Tree removal

As I’m sure many members have noticed the fallen tree blocking the river at high sandies just below Allansford has been removed. Many thanks to the Tyne Rivers Trust in conjunction with Cowie estates for there help with this matter. Other trees that showed significant damage have also been removed as they were becoming a danger to walkers.


The club currently have a vacancies for both senior and junior members.
Anyone interested in joining should contact Ian Colborne on 01207 591454

DAA 2018 season licence to fish

The 2018 licence for current and new members will be available for collection from THURSDAY THE 15th of MARCH from the post office at Hamsterley Colliery .
1 Victoria Terrace, Hamsterley Colliery . NE17 7SJ. OPENING TIMES MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9am to 5.30pm. , Saturday to 1pm.
Any problems please contact Ian the membership secretary on 01207 591454


The weir at Shotley Bridge will have a multi species fish pass built in 2018 to allow free passage of all species to spawning grounds in the upper Derwent.
This will be built by a collaboration between the Environment Agency and the Tyne RiversTrust exercising powers contained in the fisheries act of 1975.

This is good news as it will allow Grayling and Brown Trout better access to the upper river.
Of course migratory fish will also use this pass but it is expected these will be mainly sea trout as the river does not have the conditions (natural spates) to allow Salmon in any great numbers to spawn.

This said we as an association fish only for Brown Trout and Grayling and it is an association rule that any migratory fish caught by accident are to be released back into the river.

I will be discussing in more detail the logistics of the project at a meeting in March with the involved parties and will up date the web site when more information is made available to me.


The 20018 annual general meeting for the members of the Derwent Angling Association will be held on Saturday the 24th of February at the Crown and Cross Swords public house in the village of Shotley Bridge near Consett.
All current members are encouraged to attend , the meeting will begin at approx 19.30.
Come early to get a seat.

May fly , dry fly heaven

I can report that the May fly hatch has well and truly started with fish rising freely to well presented dry flys in all areas fished  by the association..

The weather has been glorious but this has affected the river as it is already at summer levels.

We have been informed that Tyne compensation water is being pumped from riding mill to below the reservoir .

So do not be alarmed if the river at times is coloured when no rain has occurred.


Poaching on the river Derwent

I’m happy to announce that two people spinning were arrested at Alansford by police officers. The did not have club licences and or rod licences. The police were alerted by a club member.
On another occasion a member contacted a club official about two unsavoury characters once more in the Alansford area. The Official challenged these poachers who refused to show any fishing or rod licences. When they were informed the police would be called they ran off with there tackle and got in their car and left.
They were left under no allusion the consequences of returning and once more I thank club members for contacting club officials when observing ileagle fishing.

Collection of 2017 fishing licences

From imediate affect Members can collect thier licence from the Post Office Hamsterley Colliery NE17 7SJ. There is no increase in licence fee for the 2017 season, any queries please contact the membership secretary.
Have a fantastic and rewarding season, tight lines.

Membership availability

The association currently have vacancies for both senior and junior members to fish the river Derwent for brown trout and grayling.
At present there is no joining fee, the cost of a senior licence is £55.00  and £21.00 for juniors.
Please apply through the website or contact the membership secretary Ian on 01207591454

Catch returns 2016

It’s very useful for the club to have a record of how many fish are being caught on the river, so if you haven’t submitted a paper return for the 2016 season, could we ask all members to complete our online catch return form. We’re not asking how many fish you took from the river – just how many you caught. The survey will be open until 15 April 2017.