Thanks to some very hard work by a few members (to whom many thanks) a big digger, and Rob Mungovan of the WTT, the gravel infill on beat 14 was completed in mid August. Some before and after shots and mugshots are attached but it is well worth the walk down to this stretch (about 400 yards downstream of the railway bridge)
After a cold and wet start to the season when few fish showed and even fewer were caught, there are at last a few signs of life in the rivers. Hopefully, the masters out on the Fishing Day today won’t catch them all. The Guash has been high throughout April and early May but should be dropping to normal levels by now. The Welland has also been high and some of you may have noted some quite regular rapid increase in flow and some clouding of the water in the late afternoons at Uffington. Thanks to Adrian for bringing this to my attention: neither the EA or Anglian water are aware of the cause as yet and it is being investigated.
There are a few large olive/BWOs about now and a short evening rise was seen last week resulting in a 5lb5oz 22inch brown at Uffington: well done Martin for persisting long after I gave up all hope and if the link works the photo is excellent.
We have seen poachers again on the Welland and please follow the standard guidance of call 101 ask for the relevant county police (Lincs for Uffington, Northants for Harringworth and Leics and Rutland for the Guash if you don’t feel inclined to challenge them or feel in any way threatened.
The reeds at Uffington are showing already and we are looking to address these by late July and then have a reed pulling, flow changing more permanent solution by all of you volunteers, in September.
PS there are now just a few mayfly showing and the trout are starting to rise to them: even as far upstream as Beat 1, which is still a little impenetrable so wear waders and/or thick clothes.
Also it isn’t just the trout who like a mayfly
Please read the attachment and this notice to make yourself aware of the action you should take when seeing poachers.
Please continue reporting any poachers to:
Contact details for the
Environment Agency 0800 807060 giving as much detail as possible
To the police via 101 and asking for Lincs police for the Uffington stretch, Leicestershire for the Guash and Northants police for Harringworth. Descriptions of them, their vans and registration numbers are helpful to the police.
Unless you feel safe to do so, do not challenge other than a polite enquiry and explanation that the waters are private, members only and , if and when it is ignored, walk away. Call the EA police with the above detail and go fish elsewhere. Safety first is the watchword.
We are looking to bring in security on the Lower Welland and in addition, the more complaints we make to EA the more they will focus on this area, so please keep reporting
The minutes of the 2018 AGM are attached including important rule changes .