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.
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.
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.
Readers may be interested in this interesting and heartfelt editorial concerning the state of salmon stocks on the Tweed that aims to put in context efforts to improve the situation and has relevance to all salmon rivers.
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”.
The rescheduled date for the DFA AGM is Friday 11th May, starting at 6pm.
As always, all DAA members are welcome to attend.
The new proposals for Salmon and Seatrout angling bylaws can be found here:
The DAA will respond, but individual responses are encouraged.
The Angling Trust’s response can be found here:
Angling Trust Response
The Dart Fisheries Association AGM, scheduled for this Friday has been postponed. A new date will be posted when arranged.
A previous post announcing the DFA AGM on 2nd March at Dartmoor Lodge, Ashburton neglected to mention the start time, which is 1830. All DAA members welcome.
The next bank clearing session on Sunday 25th February will continue between Richmonds an Quarry Pool on the Church Commissioners Water starting at 0930 as usual. Please come and help if you have a spare morning.