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

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.


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.


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 are welcome to attend.

See you there.

North of England Fly Fishing Show: 7 February 2010

This 9th event is to be held on




inside the Nissan car plant itself, free parking

TIME: 10:00am until 3:00pm


Adults [only] £3.00
Juniors Free [under 16]

This is a unique occasion for Trout and Salmon anglers in the North East region to have the opportunity to view, try, and buy, in one location a massive selection of rods, reels, fly lines, fly tying materials & equipment, flies, hooks, tippet materials, sports clothing, etc, in anticipation of the new 2010 season.

Throughout the day there will be casting demonstrations, casting clinics, presentations on competition fishing, still water fishing, river fishing, advice squad and much more.  Fly tying demonstrations on those competition flies, plus club members showing their individual tying patterns that catch on local and national waters. (Just ask them to tie that elusive fly!)

Staff will be on hand from many waters such as Stocks Fishery, Sharpley Springs, Witton Castle Lakes, Derwent Angling Association, and many more to explain what’s on offer in the coming season regarding stocking policy, facilities, local competitions, etc.

Products will be on view from Greys / Hardys of Alnwick, Ultimate Fishing Supplies, North East Tackle Supplies,  Reelsport,  Flytek,  Bestcity Tackle UK, Top Tackle, Celtic Flycraft,  Rutland fishing, and many more, etc.  Check out the website for all the up to date information on the show.

This is an excellent opportunity to see what’s new on the market, ask the experts advice on tackle, tactics, locations, tuition on all aspects of fly tying, casting. Hot food and drinks served all day, so come along and have a great day…

Great raffle prizes  !!!!!!!!!!!!

To be drawn at 3:00pm on the day

New river gallery added

We’ve now added a gallery of members’ picture to the site and would like to thank everyone who sent in pics. So in the summer, when we’re all wondering what the Derwent looked like when it was snowy, we’ll have something to remind ourselves…

Picture by Bruce Tait

See the gallery here

Merry Christmas

The club would like to wish all members a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. May your days be merry and bright, and may all your christmases be white.