News - March/April 2017

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE
For those who struggled to work out where the picture was in the Christmas News, I can now reveal the location. It is a somewhat difficult pool on the River Garry, a tributary of the Tay, via the Tummel. Some of you may have seen reference recently of improvement/regeneration works which are scheduled for the Garry. It is a truly beautiful location.

CANADA GEESE

canada geese

A question which cropped up the other day as to whether fisheries can be protected from the damage Canada geese may cause. The simple answer is “Yes”. Under the terms of the General Licences, issued via the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and now administered by Natural Resources Wales, on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, they come within the same categories as carrion crows, magpies, etc., and may be culled to prevent disease, damage, etc., at “fisheries or inland waters”. No application is needed to NRW. However if you are plagued by cormorants, goosanders, mergansers, etc., there is a separate application process for a licence.

Contact your NRW local office for guidance.

 

 

EA/NRW FISHING LICENCES
The 1st of April sees considerable changes to the licensing process. Any licence issued, following that date, will run for one year and not terminate, as at present, on the 31st of March. The changes see youngsters benefit in a move planned to increase participation in the sport, with licences for 12 -16 year olds being free of charge. This still has to be applied for online, but as a “free” licence. There are changes for coarse and non-migratory trout fishermen, now being able to use up to three rods. That said, please ensure you specify when buying your licence you need it for 2 or 3 rods. Why? They are priced differently. Should you wish to fish with four rods then you need two licences. The salmon and sea trout licence, once again, fails to mention that you are covered for coarse fish – you are definitely covered!

The information sent out by the Environment Agency includes information which describes the Calverton Fish Farm as “one of the jewels in our crown”. No mention is made of hatcheries in Wales, of course!

MEDWYN ROBERTS

medwyn roberts

A day to commemorate the late Medwyn Roberts has been arranged, courtesy of Dwr Cymru. The 16th of September will see twelve anglers fishing at Llyn Celyn. Medwyn had a particular fondness for the area and sadly, when taken ill, could not return to fish the lake as he planned, before he passed away. The angler taking the heaviest fish, of any species, will be presented with a small commemorative shield by Mrs Anne Roberts. The fee for the day is £20, with 50% being donated to St Kentigerns Hospice.

For further details please email llynguides@dnetw.co.uk

 

 

LLYN PADARN

llyn padarn

After making much of the publicity of a large shoal of Arctic Char heading upstream from Llyn Padarn recently, those who have environmental concerns about the lake, received some worrying news. The Environmental Regulator for Wales has now given permission for a hydropower scheme to go ahead, An earlier application to discharge water into Padarn was withdrawn, following concerns by NRW about the management of the scheme and its day to day operation.

A fresh application in October 2016 has now been granted with NRW saying that “strict conditions have been attached to the permits to protect the environment”.

Huw Hughes from the Seiont Anglers, expressed his concerns indicating that;“After the long battle to get Welsh water and Natural Resources Wales to accept that sewerage discharges were the cause of Lake Padarn's eutrophication problems. It's unbelievable that that problem was allowed to persist for over 20 years. Now that action been taken, the lakes water quality is slowly improving. This new hydro station will discharge its water onto the lake bed where all the decomposing algae rests and is the cause of the lakes dissolved oxygen problems. These discharges will stir up all this effluent, thereby reversing the lakes gradual improvement. We are convinced that the authorities, especially the Welsh Government, has decided that the Seiont/Padarn system is to be written off as a game fishery for the sake of development”.

Even an objective bystander must be forced to wonder how much more impact Padarn is expected to endure?

AND FINALLY
Congratulations to the Wild Trout Trust on a highly successful auction, the proceeds from which appear to be in the region of £95,000, up from the 2016 total of £72,000. Lot number 51 caught my eye – it gave the opportunity of meeting crocodiles in the Zambezi River – might put new meaning into getting a bite!!


News - December 2016/January 2017

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Yet another year has gone by – it seems ever so quickly!
I wonder how many of you got out to fish as often as you promised yourselves at the start of the year? Was it in your NewYear’s resolutions?
To end the year the news page is being updated with one or two items.

SEA BASS.
Despite some constructive suggestions from the European Anglers Alliance, one in particular suggested that individual countries “can decide what suits them best” the status quo for sea bass remains the same as in 2016.
The EAA website has a considerable amount of information on it.
Visit www.eaa-europe.org

WILD TROUT TRUST.
The 2017 WTT Auction is currently being prepared, with lots going into the catalogue. The auction has grown in size and strength and is the main source of income for this important charity. If you are willing and able to support the work it is possible to offer an auction lot up to the 5th of January 2017.
You can offer a lot by email to dashton@wildtrout.org.
The auction will take place between the 3rd and 12th of March 2017.
The income has increased steadily from over £50,000, to a record figure in 2016. The question is how much more can now be raised? What happens to the money raised? It will pay for:

• basic tools and equipment like chainsaws and waders for the Conservation Officers and volunteers to do their work in the river;

• match funding, to help release more project money from other sources such as charitable trusts;

• bursaries to groups who need kick-start funding for their own projects;

• keeping the team up to date with latest research and helping disseminate this information via the website.

The Trust continues to focus on delivering habitat improvement projects and practical advice, working with fishing clubs and landowners and many other conservation groups to provide in-
depth expertise on river habitat for trout and all wildlife. Their ‘in river’ work varies in scale from a few hundred metres where workshops are run to train volunteers in simple habitat improvement techniques, to creating new sections of river channel over a kilometre long.
In 2015/16, the WTT team of 6 Conservation Officers worked across the UK and Ireland to deliver 123 Advisory Visits, 50 ‘in river’ training events for volunteers and several projects.
The WTT promises to use the money wisely.
Your support can also come from membership – there is strength in numbers! To join, visit the website at www.wildtrout.org
Director Shaun Leonard seeks to extend the work of WTT into Wales. A trial, on the Cleddau in south Wales, has seen a positive result and a firm foundation has been laid.
Of course this is not a one way street! Organisations can enter the process of seeking to win one of the three prestigious WTT Annual Awards, which cover three categories. The categories are:
1. Large-Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme:
A trophy for projects delivered by government agencies, contractors and larger rivers or wildlife trusts.
2. Medium-Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme:
A £1000 prize and trophy for projects delivered by small to medium-sized NGOs e.g. rivers or wildlife trusts.
3. Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation:
A £1000 prize and trophy aimed at amateur community groups (e.g. fishing clubs or other conservation groups).
Keep an eye on the WTT website for the opening of the Awards schedule.

THE ANGLING TRUST/FISH LEGAL.
Another organisation planning to undertake more work in Wales is the Angling Trust, with it’s legal arm Fish Legal. Certainly as Wales now has the EA, Forestry and Environment rolled together under the National Resources Wales umbrella, the cover and support provided by this organisation has become crucial. In the organisations latest journal it is made clear that “Welsh fisheries currently face some unprecedented threats”. The Trust plans to “work with Angling Cymru and the three separate national governing bodies in Wales for the good of the sport”.
Not a member yet? Visit www.anglingtrust.net/join.

SPEY CASTING COURSE.
Our colleague Craig Evans AAPGAI, plans to repeat his very reasonably priced “Single Handed Spey Casting Course” in the Spring of 2017. If you would like to improve or extend your skills in this area please let Craig know of your interest.
You can email him at post@craigevansflycasting.co.uk

SMALL PRINT.
For those of you who read the small print on your rod licence reminders you will realise that in 2015, from the previous year:-
There was a 2% decrease in rod licences sold
There was an increase of 21% in days fished
There was a 21% increase in salmon caught
There was a 17% increase in sewin caught
Some 78% of salmon and sewin were released

AND FINALLY.
The Angling Trdes Association has indicated that game fishing represents 15.6% of UK market sales, valued at £88.9 m.
With the angling business as a whole valued at £570.4m.
See you in 2017!


News - July/August 2016

Absence!
My apologies that there has not been a news update for a couple of months. We were travelling westwards across America finally ending up in Vancouver.
This was a trip to catch up with family and friends and also provided an opportunity to make new friends.

National Fly Fishing Month.
This takes place between the 27th of July and the 29th of August 2016. The object of the exercise is to try and get every family member to have a go at fishing. I speak from experience when I say it is indeed an activity where grandchildren can participate alongside their grandparents, often with more success! This event is supported by many individuals and organisations. A collaboration has resulted in a most attractive small booklet setting out sufficient information to get new or “retired” anglers fishing.
For more detail visit www.nationalfishingmonth.com

Water Framework Directive.
Inland Fisheries Ireland, having been delegated the task by the Environmental Protection Agency, conducted a survey of fish stocks/water quality in all water bodies in 2014. The report which is available from the site shown below, makes interesting reading which ever country you are based in. The most common species was the eel (91%), the reduction in this species having been a cause for concern in other many areas. Brown trout were the second most common species (81%). Of particular interest was the discovery of perch in a lake where they were previously not known. This has happened in other isolated locations, without apparent cause being discovered. In New South Wales perch have been listed as “Class 1 noxious fish”. Regular surveys, to provide a scientific background, against which to pitch the results, have been undertaken since 2007. Some 60% of river sites were classified as having a “good” or better status. To seek out a copy - click here

Brown Trout in Ireland.
This outstanding publication written by Dr Martin O’Grady et al., is a must for any trout fisherman’s book shelf. Not only is it interesting and enthralling but you could use it as a manual to address issues relating to brown trout. The illustrations are superb. I am surprised that since publication in 2008 it has not found its way into more hands! To seek out a copy - click here
There is little point in my mentioning price with the lower Euro rate – suffice it to say it is both reasonable and well worth it!

To Stock or Not?
A hot potato if ever there was one! During the journey across America I did pick up some further information on stocking and stocking policies there. I am collating this into a page of notes. If anyone is interested, please email me and I am happy to share these with you. Could make the foundation for a Churchill Fellowship in 2017, for which applications are now open - Visit www.wcmt.org.uk

Brexit.
As we await gathering more knowledge about the consequences or benefits of the decision to withdraw from the European Union, one thought which does occur to me is, “Will that mean we, as a non-European country, will be able to re-visit the stringent rules imposed from Europe, in respect of sea bass fishing”? Whilst I believe we should always take prudent action to conserve our sea bass, the present restrictions do tend to fly in the face of the evidence in respect of bass stocks.
More in due course.

Poaching.
Not surprisingly the question of how bad poaching is in Wales, rumbles on. The April edition of Trout & Salmon published an interview with Emyr Lewis, one of Wales’ most experience fisherman. He also made his professional mark as a bailiff and a fisheries inspector, prior to retiring. Emyr suggested that poaching in Wales continues to be taking place across all catchment areas. The June 2016 edition of the same journal carried a piece by Peter Gough, fisheries specialist at Natural Resources Wales. Peter suggested that there is “no evidence that the large-scale poaching of previous decades exists any longer”. What is the real situation? One thing is certain, if it continues it will never be discovered without observation and intelligence gathering. Should you see something, which you believe to be suspicious, it is imperative that you report it. Do not get involved in a confrontation – it could be dangerous. Report it to NRW on 0800 807 060.
On a good news note, a prosecution brought by NRW is underway following action on the River Dovey. It currently stands adjourned by the Court until the 5th of August.

Monday Club Syndicate.
There is room for another rod or two to join the Monday Club Fishing Syndicate. For details contact me on llynguides@dnetw.co.uk or call me on 01758 721654.



News - January/February 2016

BIO-SECURITY
As we hear and read more about the spread of particularly nasty alien species in our waters, how much thought do we give to bio-security? Recently there are reports of killer shrimps (Dikerogammarus villosus) being found at Pitsford and koi herpes virus found in Worcestershire. In addition the threat of the parasite gyrodactylus, being brought in from Norway, remains. Where do we, as anglers, figure in all these threats? We have to assume responsibility and exercise due diligence across the broad spectrum of the various aspects of our activities.

Many fisheries, particularly caring stillwater fisheries, now have tanks in which to dip your landing nets on arrival and departure. Most have nothing to deal with lines, wellingtons, waders and flies. Should you be fishing where there is no such facility, the following may help in avoiding cross contamination of our waters.

On returning home spray landing nets, waders, etc., with a 15% (by volume) of chlorine, in water. You do not have chlorine? Check out that bleach bottle! This is not a case of more is better! Chlorine has the potential to cause damage to fish gills.This can also be sprayed onto a cloth and your line given a wipe. If cleansing your line, it very important to give a follow up wipe with a cloth soaked well in clean water. You might wish to consider wiping also with “Renew Solution” aka “fish pimp” from Snowbee, or a similar product, to finish the job off. Best to do this wearing surgical gloves, readily available from your local chemist. It is important to do this outdoors, in an area where no damage will be caused to plants or animals. Best course of action with the net, waders, etc., having been sprayed, is to then hose everything well and leave outdoors overnight. On a sunny day the process can be completed by leaving in the sun to provide some UV exposure. Some might argue that line or filament damage may occur. What is more important - a little damage, or cross contamination from infected waters?

Should you be intending to fish in Iceland you will be required to produce a certificate to show that your kit has been disinfected. For assistance with this you might like to check out www.tackledisinfection.com – email info@tackledisinfection.com or speak to Henry Mountain direct on 0203 301 2699.

WILD TROUT TRUST
The annual auction lots can now be viewed on line. There is an amazing selection of 298 lots which can be viewed on the ebay charity pages or by using the link from the Trust website at www.wildtrout.org.

If you are looking to broaden your fishing horizons did you know that the Wild Trout Trust now has a list of clubs and syndicates which have vacancies, listed on the Trust website. Visit and follow the links.

Continuing with the Wild Trout Trust did you know that you have until the 29th of July to consider submitting a nomination for one of three prestigious UK awards; which are (1) Large Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme (2) Medium Scale Enhancement Scheme and (3) Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation. For full details visit the Trust website. Of course to engage further with the Trust, in its valuable work with trout, you can always join as a member, again visit the Trust website for details, when you will be kept up to date with news, events and all the trout happenings.

CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIPS
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has announced the 2017 categories for you to view. They include one for the environment in which you will note the words bio-diversity mentioned. To register an early interest, visit the Trust website and register. In due course you will be advised of the availability of an online application form. The website is at www.wcmt.org.uk

CHRISTMAS CARD
Sadly no one got this at Christmas 2015. The fishery shown opened in 2015 and is called Ty Bwlcyn Fly Fishery, near Dinas in the Llŷn Peninsula. Nice things come in small packages! To contact email dewimgriffiths@btinternet.com

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