Whilst the coarse members of the Club are getting the best out of the River Wye this time of year with some cracking catches the salmon members are in the middle of their closed season with no fishing until 3rd March when salmon fishing can start again.
It has been many years since the Clubs Weirend fishery has had any attention so they pitched in to put things right. Led by Trevor Hyde and stalwarts Richard Woodhouse and Jon Daniels they have been holding Covid careful work parties as daily exercise over 6 work parties held on Wednesday’s and a couple of Saturday’s in the month of November. Care was taken to ensure the tasks were undertaken individually so as to avoid any risks.
Over the series a total of about a dozen members both coarse and salmon have been involved some managing just one event some coming to nearly every one. Head Bailiff Mike Evans attended on occasion to help with those tricky jobs the members were unable to do.
Working downstream of the salmon hut new access steps have been created, trees pruned, stiles repaired, access posts and ropes installed and bramble thickets removed to allow Club members to access the water more easily and safely. One section of bank which was completely overwhelmed by fallen willows and rampant regrowth has been opened up for the first time since the 1980’s when worm was king and was allowed as a bait for salmon angling. Members are hoping to tempt salmon again from these famous catches using contemporary methods. The photos show some of the work done and hopefully some more work will be carried out in January providing the Wye behaves itself.
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