New Fishing License Outlet

Licenses are no longer available for collection from Ebchester Village Post Office.

The new outlet is the post office at Hamsterly approx one mile from Ebchester when driving on the same main road towards Rowlands Gill.

The address of the new outlet is Hamsterly Colliery Post Office Victoria Terrace , Hamsterly Colliery.
Post code. NE17 7SJ

There will be no increase in the cost of the licence for the 2016 season for both senior and junior members.

Annual General Meeting

The 2016 annual general meeting of the Derwent Angling Association will be held on Saturday the 27th of February at the crown and cross swords public house Shotley Bridge near Consett at 7pm. All club members are invited and encouraged to attend.
Please come along and support your association

Celebrate 150 years of the DAA with Stuart Crofts

Time is running out for anyone who wishes to join us for the meal to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Derwent Angling Association with guest speaker Stuart Crofts on Saturday 26 September.

Any member wishing to attend please get in touch through the website to book your place for what is certain to be a cracking evening. Due to room size, the first forty people will get a place at the table so don’t hang about.

May fly by the hundreds

It’s on,it’s started in fact its the second week of the May fly hatch and the trout in our little river are dialled right on to them.
Duffers fortnight call it what you will but the best dry fly fishing in the North has started and I would encourage every member to get out and cast a line .

Feedback from members informs us the river is in fine fettle with stocked and wild trout coming to the fly in good numbers.
It’s also great to hear Grayling in more frequent numbers are turning up in catch returns .
Remember all Grayling to be returned with as little handling as possible. A good tip is to unhook them in the net and if you have to handle them wet your hands first.
Tight lines Alan

150 years and counting.

The Derwent Angling Association was formed in 1865 by local people from Shotleybridge and surrounding areas. From its very conception they took on the role of custodians of the river Derwent. Not only to fish it and tend its banks but also to fight polluters and developers from destroying it.
To this very day this ethos holds true and I’m proud to serve on the committee alongside gentlemen who are good friends and share the ideals of our Association.

To give you an idea of the time scale in 1865 the American civil war ended and I’m happy to say both we and America are still going strong.

As the year progresses we hope to add events to the calendar such as our 150th celebration meal with guest speaker Stuart Croffts on the 26th of September.
Any member wishing to attend please contact me through the web sites E mail to book your place for a cracking evening. Due to room size the first fourty people will get a place at the table so don’t hang about.

To learn more about the Association I would encourage you to read its history and articles written by Ian Colborne that are all on the web site and give a rare insight into the history of the Derwent Vally from the Romans to the present day.

150 year celebration badge

I’m happy to confirm the Association have now received the new enamel pin badge celebrating one hundred and fifty years of our history.
The badges are free to all members and many would have collected them at the post office in Ebchester but for those who did not just contact me using the clubs e mail address, shown on this site with your name address and membership number and I will be happy to post one out to you free of charge.
Tight lines , Alan


I’m often asked what flys to use early season .
The obvious old favorites come to mind , hares ears , phesent tailed nymph and the hawthorn fly.
The hawthorn fly is a curious choice as it has nothing to do with the water but with a slight breeze it is blown on the river in its droves and trout soon switch on and take the dry vigorously. When fishing this fly I try not to use floatent as its meant to look waterlogged and disheveled.
Don’t forget to put mends in your fly line as to much drag ruins the presentation. You can read books all day on how to slow drift to be the same pace as the current but nothing beats practice and allow your self time to add your mends before your fly covers the rising trout.
As May fades away Brook Dunns will appear especially on the lower stretches i.e. Linz ford and above.
These wonderful flys look like small May flys and tend to hatch mid day for an hour or so.
Then depending on the weather we end May and enter June when the May fly hatches start.
Ian the membership secretary swears that trout take at least a week to switch on to these floating lunches but once they do its not uncommon to have trout rise to nearly every cast.

The last weeks rain has freshened the river up and the river fishes best with a touch of colour in it. If the rain stays with us and the river continues to rise , head upstream below the reservoir as that’s nearly always fishable when the rest of the river is out of fettle.

You park in the lay-by just before Eddys bridge by the chicken farm and fish down stream crossing over before the water gauge onto the left hand bank looking down stream. You cross over again as you reach Bells wood then tend to stay on the left hand bank to crooked oak. The best way is to just go and fish it with a mate as breaking an ankle up their on your own is not recommended.

If you have a cracking day E mail us and we will add your merry tale to the sight.

tight lines, Alan


New England international Connor Metcalfe.

Congratulations to Senior member Connor Metcalfe who is now a member of the England fly fishing team.
It’s especially pleasing as I was first introduced to Connor many years ago by his older brother Lee as a junior member and have watched him as he developed into the fine fisherman he is today.

Both Connor and Lee are active committee members and are often seen on the banks of the river, checking licences and offering advice to all who ask.

Connor is now one of 6 England internationals the Derwent has produced over the last ten years and all are a credit to the association.

Alan Farbridge

Four hours of heaven

According to the BBC weather lady the little warm spell we have been having was sadly coming to an end.
So as Friday was my day off I took the opportunity to head for our little river to catch a trout or two.

I arrived at Shotleybridge at twelve noon and stood on the new footbridge looking downstream to see if any trout were rising.
No obvious hatches were visible so I tackled up Newzealand dropper style. This involves tying on a very visible klinkhammer and adding a dropper of about 12 to16 inches from the bend of the Klink. The dropper I used was a size 18 silver beaded gold ribbed hares ear.
I figured that the warm weather would have pushed the trout up in to the more oxygenated faster water and this method over the years has caught me more fish than I care to count.
I’d decided earlier to use a 9ft mid flex 4 wht rod as this would allow me a good degree of control .
I fished through every pocket of fast water I could see and caught wild trout after wild trout as well as I’m happy to say two nice out of season Grayling.
I was surprised not to pick up any stocked fish but I put this down to the wild trout moving to faster water and the stock pond feeding patterns of stocked trout .

I moved up river for the next few hours heading for the road bridge at Allensford when I noticed a hatch of Olives starting.
I quickly switched to a remarkable fly called an Olive Jingler first shown to me by Ian Colborne and parked myself in the grass at high sandies. To my delight I only caught my first trout of the season on a dry fly, I’d love to say it was a fighting fit two pounder but it was more like 6 oz but it didn’t matter to me.
As I released him back the hatch stopped and so did the rises so off I continued onwards and upwards until I reached Allensford bridge and noticed the pool was unfishible because some bright spark upstream had been trimming branches off trees and dumped them in the river to collect below the dridge.
As I had chest waders on I spent half an hour removing the offending branches only to find the small branches were connected to rather large ones that required a lot of effort to shift.
As the pool was well and rule spooked I went above the bridge and caught a cracking 1ib wild trout, this one rising to the Klink.
As I headed back towards home I fished some slower pools using I small bloodworm imitation and low and behold my first 2015 grayling came to the net. Both about 10 inches and in top condition.
And that was that , my day was done , my four hours were up.
But great days never linger long in the memory as I’m far two busy planning my next trip out. And that’s Thursday ,Blackhall Mill to Ebchester……I can’t wait..
Tight lines.
Alan Farbridge

New fishing arrangements at Ebchester

Members both new and old need to be aware that the club no longer fishes the entire stretch at Ebchester.

Please see the revised map below. Members should access the bottom of the stretch by crossing the football pitch at the bottom of Mill Lane and then fishing upstream from the holly bush, noting the short stretch near the road bridge where fishing isn’t allowed.

We have been advised by our solicitors that if any members are approached by the landowner and told that they can no longer fish the river at Ebchester they should respond as follows:

“The club has been advised that it is in order for members to fish those parts of the river at Ebchester bordering unregistered land unless someone can prove ownership.”

Please be polite.

Any questions, please get in touch with us via the contact page above.

Many thanks

Derwent Angling Association