Fishery Improvements

There are many experienced anglers within the club and utilising their experience, with input from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to keep us on the straight and narrow, many improvements have been and continue to be made to the fishery.

Improvements include the fencing and occasionally stoning areas for car parking to protect cars from farm animals, enhancement of access to the water in general and to specific holding spots by judicious removal of bank side vegetation (without wholesale destruction of the habitat) and some light pruning to allow baits and lures to be fished through known lies. In some cases vegetation is introduced to stabilise the banks and to provide cover to holding areas.

Also, holding areas have been improved and in some cases added by the creation of groynes. In 2001 and 2002, 5 groynes were built on the Village, two at Duke's, one at the Mud Flats and two at Plumley's. These were funded by a grant from the Environment Agency, as it then was, and built by the members themselves.

To supplement the wild stock and to provide early season sport, trout are stocked by the club. Several stockings take place from early season to mid summer.

The club also works with the Dee fisheries and has a representative on this body. This body represents all landowners and fisheries in the catchment with respect to all issues and activities associated with its management.

In order to monitor the productivity of the river, BODSA has allowed the environment agency to undertake smolt trapping annually on its waters, but they don't seem to do that any more. Nor do they want us to catch kelts for the hatchery, since it is being closed.

Bank work is undertaken annually in the late winter and early spring. Club members are encouraged to support these activities.

Club members are also asked to notify a committee member if any signs of pollution are spotted. In conjunction with EA/NRW, clubs on the Dee have been successful in bringing prosecution against companies who have polluted the river. On occasion, this has resulted in fines. Where pollution has resulted in fish kills, re-stocking has taken place with all species.

In 2003, the Environment Agency also sought our permission to collect ranunculus from the vast beds building up along our waters, to transplant to other stretches of the Dee.

In the last two years (2009 and 2010) we have been most greatful for financial help from "Keep Wales Tidy" towards the purchase of equipment and tools and the provision of training in the use of chansaws.

In January 2015 we walked the banks at the Chicken Sheds with NRW's conservation officer to make sure that our plans for improving access to the water are in line with conservation requirements. It was very fruitful and productive meeting.