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.


Grayling Day

A quick reminder from our secretary that we have decided to hold a repeat of this event following last years success. The plan is to hold this years event on the 19th November 2107.

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.
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 reliant on the river levels, please contact me or watch the clubs website in the event of high water levels for clarification on whether the event is to go ahead

Last Day & Catch Returns

We’re down to the last day of the Salmon Season. Please remember it is compulsory to send a catch return to the EA. As usual we have a convenient link at the side of the page for you.

The club would also benefit from those catch returns, a form is provided on this site but if nothing else a copy of your EA return would be very much appreciated.

We hope you have enjoyed a great season, whether fishing for Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon or Grayling. There have been many reports of excellent fish with some back-end rods reporting their best ever catches including a high number of bigger fish being reported.

Grayling fishing goes on through the winter, we have the club’s 2nd Grayling Day coming up on November 19th, so if you want to fish or just come along for tips from experienced Grayling Anglers, including those from the Grayling Society make a date now.

Club members are able to fish right through until March 15th with a new Winter Grayling Permit now available for new members, priced at just £25.

In the meantime … don’t forget to send off that catch return.

Seen a Cormorant or Goosander

Please see below details of a campaign from the Angling Trust.

These predators are very much in focus and we all need to do our bit to help … please read on …


Seen a cormorant or goosander? Please let us know!

At the Angling Trust we recognise the enormous damage that cormorants and goosanders can do to fish stocks in both rivers and still waters. We want to do more to enable fishery managers to be allowed to control these highly destructive birds.

We’ve written to the Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, demanding a doubling of the number of cormorants licensed to be shot in England annually to 6,000 and for the removal of requirements for evidence that goosanders are damaging fisheries before a licence will be issued.

We’ve relaunched the Cormorant Watch website for you to log sightings of cormorants and goosanders. The data provided will help us push for more effective control of these birds in England, Wales and Scotland, where goosanders in particular predate heavily on declining salmon stocks.

Pressure from angling organisations and angling-related businesses initially saw a previous government introduce a limit on cormorants licensed to be shot of 2,000, with a temporary increase to 3,000. Since then, the work of the Angling Trust has led to fishery managers applying for a far greater number of cormorant licences.

The Angling Trust continues to believe that the best outcome would be for cormorants to be included on the general licence as long as the conservation status of the birds is not threatened. However, we have not been able to persuade ministers to adopt this approach which is why we are pressing for the best possible outcomes within the licensing framework.

We believe fishery managers should have the right to protect fish stocks from these highly damaging birds and the current system is woefully inadequate. Please log your sightings and help us change it!

Lost and Found.

A member has very kindly handed in a box of salmon flies. The box is pretty battered but there is a selection of good flies.

If these seems to be yours please contact the secretary. Identify the flies and box to be re-united. ( sorry, salmon not included).

Grayling Day

Last year we held our 1st Grayling day on Willington Waters. It proved to be such an excellent day with great company, excellent fish and very welcome refreshments that we’re doing it all again.

The Grayling Society have agreed to a repeat of last years event. The date will be Sunday 19th November.   It looks like being a very popular event this year with interest far and wide, so keep your eyes on this site for updates.
Meanwhile here are some of the images from last year to remind you of a great day or show you what you missed.

Save our Salmon: Freemans Reach Massacre

Please take a look at this Face-Book posting. ( link above). It contains video of fish being thrown around in the Hydro at Durham.

You will see fish being battered by the machinery and it’s hard to believe they could survive. Looks like fish paste to me.

We need to do whatever we can to stop this massacre. Please take a look and share it with everyone you can. we need to bring this to the attention of anyone and everyone who can make a difference and at the same time shame those in control into taking positive steps to stop this in it’s tracks.

“Green” renewable energy is important, but at what cost? This plant can continue to produce renewable energy but needs a few changes to make it environmentally friendly.