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

https://ux.btmail.bt.com/cp/index-rui.jsp?v=2.10.3#

 

Membership Renewals 2020/21

We are please to provide details of prices and how to renew your membership for the forthcoming season. If you don’t have them already membership renewal letters will be landing on doorsteps very soon.

It was agreed at the AGM that membership fees will remain unchanged this year except for:

  • Juniors under the age of 16 on March 22nd 2020 will be free but must be registered as members to fish club waters and accompanied by an adult.
  • Honourary memberships will rise in line with previously agreed structure by £5 to £35, this will continue until Honourary Memberships reach HALF of senior fees.

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:  wdacsec@gmail.com or by post to

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

Payment: 

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 :

WADAC + SURNAME + 2019 MEMBERSHIP NUMBER  for example WADACSMITH41

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.

Fees for RENEWALS ONLY will be collected at Willington Cricket Club on the evening of Tuesday March 10th between 7:15 and 9:30pm. Please note, new memberships are not being processed on the night.

All renewals need to be accompanied by the Renewal page from your membership book or a renewal slip available on the membership pages of this site.

Looking forward to another great season, a wise man once said, “A poor day always fishing  beats a great day working”

Tight Lines

 

and the winners is

Congratulations to the winners of the Club’s annual trophies which were presented at the AGM last night.

Well done to Dave Wainwright who collected both the T.O. Mounter and Sons Cup for the Largest Migratory Fish ( 13lb 8 oz Salmon) by a senior member and the T.O. Mounter Memorial Trophy for the First Salmon (8lb) caught by a senior member.

Congratulations to Dave Chadwick  who picked up the JT Bell Memorial Cup for the First Sea Trout  by a Senior Member a fish of 6lb.

The Dr. Crichton Cup for the Largest Brown Trout by a Senior Member is now pride of place on the mantel piece of Ian White for a 1lb 2oz fish.

Ian also took away the Dr Chesters Senior Trophy , generously sponsored by Anglers Lodge at Jubilee Lakes with £200 of vouchers. Our thanks once again to Anglers Lodge and congratulations to Ian White who now has two trophies above the fire place.

The KD Johnson Challenge Trophy fished at Tunstall Reservoir was won by Norman Fletcher with a Rainbow Trout of 2lb 8oz.

The next rising star from the Johnson family is Thomas Johnson who won both the Millennium Trophy Junior Competition and the Dr. O’Grady Trophy for the Largest Brown Trout by a Junior Member with a fish of 1lb.

The Challenge Cup for the Largest Migratory Fish by a Junior Member received no entries.

Congratulations to all our winners.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting took place last night, our thanks to all who attended and contributed to the discussions.

More details will follow, at this time the headlines are that Senior fees remain unchanged for the coming year at £75 for renewal with a £10 joining fee for new members.

Honourariums will continue as previously agreed, increasing by £5 each year until reaching half of the senior price. Therefore this year Honourariums will increase to £35.

A restructure of Junior fees was agreed in an attempt to attract more junior members. Juniors will now be free up to the age of 16.

It was agreed to simplify and streamline the rule book without any change to rules except the current Rule 12 which was changed to :

  • Waste nylon must not be left on the river bank, take all litter home and dispose of it in the correct manner.

This reflects the wider public concerns about plastics in the environment where cutting nylon line into small pieces as previously required is no longer appropriate.

A new trophy will be introduced to reflect the growing number of ladies joining the club. This will be fished by our lady members on the same day as the senior trophy and will be named after Angela Moralee in recognition of the longstanding support that we have enjoyed from our riparian owners.

In further recognition of their support Mr Andrew Moralee Snr. has agreed to become President of the club replacing Dr. E Chesters who has given up the position after many years. We wish to thank Eddie for his many years of support.

Renewal notices will arrive on your doormats in the near future. Fees will be collected at Willington Cricket Club on March 10th however, we are pleased to be able to save members the journey because we are now able to take electronic payments, details of how to do this will be included with your renewals.

We thank you for your continued support of Willington and District Angling Club and hope you have a very enjoyable and productive season.

Tight Lines.

Grayling Day

We apologise for being unable to post this news earlier and hope you received the e-mail early in the week.

An early decision was taken to postpone the Grayling Day with the river running high and coloured and more rain forecast.

We will now have one last attempt to run the event, NEXT Sunday. Hopefully we will have favourable conditions this time around as reward for your patience.

Apologies once more.

GRAYLING DAY Postponed

Sorry.

With the river running high and coloured and with more rain forecast the decision has been made to postpone the Grayling Day. we will now revert to the standby date of December 1st 2019 and hope for some dryer conditions.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but look forward to seeing you at the re-arranged event.

 

2019 4th Annual Grayling Day

It’s back!

Our 4th annual Grayling Day will take place on Sunday November 17th. This time we have also planned a back up date.

In the event that the river is not in suitable condition the event will be re-arranged for Sunday December 1st 2019. Non members have an opportunity to sample the Waters at Willington but please register your interest early.

This is a great opportunity for anglers to sample Grayling fishing on our waters, to get anglers interested in Grayling Fishing and to try and to continue to monitor 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.

Grayling Time

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The Lady is waiting

As we move towards the end of the Trout season anglers will be turning their thoughts towards the Lady of the Stream.

Happily we now have a well established Graying population with some excellent fish regularly reported.

GRAYLING FISHING FOR MEMBERS

As a W&DAC member your membership covers winter Grayling fishing. Just go out and enjoy.

NON MEMBERS’GRAYLING FISHING

Day tickets are available from Sheldon’s Newsagents in Willington, but we offer a really great value Winter Grayling Membership which will see you through to the close season in March. Only £25 for the winter, just contact the secretary.

Of course this runs out just in time for the Trout season to start again. Once you become familiar with our waters there’s every chance that you will want to take out full membership for the season ahead too.

ANNUAL GRAYLING DAY

We are planning to repeat our highly successful Grayling Days in November when non-members can come along and join us for a day’s fishing to sample what we have on offer. Watch this site for more details.

Have a great winter. Tight Lines.

River Fly Monitoring

The wealth and health of river flies in all their forms is possibly the back bone of angling, even if you’re not a fly fisherman the fish you seek rely heavily upon the invertebrates as a food source while the numbers and variety are a strong indicator of the health of the river.

You can become involved in monitoring and supporting the health of the river through River Fly Monitoring. Details of a forthcoming workshop are provided here. An opportunity to get involved.IMG_2832 (1)