Until the River Ceases to Flow

Don’t miss the first instalment of club Membership Secretary Ian Colborne’s very personal history of the Derwent valley and how the river has always been at the very heart of everything. In this cracking good read, Ian also tells the story of the capture of the biggest ever trout from the Derwent, which tipped the scales at an eye-watering 7¾lbs!

Until the River Ceases to Flow (Part 1)

Junior Competition cancelled (again)

Because of the extra water in the river following yesterday’s storm it has been decided in the interests of safety to cancel this Saturday’s Junior Competition. At one point yesterday evening, the river rose almost six feet and although it’s dropped back a lot now, it’s still far from fishable and certainly not safe either, particularly with more rain forecast.

We’re truly sorry to have to cancel the competition again but on this occasion we didn’t really have much choice.

Keys found at Shotley Bridge

A set of keys was found at Shotley Bridge car park yesterday. If they’re yours, get in touch and we can arrange for their safe return.

Junior competition postponed due to bad weather

Due to the current high water levels and with more rain forecast for tomorrow, we have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s Junior Competition, which was due to be held this Saturday 12 May. The competition will now be held in July at a date to be announced. As soon as the date is confirmed, we’ll email members, as well as announcing it on the website and on Twitter.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Licences for 2012

Members’ licences for 2012 will be available for renewing members to pick up from Ebchester Post Office from this Saturday 17 March. Be warned though that they do keep Post Office hours, so will only be open in the morning on Saturday (until 12.30pm, I believe). They also asked us to tell members that they tend to be very busy on Mondays and Tuesdays so if you can avoid going then, they’d be extremely grateful.

This is for membership renewals only – any prospective new members should get in touch with membership secretary Ian Colborne at at daa.membershipsec@googlemail.com.

The Post Office also has a shop attached which sells a wide variety of snacks and drinks, so if you’re looking to pick up a bite to eat on your way to the river, give them a try.

Derwenthaugh fish pass

Whatever your feelings might be about the new fish pass at Derwenthaugh, it’s still fascinating to see it being built. The EA are keeping a photographic diary on Flickr which they’re updating as the the project progresses.

Head to www.flickr.com/photos/environment-agency/sets/72157629096894105 to see what’s going on.

A couple of things…

As mentioned at the AGM, the Post Office at Shotley Bridge is closing, so renewing members wishing to pick up their new club books for this season should now go to Ebchester Post Office instead. They should be available a week or so before the start of the season, but I’ll put a notice on the website and on Twitter as soon as I know they’re in. You can also pick up your EA licence while you’re there.

We have arranged for Paul Procter to come and give a talk with slideshow to get us in the mood for the coming season. This will take place at The Crown and Crossed Swords in Shotley Bridge on 14 March at 7.30pm. Paul will be talking about his recent trip to New Zealand as well as about fishing the Eden. As well as being a first-class angler, he’s also a first-class speaker, so do try to make it if you can. You can find out more about Paul at his website at www.paulprocterflyfishing.co.uk and you can read the Trout & Salmon article he wrote about the Derwent here.

North of England Fly Fishing Show

Don’t forget it’s the North of England Fly Fishing Show tomorrow (18 February). The North of England Fly Fishing Show is the only show of its kind in the North East England. Trout & Salmon anglers from the North East region and further a field have the opportunity to view, try and buy, in one location a massive selection of rods, reels, fly lines, fly tying materials & equipment, flies, hooks, tippet materials, sports clothing, etc, etc, in anticipation of the coming season.

The 2012 show will see more new attractions following on from last years successful show including many new fly tying demonstrations projected onto display screens, allowing you to see all those fly tying skills in more detail, with plenty of question and answer sessions with all the flytiers.  Included in the attractions there will be additional presentational talks on a variety of subjects such as, small still water fishing, competition fishing, salmon & trout fishing holidays, etc.

For more information, see www.northofenglandflyfishingshow.com.

AGM 2012

Just to reminder that the AGM this year is on 18 February at the Crown and Crossed Swords in Shotley Bridge. Doors open at 6.30pm and the meeting gets underway at 7pm. If it’s as busy as it has been the past couple of years, it would probably be a good idea to get to get there in plenty of time if you want to get a seat.

Please bring your catch returns along and don’t forget that as ever there’ll be a prize awarded for heaviest fish of the year.

See you there.

How fly fishing reels are made…

Fascinating stuff…