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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

 

New Year Bank Maintenance 2

The main job set for our intrepid band of bank clearers is a large one with lots of work to get through. After a fairly low turnout on Sunday it looks like Robin, who directs our work parties, could do with a few more helpers to come along and make the task much easier. (Many hands…)

The work can be more or less physical, depending on the individual. For newer members this is a good way of getting to know the river and and perhaps an opportunity to discuss tactics with other members so, whatever your level of ability, if you have a couple of hours to spare on Sunday, why not come along?

Just as a reminder work starts at 0930 each sunday and the dates and venues are as follows:

Sun 14th Jan- Old Mans Run – Abbots Mead (CC)
Sun 21st Jan- Abbots Mead- Rodways (CC)
Sun 28th Jan – Rodways – Quarry Pool (CC)
Sun 4th Feb- Austins Bridge above & below (CC)
Sun 11th Feb- Hembury ( run below Grilse Pool )
Sun 18th & 26th Feb- to be confirmed

Please keep an eye on the website in case of any changes made necessary by weather etc.

 

New Year Bank Maintenance

Over the past few years the path from Caddaford to Abbots Mead close to the river alongside Old Mans Run has become overgrown. We are therefore looking to reinstate this path and extensively clear the bank side vegetation that has grown up between Caddaford and Quarry Pool.
Depending on numbers of volunteers we anticipate this taking at least four Sunday mornings.

All bank clearing starting at 9.30am, subject to weather:

Sun 7th Jan- Caddaford- Old Mans run (CC)
Sun 14th Jan- Old Mans Run – Abbots Mead (CC)
Sun 21st Jan- Abbots Mead- Rodways (CC)
Sun 28th Jan – Rodways – Quarry Pool (CC)
Sun 4th Feb- Austins Bridge above & below (CC)
Sun 11th Feb- Hembury ( run below Grilse Pool )
Sun 18th & 26th Feb- to be confirmed

Please keep an eye on the website in case of any changes made necessary by weather etc.

Here’s wishing all our members a successful season in 2018!

First September Salmon

John Sherry landed a grilse of approx 6lbs on Saturday. This is the first fly caught salmon reported from DAA water this season. John’s fish came from Horsehill and was taken on a ‘Thunder and Lightening’. Prior to getting into the water, he had opened a gate for a stranger, offered to share the beat with another rod and given a youngster his prized Ally Shrimp. He was duly rewarded, and the obliging cock fish swam  away strongly on release.

Recent fishing news

Shoals of seatrout – mostly, but not exclusively school peal – are currently evident in the lower river. Very welcome after such a difficult season . It’s hoped that anglers will be mindful of the  implications when considering taking a fish home to eat. A few fish are still displaying small amounts of fungus. . . .something else to factor into the equation.
DAA member Jonathon Camp did well to catch  two salmon recently between Austin’s bridge and Stretchford. Both spinning and between 6 – 9 lbs. These are the only two reported on recent high water.