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Stretchford / Quarry Pool

A couple of times recently cows have wandered the railway line down by Quarry pool. This of course is upsetting for the farmer and has potential for dire consequences. It would be appreciated if members accessing the line are really careful to check that the gate(s) is closed.

John Norris of Penrith

In return for being linked to this site, world famous tackle dealers, John Norris of Penrith, have kindly agreed to offer  DAA members a 20% discount on anything on their website. This is good news and an opportunity to stock up at very reasonable prices. Anyone who has ever stopped on their way north will recall a  friendly welcome.

A ‘code’ will be circulated to members asap enabling orders to be placed – by phone only.

Video – Big salmon passing fish counter

Here are a couple of 20lb+ salmon negotiating the fish counter in May this year. As you may know, the electrodes are 45cm apart, so both fish are around one metre in length. These are the largest we have seen so far but there have been several approaching this size.

The videos have a full speed run followed by one at 25% speed


Salmon success

As last week’s spate dropped away Derek Myhill caught and released a fresh salmon estimated at 10 lbs from Abbotsmead . Yesterday, another ‘mint’ fish of an identical weight was caught by Rob Dart junior from Stretchford. This one took a small mepps – cast upstream – in bright conditions on a hot day and was also released.

The river is currently (18/6) in perfect condition for night fishing but the seatrout remain elusive and non cooperative.

Fishing News

The first salmon reported on DAA water in 2017 was caught on the 8th by Bush. He reports losing another at Kilbury. The released fish, taken on a spinner at Hembury was showing signs of fungal disease.

Quite a few salmon have been seen in TWP, and a week of high water should have assured easy access upstream.  Encouraging news.

Notice to all DAA members

Due to a previous arrangement with the owner, the Hannaford Fishery above Newbridge is unavailable to anglers on the following dates: June 20th, 21st, 22nd, and July 19th,20th and 21st. It’s imperative that this information is circulated, so please pass it on.


As the beaver reintroduction is happening on a neighbouring river (The Otter) Dart anglers may be interested in the following.

Firstly, here is a recent report on the reintroduction from the BBC:

There is no mention of how beavers might affect fish migration so here is a policy statement from the Angling Trust regarding beaver reintroduction that covers that aspect among others.

Fly box found at Caddaford

If anyone has lost a box of salmon flies in or near to  Caddaford , please get in touch with the Hon Sec. It was reportedly found by another member on the 18th of this month and is in his safe keeping.

One of our members reported watching a fair few sea trout run the OLD fish pass recently: the water was up a little but not particularly high. We have guessed  that maybe 10% of the season’s run ascend on that side. Could it be more ? well, we’d all be interested to know what the 2nd fish counter – when installed  – tells us. (Photos to follow)

There seems to be a reasonable head of fish in the river that are likely to be well spread out after the recent high water. These fish have proved pretty hard to catch : cold nights and sadly, fungal disease, probably haven’t helped.

Though unconfirmed as yet and not on DAA water, a salmon has been caught on the middle river. This will not surprise regular TWP anglers who have been reporting ‘sightings’ for a while.