Looks like the weather is going to beat us again this weekend. Owing to the poor forecast we have had to cancel Sunday’s planned bank maintenance session. Better luck next week?
Member Clem Booth has recently returned from Patagonia, where he caught this stunning wild rainbow trout. These fish migrate between Lake (Lago Strobel) and river and as can be seen from the photo are similar to steelhead in appearance.
This one weighed 19lbs and measured 34 inches. Not quite Clem’s best however. In 2018 he had a 20 pounder.
Bank clearing has been cancelled this week (Sun 9th Feb) due to forecast high winds.
Revised programme to follow.
Last year it was decided not to have the annual dinner on the same night as the AGM as usual but possibly to have the dinner some time in the new year. This has now been arranged and it will take place on Friday March 6th, 7.30 pm, at the Dartmoor Lodge Hotel by way of a pre-season dinner and get-together. Members and their guests are cordially invited. As in former years, riparian owners, DAA members and other local association members will also be present at the invitation of the Association.
Menus and booking forms have been sent out to members. If attending, please return your completed booking form with choice of meals and a cheque for £25 pp to the Hon Sec. ASAP.
Previous attempts have been made with varying success to keep members up to date by email, being quicker and cheaper than by post. However this can only work if members keep their contact details updated with the Hon Sec. It is particularly disappointing when emails are sent out and back come a clutch of non-delivery notices, due to out of date or incorrect email addresses. Please could members not in frequent email contact with Hon Sec please check with him that he has your up-to-date contact info?
Unfortunately, the turnout for Sunday’s bank clearing session was extremely underwhelming. This work is essential and lack of it will impact on members fishing. Having said that, these sessions tend to be quite social and people have even been known to have fun while getting a bit of post Christmas exercise. Please come along if you can.
The next session is this Sunday 12th Jan – Abbots Mead to Quarry Pool (CC) – RV Abbots Mead
Sunday 19th Jan- Kilbury Weir (above) to Austin’s Bridge – RV Kilbury Weir layby
Sunday 26th Jan- Austin’s Bridge to Caddaford (CC) – RV Caddaford layby on A384
Sunday 2nd Feb- Fogdens + Nursery (SWW) – RV Fogden’s, Caddaford Pool
Sunday 9 th Feb- Hembury – RV Hembury lower carpark/ layby CANCELLED Sunday 16 th Feb- Quarry Pool to Davey’s Pit (CC) – RV Stretchford layby on corner of A384CANCELLED
Sunday 23th Feb- Hangman’s Pool to Park Stickle (CC) – RV Outside Staverton Church
Sunday 1st Mar- Horse Hill – RV Layby/ pull-in at Horse Hill
“Somewhere on their journey, wild salmon numbers are being decimated. For every 100 salmon that leave our rivers for the sea, less than five return – a decline of nearly 70% in just 25 years.” – AST
We have known for some time that salmon are facing big problems at sea and indeed they could become an endangered species in our lifetime. In order to quantify these impacts on the salmon population the Atlantic Salmon Trust have a project underway to tack smolts from rivers that open to the Moray Firth. 20% of salmon leaving UK rivers do so by this route. The insights gained should be transferable to other salmon populations around the UK.
Bank clearing time is here once more and again under the supervision of Robin Thorn. Please come along and help with this essential work if you can. Newer members are particularly welcome and may find the sessions useful in getting to know the river and fellow members.
Dates and places are as follows. All sessions commence at 0930 and are subject to river height and weather conditions.
Sunday 5th Jan- Caddaford to Abbots Mead (CC)
Sunday 12th Jan- Abbots Mead to Quarry Pool (CC)
Sunday 19th Jan- Kilbury Weir (above) to Austin’s Bridge
Sunday 26th Jan- Austin’s Bridge to Caddaford (CC)
Sunday 2nd Feb- Fogdens + Nursery (SWW)
Sunday 9 th Feb- Hembury CANCELLED Sunday 16 th Feb- Quarry Pool to Davey’s Pit (CC)CANCELLED
Sunday 23th Feb- Hangman’s Pool to Park Stickle (CC)
Sunday 1st Mar- Horse Hill
Lest we get carried away with the idea that the Dart is all about Sea Trout, here is a reminder that there are some really good Brown Trout in our river.
The following is a link to a BBC news article prompted by the WWF charity’s warning that our rivers are being “used as open sewers”. At present, it states, only 21% of south west rivers reach ‘good’ environmental standards. We seem to be rather more fortunate than the Thames area, where the figure is 3%. However, we do have the highest rates of pollution incidents here in the south west.