Author: W&DAC

Day Permits COVID-19 special arrangements.

We’re fishing again, here are some examples of great fish which have been taken so far.

In line with the COVID-19 requirements , to protect anglers and key workers in a shop, we wish to make day permits available without need to queue in a shop.

Permits are available from Sheldon’s newsagent, subject to their opening times and safety requirements but we are also making permits available via e-mail on a trial basis.

To request a day permit please complete the attached request form and e-mail it to the secretary at :   or the treasurer at

Requests should be submitted no later than the day prior to fishing.

Payment  to be made via bank transfer to

Account no. 43427390   Sort Code 20 – 83 – 73 including the reference WADAC Day.

When your payment is confirmed a permit will be sent by e-mail. to enable you to fish the following day.

Only one angler per permit. Angler will need to be in possession of a current and appropriate EA licence in the same name as the permit being issued.

Prices: Adult £10 per day ( excludes migratory fish) : Junior (under the age of 16 when fishing) £5 per day.

The club recommends that all juniors should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

WADAC Day Permit Request

When We Fish Again

As we prepare to fish again the club would like to share with you the advice and information from the Angling Trust.

No one needs to be reminded of the importance of taking care, social distancing is of utmost importance and we would strongly urge all anglers to follow the advice on these slides.

Take Care, Be Safe, Tight Lines.

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Ready Steady Fish …safely

The Prime minister  has given the green light to return to fishing from Wednesday this week.

At this point the club would direct you to the publication from the Angling trust.

Angling trust When We Fish Again

WE WILL FISH AGAIN! Angling to resume on Wednesday, May 13th

The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the announcement today (May 10th) by Prime Minster Boris Johnson that recreational fishing looks set to resume in England on Wednesday, May 13th.
The Prime Minister announced the resumption of ‘unlimited outdoor sports’ from Wednesday providing they are conducted alone or with members of the same household and that social distancing rules are followed at all times.

A government source confirmed that “outdoor exercise includes angling, golf, water sports and tennis providing social distanced from Wednesday.”

The decision to include outdoor activities such as angling in the first wave of newly permitted activities followed weeks of intense advocacy and lobbying by the Angling Trust which unified the angling community like never before and saw over 8,000 individual emails sent to MPs and dozens of articles in the regional and national press in support of a safe return for angling.

The Prime Minister is making a full statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and the Angling Trust will be seeking clarification about the reopening of tackle shops and confirmation of any restrictions on how angling should be practised during the next phase.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP tweeted:

“In the least risky outdoor environments we can imminently allow sports like golf, basketball, tennis and fishing.”

Last month, a report from the Angling Trust entitled ‘When We Fish Again’ was submitted to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the Fisheries and Sports Ministers arguing for recreational fishing to be designated as one of the first permitted outdoor sports when ministers begin to relax the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It was backed by national angling and fisheries groups including the Canal & River Trust, Salmon & Trout Conservation, the Institute of Fisheries Management and representatives of the angling trade which is estimated to be worth a total of £4bn to the UK economy.

The report recommended a phased resumption in line with the government’s own criteria and identified a number of good reasons why angling should be an early candidate for consideration including:
being a largely solitary sport where self isolation occurs naturally
proven benefits for mental health and social well-being
a reduction in pressure on other public open spaces
evidence that non-contact outdoor activities will not increase infection rates
angling appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds and engages able-bodied and disabled participants alike
the majority of the population live close to a waterway minimising the need for significant travel.
The Angling Trust’s proposal attracted the support of MPs of all parties and from prominent figures within the angling community.

Reacting to the news, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook said:

“I couldn’t be more pleased to see the hard work of the Angling Trust and our supporters delivering such an outstanding result for everyone who loves to go fishing. We have demonstrated to the satisfaction of government that angling can be permitted as a safe, healthy, beneficial outdoor activity and why it can take its rightful position at the front of the queue as restrictions are relaxed.

“Our effective and professional campaign was in support of a carefully thought through set of phased guidelines under which angling could be safely permitted without increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmissions. Without these guidelines we would have got nowhere and it is now incumbent upon every angler to respect them and demonstrate that we are still playing our part in the nationwide battle against the coronavirus.”

Angling Trust Policy Chief Martin Salter said:

“There is still work to do to get the tackle shops open and to provide good advice to fisheries, angling guides and coaches but it looks like we are there and it’s no longer a question of When We Fish Again but ‘where are we going fishing on Wednesday?’ We have run a fabulous campaign but we couldn’t have done it without the support of thousands of anglers who wrote to their MPs and of some of the top names in our sport who gave us their time and expertise.”

Korda and Guru Marketing boss Ali Hamidi added:

“This is incredible news for Angling. Fishing can commence from Wednesday. The excellent work of the Angling Trust has made a distant dream a reality. I’m going to name my next 100 carp after Martin Salter and Jamie Cook.”

The Angling Trust has today published further Phase One Guidelines for clubs and fisheries to help them prepare for the resumption of angling on their waters on May 13th.

Jamie Cook and Martin Salter will be answering anglers questions on a Facebook Live session tomorrow (Monday, May 11th) at 6pm. Details to follow on the Angling Trust Facebook page.




When We Fish Again – Update with Jamie Cook

We need your support – write to your MP


This lockdown has us all wondering and waiting to get back to fishing.

Tackle will have been cleaned, prepared and cleaned again. Reels greased, lines cleaned, flies tied with fly boxes bursting but not a line been wet.


Please take a look at this from the Angling Tust

Newly appointed Angling Trust CEO has certainly had a ‘baptism of fire’ with some of the worst flooding in recent history greeting his arrival, followed by the Coronavirus pandemic closing tackle shops and driving us from the banks. Earlier this week, Jamie and his team published When We Fish Again – aimed at getting us back on the bank as quickly and safely as possible. It’s certainly provoked a lot of interest and feedback so Jamie has set out some of the answers and clarifications to anglers who want to know more.

We need your support – write to your MP



When We Fish Again – Update with Jamie Cook

Fishermen’s Friends

The Angler’s Lodge at Jubilee Lakes is undoubtedly the friend of fishermen and women all year round and remains so even during these strange times.

The shop may not be open for business just now, for obvious reasons but on-line orders are still being despatched. Use the link at the side of the page to go onto the excellent site and top up now on all those essentials and so much more.

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A Bargain on the Wear

You may have seen in the February edition of Trout and Salmon that the club enjoyed a very complimentary review by Don Stazicker. 

Exciting Salmon, trout and Sea-trout sport for £75 a year.

and let’s not forget the Grayling.

If you’ve not seen it The February edition of Trout and Salmon is well worth a read and as it says

“if you assume something good must be expensive you can easily miss out on a bargain and the Willington and District Angling Club water on the Wear  is certainly a real bargain.

We’re delighted that Don enjoyed his visit, you have the chance to do the same.

New Memberships are available now, please go to the membership tab on this site for all the information you need to take advantage of this fantastic water.

Existing members need no introduction, please remember we are taking renewals now.

Membership Rates 2020/21

Full Membership Senior : £75         Senior Pond Only : £30       Honoury Member : £35  New Member joining fee : £10        Late Renewal : £5                 SAE or P&P £1.50

Juniors Under 16 years of age on  March 22nd 2020:  FREE however they must be registered as a member and accompanied by an adult.

Junior members aged 16 to 18 on March 22nd 2020 : £20

Members from 2019/2020 season please complete the renewal slip, new members or returning members please use the full application

Applications may be sent by e-mail to the secretary at: or by post to

The Secretary, Willington & District Angling Club. PO Box 126, Spennymoor. DL16 9DL


For postal applications please make cheques payable to Willington and District Angling Club. and include an 8″ x 6″ SAE.

Payment by Bank Transfer is now available, remember to include £1.50 to cover package and posting, payments may be made using :

ACCOUNT NUMBER 43427390   WITH    SORT CODE 20-83-73

Your membership will be processed and posted once payment is confirmed. to ensure prompt turnaround existing members please include the reference :


New applications please use reference WADACSURNAMENEW.

Failure to include a reference could result in delayed processing of applications while payments are confirmed which in turn may affect the time from which you are able to fish.

Please remember to include £1.50 P&P in lieu of an SAE. and always remember :

“A poor day fishing  always beats a great day working”

Tight Lines

Farewell Winter Grayling Season

As the Grayling season comes to an end we hope you enjoyed some good sport, in spite of the river conditions.

It would be great to hear of your notable catches and any pictures would be very welcome, monitoring the wealth of Grayling stocks is always very important to the club.

We soon move on into the Trout Season, the weather will hopefully relent, river levels stabilise and the trout will be happy to keep anglers busy.

If you’ve not yet renewed your membership, or  maybe you would like to join please remember you are now able to pay quickly and easily though on-line banking. Quick and easy.

EA Grayling Week

News for anglers about the Environment Agency Grayling Week.

“ We’ve set aside w/c 9th March as Grayling Week and are asking clubs to get as many people grayling fishing that week, culminating in a “Grayling Day” on Saturday 14th March, where we hope to get as many anglers out as possible.

All very much subject to this poor weather we’re having, hence advocating the entire week in the hope that even if Saturday is scuppered we might have had some data collected that week.

Individual clubs will decide methods applicable with their rules.

Anglers should fish from any time they wish to start on the Saturday, ending at 4pm and all anglers participating are invited to meet in the Daleside Arms pub at Croxdale from 4:30pm on the Saturday afternoon to discuss results and the event.

Please let us know who is attending so we can prepare the pub regarding numbers.

All anglers please record the catch data in the same way so we can analyse and compare easily.” Please use the link below for this