Monday 4th August 2014

Monday 4th August 2014

George Wallace

Monday 4th August:

Yesterday's work party never got as far as the Graig, being distracted by the jungle on the bank upstream at Cadbury's. As you can see from the photo, a great deal was accomplished and that stretch is now easily fishable with fly, worm or spinner. Many thanks to the usual stalwarts who gave up their Sunday - including Jack, my German Shepherd, who was, he says, not just swimming but also helping by pulling out stuff we had missed.

A lot of overhanging branches were removed and Joe strimmed from above the boundary all the way down to the top of The Deep, so we can now also see where we are putting our feet. I forgot to take a "before" photo so I hope you can remember the previous tangle. It was hard work on a hot day, lightened momentarily by Keith slipping gently down the bank and getting wet to the waist. With deep regret I have to report that we were all laughing too much to take a photo.

If you have a look in the Events slot in the Community section, you will see that Derek has organised a visit to the fish trap at Chester weir. If you have not been before - or even if you have - this is not to be missed, so better make haste and get your name down.

We know that members with ordinary "road" cars are reporting difficulty with the tracks down to Rodens Hall and Pickhill, so I am pleased to be able to report that matters are in hand to  improve access. Even I, a life-long Land Rover driver, don't expect everyone who wants to enjoy the countryside to own a suitable vehicle, so we really are doing our best to improve the tracks. It is not that easy because those vast modern tractors put a heck of a lot of strain on roadways, especially when driven by throttle-happy youngsters, but work will commence very shortly and we are trying to make suitable arrangements to deal quickly with future damage, as and when it happens.

On the vehicle front, it is actually much cheaper to buy and run something like a Land Rover Discovery purely for fishing etc, rather than risk expensive repairs to a nice, shiny, family car. I reckon my old Disco - Julia won't let me take guns, fishing tackle and wet dogs in the newer one - costs about ten quid a week to run, including road tax, insurance, MOT and servicing. I bought it for £450 but that kind of thing doesn't happen very often and realistically a decent one will cost a grand. And before some smart-ass tells me there's no such thing as a decent Land Rover, that is bullshit because they are brilliant if you look after them. That's why three quarters of all the Landies ever built are still going strong. Just a thought.