Trout & Salmon (UK) - - FISHING REPORTS -

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.

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