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


2015 club books now in Ebchester Post Office

Club books for 2015 are now available for renewing members to pick up from Ebchester Post Office. Licences will only be available during Post Office hours not general shop hours (9am-12.30pm on Saturday, 9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday). Licences this year cost £55 for seniors and £21 for juniors. The brown trout season opens this coming Sunday 22 March and we look forward to seeing members old and new on the river.

For all new membership enquiries, please contact the club’s membership secretary, Ian Colborne, at

2015 AGM

Just a reminder that the AGM is on Saturday 28 February at 7pm at the Crown and Crossed Swords, Shotley Bridge, and all members are welcome. 

We will also be collecting catch returns on the night, so please bring yours along, along with a pocket full of change to buy plenty of raffle tickets!

Or if you’d rather fill in your catch return online, you can do so at

Thank you and see you at the AGM

Senior Competition 2014

Derwent Angling Association is proud to announce that this year’s Senior Competition will take place at Whitton Castle lakes on Sunday 28 September, 8.30am start. Entry is £25 on a three fish kill ticket and there are prizes for heaviest bag, and for first, second and third heaviest fish. (The postcode for Witton Castle is DL14 0DE if you’re looking to programme your sat nav)

If you’d like to fish, please contact Andy on 07760 315497 to register and email

Hope to see you all there.

Scott Nellins demo on 2 August

nellinsEngland international Scott Nellins will be sharing some of his fishing secrets with club members at a special demonstration session on the river on Saturday 2 August at 11am at the iron bridge car park, Shotley Bridge.

By the age of 25, Scott had already represented England in World and European Championships together with a whole host of other international competitions at both Senior and Youth level.

A keen fly angler since the age of 10, Scott has worked in the tackle industry for six years, and currently works on key development projects for Sonik as well as covering sales in the North of England and Scotland.

Junior competition 2014 results

Congratulations to the 11 hardy souls who took part in this year’s Junior Competition. Conditions were very tough this year, with only two young anglers catching on the day. Dylan Etheridge landed the biggest fish of the day, with a hard-fighting brownie of 1lb 2oz, just edging out Ben Fletcher’s 13oz fish. No one who fished that day should be downhearted though, as former England international Jon Barnes also blanked!

Thanks to all members who helped out on the day as well as to Lawrence Hawley of Ultimate Fishing Supplies, AMH Angling, Dyer Engineering and Northumbrian Water for their generous support.

Brook lampreys spawning on the Derwent

Brook lampreys from Derwent Angling Association on Vimeo.

With thanks to Dr Stephen Westgarth.

A few things…

Access to the river at Shotley Bridge
Members should note that there is no access to the river from the County Durham bank between the two footbridges at Shotley Bridge (that is, the new footbridge by the car park and the the old footbridge a few hundred yards downstream). You can however still fish both banks of the river, but only from the Northumberland bank. (This shouldn’t affect anyone’s fishing as the river bank on that side is pretty much just a sheer drop so has never been practically accessible anyway.)

Fly box found at Shotley Bridge
Did anyone lose a fly box around Shotley Bridge at some time about the end of last season? If so, then please drop us a line and we can reunite it with its owner.

Tip section lost at Lintzford
A member lost the tip section of their rod on the grass at Lintzford bridge while packing up on Saturday 19 April. If any other members picked it up, please drop us a line.

Your dace or mine?
A member sent us a picture of what looked like a pretty little dace, one of a pair that he recently caught on our water. Anyone else come across any dace? (And if you have, don’t forget that as coarse fish, they’re currently in their close season, so hold off a bit before you think about targeting them.)

Junior competition: Saturday 10 May 2014

Just a reminder that this season’s Junior Competition will be held on Saturday 10 May. As usual, meet at the iron bridge car park at Shotley Bridge at 9am. The competition will kick off at 9.30am and may the best angler win.

All current junior members welcome. Junior non-members will be able to join on the day, so if you’ve not got your ticket yet, it’s not a problem.

Best of luck to all who take part.

Licences 2014

Licences for renewing members will be available to pick up in the Post Office at Ebchester from this Saturday 15 March. Licences will only be available during Post Office hours not general shop hours (9am-12.30pm on Saturday, 9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday). Licences this year cost £55 for seniors and £21 for juniors.

For all new membership enquiries, please contact the club’s membership secretary, Ian Colborne, at