7 March 2007

Things are starting to pick up here now that we approach the start of the river season on 15 March so I thought that I would begin to make more regular postings.  I plan to do a daily blog from the start of the season just to keep everyone up to date with conditions on the fishery and the way the weather is set each morning. 

First off, there was a full page of fishing related articles in the Telegraph on Sunday.  A big article about the Private Members Bill on opening up all waterways to canoeists that's going through its stages in Parliament at present.  This Bill stands little chance of becoming law as it will probably be talked out by the government front bench or one of the opposition back Beecher's who have well attuned antennae for this sort of rubbish.  But we do need to watch this one as no doubt the canoe lobby will be back if the Bill falls.

Secondly, a waste disposal company in the south of England has applied to the EA for a licence to discharge treated sewage via a pipeline into the headwaters of the Hampshire Avon and Test.  They reckon that this discharge will be beneficial as it will help to maintain good flows during the summer months and enable the water companies to continue abstracting from the aquifers without prejudicing the health of the rivers.  Understandably there is mounting opposition to this plan not least from some pretty influential members of the chalk stream angling clubs some of whom either own or run the country so we shall have to see how far this proposal runs.  Again, be warned, nowhere is sacrosanct.  Not even somewhere as remote as the upper Ribble.

I have just returned from a day with the College up at Nanny Carrs where we are now well on the way to completing the fence as far as the flat field 200 yards above Cam Beck.  This is truly atrocious ground and despite it being a fine and sunny day the fence line now looks like the aftermath of the battle of Ypres.  I spent the day setting trees and now have the flat area below Cam Beck planted up.  Next week I will start on the high bank downstream which I plan to plant with a mix of bird cherry, rowan, sessile oak and hawthorn. 

Keeping with things arboreal, Gavin P, a new member, has very kindly donated 75 mixed trees to the club and also offered to help plant them.  My plan is to use these to create cover around the confluence of Turn Dub and the main river, inside the fence that the RCCT put up a couple of years ago.  If members can think of other beats on the river or side becks that could do with a few trees just email or ring me.

Members who fish the Tarn regularly from the boat will be pleased to learn that I have found a new set of oars to replace the broken set.  These will be adapted to fit the captive rowlocks by Brian S and should be in place for the start of the Tarn season on 1 April.

Next posting is planned for Sunday, but there is much happening so I may be back before then.


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