Month: November 2017

2nd W&DAC Grayling Day

November 19th saw the club hold it’s 2nd Grayling day with the support of the Grayling Society.

Deborah and Ceiran had refreshments under control as angles arrived at Jubilee Bridge Car Park on a beautiful autumnal morning, cold and clear without a cloud in sight. The river was slightly low and running pretty clear. We couldn’t have chosen a better day.

28 rods registered to fish and after a welcome and introduction from Stuart Wardle of the Grayling Society and a few words from club secretary Shaun O’Dowd they went off to enjoy their days fishing.

Refreshments were available all day, hot drinks being particularly welcome. A spicy butternut squash soup was very welcome along with Trevor’s pies and quiche.

In excess 0f 120 Grayling were accounted for with catch returns showing an even spread across the waters. Anglers making full use of the river available, and of course those who weren’t fishing kept a close eye on proceedings.


At the end of the day we are left looking forward to next year. If you can’t wait that long, Winter Grayling permits , valid up to March 15th are available for just £25, day tickets for £10.  Full membership for 2018 is available from march (currently priced at £75).

To all who attended thank you. we hope you had a great day and look forward to seeing you fishing at Willington again very soon.

Haste ye back.


A serious act of vandalism occurred yesterday at the Jubilee Car Park. This affected anyone using the car park including the public and an ambulance and could have had very serious consequences.

We have reason to believe it is related to other acts of vandalism which have taken place over the course of the year.

The police are involved and the angling club will give any help we can to the investigation. Anyone who has any information to pass on please contact the club or the police and help us to stop these individuals before they cause a tragedy.

The Lady of The Stream smiles on us.

Frost was in the air and the sky was clear and blue as anglers arrived for our 2nd Grayling Day.

The Lady of the Stream did not disappoint with in excess of 100 Grayling being caught. More details with pictures will appear here soon.

In the meantime our thanks go out to Stuart Wardle and the Grayling Society for helping us put together such a successful event, all the more enjoyable thanks to the work of Deborah and Ciaran with the hot drinks and refreshments.

Our thanks to everyone who contributed and fished on the day.

A superb day, here’s to next year.

Dead Fish

The EA are anxious to examine dead or dying salmon and sea trout, particularly those showing signs of fungus growth. If you see a dying or recently dead fish (circa 24hrs) then please let the club know, we will pass the information on.

When replying please state EXACTLY where on the Wear the fish is. The EA will then come out to collect.

Willington One Stop Shop

If you need it, as an angler, we hope to provide it in one convenient place.

Down the side of this page we include links to a number of sites we believe will be of interest to anglers including EA sites for river levels, licences, keeping up to date with byelaws and catch returns. We have upstream fish counts for the River Wear and the weather forecast. Find fishing tackle and supplies  from Angler’s Lodge where Willington members can enjoy a 5% discount.

Right now your EA catch returns need to be completed and returned you can do that from this page. We also try to supply as much club information as we can, just use the tabs at the top to find maps, membership information, safety and fishing stuff.

If there is more that you think we could include please let us know. 

Also, if you’re hearing daft gossip on the river bank, this is the place to come for the facts. If its true, if its happening we will post it here.

You can save this site to your phones and devices, just like an app. Have it handy at the touch of a screen and by simply following the site get e-mail notifications of any updates or new posts.

So, why not save it to your screens and choose to follow us now?



Clarification of Lease

Members may have been told that the waters above the Pay Bridge are now leased by a syndicate. For clarification: the riparian owner has at no time contacted the club to terminate our lease, messages have been mistakenly passed by others.

The club, in order to clarify the situation has contacted the riparian owner who has confirmed that the club’s members are able to fish these waters in line with our lease.

Please remember, if and when anything changes in relation to any of your fishing on Willington waters the club will notify members directly.