Fur and Feathers

Sunday December 2nd sees Tunstall Fly Fishers hosting the Fur and Feathers Fly Fishing Competition in aid of the Solan Conor Fawcett Family Trust. Fished between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Entry fee is £5 and a prize, with all money raised going to the charity.

Anglers are required to bring along a prize, for example a bottle of wine, box of biscuits  or the like. These will be the prizes to be fished for.

The winner will be the heaviest bag (no bag limit) on the day and will choose first from the prizes available.

There is no need to register, just turn up on the day with a prize and a fiver, support a great charity and enjoy a great days fishing.


Grayling Day

Great news, tomorrow’s Grayling Day is going ahead.

All arrangements remain exactly as before, have a great day.

Grayling Day : Postponed

We apologise for the late notice but it has been necessary to postpone the Grayling Day arranged for tomorrow, November 11th.

River conditions have deteriorated following recent heavy rain with high levels and coloured water. In the interests of safety and good fishing the decision has made to re-arrange the event for November 25th.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Invasive Species Survey

The Angling Trust along with University College London are undertaking a survey looking into Angling and  Invasive species.

The aim of the survey is to understand where anglers are travelling in the UK and abroad, and current levels of awareness of invasive species. The findings will then be used to provide better advice on what you can do to stop them from being introduced into our waters.

The survey should take about 10 minutes  to complete and can be found at


Stop The Spread


More information about invasive species and the Angling Trust’s work in this area can be found through the link below.


Grayling Permits

As we come towards the last knockings of the Salmon Season, with Brown Trout fishing ended almost a month ago we head in what could be a long winter for game anglers. Unless of course you enjoy Grayling Fishing.

Members are reminded that you can fish for Grayling right through until March at no extra cost and non-members are able to take advantage of our Winter Grayling Ticket.

For just £25 non-members are able to fish Willington District Angling Club waters for Grayling up to March 15th 2019.

We have our 3rd annual Grayling Day coming up on November 11th with the Grayling Society so you know it makes sense to give our waters a closer look. If you’ve not tried fishing for the fabulous Lady of the Stream come along on the 11th and find out what it’s all about, or just treat yourself to that winter ticket and enjoy tight lines right through.

Never forget, in winter, just as summer, a poor days fishing always beats a great day working!

2018 Catch Returns

As the Game Fishing Season draws to a close please don’t forget, if you fish for migratory fish it is a requirement of your licence to complete a catch return and send it to the EA.

At the same time please don’t forget how valuable catch returns are to your club, not just migratory fish, all fish, stockies, wild trout and anything else you may catch. Anyone who has fished the ponds can provide really valuable insight into the condition of the fishing there. The more knowledge we have of the fish in our waters the better we can manage those waters or react to issues.

2018 Catch Return XLXS version

2018 Catch Return PDF version

Please use the attached forms, provided for your convenience in PDF and EXCEL formats to tells us all you can about your catches this season. As a minimum we would appreciate a copy of your EA catch return.

Thank You.

2018 Grayling Day

A quick reminder of what’s happening this Sunday.

November 11th 2018  is the date for our 3rd Willington Angling Club Grayling Day. Arrangements will be similar to 2017 and anglers are asked to register their interest early, we expect another very popular event.

Please register your interest early.

The idea behind the day is to get anglers interested in Grayling Fishing and to try and determine the levels of grayling present in our waters.
The event will again attended by Stuart Wardle who is a an England International Fly angler and Guide as well as the Regional secretary for the Grayling Society and has a wealth of knowledge in relation to this beautiful fish and the techniques required, as well as members of the Grayling Society, who will be able to advise members on techniques and tackle to tackle these fantastic fish.
The agenda for the day will be as follows :
Please meet at Jubilee Bridge carpark Grid Reference NZ 20859 34407, Nearest postcode DL15 0DJ  for approximately 10am with a view to commence fishing from 11am.
Stuart and the members of the grayling Society will be on hand to answer any questions relating to tackle and techniques. We are also aiming to have tea and coffee available for those that attend and everything to plan there will be soup available. An additional feature will see fly tying materials, capes, feathers etc. on sale from a young enthusiast as part of a college project.
The day is aimed at all angling abilities with enjoyment the key aim. For those anglers that want to fish we will be aiming to collect some data in relation to fish sizes, numbers and spread so the completion of a catch return is essential and these will be handed out on the day of the event.
This is an open event and any member wishing to bring a guest on the day may do so all that is needed is for all participants to register an interest at the earliest opportunity so I can ensure that there is sufficient refreshments available and if necessary allocate anglers to particular sections of the river or team them up with more experienced Grayling anglers if required.
The event totally dependant upon the river levels, please contact the secretary or watch the clubs website in the event of high water levels for clarification on whether the event is to go ahead. A provisional back up day is planned for November 25th in the event of the river not being fishable.