Congratulations Seth

Our warm congratulations to Seth Johnson who once again weighed in a superb fish over 2lbs to win the Junior Competition.

The competition was fish on Sunday afternoon and the weigh in was very much a family affair with Seth weighing in a 2lb 3 0z fish while in second place Tommy presented a lovely 1lb trout.

You may recognise Seth as a previous winner and a young angler who has a habit of catching big fish.

Well done to both lads who we can be sure will be great anglers of the future.


Guest Tickets.

We are introducing Guest Tickets on a trial basis.

The aim is to add a little extra value to your membership by allowing each member two guest tickets per season and so allowing the opportunity to take a friend fishing on our waters.

We imagine that some of these visitors may join the club in due course but it will give everyone the chance to treat a friend or two.

We will review the scheme at the end of the season and all being well at the AGM we will look at continuing in the future.

For full details of how to use the scheme please go to the membership page,

Summary of Proposed New Bye-Laws.

Anglers have the opportunity to respond to the proposed new bye laws before they are finalised, We would strongly urge all anglers to familiarise themselves with the proposals and respond if you feel it necessary. Please remember, if you do not wish to respond it is still important to be familiar with the new byelaws in readiness for their launch.

Salmon Consultation

Once the proposals are finalised it will be too late.

Objections / support must be received no later than the 12 April 2018.

Click to View and Respond to Proposals

Please use the link above to respond

To help we have produced (below) a guide to the proposals.

Proposed bylaws following EA consultation.

• Maintain the existing measures aimed at protecting spring salmon for a further 10 years.
• Closure of all drift net fisheries from 2018.
• Require the release of all salmon caught in the River Lune Haaf Net Fishery, Anglian and Southern Coastal Fisheries form 2018.
• Close the seine and drift net fisheries on the Rivers Exe, Tamar, Tavy, Lynher, Carnel, Taw and Torridge from 2019.
• Shorten the fishing season and require the release of all salmon caught in the seven and drift net fisheries on the Rivers Teign, Dart, Fowey and Poole Harbour from 2019.
• Shorten the fishing season, amend fishing areas and require the release of all salmon caught in the North East Coast T and J Net Fishery from 2019.
• Require the release of all salmon caught from the lave net fisheries of the Rivers Kent and Leven from 2019.
• Require the release of any salmon caught by rod and line from the Rivers Lune, Ribble, Tees, Crake, Dorset Stour, Yealm, Cumbrian Derwent, Plym, Wyre and Calder to be returned for the full salmon fishing season from 2018.
• Require the return of all salmon caught by rod and line from the rivers that have salmon populations that do not have minimum safe spawning levels set for them to be returned for the full salmon fishing season starting from 2018.
• Prohibition of some fishing hooks and trebles when fishing for salmon and sea trout in England and the Border Esk from 2019.

All the above come into effect from 2018 and 2019 seasons and will last for a period of 10 years. There will be a review period in 2023 and any changes applied if required.

Brief summary into how the proposed bylaws will affect the Rod and Line Angler from 2018.

All the above will come into force for the 2019 season. Gape size for hooks is measured from the point of the hook to the shank as shown below.

However care should be taken into account to accommodate hook manufacturers sizing as this can be significantly different from one brand/ style of hook to another. The key element in any hook being used is the gape size.

Should anglers wish to object to any of these proposed byelaws you have until 8th April 2018 to register any objection. This can be done at the at the following link. dm_i=3O4M,D81O,3PEQY7,1DZPA,1

Proposal How will this affect me as an Angler Barbed/Barbless Hooks No impact – The EA feels that this would be difficult to enforce and as such better promoted through Catch and Release Best Practice Treble Hooks All lures including Rapala type lures will need to be fished with ONE single hook – with a maximum gape size of 13mm
Restrictions when using treble hooks with flies – treble hook with a maximum gape size of 7mm Restrictions when fishing with prawn or shrimp-
Single, double or treble hook with a maximum gape size of 7mm Fly Fishing No proposed restrictions in relation to the use of Double or Single hooks.
Treble Hooks to have a maximum gape size of 7mm.
The current ruling in relation to nighttime fishing will still apply i.e. fishing with natural or artificial fly with each hook not exceeding 10mm in diameter. Circle Hooks No impact, local rules more effective. Flying ‘C’ Single hook with a maximum gap size of 13mm Mandatory use of a Landing Net/ mesh size of landing nets This is not to be introduced as a byelaw, but the promoting of the use of a landing net as part of the Catch and Release Best Practice.
Proposed Catch and Release Figures for North East Rivers
Proposed catch and release figures for the River Wear will be 80%, this is based on the current level of C&R gathered from catch returns. This figure will however be under review and liable to change should the proposed C&R numbers not be met

Proposed effect on the Coastal Net Fisheries

With immediate effect the drift net fishery off the North East Coast has been closed, this was originally scheduled to close from 2022. So given that there will be a 5 year review the drift net fishery has in essence now closed.
From 2019, the T and J net fisheries will have a reduced season they will be allowed to fish from March 26th to May 31st. The current season runs through June, July and August. In addition to this all nets must be attended and ALL salmon caught must be released.
The nets will also be removed from the conservation areas off the mouths of the Tyne and Coquet.

2018 2019 and beyond 2023 – 5 Year Review Period
Drift Net Fisheries (which were scheduled for removal from 2022)
Immediate removal of all drift nets from the North East Coast
No Drift Nets off the North East Coast
No Drift Nets off the North East Coast
T and J Net Fisheries Nets to remain unchanged for this year. With the season running as previous years from June to August.
Reduced season running from March 26th to May 31st.
ALL nets must be attended and ALL Salmon caught must be released.
Night time fishing prohibited.
Removal of Nets from Conservation Areas.
Option to review state of fishery


Ready . Steady. FISH.

The new Trout season is almost here. Has your new licence arrived yet? If you paid for it on line or with a recurring direct debit it should be arriving any time now.

If not your current licence is normally valid until March 31st.

Did you remember to send off your membership renewal. It’s not too late but hurry get your renewal, or new application, off to the secretary today.

The waters have been running high and will be running cold but the fishing Gods have promised all will be well and we will enjoy another cracking start to another cracking season.

W&DAC wishes you a fantastic season.

Tight lines.



Fly of the Month

What would be your fly of the month?

What are the best flies for the river Wear in April or, do you just have a favourite fly for no rhyme or reason. I am fascinated by the Durham Ranger, never fished it, never tried to tie it but maybe it will feature later.

We have introduced a new feature which it is hoped will be of interest to some, helpful to others and add another reason to use this site.

Under the tab FLY OF THE MONTH you will find the initial offerings for March of the Partridge and Orange Spider and The GRHE Nymph.

The more experienced members of this club are the experts, we’d like to share that expertise with others who are new to fly fishing or new to tying flies, so please tell us, what flies would you like to see featured, how do you prefer to fish them and what patterns do you use?


Right now we would like your favourite flies for Willington waters in April. The aim is to feature one or two flies each month, relevant to the time of year and the fish we are seeking as the season progresses. Maybe your favourite Trout flies in the early part, Sea Trout as we move into the summer months , Salmon later and Grayling flies for the winter.

Please get in touch to share your favourites and your knowledge.