Fly Tying Coaching Session

What a good evening fly tying. Tony and Gwyneth were excellent, again, and the youngsters picked up more knowledge and skills. Our Secretary got as much pleasure as the youngsters just need to get him on the water now.

Next up, on Thursday 28th February, we have got Howard Kelly (Matrix) who is going to show you how elastication of poles works and also float shotting. WE HAVE LIMITED PLACES so you must contact Lee on 07931 570581 to secure your place (this will work on a first come first serve basis).

Permit Night – Weds 27th February 2019

The permit night will be held at Walshaw Sports Club on Wednesday 27th February, 7.30pm – 9pm.


SENIOR MEMBER – £35 (including £10 joining fee)


INTERMEDIATE (16 – 18 years) – £15

JUNIORS (11-16 years) – £10

JUNIORS (under 11 years) – FREE



A £10 discount for Seniors can be claimed against the following years permit, by carrying out one working party per year and getting the Working Party Manager to record your attendance.

All members welcome (old and new) – pop along and have a chat as well.

Carp Coaching Session with Colin Scott

What a fantastic evening at our coaching night with a great turn out… With loads of great ways of fishing and feeding for carp by the one and only Colin Scott… As well as fish welfare… Would like to say a massive thank you to Colin for his great great coaching evening.. And I hope you all enjoyed the evening and have learnt some new techniques.. I sure have… We will be seeing Colin again on 28th March for some more great coaching.

 Carp Coaching with Colin Scott

Tight lines 🎣🎣🎣
Lee (match secretary)

Dates for Your Diary – Feb 2019

With February fast approaching here is what’s on at RAA:

*Saturday 2nd knock up match Bradshaw Lake 5
*Tuesday 5th senior match lads meeting at the Lido 7pm (details to follow)
*Thursday 7th committee meeting at the Lido 7pm
*Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th junior coaching weekend on pike fishing in Nottingham
*Sunday 17th our annual tour of all our waters – everyone welcome to come along 
*Thursday 21st coaching with Tony Quinn fly tying 5.30pm till 7pm (followed by committee meeting)
*Wednesday 27th Permit night at Walshaw Sports Club time tbc
*Thursday 28th coaching night with Howard Kelly (Matrix) – limited spaces (details to follow) 

There are no work parties booked as of yet for February, but please keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Web site.

Lee (match secretary)

2019 Match Programme Announced

Well guys and girls it’s the time of the year to announce this year’s Match Programme 🎣🎣

I am going to be holding a meeting on Tuesday February 5th at the Lido starting 7pm with the senior match lads (as there as been some questions asked which need addressing and some answers to be voted on) .. So would be grateful if you could attend so you can have your input… I will send a text out nearer the time… Meanwhile if anyone has any questions regarding the programme then please contact me on 07931570581

Lee (Match Secretary)

2019 Match Programme

First Junior Coaching Session of 2019

A great night had by all tonight at Lido for the first coaching session of the year with 8 juniors turning up learning about different kinds of bait and how we present the bait to the fish on a hook… All finished off with a maggot race 🎣🎣🎣 our next session will beheld on Thursday 31st January at the Lido where we will be holding a Carp angling night with one of the country’s best carp anglers Colin Scott (Garbalino / Spottedfin) you will need to book on for this session by calling Lee on 07931570581🎣🎣🎣

Look forward to seeing you all there

Lee (match secretary)

RAA Review of the Year 2018

Well it’s that time of year where we look back on our 2018 match programme and what a year it has been
14 club matches (Inc 8 league)
1 Dad and Lad
1 Pairs
1 over 50s
Total weight 6486lb 4oz
Highest lake weight 947lb 12oz Brad 4
Highest ind weight 109lb 14oz Simon B
Highest turn out 17

– CADG 2teams. Team B came 4th.. Team A 2nd same points but losing out on weight…. Ind winner Gary Wright 83lb
– Interclub… Lost to Tonge by 48lb 9oz
Beat Breightmet by 46lb 7oz and beat City Social by 11lb 1oz
– Club match winners… Graham Walsh. Gary Wright. Jason Wright. Arron Wright. Lee Long. Jake Pope. Simon Ward.
-Over 50s winner Aurther Davis
– Pairs winners Jason Wright & Brent Cargill
– Dad’s & Lads winners Simon & Ailfie Bourne
– League champion Gary Wright

Junior section

6 club matches
1 Dad and Lad
1 National
Total weight 1299lb 14oz
Highest lake weight 556lb13oz
Highest ind weight 112lb 12oz George
Highest turn out 17 (great achievement)

– CADG (2teams) B team 2nd and our A Team retained the trophy for the 3rd year… Ind winner on the day George with 112lb 12oz (his p/b)
– Club match winners… Charlie (2). George. Harry L. Kailem. Gabby. Zoe (2)
– Nationals.. First time entered and we came 4th overall which is a fantastic achievement (team Jake. George. Harry L. Harry B. Luca. Alfie).

All other awards
Spirit of association – GABBY
Ben & Jake – CHARLIE
Most Improved – ZOE
Junior Club Person – RORY

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who have taken part in any of our match programme this year and I would also like to say a special thanks to all the coaches, supporters and of course the parents as without all of you we would not be able to carry out our junior programme… Also a massive thank you to Damian and Bradshaw Hall Fisheries for his continued support throughout the year… Tonge Angling, Fishermans Way and Moorheys Packaging for all the support (if anybody is thinking of buying any tackle then please don’t use the Internet support our local tackle shops).

We have a fantastic year ahead of us for 2019 which is now at the final planning stages (I will post on here once completed) and don’t forget the junior coaching programme which continues throughout the winter months down at the Lido

Finaly I would like to wish Mr Allan Dye a speedy recovery and hope to see him back down at the Lido very soon

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New year
All the best
Lee (match secretary)

Junior Coaching Dates 2019

People have been asking with regards the dates for the coaching programme.. So here goes dates for your diary’s and calendars
All the following dates will be held at the Lido from 1730 till 1900
Thursday 17th Jan
Thursday 31st Jan
Thursday 14th Feb
Thursday 28th Feb
Thursday 14th Mar
Thursday 28th Mar
Thursday 11th Apr
Thursday 25th Apr (first outdoor session)
Then every Thursday throughout the summer..

### Other dates to to get in your dairy ####
* Wednesday 27th Feb Permit sales night at Walshaw sports club from 8pm
* Wednesday 20th November AGM 8pm Walshaw sports club
* Saturday 7th December our Christmas Doo & Presentation Evening venue TBC
* There will be comittee meetings being held every other Thursday at the Lido from January 10th (everybody welcome)…. 
Please keep you eyes on our FB page as other activities and dates will be posted as they are finalised. Such as work parties and Match programme
Wishing you all a Happy New Year
Lee (Match Secretary)

RAA AGM 2018 Summary Notes

Summary of the meeting which is edited content:
AWD opened the meeting on Wed. 21 Nov with 19 people present and 2 apologies. Minutes of the previous AGM were accepted and there were no matters arising.
Chairman and Secretaries reports were presented. Membership is made up of 80 senior members and 33 juniors. The summer junior coaching programme had 31 sessions and 53 different youngsters attending. There were a total of 373 attendances with 39 male and 14 female. 15 youngsters attended at least 10 sessions with 4 attending 20+ and the best 27 sessions. Thanks go to GM Police for the grant from “Giving Back” which ensured equipment for all, bait and free membership once they had completed 5 sessions. Thanks were expressed to coaches, volunteers and parents/carers for their support for the sessions and patience as we worked our way through the problem of not catching fish!
Youngsters not only fished but also received an evenings fly fishing instruction through the Professional Game Angling instructors with whom we have a good working relationship. They have also had the opportunity to learn skills such as rig making and knot tying etc to improve their understanding of the sport. This continues throughout the winter months on Thursday evenings, twice a month.
An advanced group of juniors attended Bradshaw Fishery on Thursday evening to prepare them for our first entry into the National competition. They worked very hard and were pleased to achieve a 4th place an excellent first attemp with hopes to improve in the future. Big thanks to Dave Marshall for “driving” this project and the other coaches for their support alongside parents without whom it wouldn’t happen.
The Lido project has evolved to solve problems related to environment and habitat for the fish. Liaison with many agencies has seen the plan develop and thanks go to Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Institute of Fisheries for advice and support. NW indicated the importance of the work done to bid for grants and the success we have had with funding from the Angling Trust for the work on the Lido. Thanks were expressed to the members and volunteers who have been involved in the Lido project and noted the valuable donation of stone, through a member and machinery which made life so much easier.
NW also identified work being supervised by volunteer members on our other waters and working parties improving pathways at Crown Pools, Clarenden St and Springwood. Thanks were expressed to all volunteer bailiffs and members who have taken responsibility for supervising and monitoring our estate waters.
NW spoke about the new website which still needs some work but now offers the option for permit sales. A whats App group now has AT and EA access which provides evidence of work being carried out.
Lee delivered his report as Match Secretary offering thanks for the work done by everyone. Specific thanks to team captains – Gary Wright, Jake Pope and Gabby Marshall and Paul Corser for support and coaches, parents and supporters of the juniors.
Lee spoke about the variety of senior matches that had been held, providing data on the totals of fish caught, individual performance etc. A charity match in aid of The Brains Trust raised £200 and particularly important that it was dedicated to the wife of a club member.
Juniors had 5 matches which were often “flexible” catering for advanced juniors and those fishing their first match. The commitment that was needed by those that fished the Nationals was highlighted and that many of the advanced juniors had developed to continually improve their personal best weights througthout the year and were now competing in matches with our seniors. A free peg for 1 junior will be offered in senior matches in the coming season. Senior and Junior matches are booked for 2019 and a group of over 50’s matches. Matches are now being booked on fisheries for 2020.
NW presented the Treasurers Report. Neil identified the value of grants bid for and achieved this year and identified the reasons why monies in the account are ring fenced for particular activity and the nature of funding bids and suppliers etc. Neil spoke to the balance sheet that was available to members and responded to questions.
Neil presented thanks for a donation that has been received from MAM ( Match Anglers) for the development of junior angling at the club for the sum of £1205. It was also noted that a funding bid to AT will facilitate storage for the club at Bradshaw Fishery where we have a focus for junior match angling.
All posts for officers were uncontested with Paul Corser taking the role of Assistant match Secretary. Within the coaching structure we made job role/title changes with Allan Dye as Co-ordinator of Coaching; Dave Marshall Lead Coach and Lee Long Assistant Lead coach.
The following were elected as committee members – Peter Knowles; Graham Walsh; Arthur Davies; David Hardman and John Holton. AD reinforced that there was an invite for anyone interested to attend committee meetings to help and support decision making.
The meeting was concluded with Peter Knowles being recognised for his many years of support and membership in the club having held the post of treasurer and still a committee member and regular match angler and accepted as a HONORARY MEMBER.
This is a summary of the minutes for information and a full minute will be placed on the website in the future. If I have missed anything, apologies and there were two many thanks to individuals to mention them all – so Thanks to everyone. I will mention individual thanks to Bradshaw Hall Fishery; Bait -Tec; Fisherman’s Way, Bury; Tonge Angling supplies; Marshalls ( Quarry); PJP plant hire; Environment Agency for their support and a very specific thanks to Marcus whose expertise as a diver has proved very valuable to us on a number of occasions – WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS- THANK YOU ALL.
There will be possible errors or items you consider should have been included, this is my representation of the meeting for general information to be published on facebook so my apologies if that is the case. – Allan