Saturday, 25 March 2017

Should be a long nice steady drop now with little rain forecast hence its good running water.

Must be some fish this weekend I would have thought and next week looks prime time for a springer though bottom beats will have to wait until at least midweek perhaps.

Some of you may have signed this petition.  Good result- on papaer at least.

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Ensure the British fishing waters are returned to the UK post Brexit”.
Government responded:
On leaving the EU, the UK will control fisheries access in its Exclusive Economic Zone and manage those waters in accordance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
As a coastal state outside the EU, the UK will be responsible, under international law, for control of UK waters and the sustainable management of fisheries within the UK’s Exclusive economic Zone. The UK will negotiate as an independent coastal state.
We want to use this opportunity to create a resilient, competitive and ultimately more profitable UK Seafood sector, and deliver a cleaner, healthier and more productive marine environment. We will work to achieve the best possible deal for the whole of the UK fishing industry in negotiations.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee:
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UK Government and Parliament

Friday, 24 March 2017

River dropping in well now on the upper beats and clearing well.  Still on the high side for many beats however but its good spinning water and with dry conditions nupper beats should be fishing well by Sunday in particular.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

River falling slowly now on upper beats but still to high for a day or so yet.  Lower beats are in for a much longer wait of course with the Lugg also having a considerable effect.

Pity we can't go barbel fishing = might latch into one like the one in the picture below.

Paul Bowen from Crickhowell with a 21lb 12oz Spanish barbel.  Huge fish alright.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Well little surprise after last nights rain that the river is a real mess again this morning and
pretty much bank high  around here.  Normally tucked  out of sight within its steep  banks but when I can see it from my window here than I know its in full spate.   Not so much from the high headwaters this time but more Ithon and Irfon water too.  Forget is for a while though the weekend looks dry at least.
Do you still buy farmed salmon???

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

River falling again but its also raining again so?????????????????????

New ASF Logo

Atlantic Salmon Federation News
  Tues., Mar. 21, 2017
Time Short for ASF's CANADA 150 fly-tying contest
ASF's Canada 150 fly-tying contest could land you fly-tying supplies valued at more than $600. There is one prize is for adults, and one for individuals under 17.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Mulls Changing Angling Rules
Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc raised the possibility of going to a river-by-river management system to determine a recreational grilse harvest in the Maritimes.

ASF Applauds River-by-River Suggestion of Minister
ASF has been asking for river specific rules since 1985. Here's our reaction to the ministers statements that DFO is moving in this direction.

Sea Lice Outbreak Shows Issues of Salmon Farm Management and Regulation
An investigative story by CBC shows how a bankrupt aquaculture company walked away from more than 500,000 fish in Passamaquoddy Bay last summer.

ASF's Neville Crabbe Provides Perspective on the Sea Lice Problem in Passamaquoddy
ASF's Neville Crabbe Provides Perspective on the Sea Lice Problem in PassamaquoddyIn a radio interview, ASF's Director of Communications brings out some of the issues related to the sealice epidemic and its impact.

ASF Researchers - Early Miramichi Activity and A UK Conference
ASF Biologist Graham Chafe gives an update on the early season research activities and ASF shares the latest cutting edge research in a conference at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Salmon Museum in Doaktown Receives Gift of Fly Fishing Collection
A substantial and historic collection of fly fishing gear has been donated to the Miramichi Salmon Museum that will enhance the existing holdings.

Monday, 20 March 2017

River was dropping pretty well but looks set to rise again with recent overnight rain which is still persisting in many areas. Difficult to say at the moment how big the rise may be but its not looking good for a coup[le of days at least on the upper river.


Spate looks like being at least as big as the last one!!

LATEST.  It already is -not peaked yet.

Often there is a tale in the catching of a big fish, or any fish for that matter so perhaps you might like to hear of the events surrounding the capture by Terry Ward of the 35lb plus fish from Winforton.
Terry had been on the Whitney beat in the morning with a friend who was an instructor, they were trying out lines when his friend fitted a Rio line to Terry's 13 1/2 foot Orvis rod.  It suited the rod well and Terry agreed to buy it.  Later in the day he decided to go to Winforton where he has a Thursday rod with the tackle still set up.  Starting to fish down towards the Cow Pond Terry saw a fish show,  covered it whereupon it promptly took his cascade fly .  I was not long before he realised the fish was something special and realised he had no net.
He also didn't know how well his fly line had been attached to the backing, o the reliability of  his cast and fly knots which had been done by his friend.  He also didn't know either what breaking strain cast he had on. His car was basically behind him up the bank and with the fish on backed up to see if his net was in the car. It wasn't.   He then decided to ring Sportfish on his mobile in the hope that someone might go down and bring him a net.  No one did.  He then rang home and asked his wife to look up the number of Colonel James Forrest who lives in Winforton and has a Friday rod on the beat too.   The Colonel was contacted, arrived post haste  with a net and at the first attempt  the fish went straight in.  Those who know the beat will be aware  you cant wade this section or get in the river and in trying to get the fish out the frame promptly broke in two.  However the fish was eventually landed, measured against the rod and estimated at 35 plus.
The whole event took around an hour all told.  A good angling feat you must admit and one the angler  or netter is not likely to forget.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ingeston managed a fish yesterday before the spate reached them with a 20lb fish to Duncan Reed. On a Tosh fly. His second only salmon and first off the Wye.

Also a fish, 14lbs  from Wyesham to Mike Timmis on a single hook F/C

Although river has dropped somewhat there was rain overnight and a days rain seems possible tomorrow and with considerable Elan Dam water too it's going to take some time before things improve significantly.