Secretary’s Blog- 2019
Happy New Year. Lets hope its better than last year!
This years AGM will be held in the Salutation Inn on Tuesday the 5th February at 8pm. All members are welcome. The agenda can be found under club news.
Catch returns are slow again this year. You should have submitted one by now, even if its a nil return. These are important and we need the figures to know how well (or badly) the river is doing. Its a condition of membership and you wont be able to re-new your membership if you haven’t submitted yours. Please send yours to the Membership Secretary (Elfed Lewis) ASAP if you haven’t already done so.
It was a very wet December, but so far this year it has been dry and mild. I hope the fish have all spawned successfully and the water is cold enough for the eggs to survive.
Some news! NRW have prosecuted a person for polluting the river Gamman last January. They will appear at Haverfordwest Magistrates in February. I will update the result here when I have it. Stop press – case adjourned until 11/4/19.
I still have no update regarding possible by law changes. WAG are currently listening to representations from all interested parties before making their decision.
Not long to wait now before we can go fishing again! Make sure you have your EA licence before you go out. We haven’t had any rain since last week and the river is dropping and clear. There is a small chance of a Blue back Salmon during the first few weeks of the season. Just remember that ALL Salmon must be returned before the 16th June. We still have no update regarding new by-laws and its very unlikely anything will be introduced this season. All beats and fishing remain the same as last year.
Sadly, we lost a popular and long standing member last month. George Owen was often seen fishing his favourite pools above Crosswell bridge. Last year, we put in a footbridge there at his request to make access easier. He attended this years AGM and seemed in good spirits. RIP George.
At long last we have had some rain. The river was getting very low and I was concerned we were in for a drought. We had about 1″ of rain yesterday. The river didn’t come up much as the ground is so dry. More rain is forecast this week, so hopefully the river will have a much needed flush out.
Despite the river being very low, some sewin have already pushed into the lower river and the first catches have been reported. Henny Reynolds and Tom Glover have both been successful with sewin to 4lbs.
It is concerning that one fish was heavily net damaged. Please report any suspicious activity to the NRW hotline immediately.