2018/19 Season is almost here.

It’s almost here IMG_0190. The new Trout season and our new club season will open in just a couple of weeks.

Please don’t forget to get your membership renewal in in good time for the club to get it back to you. Remember this needs to be with the secretary by March 21st (we really do not wish to make funds from late renewal fees).

Your membership takes you right through to March 2019 enabling you to fish the full Salmon season from February and of course the winter Grayling season on top of your Trout fishing thought the summer.

Please be sure to include an S.A.E large enough for a A6 booklet and key ring with sufficient postage to cover that cost.

If this seasons opens anything like last year we’re in for a cracking spring.

Tight Lines


Clarification of Grayling Tickets.

We have had a request to clarify the new Winter Grayling Permit.

This is not an extra charge on top of your membership. As a club member you are able to fish for Grayling throughout the winter on your normal club membership.

The new Winter Grayling Permit creates an opportunity for non members to fish the club waters for Grayling between November 1st and March 15th. The hope is that this introduction to our waters will encourage such anglers to become full members in the coming season. 

While Brown Trout has long been the mainstay of our fishing we now enjoy much more diversity. Salmon and Sea Trout are of course very important to us and Grayling fishing has now become quite prominent.

Your club membership allows you to enjoy all of theses aspects within their own seasons. You may see the season referred to as the 2018/19 Season, this more accurately reflects the fact that your membership allows you to fish all year round, subject to close seasons for individual species. 

So, no need to spend the winter all cooped-up at home, itching to get out. You can do it. Maybe not quite so much fun if we have a repeat of the Beast from The East.

Tight Lines.


Membership Renewals


Membership renewals and new applications are now being taken for the 2018/19 season.

Please send your renewal slip (from your membership book) to the secretary with an appropriate S.A.E. and payment.


Remember, this is a busy time, the secretary is handling a number of applications and will look to get your book back to you as quickly as possible, but as ever, the earlier your renewal is received the earlier it can be returned.

The start of the 2018 Trout Season is very close, please don’t leave this to the last minute.

Last year we asked anglers to display a small card in your windscreen to let the bailiffs know who was fishing. Feedback has been that members were not comfortable with this. The club has listened and has withdrawn these for the coming season.IMG_0190


We are introducing a new tool to help bailiffs on the river bank; anglers will receive a key-ring style tab which we are asking you to wear on the outside of your jacket. Bailiffs will then be able to recognise members without the need to disturb your fishing and ask you to search through your pockets for your membership book. Your cooperation with this request will be very helpful and very much appreciated. Thank you. 



Proposed Salmon and Sea Trout byelaws for England and the Border Esk


We are advertising proposed new byelaws to regulate the fishing for salmon and sea trout by net and rod fisheries in England and on the Border Esk.

To view and respond to these proposed byelaws, please click the link above. Objections, or support, to these byelaws must be received by the 8 April 2018

Salmon Consultation

The EA have now published their actual proposals following on from the consultation. We are all able to respond to these proposals using the link above. You may want to take a look at these proposals quite carefully as they will potentially affect your fishing. 

Managing Salmon Fisheries in England and on the Border Esk : results now available

Salmon Consultation
The EA have now made available their detailed analysis of all the replies they had to the Salmon Consultation exercise held in October last year. There detailed analysis is available at
A copy of their analysis report is also attached at the bottom of this email. They have yet to release there recommendations but hopefully these will follow before to long.

Season 2018/19

The club AGM took place earlier this month, an overview of the main pints is provided here.

There will be no increase in the membership fees, therefore the fees for the upcoming 2018 season can be viewed in the Membership section of this site;

A change was made to junior fees in the hope that we can help to attract and retain more young anglers.

Juniors under age of 11 years – NO FEE however they must be registered with the club and accompanied by a senior member.

Juniors aged 11 to 16 years – £10

Juniors aged 16 to 18 years

Fees will be taken at the Willington Cricket Club on Tuesday 6th March, between 7:15pm and 9:30pm. Alternatively by post to the above address. Please enclose a stamped addressed 8”x6” envelope, plus a cheque or postal order made payable to Willington and District Angling Club. There will be a £5 late payment fee. This will be applied to ALL existing members not renewing on or before 22nd March 2018. New members will still be subject to a £10 joining fee.

Members are reminded that to complete the renewal slip which can be found in the 2017 membership book , any changes of details to be accompanied by a completed application for to allow club to update its records.

Please try to avoid house calls for permits. In the event that members are unable to contact the secretary regarding membership etc, please contact the treasurer.

The Officials and Committee were re-elected unopposed.

Club trophies – it has been decided to house all trophies in one venue this is to avoid losing trophies when members leave the club or fail to return them.

Key Ring/Fob – The club is to introduce a key ring /fob to all members, the idea is for this to be worn on a jacket/ vest to assist in identifying members. It will match the colour of the current rule book and should reduce the need to club bailiffs to be constantly checking permits.

The club is also looking to hold an open day in order to generate additional interest in the club and prospective new members, further details of this will be posted on the club website once finalised.

Clarification of Rules: to avoid confusion the wording of Rule 16a to be amended.

Rule 16a Maximum of ONE shank with a maximum of 3 hook points will be permitted when spinning this is to include Rapala type lures. AT ALL TIMES (i.e ONE hook per lure which maybe a one treble hook or one double hook or one single hook).

The club is also looking for volunteers for bank work. Any member willing to assist in future works please contact the Secretary. Please visit the clubs website for up to date information throughout the year.

Dates for the Diary. Dr. Chesters Trophy Senior Competition – 1st Sunday in July. See Page 7 of the Rule Book. This will again be sponsored by the Anglers Lodge at Jubilee Lakes. K.D. Johnson Trophy – To be provisionally held at Tunstall Reservoir, providing the venue is available, Fly Only Sunday 19th August 2017, from 8am to 5pm. However should the venue be unavailable an alternative will be arranged and details posted on the clubs website. See Page 8 of the Rule Book. please inform the Secretary if you intend to fish this competition, or require further information. Junior Competition – 2nd Sunday in May. See Page 8 of the Rule Book. Please mark these dates in your Diary.

Stocking: The club is to again restock the river with 500 10” to 12” Brown Trout. (Again these fish will be Triploids to conform to the EA ruling.) These fish will be marked with a clipped adipose fin to assist in identification. We would encourage members who wish to take any fish to only keep the fish identified with the clipped adipose fin and where possible return all fish that are not marked to try and preserve the breeding stocks of the river.

Will club members also please fill in their catch returns, this is a valuable source of information for the club and assists in the monitoring of fish stocks. This includes Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon and Grayling. Also any members who are fishing any of the ponds, catch reports for these would also be welcome