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2020 has seen changes for everyone, not just our vibrant fishing Club. At the start of the year, following our Annual AGM in February, we increased the membership numbers up to 45. Many folk who had been on our long waiting list gained a place within the Club and were looking forward to the beginning of the season on 25 March 2020. The winter had been kind and so with great expectation we all awaited opening day.
Sadly as readers are well aware Covid 19 hit the UK with some force and ALL fishing activities had to be ceased as the country faced a total lockdown. It was not until mid May that we were able to advise members that we had been allowed to open our waters for fishing again. Members were, and still are, urged to follow the Angling Trust's advice which is detailed on the home page on our website. This is a pandemic that is not going to go away as easily as it arrived here and we all have a part to play in making sure our members, and the wider community, stay as safe as possible for the foreseeable future.
Whilst our Annual Working Parties and the Summer BBQ have been cancelled alongside other planned activities all is not doom and gloom at AJS Flyfishers. Once we opened our water there were good reports of some wonderful fishing. One member caught, what we believe to be a recent Club record, a 4lb 8oz wild brown trout. Well done to Martyn S.
Stocking was able to be undertaken but a month later than planned; a healthy and larger than normal stocking of Brown Trout took place in early June.
Whilst the club was in lockdown a new web based development was undertaken and a new Members Only area has been created. Primarily this is for members to enter their catch returns - ALL members were asked to ensure they keep records of all visits and catches for the club at the February AGM, so we begin to get a picture of how well the river is fishing and also how much use is being made by members. This is working well and a good number of members have now signed up and registered, their catch returns will be be summarised at the next AGM.
Finally members may not be aware that for the past 2 years the Club has donated a Days Fishing for 2 rods to the Wild Trout Trust's (WTT) Annual Auction. This year the Auction raised the magnificent sum of £100 for the WTT; Treasurer Ian Wynn acted as Guide/Gillie for the winner and his guest. A full report is detailed in a separate section together with photographs.