News 2022 - March/April

The New Trout Season has begun!

25 March traditionally sees the start of the new brown trout season on our water.  The river is running clear and the pools and runs have had a good clean thanks to the enormous floods over the winter months.

Members will notice that there are some massive rocks displaced below Burgess Bridge and this has created a nice looking holding pool - whether it holds fish has yet to be tested?

New Member 'Walk the Beat Meeting"

This will take place on 3 April and new members will be shown the water and typical places to fish by Committee Member David Hild.  Please meet at the top gate at 11.00am.  Bring your gear,as post the event, you may want to spend a few hours fishing the water you have been looking at and discussing with David.

Working Party Bank Side Improvements Wednesday 6 April

Ian is again coordinating this team and the work will focus on cutting back tree growth on the middle sections of our beat.  Members will have received an email giving more information.

New Initiative Support for Existing Members who are having difficulty.

Members Ian Wynn and Charlie Jackson have teamed up to provide a day of guidance and support for up to 4 members who are struggling to catch fish.  This new initiative will hopefully give members the confidence and skills they need to better enjoy their visits to the river.

Cohort 2 Youth Programme

A good start has been made by the new recruits.  The River Sampling event revealed an impressive array of life and this bodes well for later in the season.  Further details can be found in the Youth Programme Section on the website.  Yet again David Hild has provided tremendous expertise in the Fly Tying sessions and the youngsters are now able to accomplish some well made designs in readiness for their fishing trips

Tight Lines to all

The Club has had a good year, members have reported good catches throughout the Brown Trout season and several have already had very successful sessions Grayling fishing.  

Whilst we thought it prevalent to not run our usual workshops for habitat and river bank improvements owing to the still prevalent Covid issues the general condition and access we traditionally enjoy is still in good condition.  The work by the Woodland Trust has made major improvements to accessing many areas and members are encouraged to explore areas not familiar to them, there are some great pools, riffles and runs once you cross the Burgess Bridge and fish either upstream or downstream.

Another major achievement for the Club has been the successful completion by the first cohort of Scouts enrolled on the Youth Programme.  Previously the reports and information have been subset within this News Section but these are now given their own pages under the Youth Programme Title.  Simply navigate via the top menu bar along the top row and under 'More' a set of additional pages appears and it is here you will find the full reviews.

We are also pleased to let our visitors know that the project has been chosen by Trout and Salmon magazine for inclusion in the December 2021 edition.  This should be on sale mid November.  Of particular interest for members of the Club there is a section included within the article that outlines the history of the Club.  Thanks to our Riparian Owner Sally Sterne for allowing this to be included.

As Autumn takes a more firm hold and the trees continue to loose their leaves in readiness for the onset of winter please do spend a few hours down at the river.  The small dry fly continues to be a great way of temping eager fish to the net but for those who prefer a nymph approach success can also be had using any of the old or new techniques often seen in magazines or via social media.

Tight Lines to all