Wednesday 12th June 2013

Wednesday 12th June 2013

George Wallace

Weds. 12th June:-

The end of the sunny spell has brought a little rain, though not nearly as much as forecast. Not yet, anyway! The river is still at about Summer normal which means any salmon entering the river have difficulty getting upstream of Bangor on Dee. Early morning and late evening are the best times to be on the river, and the Spring tides following last Saturday's new moon should have brought in a lot of fish.

Kieron tells me that five good fish were showing in the Monks Drain the other day, near the half-submerged tree. One was definitely a salmon but he couldn't get a good enough look at the others to be sure of them.

Thanks to those who have been working on the banks to make fishing easier and more pleasurable for all of us. I know Derek has been doing a lot of strimming on the lower Beats and Karl, Alan and Grevin have been helping me at Groves Farm. I did manage to spray some of the Balsam with a selective weedkiller but we can't do any more until the foliage is dry and likley to remain dry for a couple of hours. Not always easy in the UK! In the meantime, will everyone please spend a few minutes on each visit to the river pulling balsam up by the roots. It is very shallow rooted and comes up easily. Just leave it to dry and die. Japanese Knotweed, on the other hand, should NOT be pulled up or broken off, which only aids in spreading the damn stuff. Please let me know if you see any so that it can be dealt with in the approved manner.

In the meantime, some cracking trout and grayling are reported, up to 2 1/2 lbs, so keep trying.

Spinning for salmon started on the 1st of the month and worming and prawning become legal on the 16th, next Sunday, when the new coarse fishing season also begins.

From Sunday, it is also legal to take a salmon for the pot or freezer. Small fish are the best eating - and in the case of hen fish, little ones don't carry nearly as many valuable eggs as their big sisters - but, as always, we ask Members to take no more than they need and to release, as carefully as possible, any others that come to net. I know that seals, cormorants, otters, mink and goosanders don't practice catch and release but that is no reason for us humans, who have to be the custodians of the countryside and guardians of the fishing for future generations, to behave in the same way; we are supposed to know better.