Game on!

At last, the waiting is over – the 2010 brown trout season is now open! Good luck to all members and day-ticket anglers – and let us know how you get on.

Members are also reminded that the wild trout section above Allensford bridge is fly-only on barbless hooks only.

A Year on the River Derwent

Don’t miss Derwent AA club secretary Alan Farbridge’s A Year on the River Derwent, which has just been added to the About the Club section of the site. Alan talks us through a year on the river: what to expect and what flies you should have in your box.

2010 club books now available

2010 club books for those renewing their membership are now available from the Post Office at Shotley Bridge. Please note that the Post Office is only able to take cash or cheque. This is for membership renewals only – any prospective new members should get in touch with membership secretary Ian Colborne at at daa.membershipsec@googlemail.com.

River of Eternal Youth: The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part three: 1946-2010

We’ve just added the final chapter of Pete McParlin’s excellent history of the Derwent Angling Association, which takes us from 1946 up to the present day. We’d like to thanks Pete for all his hard work on this and look forward to seeing him on the river in 2010.

The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part one: the early years
The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part two: 1890-1945
The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part three: 1946-2010

The Big Fish 2010

The Big Fish 2010, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, will this year take place on Sunday 13 June from 10am-4pm at Derwent Reservoir. All money received from this event will go to help people living with cancer in our region.

One in three of us will get cancer. 2 million people are living with it at present. Macmillan provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support to those people affected by cancer and their families.

Mens, Womens, Mixed and Junior teams. (x5)
1st prize £1500 – many more prizes
Minimum Sponsorship £250 per team £100 per junior team.
For more details, call 0191 2145444 or email kknighting@macmillan.org.uk

Click here to download a registration form.

Please note: The Big Fish 2010 is entirely separate from our own competition, details of which will be announced in due course.

Not long to go now…

Spring’s definitely on the way, as this slightly out of focus photograph of some snowdrops proves…

Annual General Meeting

Don’t forget the club’s AGM is on 13 February, upstairs at the Crown and Crossed Swords, Shotley Bridge. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and all current members, senior and junior, are welcome to attend.

Alan Farbridge, Club Secretary

Next instalment of club history added

We’ve just added the next chapter of Pete McParlin’s excellent history of the Derwent Angling Association, covering the years 1890-1945. And if you’ve not done so already, you can read the first chapter, which describes the formation of the club in 1865 and the introduction of grayling to the river.

The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part one: the early years
The History of the Derwent Angling Association, part two: 1890-1945

Look out for the final chapter in the coming months.

A big Derwent grayling

A monster Derwent grayling, and some pretty decent brownies too!

River Derwent, County Durham from Derwent Angling Association on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video on Vimeo, there’s a lower-resolution version available on YouTube.

Reminder

It’s probably been a while now since you’ve seen one, but just in case you’ve forgotten – this is what trout look like. And this fine specimen was caught in the Derwent last year by England international and DAA member Simon Robinson.