Pollution update and the season so far

As the brown trout season winds down, I look back at one of the most challenging years the Derwent Angling Association has faced in modern times.

As I’m sure you are all aware, the river was polluted by Northumbrian Water from their treatment works at Moss Wood back in February. It was reported that thousands of fish were killed, not to mention the disastrous effect this had on the river’s insect life. The committee have worked hand in hand with the Environment Agency to begin to put the river back to its best. We may not always see eye to eye on all matters concerning the Derwent, but we have made progress. The team have restocked the river with over 3,000 fingerling grayling and plan to introduce wild brown trout and other species to the affected area over the next three years.

In addition to this, the Association are seeking legal recompense through Fish Legal, who have agreed to take forward our case once a successful prosecution has been completed by the Environment Agency against the polluter, Northumbrian Water.

Please remember the river has been stocked three times with over 1,200 quality brown trout between a pound and a pound-and-a-half, plus a sprinkling of larger fish too. Many people have informed me that these fish have resulted in excellent sport and anyone wishing to catch wild trout have still had full access to the wild trout area above Allensford road bridge to the road bridge directly below the reservoir.

I appreciate some members have not had the best of seasons, especially those who prefer to fish the areas below the pollution entry point at Allensford. I promise next year will be a big improvement, as will the next, until we are back to normal, simply fishing a river we all love. We thank you all for staying with the Association and and we hope you return to fish with us next year.

Alan Farbridge, Secretary, Derwent Angling Association

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