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The DAA and CV19

DAA Chairman Ian Scofield has sent the following to members. It sets out the Association’s position.


Members must be aware that the government has imposed a lockdown to deal with coronavirus. 

It requires the population to stay in their homes except for certain very limited necessities.

Angling Trust has been told that fishing is not one of the exceptions and therefore angling is not permitted until further notice. Angling Trust is trying to persuade the government that angling as a solitary activity should be allowed but nothing is likely to change before the three week review date at the earliest.

We know members will be frustrated by this but all we can do is to inform you of the government position as relayed to us by Angling Trust. It is not a DAA directive.

Ian Scofield

Wild Trout Trust Auction 20-29 March.

The Wild Trout Trust auction is going ahead as usual this year and is now live online.

The auction is the WTTs biggest fundraising event and provides vital funds, enabling them to deliver practical advice and habitat improvement projects for the benefit of wild trout and all wildlife that shares the places where they live.

The auction has over 300 lots, mainly fishing around the UK,  but also flies, hand made rods and, this year, some especially lovely art.

The bidding takes place on eBay and by post. All the details, including a catalogue of lots with a map and a link to eBay, can be found on the WTT website:

This link will take you straight to all the lots on eBay.

If you sort by ‘ending soonest’ they appear in lot number order.’

Regarding the current situation, Shaun Leonard the WTT’s director says: “There is some really special stuff in this auction. Many of our donors have agreed to be as flexible as possible with their lots and bidders should be confident that we’ll sort out as best we can any problems that arise. It could just be that bidders win a day’s fishing and take it this summer (or a rod or some art etc etc) as the perfect antidote to the current crisis.”

Annual Dinner Raffle

The Dart Angling Association would like to offer grateful thanks to the donors of the following prizes for our annual raffle, which was drawn at last night’s annual dinner. £447 was raised for Association funds.

Please support with your custom the businesses that have donated prizes.

“Alan Ridell” 10 ft 6/7 weight 4 piece fly rod – Andy Myall

2 tickets to the Albert Hall – John Sanderson

£25 voucher – The Old Library Restaurant, Ashburton

Mid-week carvery for two – Dartmoor Lodge Hotel, Ashburton

£15 voucher – The Fish Deli, Ashburton

7 wt sink tip fly line – Snowbee (UK) Ltd, Plympton

A fine picture – Dr Peter Edwards

£10 voucher – McCabe the butcher – Totnes

Voucher for one hour’s air rifle shooting – The Gun Room, Ivybridge

Book on fly tying – Louise Burnell

Bottle of champagne – Robin Thorn

Bottle of rum – Ian Schofield

Wading staff – Derek Mayhill

Large brownie falls to young angler

Ruben with his Dart brown trout of approx 4lb 8oz

8 year old Ruben, son of member Luke Chester-Master was out with his dad doing some early season salmon fishing when he hooked this beautiful monster brownie.

It must be said that this fish was not caught on Association water but obviously, being a Dart fish will be of interest to members. Having caught this one, Ruben, unsurprisingly, is keen to become a DAA junior member.

It was caught using a flying C with a single barbless hook and of course being out of season for Brown trout it was released after its photo-call, as no doubt it would have been anyway.

It is possible that this is a ‘retired’ sea trout that has taken up residence in the river or perhaps it has always lived there.

The extraordinary thing about this fish, other than its size is that it appears to be the same fish caught a while back by Andy Myall in more or less the same place. according to the identical pattern of spots on the operculum.

Well done Ruben! Now catch it again on fly!

Patagonian rainbow

Member Clem Booth has recently returned from Patagonia, where he caught this stunning wild rainbow trout. These fish migrate between Lake (Lago Strobel) and river and as can be seen from the photo are similar to steelhead in appearance.

This one weighed 19lbs and measured 34 inches. Not quite Clem’s best however. In 2018 he had a 20 pounder.

Start of season dinner

Last year it was decided not to have the annual dinner on the same night as the AGM as usual but possibly to have the dinner some time in the new year. This has now been arranged and it will take place on Friday March 6th, 7.30 pm, at the Dartmoor Lodge Hotel by way of a pre-season dinner and get-together. Members and their guests are cordially invited. As in former years, riparian owners, DAA members and other local association members will also be present at the invitation of the Association.

Menus and booking forms have been sent out to members. If attending, please return your completed booking form with choice of meals and a cheque for £25 pp to the Hon Sec. ASAP.

Additional menu and booking form

Members contact details

Previous attempts have been made with varying success to keep members up to date by email, being quicker and cheaper than by post. However this can only work if members keep their contact details updated with the Hon Sec. It is particularly disappointing when emails are sent out and back come a clutch of non-delivery notices, due to out of date or incorrect email addresses. Please could members not in frequent email contact with Hon Sec please check with him that he has your up-to-date contact info?