Sunday 3rd April 2016

Sunday 3rd April 2016

George Wallace

Sunday 3rd April:

I haven't been down to look at the river this morning but it should be okay, even allowing for a slight rise during the night. There was a magnificent Springer caught on Friday, so it can be done - but you have to be there and have a line in the water!

To-day is the anniversay of the day in 1860 when the first Pony Express mail delivery began. The rider covered the 1800 miles from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento in California in ten days, so at 180 miles per day it beats the speed of our current second class postage. I think that's called 'progress.'

Anyway, your Committee are keeping busy on the Club's behalf and we have acquired another mile and a half of fishing immediately downstream of the Chicken Sheds. We will call it Lower Hall beat and there'll be more details once we have a proper map. In the meantime, if you take the road past the Chicken Sheds you will eventually see a drive on the right signed Old Lower Hall farm. Take that drive and there is hard standing beside a barn to the left of the house. That is virtually on the river bank. We will be improving access upstream to the Chicken Sheds once we find time to build a couple of stiles, but Lower Hall beat itself is downstream from the car park and very winding so that even the far end is only a short walk. This Beat, like the Chicken Sheds, will be open for coarse fishing throughout the season, so roll on 16th June! The river was about three feet above normal when we viewed it but it looks like prime chub habitat and there are likely to be big pike as well. Plus some heavy flounders, I shouldn't wonder.

We have also had a meeting with NRW and the Angling Trust as a result of which you will find - if you log on - an extra link in the Club Notices on the right of this page. This is mainly for reports on sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers, as well as fish damaged by their beaks or found dead on the banks, and is part of the progressive plan for managing their numbers along the entire length of the Dee within Wales. Please do all you can to assist in gathering statistics and if you can get photographs it will be even better. Follow the link on the right and there is a simple form to complete. Please help - I know it's a pain in the wassaname when we already know the damage they do, but the authorities are as constrained by the legislation as we are, plus having to deal with the fact that any cull of fish-eating birds is vehemently opposed by some big (though misguided) names in Conservation. However, if we pull together and gather sufficient evidence from our waters, we can get something done. Again, please help all you can - and don't forget the photos, which don't need to be of magazine quality as anything is better than nothing at all.