DEE AND CLWYD
LOOKING BACK through 2018 reports I thought some reminders may help and encourage you to venture forth with a little optimism for next season. The River Dee produced the first salmon of which I was aware on March 25, a fine 12lb fish deceived by Arwyn Harper fishing Bryn y Pyce. The next recorded was at 18lb 8oz for Graham Davies, also from Bryn y Pyce, on April 12. On May 30 the next fish was recorded, followed by a number of fish in June, with numbers picking up throughout July and into August, but low water conditions meant fewer rods on the water, so the catches for these months were lower than would historically have been expected. The best fish of the season, at 24lb, fell to Simon Edwards on September 30, from The Junction to a fly. Well done Simon. A reminder that in my last item, I reported that the number of fish taken from a very popular pool on the river was almost equal to the number taken in the previous year and the number of fish recorded at the Chester trap was much the same as the previous year. Could it be that many are losing valuable fishing time waiting for “perfect” conditions, rather than wetting a line and fishing with keen anticipation. I expect I shall get some “stick” for that comment! The River Clwyd system produced very few salmon for the year, the best being at 14lb from the Kinmel beat on September 23, caught by Gareth Barnett. A good head of sea-trout was reported in the river from mid-june onwards; I can only repeat the comment made on the Dee rods: you cannot catch fish unless you wet a line. As far as I can establish only one salmon was killed on both systems and that because the fish was badly damaged and bleeding heavily. Thanks you to all Dee and Clwyd salmon rods. The Dee and Clwyd Local Fisheries Advisory Group’s Keith Allinson, who has chaired the group for over 30 years, has resigned. The work and effort put in by Keith cannot be overstated, he has an in-depth knowledge of the River Dee and its tributaries in particular, as well as the workings of the Bala sluices and the way they have impacted on the system. He is also a dedicated salmon angler with a love of all things angling. Thank you seems inadequate. The new chair is Melvyn Williams, a dedicated and effective salmon angler, who has spent many hours working on maintenance work for both river systems and is somewhat an expert in the eradication of Japanese knot weed and Himalayan balsam. He is well known and well respected on both river systems and I wish him well. The Hanak Grayling Festival took place on the River Dee, with 39 teams taking place from far and wide. The winning team was the Belgium Spiders with a total of 85 fish of the 941 fish caught in total. It is a credit to the organisers that they were able to continue with the festival after the sad death of Ken Bathers, who played such a major role in the organisation of past events. Thank you. I hope to be able to let you have an update on the progress on the proposed bye-law changes as well as the first opinions on the new forum. I wish you a happy New Year and tight lines for 2019. – ALLAN CUTHBERT.