Dry fly on the Derwent

Thanks to Jon Barnes for this clip of some cracking wild trout fishing on the Derwent. Only three months and three weeks to go now…

Charity day on the river for Grace House

As part of the Grace House auction organised by Ian Woods on flyforums.co.uk, the club donated a guided day of wild trout fishing on the Derwent, which was won by Peter Anderson with a generous bid of £51.

Membership secretary Ian Colborne met Peter at Allensford a couple of weeks ago and took him upriver for some truly wild fishing. The rain had lashed down the previous night and all through the morning, but the river was still fishable, albeit a bit on the lively side in places! You can read Peter’s account of the day at www.flyforums.co.uk/trout-grayling-fishing/99450-trip-north.html. For our part, it was a real pleasure to be able to offer a day’s fishing and for such a good cause.

We also look forward to meeting David Wiltshire, who won our other Grace House auction for a day’s fishing during the mayfly season. Unfortunately, due to schedule clashes this time round, the day had to be postponed but we look forward to seeing Dave on the river next summer.

The Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal is raising funds to build, equip and run a children’s hospice for children across the North East of England. For more information, see www.gracehouse.co.uk.


All members should report any incidents of poaching they see on the river, either through the contact form on the website or by calling club officials on the telephone numbers on the back of your club ticket.

Please be as specific as you can regarding location and time, so we can be sure we’re targeting the right areas for additional patrols. You should also contact the police if you are threatened in any way.

Anyone wishing to become a water watcher please let us know your details through the website.

Thank you

What to do if you discover a pollution incident

The association would ask all members who discover incidents of pollution in the River Derwent to take the following three steps:

1.Inform the Environment Agency as soon as possible, with as much information as you can give them with regard to the type of pollution and the location. The EA pollution hotline number is 0800 807060 (Freephone, 24 hour service) and is printed on the back of your rod licence.
2. Inform club officials on the number on the back of your club licence.
3. Make notes of your observations. If possible, take photos or a video of the incident and collect samples of any dead fish. A club official will collect these from you as soon as possible.

This information will enable the authorities to act quickly to keep the effects of any incident to a minimum and help locate the source of the pollution.

Many thanks and tight lines


Rainbows in the River Derwent

The association would ask all members catching any rainbow trout from the River Derwent to remove them and if possible to take a picture and a record of length and weight and email it to us through the contact form on the website. We do not stock these fish and their introduction from the Derwent reservoir to the wild trout sanctuary is of concern to the club. We have been asked by Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency to keep records of these fish to determine the best course of action. Thank you for your help with this matter.

Alan Farbridge, club secretary

New exchange tickets: Richmond & District Angling Society

We are delighted to announce that we have come to an exchange ticket arrangement with Richmond & District Angling Society, who have some good coarse and game angling on the upper River Swale. For tickets, please get in touch through the contact form at the top of the page. And if you meet any Richmond anglers on the Derwent, please do make them welcome.

You can find more information about the available fishing on the RDAS website at www.richmondangling.org.uk.

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.