Wednesday, 20 February 2019

A friend reported a recent pollution incident.  Welsh water attendance was quick and efficient.  The  Officer left a quantity of cards and asked them to be handed out to other river users.

See a copy below.  You might find it useful at some time in the future. Hopefully not!

Spent the day on a famous Wye salmon beat yesterday.  No sign of a fish of any sort actually.  Goosanders though.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Good weather and river conditions resulted in a big turnout for the WSA casting clinic held by the WSA at Whitney yesterday.   The casting course was fully booked with others attending for a chance to meet friends old and new.   The was an excellent barbeque, free tea and coffee, flies for sale and a couple of raffles. Gary Evans and Sportfish companies were present were present with tackle with some considerable bargains to be had.
Around 80 people attended with several travelling long distances to be present. for what was a good day out.
Several anglers reported possible sightings of springers seen further downriver.
Thanks to Whitney Court for the use of the venue which I understand produced a 34lb pike earlier in the week.  Hope to get a photograph shortly.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Angling Trust tells RSPCA: Stop blaming anglers for plastic and litter problems

The Angling Trust has urged the RSPCA to stop blaming anglers for the plastic problem affecting marine and freshwater environments. In an article published in The Guardian, the RSPCA suggested that the majority of litter-related wildlife incidents were caused by discarded fishing tackle. In response, the Angling Trust said most anglers were responsible custodians of our countryside and coasts who were engaged in a number of litter clean-up campaigns, and invited the RSPCA to work with us to help highlight and tackle the issues. Full story

Want to help tackle illegal fishing? Apply now for the VBS
The Angling Trust has resumed recruitment of Phase 1 Volunteer Bailiffs to help in tackling illegal fishing and fish poaching. Successful applicants will be trained by policing and enforcement professionals to keep watch on fisheries and report incidents and suspicious activity to the Environment Agency and Police.
Twenty volunteers will be recruited in each of the six enforcement regions. Find out more

EA publishes revised salmon byelaws: download a copy

The Environment Agency has published its revised Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws which came into effect at the start of the year. The byelaws are different from the confirmed 2018 salmon byelaws and reflect the changes made after the Angling Trust lobbied the Agency last year - the key amendment being the withdrawal of Byelaw 13 on method restrictions. Read more

Download a copy of the new byelaws

Bluefin tuna campaign gets huge boost - from Ireland
The case for a UK live-release recreational fishery for the magnificent Atlantic Bluefin Tuna has received a huge boost - from Ireland. Approval has been given for Irish recreational anglers to take part in a science-based catch, tag and release programme. Recently, the Angling Trust met with Fisheries Minister George Eustice to put the case for a UK live-release recreational fishery. Read more

Looking for somewhere to fish? Want to check out river levels? Find these and much more on - just CLICK HERE

Still time to have your say on coarse Close Season

Anglers have until March 11 to officially have their say on the Coarse Fishing Close Season on rivers in England. The Environment Agency is consulting on three options: keeping the current close season, changing the dates of the close season, or removing it altogether. For more details and to take part in the consultation CLICK HERE. If you know someone who would like to submit a written response, you can download the consultation forms HERE

Vacancy: Marine Co-ordinator
The Angling Trust is recruiting a part-time Marine Regions Co-ordinator to support and develop a network of regional marine organisations of the Angling Trust. More info

Angling clubs invited to take part in volunteering survey
The Angling Trust is inviting freshwater angling clubs to take part in a short survey to identify what future advice on volunteering would be useful. As part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract, the Environment Agency is investing fishing licence income in funding the Angling Trust to upskill angling clubs in their delivery of volunteering. The survey is anonymous and should take about 5 minutes to complete. Closing date is Friday, March 15.
Take part in Volunteering Survey

Clubs & Fisheries Roadshows
The Angling Trust is running a series of roadshows across the country to provide tips and guidance to clubs and fisheries wishing to improve facilities and provide better, safer and more enjoyable angling for all. These afternoon events, delivered in partnership with the Environment Agency and funded from fishing licence income, are open to any angling organisation and are free to attend. In the coming weeks, the roadshow will be visiting Leigh in Greater Manchester, Durham and Walsall. Find out more
News from Fish Legal

Anglian Water admits fish kill on Cam after years of denial
After years of denial, Anglian Water has admitted that failures at its sewage treatment plant in Milton, Cambridge caused a fish kill on the River Cam. Fish Legal pursued the case on behalf of its member club, the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society, who reported long-term damage to fish stocks, particularly at Baits Bite Lock where big bream numbers declined after the pollution. Anglian Water has agreed to pay the angling club damages for the loss of amenity and loss of income from match fishing but still disputes whether the anglers are entitled to claim for restocking and further litigation is expected. Full story

News from our Get Fishing team

How do you get friends and family into fishing?

It’s simple! Just bring them to “Spring Into Fishing” this March. Be part of the first big angling event of 2019. Find out how free lessons, tackle, bait and day fishing licences will make it quick and easy for everyone to get fishing.

Click here to find Get Fishing events near you!

Competition News

Boost for youth as Tackle Guru sponsor Talent Pathway
The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that innovative Tackle Guru will sponsor the 2019 Coarse Talent Pathway. The Pathway is a fantastic opportunity for young match anglers to enhance their skills, benefiting from one-to-one and group coaching from top-flight match stars. Tackle Guru will be sponsoring the event by kitting-out all participants with an array of terminal tackle, plus groundbait from Mainline Match. Read

Don't miss these great angling shows - see you there!

If you're going to one of the big angling shows in coming weeks, don't forget to pop along to the Angling Trust stand and say hello. We'll be at the Northern Angling Show in Manchester on Februrary 23 and 24, followed by The Big One Farnborough on March 23 and 24 and finally at The Big One at the NAEC Stoneleigh, in the Midlands, on April 13 and 14. Check out the websites for tickets and some amazing offers from top brands.

Kent Police join crackdown on illegal fishing and fish theft
Kent Police has become the latest force to sign up to Operation Traverse - the multi-agency initiative started five years ago to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing. At the official launch, the force pledged to continue to work closely with key partners, such as the Angling Trust and Environment Agency, to effectively tackle fisheries crime. Read more

Exclusive offers for Angling Trust members

Big saving for carp anglers

Here's a great saving for Angling Trust members, especially carp and specialist anglers. Buy Deeper fish-finding products from Fat Fish Tackle and you'll receive a discount of 10%. These fantastic products take the guesswork out of finding  fish! Find out more

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The Angling Trust has a great offer for new members - join today and we'll give you a £29 voucher to spend at Fishing Megastore, the online tackle and clothing store of Glasgow Angling Centre. The offer is available to all adult and senior citizen members of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal who make an annual subscription payment and who have not held a valid membership in the past two years. Remember ... by becoming a member you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in marine and freshwater environments and to campaign against threats to angling. If you're already a member, why not forward to a friend or family member?

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Friday, 15 February 2019

 River settled down well now,  Had one report of a big springer being seen below Hereford!!

Information that two of the Beavers located in the Forest of Dean  have been removed due to a virus they carry.

However it seems they may well be replaced shortly.!!

Phosphate Monitoring
For a number years now the river Wye, at various times of the year, has suffered Eutrophication, commonly known by anglers as ‘algae bloom’ and manifests itself in very heavily clouded water and generally associated with cessation of catches. Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with minerals and nutrients which induce excessive growth of plants and algae. This process may result in oxygen depletion of the water body. Eutrophication is almost always induced by the discharge of nitrate or phosphate-containing detergents, fertilizers, or sewage into an aquatic system.
This Eutrophication seems to have exploded with the massive increase in chicken shed developments along the Wye and its tributaries. WSA propose gathering of data in the form of water sampling to examine whether there is evidence in support of this hypothesis.
Phosphates are naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are mined to get phosphorous required for the production of fertilizers. Orthophosphates found in natural water provide a. good estimation of the amount of phosphorus.

The natural background levels of total phosphorus are generally less than 0.03 mg/L [ppm]. The natural levels of phosphate usually range from 0.005 to 0.05 mg/L [ppm]. Many bodies of freshwater are currently experiencing increases of phosphorus and nitrogen from outside sources.

A current, but as yet approved, planning application for chicken sheds near Builth Wells on the Cnithio Brook a tributary of the Wye affords the opportunity to carry out sampling on a before and after basis. NRW have identified some requirements to satisfy the protection of flora and fauna [see 18_0475_FUL-NRW-115193]. WSA have objected to this application [see  WSA Comments for Planning Application 180475FUL] but fully expect it to go ahead.

Phosphates do not pose a human or health risk except in very high concentrations. Large streams may react to phosphate only at levels approaching 0.1mg/L [ppm], while small streams may react to levels of 0.01mg/L [ppm] or less. In general, concentrations over 0.05 will likely have an impact while concentrations greater than 0.1 mg/L will certainly have impact on a river.

Rainfall can cause varying amounts of phosphates to wash from farm soils into nearby waterways.  Phosphate will stimulate the growth of phytoplankton and aquatic plants which provide food for fish. If an excess of phosphate enters the waterway, algae and aquatic plants will grow wildly, choke up the waterway and use up large amounts of oxygen. This condition is known as eutrophication or over-fertilization of receiving waters. This rapid growth of aquatic vegetation eventually dies and as it decays it uses up oxygen. This process in turn causes the death of aquatic life because of the lowering of dissolved oxygen levels.   The ideal dissolved oxygen concentration for many fish is between 7 and 9 mg/l; the optimal DO for adult brown trout is 9-12 mg/l. Most fish cannot survive at concentrations below 3 mg/l of dissolved oxygen

Aquatic life uses may be hampered when the entire water body experiences daily fluctuations in dissolved oxygen levels as a result of plant respiration at night.

For protection of ecological health phosphate levels should be <0.05mg/L [ppm].

Phosphate levels as little as 0.15mg/L [ppm] are considered sufficient to trigger algal blooms in surface waters.

WSA propose monitoring the Cnithio Brook at a suitable site downstream of the planning proposal both before its operation and during.

A simple 5 minute sampling process will use hand held devices to measure orthophosphates, dissolved oxygen, water temperature and water levels.

Equipment required to carry out this sampling will cost circa £600 for which we have funds available.

Typical Equipment

Phosphate Tester

Disolved Oxygen Probe

Digital Thermometer

Monday, 11 February 2019

Some of you may not have seen this on the WUF site re minimising canoe problems.  Couldn't possibly comment other than you pay, you make way, you be submissive and they walk all over you and pay nothing.

  1. Try to avoid weekends and bank holidays when canoe traffic is at its heaviest, especially during low water in the summer months. If possible, concentrate your fishing on weekdays.
  2. Concentrate your fishing efforts early and late in the day when canoe traffic is at its lightest. These are also the times when fish are most active in summer.
  3. If you are well concealed, make canoeists aware of your presence well in advance of them arriving in your swim. Most canoeists will move to the other side of the river.
  4. If you are wading, indicate clearly which side of the river you wish canoeists to pass.
  5. Avoid confrontation and conflict. There will be the occasional canoeist that does not follow the correct etiquette (usually inexperienced paddlers or those that have not been adequately briefed by the company they hired the canoe from). However much this tests your patience, it is worth bearing in mind that canoeists will respond much more positively to polite advice rather than aggression.
  6. If the canoes in question are from an identifiable canoe hire company, report any breaches of the canoeist code of conduct to the Environment Agency. The hire companies have a duty to ensure their customers are fully aware of the code of conduct on page 39.
  7. Make sure you are aware of any access arrangements on sections of rivers that do not have a right of navigation before you purchase fishing. For the upper Wye and Usk, a quick reference "Where and When" guide is available on the Wye and Usk Foundation website.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Big spate on the river this morning.   Just what we needed really and should bring any fish into the river and flush out any kelts -if there are any.

See below re NRW public enquiry re proposed new byelaws.

(a)   The three week Public Inquiry in Newtown into the salmon fishing byelaws
finished on February 1, but has been adjourned to March 7 and 8 for final
summaries at a venue to be confirmed. The further delay is likely to put
back the final outcome. The salmon fishing byelaws may still be amended
during the course of the 2019 season or not implemented until 2020.

If you have a spare week see the evidence submitted below.

All updates and documents can be found at All Wales Fishing Byelaws Inquiry | Helen Wilson Consultancy Limited

Monday, 4 February 2019

Seems the first fish of the season  from our neighbouring river, the Severn was caught this morning.    A fish of 17lbs from Diglis on a Devon minnow by John Love.   Pity we are denied the same.

Seems that a hotel in Cardiff is advertising smoked Severn and Wye salmon on its menu.
In view of the fact the EA are still allowing a fishery on the lower Severn to still take fish this season even though it has been shown that this is a mixed stock fishery with Wye and Usk fish predominating in it's catch.  On this basis seems the Hotel may not be wrong in it's asserstions.
Couldn't make it up really could you.