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

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 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

Those nice people at 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.

How’s the grayling fishing?

Now that there’s a chill in the air, we should be seeing more grayling being caught on the Derwent. However, although we’re now hearing plenty of reports of six and seven inch fish being caught all along the river, we’ve not heard of anything bigger than this being caught. Did we lose all the bigger fish in the pollution incident the river suffered in the spring? Presumably not, as the spillage only polluted the river downstream from Allensford, so anything upstream from there wouldn’t have been affected. But still, no one’s reported catching any of these fish yet. Or is it just that comparatively few members are fishing up at the top of the river?

Please drop us a line through the contact page and let us know if you’re catching. Or if you’re not catching, but would normally be expecting to.


Restocking the Derwent: 12 September 2009

On Saturday 12 September, the EA relocated around 200 one to three-year-old wild brown trout, around 50 minnows and 30 stone loach from the river above the reservoir to Derwent AA water below the reservoir. No larger fish were relocated as these were approaching spawning time and their removal could have compromised their spawning. Thanks to everyone who helped, including Chris from Derwent Reservoir for supplying the transport and Becs for helping to organise the day.





Congratulations to Derwent AA members Simon Robinson and Howard Croston, who both finished in the top six of the English Rivers National final, earning them places in the Home International English Rivers Team.

The competition, which this year was held on the River Tees between 3-6 September, was won by John Tyzack, taking the title for the sixth time, with Simon and Howard finishing in second and third place respectively.

Angling Trust £1,000 Prize Draw for New Members

The Angling Trust has announced a prize draw for new members signing up in the next month. Every adult member who joins the Angling Trust between 1.00pm on Friday 14th August and 5.00 pm on Friday the 18th of September will be entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 of tackle vouchers from the 2009 Daiwa Catalogue. The Fishing Magic and Fish and Fly leading angling web sites have already agreed to promote this prize draw to their full database of members and to give this membership drive their full support.

Following the recent announcement of restructuring, the Angling Trust Board met yesterday to review the new business plan for the remainder of 2009 and to develop plans to increase the rate of recruitment of individual members to the Trust. The Directors approved the revised plan, which involves cutting costs to ensure that the Trust does not end the year in deficit. The organisation was launched with very limited capital funding and therefore it can only operate with the funds which it receives in subscriptions, donations, fundraising and sponsorship.

The Trust will continue to campaign on anglers’ rights issues, fight for the protection and restoration of marine and freshwater fisheries, increase participation in angling, run national and international angling competitions and through its legal arm Fish Legal take action against polluters and others who damage fishing. Fish Legal is currently fighting 78 legal cases throughout the UK and is supporting hundreds of its member angling clubs and fisheries with free legal advice. The more members the Angling Trust and Fish Legal gets, the more it will be able to do.

You can join at

Pollution update and the season so far

As the brown trout season winds down, I look back at one of the most challenging years the Derwent Angling Association has faced in modern times.

As I’m sure you are all aware, the river was polluted by Northumbrian Water from their treatment works at Moss Wood back in February. It was reported that thousands of fish were killed, not to mention the disastrous effect this had on the river’s insect life. The committee have worked hand in hand with the Environment Agency to begin to put the river back to its best. We may not always see eye to eye on all matters concerning the Derwent, but we have made progress. The team have restocked the river with over 3,000 fingerling grayling and plan to introduce wild brown trout and other species to the affected area over the next three years.

In addition to this, the Association are seeking legal recompense through Fish Legal, who have agreed to take forward our case once a successful prosecution has been completed by the Environment Agency against the polluter, Northumbrian Water.

Please remember the river has been stocked three times with over 1,200 quality brown trout between a pound and a pound-and-a-half, plus a sprinkling of larger fish too. Many people have informed me that these fish have resulted in excellent sport and anyone wishing to catch wild trout have still had full access to the wild trout area above Allensford road bridge to the road bridge directly below the reservoir.

I appreciate some members have not had the best of seasons, especially those who prefer to fish the areas below the pollution entry point at Allensford. I promise next year will be a big improvement, as will the next, until we are back to normal, simply fishing a river we all love. We thank you all for staying with the Association and and we hope you return to fish with us next year.

Alan Farbridge, Secretary, Derwent Angling Association