Summer Fishing Report

 

Low water and steaming temperatures kept fishing to a minimum throughout the summer with very few salmon seen or caught: those reported included fish for Bush and Rob Dart junior.

A couple of spates brought a few more anglers out with early autumn success for Andy Myall and Robin Thorne –  clean grilse of 4/5lbs – and another of 6lbs for Rob Dart senior. One or two other fish have been caught further up the river but unless things change fairly radically September seems unlikely to bring significant change.

Sea trout fishing was dire in the hot weather with many rods simply not bothering. Bits and pieces of rain in late July and August have at least provided some sport with school peal.

Totnes Weir Pool report

Sea Trout fishing in TWP picked up in May as water levels started to drop and about 30 were caught with fish up to 10lbs. In mid May reasonable numbers went through the fish counter with 450 for the month, slightly down on last year. Also as levels started to drop some fish in the weirpool started to show the first signs of fungal disease and fish which had been free taking in early May became more reluctant to take a fly.

Fishing update

4/05/18

Almost continuous high water has curtailed fishing effort but in between times the first fish have been caught.

Phil Prowse got things underway last week with a 2.5 lb seatrout at Fogden’s    and Bush managed a 4lb seatrout from Hembury woods as well as a 12 lb  salmon   . This clean fish (the first of the season) took a Flying C,  and was evidently in fine condition.

To date no fish have been reported from TWP.

Duchy fishing (updated)

Great news!

Members should now have received a newsletter informing them that we now have access to the Duchy of Cornwall fishing on Dartmoor included in our subscription.

The new arrangement will permit all Association members to fish for all categories of fish on the Moor.

This will be on a trial basis for two years but the committee hopes it may lead to a permanent lease for us. The arrangement will require careful monitoring and may be subject to some changes in regulation as time goes by. We will be asking members to keep careful records of their number of visits and catches and we will be feeding all information back to the Duchy when catch returns are due in the autumn.

The committee are very pleased about the new fishing and our thanks must go to Tom Stratton, the Duchy Land Steward, who is also very keen for the link up to be a success.

Please ensure when fishing the moor that your membership card is carried at all times.

Members guest tickets will not be available but of course visitors may obtain a day ticket at a modest price from Duchy ticket agents.

Details of the fishery and a list of ticket agents can be found in the page menu under “Duchy fishing on Dartmoor”.

Dart Fisheries Association AGM

The Dart Fisheries Association AGM will be held on March 2nd 2018 at the Dartmoor Lodge Hotel. All members of the DAA are welcome.

As well as the routine business of the meeting there will then be a talk by David Smith, head of SWW’s Upstream Thinking project [ which is spending over £800,000 in the Dart Catchment in the 3 years from 2017].

After the meeting a carvery will be available – cost £11 per head to be paid at the meeting. It would be helpful, however, if you could let Nick Holding know [ tel 01364 642516] if you can stay for the carvery.

Click below for PDF files:

DFA 2018 AGM Sec report

DFA 2018 AGM agenda