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)

Seniors Competition: 6 June 2010

Sunday’s Seniors Competition at Derwent Reservoir was won by Gordon Swain with six fish for 14lb 9oz. Gordon also caught the biggest fish of the day, a strapping 3lb 4oz rainbow. Runner-up was Chris Hope with a total weight of 9lb 13oz and in third position was DAA club bailiff Andrew Coates with a 9lb bag. Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to our sponsors whose generous support is, as ever, hugely appreciated.

Entomology for beginners

Most fly fishing is based upon imitating the foodstuff of our quarry. For the river angler this predominantly means imitating insects at various stages of their life cycle. To be able to do this we need to be able to identify the insects and have a basic knowledge of their life cycle.

It is not necessary however to fully understand all the groups, sub groups and classes or to be able to identify them by their Latin names. What is important is to understand the basic types and at what stage in the life cycle the fish are taking them.

The following is a brief introduction to the basic fly types, including a fly calendar to show when during the year we can expect to see them and hence when a suitable imitation should reap rewards.

Click here to see the rest of Bruce Tait’s fascinating and extremely helpful article

Juniors Competition 2010 and Seniors reminder

Congratulations to all who fished the Juniors Competition last weekend. Overall winner was Josh Etheridge, with four fish for a total of 6lb 1oz; second was Sam Currie with four fish for 5lb 15oz; and third was Jonathan Swift, with four fish for 5lb 14oz. Biggest fish of the day was caught by Arron Merritt with a 1lb 15oz brownie. In all, A total of 66 fish were caught by the 27 young anglers who took part. We’d also like to thank our sponsors: Don Coe of Northumbrian Water, Lawrence Hawley of Ultimate Fishing Supplies, Hardy & Greys, Dyer Engineering and Councillor Barnett of Durham County Council.

Don’t forget that this year’s Seniors Competition will be held at the Derwent Reservoir on Sunday 6 June and all current senior members are welcome to attend. Competitors are asked to assemble at 8am in the car park outside the lodge to commence fishing at approx 8.30am and return for weigh-in at 4pm. Prizes totalling in excess of £600 are on offer for first, second and third places, as well as a sweep for the heaviest fish.

Please bring your current DAA licence as this will allow you to purchase a concessionary ticket at the reservoir.