Cressida Tomlinson is arranging a Euronymphing masterclass for our members. Former England all rivers champion, Fred Bainbridge will be sharing his knowledge and expertise. The cost will be £40 per person and will include a buffet lunch. This is open to RADAS members only.
We will announce when bookings go live. Keep checking the website. There are only ten places available. Location: River Swale, Richmond area.
The committee are delighted to welcome Ian Bosher (right) and Jonathan Tomlinson (left) onto the team. Ian will be coordinating our water testing and riverfly monitoring. Jonathan will be our legal advisor.
The AGM was very positive this morning. Reports were presented by the chairman, secretary and treasurer. A new constitution was presented and passed. Revised angling rules were presented and passed. In both cases there were no objections and voting to accept was unanimous. They have been uploaded and are available to view on the website. More details about the AGM to follow.
RADAS Chairman Ron Wood paid a visit to one of the local primary schools to help a group of year 5 children learn about map reading and rivers. Ron, who is also a member of the Angling Trust believes that encouraging children to be interested in nature and the countryside is really important. Richmond And District Angling Society is engaged in various projects designed to improve the ecology of the River Swale and are keen to spread the word. The club works closely with other organisations such as The Wild Trout Trust , The Dales Rivers Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. There is a huge interest in partnership working and community engagement. By informing and educating children we hope that they will develop a love of nature that will stay with them when they are adults.
Richmond & District Angling Society
Annual General Meeting Agenda
Saturday 2nd December 2023
Venue: The Farmers Arms, Scorton Richmond DL10 6DW
• Matters Arising.
• Chairman's Remarks.
• Secretary's Report
• Treasurer's Report
• Notice of Motions
➢ Introduction of a society Constitution to replace Articles of Association.➢ Club rules and amendments.
• Election of Committee
• Election of Officers
• Next AGM
A team of new, existing and prospective RADAS members spent a couple of hours on 19th November collecting litter around the Batts, Station Bend and down to Peg 3. There was gladly less rubbish to be found than we might have expected, but we still filled half a dozen bags (2 alone from under the bridge on the Batts side). Plenty of the usual suspects were found (bottles, takeaway cartons, assorted plastic), but we also found a mobile phone and a surprising amount of clothing!
Many thanks to Mark and Peter (who drove up from Wetherby to help), Ian, William, Ron, and of course George.
There will be another litter pick in the spring, details to follow nearer the time.
The RADAS AGM will be held at The Farmers Arms, Scorton on Saturday 2nd December commencing at 10.00 am. We hope you will join us. We request that you notify the secretary at least seven days in advance if you are coming. Please use the contact form on our website.
The committee are delighted to welcome Pat Bush and Cressida Tomlinson onto the team. They will be tremendous assets to RADAS as they have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Holly is the daughter of RADAS member Ronnie Kane and at eight years of age is the club’s youngest member. She is also the youngest of three generations of the same family who are club members. Her fishing journey began with July’s Get Fishing event, and she has since been out with family and friends, apparently perfecting an amazing cast!
Not content to learn how to fish, Holly also took on the role of meeter and greeter at July’s event, and has since also helped with the monthly riverfly monitoring. She has proved to be a real asset. Well done Holly!
This year we will be participating in the remembrance parade and laying a wreath on behalf of the society at Friary Gardens.
Richmond And District Angling Society was founded in 1912 just two years before the start of the Great War. There is no doubt that many of our predecessors will have served in either of the world wars or one or other of the many conflicts since. Some will have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
When we lay our wreath, we do so on behalf of all members of the society to show our respect and gratitude.
For those wishing to come along, here are the details.
The parade will leave the Town Hall at 9.40am and proceed to St. Mary's Parish Church for the 10.00am service, followed by wreath laying and 2 minutes silence in Friary Gardens at 11am.
(Please note, the parade will not go to Green Howards memorial)
Following a number of recent resignations a request was made for volunteers to come forward to join the committee in order to fill the vacant posts. Normally in a situation like this an EGM would be called. Unfortunately the current articles of association do not allow us to have an EGM as the club is not being wound up.
We are pleased to announce that some really good people did step up and we now have a fully functioning committee once more. Our first meeting was a few days ago and was very positive. New officers were elected and are in the process of taking up their appointments.
We have a great team of experienced and enthusiastic anglers who are committed to managing RADAS in the best interests of the membership. Our desire is to improve the fishing, look after the river and expand the club.
There will be changes including updating the rules and reviewing and revising the articles of association. We hope that you will all support us in our efforts to take RADAS forward.
We value your ideas and opinions and would encourage you to get in touch and get involved. We are here to serve you. Lets ALL work together.
On behalf of everyone in RADAS we would like to thank the outgoing committee members for the work they have done for the club over the years. A lot goes on behind the scenes and it is not always appreciated.
Finally we hope that as many of you as possible will come to the AGM in December. It will be a great opportunity to meet up and to hear about our plans for the year ahead.
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you are able to help with future work parties then please contact committee member Peter Fietsch and ask to be added to the R&DAS Whats App work party group:
The Dales to Vale Rivers Network, a partnership for the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe, is refreshing its management plans for the catchment.
Formed 10 years ago, the DVNR brings together organisations and individuals with an interest in preserving and enhancing the benefits of the five rivers and their wider catchments.
Anyone with an interest in the rivers is invited to get involved in the management plans overhaul by contributing their thoughts on issues affecting the rivers and what they believe are priorities for action.
Full details can be found at the following:
On the 13th April 2023 there was a category 1 pollution event which resulted in a total fish kill over the entire beck from Brompton on Swale to Dalton. The EA conducted an electrofishing survey and confirmed that no fish were left alive. An EA investigation is underway to establish the cause of the pollution. We have no further information at this stage but will inform our members as soon as we know more. We will do our best to help the beck recover and kindly request everyone to be patient until the water is fishable again.
The appropriate authorities (Environment Agency, Angling Trust, Fish Legal) are engaged.
Work is underway to confirm root cause and determine next steps. Further updates will be published when facts and next steps have been determined.
On 8th May 2023, previous club secretary Phil Brown, sent an email update to all members who have provided their email address; follow the link below to read it.
With a number of members having reported that Japanese Knot Weed is particularly prevalent at Great Langton this year, it is a timely reminder that all anglers should pay detailed attention to biosecurity to prevent the spread of all forms of invasive non-native species.
The Angling Trust website (https://anglingtrust.net/invasive-non-native-species/) has lots of information about threats posed by invasive plants and animals, some of which have the potential to wipe out fisheries, along with guidance on how we can call help as individuals. The Angling Trust partners with nonnattivespecie.org at https://www.nonnativespecies.org/what-can-i-do/check-clean-dry/anglers/
Essentially the message is: Check; Clean; Dry
Anglers parking at Lownethwaite bridge and wanting to fish upstream on the south bank can only do so for a few hundred yards before encountering a double fence (What3Words reference: rational.grudging.fork)
Anglers then have two options:
Love the outdoors? Love nature? Love being active? If the answer is yes, then why not learn to fish! Book a place at our FREE “Get Fishing” event.
Saturday 1st July, River Swale, Station Yard, Richmond.
There will be three sessions each with eight participants:
Each session includes an introduction to coarse and fly fishing by qualified Angling Trust Coaches:
Either book a place or just come along on the day for a chat. See you there!
Sponsored by The Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/
Please note that parking arrangements at St Giles Farm, on the south bank at Brompton-On-Swale, have changed
R&DAS now has a presence on Facebook. You will need a Facebook ID and agree to their T&Cs if you wish to contribute. The site is moderated by R&DAS committee members.
For those R&DAS members who fish Cow Pasture Lake, run by Thornaby Angling Association (TAA), please make sure you are familiar with their latest rules by following the link below
Our club secretary, Phil Brown, has recently published our annual newsletter. If you have provided your email then you should have already received it. If not, please follow the link below:
Gordon Alexander, a long-standing R&DAS member and trustee and a former committee member, compiled a history of R&DAS in 2004. Gordon has kindly agreed that it can be shared with our members.
Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) are species that have been introduced (often by humans, both intentionally or accidentally) to areas outside their normal geographic range. INNS rank only second to habitat destruction as the biggest threat to biodiversity; they can alter local ecology, decrease biodiversity, spread disease and parasites, clog waterways and, in the case of Giant Hogweed, even cause physical harm to humans. They cost the UK approximately £2 billion per year.
Gilling West Village Hall
Friday, 3rd February 10 am - 12:30 pm
Please register using the link below
Thornaby Angling Association (TAA) has re-stocked Cow Pasture Lake (Mill Farm Fishery at Gilling West) with trout. R&DAS annual members can fly-fish on a catch and release basis until 31st March. Thereafter, one trout can be taken per angler per day. NOT available to RADAS day permit holders. Latest TAA rules are posted at the site and must e observed by all R&DAS members.