottages. This event is free to attend and all members are welcome, but please let us know if you’re planning to come so we can get an idea of numbers. (Click here to email)