Game angling: Membership vacancies available at Bishop Auckland

Membership vacancies have become available at Bishop Auckland District Angling Club as George Macintyre reports

Ian McIntyre An angler on the River Tees at Yarm
An angler on the River Tees at Yarm

Bishop Auckland District Angling Club, which has more than 17 miles of the River Wear and more than two miles of the upper River Tees available to members, has membership vacancies for the 2014 season – £175 for adults and £25 for juniors.

For all membership enquiries contact Keith Robson on 01388 818720 or email

The best bags this past week at Witton Castle Lakes were 14 for N Horner and A Spence, 12 for L Hardy, while R Folks and S Hibbard each caught 11 and A Moor brought eight to the net.

The England Fly Fishing Bank Team met at Chatton Trout Fishery, which will be hosting the International Fly Fishing Bank Competition between England, Scotland Wales and Ireland in October.

The fishery has produced a number of good catches this past week, with Scott Wearmouth from Alnwick landing his first-ever trout on a fly – a fully-finned 3lb 8oz rainbow.

Fishery regular Peter Marshall from Blyth kept three, including a 6lb rainbow, and returned six. Another regular, Matty Divine from Hadston, returned one of 12lb 14oz.

Members of New Mills Junior Angling Club have received their Cast Awards certificates. Cast Awards is a new initiative from the Angling Trust to recognise standards of angling across Britain. Under the scheme there is a series of progressive steps to level 6, which help coaches support those who want to reach a specific goal.

In addition to their certificates, Olivia Warwick and Kyle Tully each received a box of flies for winning the clubs’ fly tying competition at the end of the winter fly dressing classes.

Billy King took landed 14 at Caistron Lakes where there are a few 2014 memberships available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Lockwood Beck Fishery hosted anglers and coaches of the Angling Trust – England Talent Pathway (Northern Region) as part of their 2013/2014 Development Programme as they progress towards the England Youth Fly Fishing Qualifier at Grafham Water on May 25.

All five anglers enjoyed an excellent day’s fishing, catching 17 rainbows and a brown between them, keeping 10 for 25lb.

In general, Lockwood fished well this past week. Bank angler John McGarrell caught 14; Andrew Greet had 13; Tom Keenan caught 12; Daren Parry landed 10; and Keith Thompson netted eight to 5lb.

Boat anglers Mike Ayton and son Thomas caught 31 rainbows and one 2lb 8oz brown, Mike had 22 and Thomas netted 10. Olive Murray caught 17; Carl Malpass caught 10, keeping four for 12lb; and Paul Richardson caught nine to 3lb from the wheelyboat.

Sport at Naworth picked up this week with J Wardrope landing 20 to fly, including doubles of 19lb, 14lb and 12lb.

O Hogg landed one of 15lb on worm; M Proudfoot had 15, including doubles of 11lb and 10lb, to fly; S Allerdice netted 11 to 4lb on fly; P McNeill brought 13 to the net on fly; D Elliot landed a 15-pounder on worm; and R Barry netted one of 16lb to fly.


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