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.)

Derwent Angling Association Seniors Competition 2010

This year’s competition will be held at the Derwent Reservoir on Sunday 6 June. All current senior members of the Association are welcome to attend. Competitors are asked to assemble at 08:00 in the car park outside the lodge to commence fishing at approx 08:30 and return for weigh-in at 16:00.

Prizes totalling in excess of £600.00 are on offer for first second and thirrd places, as well as a sweep for the heaviest fish.

Please bring your current DAA licence as this will allow you to fish the concessionary ticket.

Did you know?
All members on production of their current DAA licence can fish the Derwent Reservoir on the concessionary ticket, saving £2 per visit.

2010-2011 rod licences

Just a reminder that if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to renew your rod licence. You can either buy online directly from the EA from the address in our Links section, or you can support your local Post Office and buy one there.

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