Thursday 9th August 2018

Thursday 9th August 2018

George Wallace

Thursday 9th August:

We are keeping our fingers crossed for a decent day on Saturday when we host the charity duck race at Bangor on Dee in aid of Nightingale House. The Met Office forecast for our area is for fine weather with a chance of light showers after about 1900 hrs in the evening, so I hope as many of you as possible will come, with your families, to support the event and help them  raise much-needed money. It is also good fun; the children loved it last year, and the Royal Oak put on some excellent food and their usual good selection of things to drink. Thank-you to those members of BODSA who have volunteered to help by standing in the river just below the bridge to catch ducks after they cross the finishing line. Steve's Spaniel, Trixie, will be here again to help with any ducks that avoid the netsmen. I think she enjoyed it more than anyone else, last year.

On the fishing front we have some whopping tides of over 4 metres beginning at 0030 on Saturday morning and continuing through until Wednesday night. Sure to bring in a lot of fish, especially if the promised/threatened rain turns up and we get a bit of fresh water in the river. Compensation water has been keeping river levels up but the cold, de-oxygenated stuff they release always seems to kill the fishing and reduce fly hatches. Many members have commented on this. NRW told me they are required to release water from the highest available outlet on the dams but if they really do that, why are these things always happening?

Still getting reports of salmon seen, mainly on our lower Beats, and Dave told us yesterday of one BODSA member who has had five. Which doesn't mean it's easy! Apart from the odd stroke of luck, you really do have to put the hours in if you want to catch salmon. It also helps if you know what you are doing, of course!