Saturday 31st October 2015

Saturday 31st October 2015

George Wallace

Saturday 31st October:

Although we have had little rain in the immediate vicinity there must have been more over the hills causing a slight rise in river levels yesterday. To-day the level is falling again and combined with a favourable weather forecast could herald a good weekend for fishing. The only drawback is the mass of autumn leaves which can make fishing the wet fly a frustrating business. Ian may have cracked the code because he had a couple of good grayling and half a dozen smaller ones on dry fly, despite the absence of any noticeable rise. And Tony's last day of the season produced nothing much in the way of fish but did give him the great pleasure of seeing a female otter moving upstream with her cubs. (They were going off our water so PA, Corwen and Llangollen Maelor will now be able to entertain them!) As Tony said, there's a lot more to a good day's fishing than simply catching fish.

With the salmon and sea-trout season now over, it is time to plan the winter's work to improve access and clear obstructions in and beside the water. I have asked before for input from members as to what they think might need doing, but that request was met with a resounding silence so I will repeat it here. With Derek temporarily (I hope) immobile and me approaching my 75th birthday we are not able to cover the whole eight miles of BODSA waters to do a post-season reconnaissance and must rely on members to keep us informed so we can organise work parties. As JFK nearly said, "Ask not what your Club can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Club." We also need input from our coarse fishing members with ideas for improvement, so come on, everyone! Please!