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.

History of the Derwent Angling Association

We’ve just added to the site an outstanding account of the formation of the club in May 1865 and its trials and tribulations over the first few years of its existence. Written by Pete McParlin, who edits the excellent Fishing Archives website, the feature was compiled from club records and contemporary accounts and tells how poaching and pollution were prime concerns nearly 150 years ago too. In this first part, Pete tells the story of the club up to the introduction of grayling to the river in 1886, following an unsuccessful attempt to introduce North American brook trout to the river a few years earlier!

Read all about it at www.derwentangling.co.uk/about/the-history-of-the-derwent-angling-association

Derwent Valley AA

Anyone got any pictures?

Just a reminder that if you have any pictures of the Derwent, or of any memorable fish you’ve caught on the river, then we’d love to have them on the site. Just drop us a line through the contact page and we’ll tell you how to send them.

And while it’s always a pleasure to see a picture of a canny trout, it would also be fascinating to see any older pictures of the river that people might have tucked away in the back of a drawer!


North of England Fly Fishing Show: Sunday 7 February 2010

Next year’s North of England Fly Fishing Show has been confirmed by organiser Stephen Grey for Sunday 7 February 2010. The show will offer  trout and salmon anglers within the region and from further afield the opportunity to view, try, and buy, in one location a massive selection of fishing equipment and clothing in anticipation of the new season.

The show will  once again be held at the Nissan Sports & Social Club, Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS (inside the Nissan car plant itself). The venue has approx 800m2 on one level, with access to an outside grassed area for casting and rod demonstrations. There is loads of free parking and great access off the A19, A1(M) both North and South.

The show now has its own website at www.northofenglandflyfishingshow.com where you’ll be able to read all the latest news.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Discount for Derwent AA members at www.flytyingboutique.com

Those nice people at www.flytyingboutique.com are offering Derwent AA members an exclusive discount of 12.5% up until 31 December 2009. The Fly Tying Boutique sells unusual and interesting fly tying materials and tools from around the world and if you’ve not had a look at the site yet, make sure you do.

To claim your discount, use the promotional code ‘DAA’. Just type this into the box below the shopping basket and the system will apply the saving automatically.