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.

Keeping records

Due to the pollution incident in 2009, could we ask all members to keep a note of any wild brown trout and grayling caught between Allensford and Blackhall Mill and to list these separately on your 2011 catch returns. Due to the club’s stocking policy, the river is fishing well right now, but wild brown trout and grayling in this area are a matter of concern to the association and we will endeavour to improve the habitat for these fish to allow them to reach the numbers caught before the pollution incident.

Thank you.

Juniors Competition reminder

Just a reminder that the Juniors Competition will be held at the weir at Shotley Bridge on Saturday 15 May 2010. All current junior members at the time of the competition are welcome and everyone will receive prizes.

We are unable to issue membership on the day, so please ensure that everyone wishing to compete has a current club permit with them.

We will be meeting at at the iron bridge car park below the weir at Shotley Bridge at 9am. For more information, call 01207 500141.

Join our mailing list

Every year we spend a small fortune and countless hours* of precious fishing time writing, printing and sending out paper mail-outs to members. If you’re anything like we are, these are then opened, put in a big pile on the kitchen table, tidied up, and then lost within a couple of weeks. As virtually everyone has access to email nowadays, it’s much quicker, cheaper and more efficient to use this to keep in touch with members. The snag is that we’ve never asked for anyone’s email address before now, so we’re starting from scratch!

So, if you’d like to be kept up to date with club news and events, please sign up to our mailing list. We promise not to fill your mailbox up with junk and it goes without saying that we won’t be selling your email address to anyone either! We won’t be mailing you very often either, probably no more than a few times a year in fact. All club news will continue to be put on the website, and flagged up on Twitter. You can also subscribe to the site’s RSS feed, so you’ll be alerted every time the site is updated.


* Just think about how long it would take to print out 200 newsletters, then fold them into three to them into envelopes and seal them up, and then write 200 addresses on those 200 envelopes, then stick 200 stamps on the envelopes etc. It’s two solid evenings of misery, before you even get to the post box!

Grayling survey

Could anyone who caught a grayling between Allensford and Blackhall Mill in the last six months please drop us a line with the approx size, weight and the area where the fish was caught.

Many thanks.

Rainbows in the Derwent

Could any member catching one of the renegade rainbow trout that were washed over the dam in the winter floods, please drop us a line letting us know where it was caught. Rainbows should not be returned to the river, so please feel free to take them home with you. (They are however still eligible for the annual prize for the biggest fish of the year.)