Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association (2013-2014)Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association is located in Kirkby Stephen. This website gives detailed information on the club and our waters including location, pictures, reports and 'fisherman's tales'. It is a resource aimed at providing up-to-date factual information about what is happening on our waters but it is also intended to provide a wealth of 'crack' as we say here in Cumbria. Hence, like a good book, it should be worth picking up on a cold winter's evening when the river is closed.
The first River Eden web cam was launched by Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association in partnership with Farson Digital on 15th September 2010. The cam allows anglers to view the River Eden live before they travel to fish. The camera is located in the centre of Kirkby Stephen. It looks downstream towards the bridge on Hartley Road, next to Hodgson's timber yard. This is just upstream from our most popular beats. View live webcam.
Featured on Television
KSDAA waters were featured in the April 2006 edition of Trout and Salmon when Paul Proctor expounded the virtues of fishing for wild brown trout on the upper reaches of the River Eden. We don't claim our waters are easy but Paul's parting comment on sampling a day ticket was "I would say the challenge and rewarding fishing on offer here is worth £15 of anyone's money." We think Paul got it right. Read his full report here.
An additional benefit of being a KSDAA member is that you can also fish the waters of other clubs in the Cumberland and Westmorland Angling Alliance.
No Stocking Policy
KSDAA waters are primarily wild brown trout fisheries. No stocking is carried out. This absence of a 'put and take' policy means that our waters are not always the easiest waters to fish. However the fish are there as witnessed by the Online Catch Returns.
Fish Preservation Policy
To help preserve our stocks of wild trout we encourage our members to return fish. From 2007 we have awarded a prize for the biggest trout safely returned.
If you are new to our club and would like a day out with an existing member to pick up a few tips please contact our secretary. No guarantee of a big fish of course but knowledge and friendship will be freely dispensed.
Reports and Stories
The reports and stories on the site derive from club members and from visitors. Believe them if you like or read them tongue in cheek but do enjoy them. Whoever said 'pictures don't lie' surely did not live in the days of digital cameras and image enhancement! The pictures and articles on the site will stir the imagination in the closed season and drive us down the river in the spring onwards.
A report on conditions on the River Eden at Kirkby Stephen, originally posted on our blog every day during the season, has now been replaced by our live webcam.
Free Membership for Under 18's
In order to promote the benefits of angling to young people KSDAA are offering free membership to anyone under the age of 18. To benefit from this offer juniors must apply for membership in the usual way (see membership page). Please note that 'Junior members of 12 years and older must hold an Environment Agency rod licence (available from all post offices).
Our website is growing all the time. Contributions, whether factual or 'a good tale', with or without pictures, can be emailed to us. Reports and Online Catch returns are especially welcome as they give visitors and locals alike an up-to-date picture of what is happening on our rivers at present. Reports also provide a trip down memory lane for our former elderly members who are now too infirm to venture out on to our waters. Please attach pictures whenever possible.
John Garner, Secretary