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 daa.membershipsec@googlemail.com.

Secretary’s address, 149th AGM, 22 February 2014

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Derwent Angling Association’s 149th Annual General Meeting. Once again I find myself with the honour of addressing you as your club secretary.

The association we all in this room represent is once more in good order with a strong senior membership and a hopefully growing junior membership.

This is thanks in no small part to my fellow committee members who give up their own free time and effort for the benefit of the association, so once more I thank them for their encouragement,effort and support over the 2012 season.

I have not fished as much as I would like but when I do I always look out for other club members to have a bit crack and ask them what they think of the club, and the river in general.

I get a lot of feedback about fish stocking,water levels and of course the weather, which is usually either too hot, too cold, too dry or too wet. Well, I can’t do anything about the weather, but I can assure members that the fish stocking has not changed in numbers for the past 20 years.The only difference is that we now spend more time with on-the-day stocking and try to drop fish in smaller numbers over many areas to discourage poachers and to encourage the membership to get out there and explore the entire 15 miles of river the association controls.

As far as poaching goes, we will never stop it but we can limit its effect. We do have good river watchers who have over the years robustly explained to these thieves the error of their ways. But please accept that they are volunteers with families who have limited time to help, so information received by members is vital to allow us to use our limited resources in the most effective way.

So far as pollution goes, this is and always will be a massive red flag to me and we, as our past has shown, will take on any polluter, big or small.

I can assure everyone in this room that we do our best – and, yes, at times it’s not enough – but we win more than we lose. Just ask Northumbrian Water – we took them on and won. If you had spent one day in our shoes during that wonderful year, you would have a better understanding of the inner workings of your committee.

Junior membership
It is a sad fact that in this modern world, kids play more sport and games on their computers than they do actually leaving the house and taking part themselves. So to improve and promote our junior membership we have decided to attack the problem from more than one direction. We will soon be advertising in the local press and will put up a stall at Shotley Bridge cricket ground during the August bank holiday children’s day to promote fly fishing on the Derwent.

I would also ask you the members to encourage your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to try out the sport. The association allows any senior member to take a prospective junior member out fishing up to six times for free to see if they, pardon the pun, get hooked. They can only fish in the presence of the senior member and to fish the junior competition they would have to fully join the club, but we hope this will provide a free taster for anyone who might have been considering having a go but was put off by the costs.

Committee members standing down
I would like to thank Chris Hope and Dave Foster for all of their many years of hard work. It is at times a thankless task and without their like there simply would be no association.

Senior competition
Sadly, due to the organiser being taken seriously ill, we were unable to stage the senior competition in 2013 but it will return for the 2014 season so please keep an eye on the club website. If you wish to be contacted by email, please go to the website and follow the club contact to email us your current email address.

Grayling
I’m glad to say they seem to be making something of a comeback and have been caught along the middle and lower stretches of our water. Not in great numbers as of yet, but a definite improvement has been seen.

In finishing I cannot stress enough the importance of you the members in promoting the club. Please tell others, take someone out on a day ticket and hopefully they will join and enjoy the River Derwent in its entirety so they will come to see what a cracking little trout stream we have on our doorstep.

Thank you

Alan Farbridge

Secretary, Derwent Angling Association

AGM 2014

If you’d like to find out more about how the club is run and exactly what your club membership fees get spent on, be sure to come along to the Derwent Angling Association AGM this year on Saturday 22 February at The Crown and Crossed Swords, Shotley Bridge. Proceedings kick off at 7pm, but as the room usually gets quite crowded, allow a bit of extra time if you want to make sure of a seat.

Whether we’re speaking to the Environment Agency or to our riparian owners along the river, it’s incredibly useful for the club to have an accurate record of how many fish are being caught on our water, so don’t forget to bring your catch returns along on the night. (It’s not a competition, so don’t worry if you’ve blanked all season – that’s just as useful for us to know as it would be if you were having a golden day every day.) As a special thank to members, all entries go into the pot to be entered into the draw to win a year’s free fishing!

And don’t forget to bring a generous pocketful of change so you can buy plenty of raffle tickets!

(And if this all looks suspiciously similar to last year’s announcement, that’s because it is!)

Fish of the Year?

Don’t forget: fish win prizes. The member catching the heaviest gets a free club licence for the following season!

As the season closes, can anyone beat this 5lb 8oz clonker, which was caught by a member on a pearl bead hares ear a few weeks back? (Its somewhat frosty appearance is the result of its short stay in the freezer before being taken round to club secretary Alan’s for its official weigh-in!) However, we do have one slight problem. We don’t actually know who the member is who’s pictured here, as Alan got his picture but forgot to write down his name! So if you’re reading, sir, or if anyone who knows you is, please drop us a line so you can receive your full credit.

big trout

Senior Competition 2013 cancelled

The club is sorry to have to announce that this year’s senior competition, which was due to have taken place on 8 September, has been cancelled. This is due to the member who had been organising it being taken seriously ill.

We’re really sorry to disappoint members who were looking forward to fishing this year.

We would also like to wish Andy all the very best and look forward to seeing him back on his feet again soon.