The Treasurer presented and reviewed the P&L account for
year ending December 31st 2019.
Allowing for all costs in the year the Club carried forward a
loss of £1,602.00 for the year.
This is the first recorded loss for the Club and is directly
attributable to the sharp reduction in membership numbers.
For 2019 this was at an all time low of 126.
The Committee is aware that 2020 will be critical financially.
- Membership rates are therefore increasing by 2.5% to
- The Club are pleased to note that most of our riparian
owners have also recognized the financial uncertainties
we are facing and have agreed to a 20% reduction in
rental rates whilst we weather the not-so-perfect storm
of increasing regulation, the effects of commercial
netting at sea and climate change. We thank them for
their understanding and support.
- The Committee met 4 times with excellent attendance.
- Committee discussed and took the lead in implementing
voluntary restrictions on the Fowey (and other rivers) to
support fish stocks in the future. These are being rolled
over into 2020 with no additional measures added.
- Participated fully in FRA and TTFA and LRA meetings
to best represent interests of the Club and its members.
- Arranged with Fishing Mayhem to act as our sole agent
for selling not just visitor permits but also annual
memberships. (Cash only).
- Noted the first reported occurrence of a live signal
crayfish in the Draynes.
- Noted the likely introduction of beavers in the upper
reaches of the Warleggan in 2020. Reports of a female
beaver with kits were made in the Inny and also a
solitary male at Roadford Lake.
- Noted ongoing work with WRT to coppice Lewarne in a
sustainable manner to help improve access and
improve environment for anglers.
- Removal of commercial net from Fowey.
- LDAC agreement to support EA voluntary
restrictions both avoided a byelaw on the Fowey
but more importantly resulted in the NLO of zero.
This has been bought out with funds provided by
SWW and support from the EA. Thanks go out to
both for their efforts.
- On increasing membership dues for 2020
- Noted that membership dues had increased by
2.5% this year.
- For £100.00 members get access to c.22
miles of fishing (£4.50 per mile). This
compares very favourably with Newbridge
(£35.00 per mile), and Lanhydrock (£45.00
- Variety: 6 rivers with brown trout, sea trout,
salmon and grayling.
- Thanks made to the riparian owners for accepting a
20% reduction in rentals as the club manages a
drop in membership/income. Further details to follow
from the Treasurer.
- The main message this year is really one of looking forward,
rather than looking backwards.
- Looking forward to going fishing in 2020
- Looking forward to getting out and about on the
- Looking forward to catching a fish, and of course
losing them; the latter being the ones’
remembered the most.
o Looking forward to seeing the first kingfisher of
the year flashing down the stream. The surest
indicator that rivers are healthy.
- Looking forward to hearing about the size of the
fish being caught in Club waters.
- In concluding the Secretary reminded members to
advise of any address or email changes asap. Failure to
do so would inevitably result in lost contact.
- The FRA AGM on 16th April 2020 will be at a new
venue, the Conservative Club in Lostwithiel. More
details will appear on the LDAC website nearer the
At the 2020 AGM the Chairman reported that the 2019 season proved once again one of the more
challenging in recent years as drought conditions across
England and Wales led to a marked decline in the rod catch
both locally and nationally.
- 2018 National statistics for England and Wales follow;
- 2018 salmon catch: 7,788 against 2017 13,500 (a
decline of 38% on the 5-year average)
- 2018 Sea Trout 13,600 against 22,000 in 2017 (a
decline of 49% on the 5-year average).
- Wales faired worst with the decline being -60% for
Salmon and -56% for Sea Trout on the 5-year
As a consequence Wales had introduced new conservation
measures in the form of a 10-year byelaw.
Locally we have also seen the introduction of new byelaws for
the Camel, West Looe and Seaton rivers (all details on the
Against this backdrop of increasing regulation the Club has
seen a further fall in membership numbers. The income
stream that membership fees generate is, of course, key in
allowing the Club to exist; to enable it to rent fishing, to insure
itself and run the organisation.
The Treasurer would discuss
the impact of falling revenues further in his report.
The two salmon hatcheries continue to provide important
support for dwindling stocks. Despite tough conditions both
managed to meet their targets for brood stock collection in
2019. More details follow in their reports.
- Hatcheries were not the answer to all our problems but
they provide a backup for years when conditions (high
river levels and water temps) have hampered spawning
and juvenile fish survival.
- A timely reminder was made to members to check any
salmon on the Fowey for fin clipping (indicating
returning hatchery fish).
- Thanks made from LDAC to the volunteers who make
this important contribution to our fishing.
WRT fry surveys continue on the Fowey and the results show
juvenile numbers for salmon and sea trout holding up despite
There was little to report on the Draynes gravel cleaning, but
this is hopefully going to restart in summer 2020; subject of
course to managing increasing regulation and the need for
licences to do so.
Bank clearance days have been generally well supported.
Ashford/Doublebois were cancelled due to recent inclement
weather and they will be arranged for a later date, more
information will be posted on the Club website.
The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the Secretary for
all his efforts and a special mention made to R Grieve for his
support in running the Club website.
Finally he thanked the Committee and wished all better
fishing in 2020.
At the LDAC AGM The Treasurer presented an overview of the Club’s efforts to purchase the River Fowey Newbridge fishing in 2018.
He noted that the Club had always sought to purchase fishing
if it became available. As background he stated that fishing
had been purchased at Golitha (1985), Jacks (1997),
Lewarne (1998), Doublebois (2004) Hendergrove (2018) and
the Club had also donated substantially towards the FRA
Draynes sanctuary purchase in 2018.
In July of 2018 Kivells advertised the sale of the Newbridge
stretch of the Fowey River. The Club bid on the stretch but
was advised that a higher bid had been received. That third
party sale subsequently fell through and the Club then directly
negotiated a second (increased) offer that was accepted by
the seller, Lanhydrock Estates. With solicitors instructed the
sale progressed and land registry, river-bed ownership and
access matters were examined to ensure that the Club would
have full, un-encumbered title to the fishing.
In mid-November the Club was surprised to hear that the
sellers were seeking membership dues from its Angling
Association members for the 2019 season. It transpired that
the sellers had decided to withdraw from the sale but had not
advised other parties to that effect.
More positively, our membership proved highly supportive
and very generous in making interest free loans and
donations to enable the purchase offer to be made. The
Treasurer wished to put on record his personal thanks for that
The Treasurer then presented and reviewed the P&L account
for year ending December 31st 2018. It was noted that despite
concerns over membership numbers the Club had retained its
subscription income year-on-year.
Allowing for all costs in the year the Club carried forward
£28,122.33p, an increase of £1,541.75p on the previous year.
Whilst this headline result is reassuring, the Committee is
aware that 2019 will be critical financially.
Notwithstanding, they have decided to keep subscription rates at their current level for another year – to encourage
membership when our fishing is under considerable pressure
both in quantity of fish caught and further restrictions on
methods and overall catch limits.
We are pleased to note that many of our riparian owners have
also recognised the financial uncertainties we are facing and
have agreed to a 20% reduction in rental rates whilst we
weather the not-so-perfect storm of increasing regulation, the
effects of commercial netting at sea and climate change.
thank them for their understanding and support.
At the LDAC AGM The Secretary noted that the Committee had met 6 times in
the year and that their attendance had been excellent.
Much time and effort had been spent at these meetings trying
to find the right balance between managing external
relationships (with the EA/FRA), protecting river stocks and
supporting the members’ sport.
Whilst this had not always been easy it is a credit to the
Committee that consensus was reached and that the EA had
been supportive of the Club’s position. This was reflected in
the successful negotiations over the new NLO for the Fowey
and no immediate threat of bye-law introductions.
The (voluntary) catch/release and restrictions/rules put in
place for 2018 would now extend into the 2019 season and if
any changes were proposed after the FRA/EA 2019 meeting
had taken place then membership would be informed. In the
meantime copies of the rules were made available at the
meeting for those seeking a copy.
It was noted that there was
an error in the December newsletter…..barbless hooks to
be used after 31st August, not before June 16th as stated.
Other key issues in the year have included -
Protecting the fishing owned by the Club
Additional fishing rights at Newbridge (River Fowey)
came to the market during the year. The Club attempted
to purchase these but the sale fell through before
contracts were exchanged. More details can be found in
the Treasurer’s report.
- Ownership of and access to fishing rights on the
stretch above the road bridge (Newbridge, River
Lynher) was disputed by the new owners of
Turnpike Cottage. The Committee stepped in and
successfully resolved the dispute without resorting
to costly litigation. New access points had been created and the membership are encouraged to
access and fish the stretch.
- The Secretary noted that fishing rights and access
issues were critical to the Club’s future and asked
members to immediately make the Committee
aware of any attempts to close off/change access
or to try to dissuade the Club members from
fishing our beats. The sale of any property
adjoining fishing should also be advised as such
changes often led to difficulties over ownership
Work parties had started again and the Secretary
reminded all members that it was important that they
signed the risk assessment form before starting work.
Failure to do so could negate both personal and Club
The Secretary reminded members to advise of any
address or email changes asap. Failure to do so would
inevitably result in lost contact.
At the LDAC AGM The Chairman noted that 2018 had been one of the more difficult seasons
on record the Chairman indicated that overall fishing efforts
had been low throughout the year and it was likely that this
would be reflected in low(er) catch return numbers.
For the stalwart few that did venture out a few early spring
fish rewarded their efforts on both the Lynher and Fowey.
Summer fish were caught but generally sport had been poor
for most members.
The Chairman then spoke to the news that the TTFA/EA had
started to electronically tag sea trout in the Tamar. This would
provide data for studies regarding migration routes and
frequency of spawning. He advised the membership that it
was possible that these fish might also re-enter the Lynher. If
so they could be recognised as having a clipped adipose fin.
Tagged fish could be reported to the EA and a financial
incentive was in place for those reporting such catches.
Further details would appear on the Club website.
The Chairman then discussed the disappointing news that the
Fowey fish counter (at Restormel) had not been producing
reliable data during most of the 2018 season. It was unlikely
that any meaningful data would be forthcoming on numbers of
fish entering the catchment. It was hoped that things would
improve for 2019.
Fry survey information from the FRA funded WRT work on the
Fowey was then presented. This showed that the middle river
had improved but that there was less promising news for
Warleggan salmon parr; salmon numbers had shown a dip
but conversely trout numbers were higher there – perhaps
indicating a healthier stock of sea trout for the future.
There was better news on the Cardinham. In 2017 the
surveys had shown no salmon above Ladyvale Bridge.
However, with encouragement from WRT the Forestry
Commission had removed a major log-jam and in the
subsequent 2018 survey salmon parr numbers had
rebounded. This was excellent news and showed the
importance of the surveys in helping to spot problem areas
and to illustrate the positive impact of focussed in-river works.
There was however disappointing news regarding the Club’s
attempts to purchase the Newbridge stretch of the Fowey in
Despite all our efforts and the generosity of members in
donating and loaning funds the Sellers’ withdrew from the
sale/purchase agreement in November 2018. More details
follow in the Treasurer’s report.
Gravel cleaning was not undertaken in 2018. This was due to
the dis-incentives created by the need to apply for and get a
series of licences to perform gravel cleaning at any location -
This matter had been taken up with the FFRG (EA, WRT and
FRA) and the EA have indicated that they can provide support
to facilitate the permitting process in 2019.
WRT had made a large gravel cleaning pump available to the
Club and it was hoped that this would make the work load
lighter in the future.
- An easement for each location was required
- A permit was required to pull hemlock
- A waste carriers licence was required to remove
hemlock from site.
Bank clearance days have been published in the December
newsletter and following a slow start the Chairman was
pleased to advise that attendance had improved and he
thanked those involved. He further noted that there were a
number of dates in February/March that needed support and
he urged the membership to turn out to work on their river.
The Chairman briefly mentioned the work undertaken by IFCA
and the recent news that they were looking to extend controls
from the main estuaries into the creeks and coves
surrounding …noting that many salmonids used these areas
as a refuge in low water conditions.
The new beat maps were highlighted and thanks were made
to WRT for producing them and to R Grieve for making them
accessible on the Club website.
Finally he took the opportunity to thank the Treasurer (T
Sobey), the Secretary (P Jordan) and his Committee
members for all their efforts in helping to run the club during
2018 and to wish the membership tight(er) lines for the 2019
The AGM minutes for 2019 have now been adopted by the LDAC Committee.
Members are asked to review them here.
Any comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the LDAC AGM in February 2018 - The Chairman, Rob Williams, gave his report for the year - noting that the 2017 season had started well,
spring salmon and a few large sea trout being caught, aided
by frequent rainfall ensuring river conditions were often
favourable for fishing.
Fair numbers of summer grilse and sea
trout were also caught on both the Lynher and Fowey but
once again the later (Autumn) run of Salmon in the two main
rivers were disappointing and fresh fish were very scarce.
Despite this, intensive fishing efforts meant both hatcheries
managed to meet their brood-stock quotas for the year.
The Fowey river counter figures were discussed and it was
noted that the numbers were, once again, lower than the 10-
year average with salmon fairing less well than sea trout.
Recent in-river survey figures produced by the EA and WRT
also show worrying trends. The implications were to be
discussed fully later in the meeting.
Heavy rain throughout this winter meant that rivers were
untypically high over a longer period of time and it was hoped
that this would not negatively impact on juvenile production in
The FRA has now secured much of the sanctuary area on a
permanent basis and Chris Janes has resurrected the gravel
cleaning to improve it. Efforts to extend sanctuary leases on
other parts of the Draynes for a further 5 years have also
There is further good news:
Finally RW thanked the Committee and Officers for their
efforts and R Grieve for continuing to support the website.
- The Water 4 Growth Project (to be discussed by guest
speaker from WRT)
- New beat maps (printable and interactive)
- New restrictive Estuary Netting bye-laws in force.
He concluded by wishing members an enjoyable season
At the LDAC AGM in February 2018 The Secretary noted that the Committee had met 5 times in
the year and that their attendance had been excellent.
Key issues in the year have included
- Renewing leases for 2018 and beyond
- The Coodes Lease for the Ashford Beat on the
Fowey to be extended for 3 more years.
- 4 leases on the Lynher. With positive responses
already received from 3 of the riparian owners. It
is felt likely that all will be satisfactorily negotiated
before the beginning of the season.
- No additional fishing rights came to the market during
- Access at Turnpike Cottage (Newbridge, Lynher) is
proving problematic as new owners’ are now in
residence. A site meeting has taken place and whilst
the Club’s legal rights are assured we will try to
conclude the dispute without resorting to legal
intervention. Please bear this in mind if accessing
above the road bridge.
- Other news
- LDAC organised the Trout and Salmon
Magazine writers visit to the Fowey in August
2017. This was part of the push to recruit new
members. Whilst the river proved out of sorts (with
only one salmon taken by the fishing party) an
excellent piece was published advertising the
efforts of the hatchery at Colliford. Hopefully the
publicity will be reflected in new membership
- EA salmon consultation: Liaison and lobbying of
the FRA. More to follow under Item 5 of the
- Looe-Liskeard cycleway: The Club met with the
project manager for this tourism project. It was
clear their proposals would have a major impact
on the fishing environment along the West Looe
beat we rent from the Duchy. Our concerns have
been fed back to the Duchy and the Project Team.
It is hoped that these objections will result in a
new route being found.
- Beaver re-introduction in Cornwall: Cornwall
Wildlife Trust has now established a small beaver
breeding colony on the Tresillian River at Ladock.Feedback was given to WRT, SWRA and the
FRA. Despite objections this private project was
launched in June 2017.
- Emergency Bye-law on the Camel published to
Club website: to remain in force until end October
- Website Manager: Pleased to advise that
Richard Grieve has agreed to continue to support
the website even though he has departed the
Committee. He has our thanks for this important
At the LDAC AGM in February 2018 - Trevor Sobey, The Treasurer, presented and reviewed the P&L account for
year ending December 31st 2017
It was noted that exceptional capital purchase items (the
purchase of Hendergrove and a significant contribution
towards the FRA purchase of much of the Draynes sanctuary) had necessarily depleted the club’s capital reserve by some
This, when coupled with shrinking membership
numbers, had placed the club under some financial strain.
Despite this, Club fees (for 2018) had been increased
marginally (£2.50 pa for adults) and all other
subscriptions/day/weekly tickets had been frozen.
Following consultation with riparian owners the majority have
agreed to forego the annual RPI increase we normally provide
in the rents payable.
The Club thanks them for their
generosity and continued support.
From the 2017 AGM Minutes -
The season started reasonably well, spring salmon and some
large sea trout being caught but it never really got going due
to low water conditions during the year and fishing was, once
When rain did come, intermittent runs of
small grilse and sea trout occurred on both main rivers but the
back end of the year did not bring a winter run of large fish.
Fowey counter numbers were down on the 10-year average
but large sea trout still arrived in the upper reaches of the
system in good numbers and a large number of redds were
evident from mid-November onwards.
No heavy winter spates
occurred so hopefully the eggs will have developed well and
will not be as vulnerable to attrition as they develop and hatch
Predation at sea, lack of food sources, global warming are all
taking their toll on our fish stocks – but what is critical is the
survival of smolts and their return to the sea. Without these
there will be no run. If we do not send smolts back to sea they
cannot come back.
This brings me to some good news. We
are now lucky to have two hatcheries operating in our area –
the Lynher and Fowey Hatchery. I will let others update you
on their excellent progress later in the meeting.
It was obvious upon walking the banks up in the spawning
sanctuary of the upper Fowey that the majority of the sea
trout redds appeared in those areas where volunteers had
been working – testament to the effectiveness of these
The work of Chris Janes and his small band of
volunteers is gratefully recognised.
There is also excellent news in that the FRA has now
managed to purchase the Draynes sanctuary – so we will
have these sanctuaries in perpetuity. It will now be important
to keep them in good condition.
We must also maintain our excellent efforts in catch and
return – this can only benefit the overall spawning success
and ensure the viability of future stocks. It also demonstrates
to our riparian owners and Regulatory Authorities we care
about our fishing and are committed to its conservation.
must also stress to all the importance of careful handling of
fish as you return them. Much can be done to ensure their
survival after the enjoyment and privilege of catching them.
The Chair took to opportunity to thank, on behalf of the Club
- The Secretary for once again producing an excellent
annual newsletter and for his efforts on behalf of the
- The Treasurer and his auditors for all their hard work
during the year
- The Club Wardens.……..noting that if anyone
wishes to step forward to look after any of our stretches
they should approach the Chairman later.
Finally, the Chairman thanked the Committee Members for
their continued support and hard work in the last year.
In closing he wished members a successful 2017 season.
The Secretary noted that it had been quite a busy season
behind the scenes.
All the usual activities took place
(meetings, newsletters, membership correspondence, rental
renewals etc.) and additionally -
- The Duchy leases were re-negotiated and the club
has moved from annual leases to 4-year leases on
both the West Looe and Inny. This is much more
acceptable to the club as it enables us to do longer term
maintenance on the beats – work on which has already
- We lost a rented short stretch of River Lynher (Beat 9,
Lynher Farm, 2 meadows) up at Bathpool as the
owners’ sold the property and fishing rights to third
- There was a lot of legal work including changing out
the LDAC trustees (to T Sobey, D White and P Jordan)
and other land registry matters -
- Prevented the sale of a short stretch (110m) of
our fishing north of the road bridge at Newbridge -
as the Turnpike Cottage owners’ tried to include
our fishing rights in their auction.
- Purchased the Hendergrove Stretch (800m) of
the upper Fowey: (Beat 2b, lhb opposite
Golitha). This stretch was offered to the Club offmarket
and the Club agreed to purchase as it
protects the Golitha fishing on the opposite bank –
already owned by LDAC. Contracts have been
signed and payment made in full.
- Unable to register Beat 15: Cadsonbury Beat;
Lynher. The LDAC Trustees have had to
withdraw the LDAC registration of this beat as the
NT formally objected to the registration due to
deed issues from the 1942 and 1967
sale/purchase agreements. We intend to continue
to fish the beat and to explore options to complete
the registration without resorting to an expensive
- Sold c.50m (600m2) of LDAC land/ roadside
verge to Highways England. This sale is
progressing. Value to Club is approximately
£850.00. Please note the on-going traffic
restrictions and the need to enter Lewarne
Coombe from the west now (Halfway House) as a
result of their ongoing works. There is no access
from the east (Trago) until end-April.
Other news -
- FRA has purchased 5100m of the Draynes
sanctuary stretch that they previously rented. This
should protect these important sea trout breeding
areas in perpetuity. They have control of over
70% of the valley now. Thanks to Chris Janes,
Roger Lashbrook and Rob Williams et al….for all
their efforts in improving the stretches over many
- ORVIS EXETER are now offering 10% on all
fishing related items (incl clothing, waders tackle
etc..) to club members in 2017. Present your 2017
season ticket to get the discount. Shop visits only
– not online. Thanks to Arthur White for arranging
- We are now looking for a new website
manager to keep the club website up to date.
Please come and see Secretary after the meeting
or get in touch if you can help.
Finally - We need your latest email and postal address
if we are going to keep in touch with you. That’s
in your hands, not ours….
From the AGM Minutes 2017 -
The Treasurer reviewed the 2016 profit/loss account for the
Club and provided a breakdown of all expenditures and
income for the year to 31st December 2016.
He illustrated that the finances were in fair order but that the
Club had shown a loss of £327.91p for 2016.
This loss could
be attributed to increased legal costs associated with trustee
and land registry matters.
As subscriptions accounted for 91% of income in 2016 it is
important to maintain membership numbers. Happily 2016
membership levels were maintained at the same level as the
For the 2016 season the club therefore had eleven (11) life
members, fourteen (14) junior members and one hundred and
seventy six (176) full members (adults/disabled).
membership again therefore stood at a total of two hundred
and one for 2016.
An additional 20 beat and complimentary season tickets were
also issued to riparian owners as part of lease agreements
and these individuals were therefore allowed to fish our
waters – bringing the number of potential anglers to two
hundred and twenty one (221).
2017 cost/rental increases are estimated to rise by some
2.5% (over 2016 levels) and subscription for adult members
are therefore to rise by £3.00 pa to cover this.
All other ticket
rates have been held at 2016 levels.
Updated ticket prices
and membership details are available on the club website
The AGM minutes for 2017 have now been adopted by the LDAC Committee (11th April 2017).
Members are asked to review them here
Any comments should be sent to email@example.com
The underlying financial position of the club remains sound and the club has run with a small profit (<£500.00) for the past year. Finances are therefore just about balanced.
As previously discussed membership levels are key to the future of the club. The Secretary has mentioned that membership numbers could be higher and this year we saw a drop from 190 to 182 full adult members.
With the inevitable rise in rental costs (c.2%) and overheads (insurance, hatchery donations, expenses) the Club will increase 2016 subscription prices by a small amount (£2.00p) for adults/seniors. We have managed to keep all other subscriptions at current levels.
Despite this minimal increase the costs are still highly competitive with game fishing costs elsewhere in the county and wider afield.
Could I remind all members that they should apply directly to me for their 2016 membership as soon as possible; ensuring they enclose;
The address to send it is –
- Complete and accurate catch return form for 2015 season
- Membership renewal form duly completed (including an email address where possible)
- Cheque for appropriate amount, including any donations
- Stamped addressed envelope
Trevor Sobey, LDAC. Higher Trevartha Farm, Pengover, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3NJ.
Another season has passed and it is time to reflect on how it all went.
The Committee members have met on four occasions since the last AGM and their attendance has been good at over 80%.
Key topics of discussion included
i) Trustee changes for Club owned fishing: Your new trustees are Trevor Sobey (continuing), David White and Paul Jordan. The club wishes to acknowledge the many years of service that Bill Eliot gave as a trustee for the Club – one of the many key contributions he has made over the years.
ii) 2014 Catch Returns: All anglers reported compliant returns and the salmon catch/release for the Lynher was the best on record – at 100%. However a new issue arose in the catch/release rate for sea trout from the Fowey. Whilst overall catch numbers were more or less at the same level as that of 2013 there was a worrying downward trend in the catch/release rate, dropping from 76% to 62%. This was exacerbated by a small group (6) of very successful anglers who averaged just a 12.5% release rate for over 20% of the total number of fish caught on the river! If all our members killed this proportion of their fish the Fowey sea trout population would soon be at risk?
iii) A slow (but steady) decline in adult and junior membership numbers over the last few years. A decade ago the club was full (with 250 full-time adult members) and it is noticeable that over the last 5 years those numbers have gradually declined to under 200. With lifetime members, riparian owner tickets and juniors the numbers of people fishing the river is still well over 220 but it is the adult membership fees that provide the annual income that is necessary for us to meet the rising cost of fishing rents – most if which inflate by RPI each year. Whilst significant efforts have been made to recruit new members (through the efforts of local tackle shop owners in particular) it is clear that overall club membership is naturally declining as existing members grow older and few(er) young anglers join the Club. Attracting younger members is increasingly important and we would ask that members who know of likely candidates to encourage them to join the club. We do incentivise juniors to join with a free introductory year and with subsidised junior prices thereafter.
iv) Accident/Indemnity Insurance: The Club provides insurance cover for members carrying out organised and supervised work party tasks but the club does not provided accident/indemnity insurance for individuals whilst they participate in fishing on any club waters (rented or owned). We do not expect nor ask our riparian owners to do so either.
You therefore go fishing on all LDAC waters (whether owned or
rented) at your own risk.
This is not through choice but because our insurance provider (Angling
Trust/Insure4Sport) does not provide individual member cover as part of their
Club insurance Package. It is therefore important that members consider their
personal circumstances and take out individual indemnity/accident insurance
if they feel the need. This can be taken out as part of individual membership
of the Angling Trust and their contact details follow:
The Angling Trust – Membership - http://tinyurl.com/olx6ulv
We encourage all our members to join the Angling Trust.
Your Committee members attended Fowey River Association (FRA), Lynher
River Association (LRA) and Tamar and Tributaries Fisheries Association
(TTFA) meetings and AGM’s to ensure the Club interests are fully represented
in these forums. Information from these is shared via the Club
newsletters/website if relevant.
The Club website continues to enable us to reach our members in a timely
and cost effective manner.
Remember: If we don’t have your (latest) email address please do
send it to us as you read this newsletter. Email your new address to
Those members who do not have email will continue to receive
correspondence through the post – but again, please make sure we have
your up-to-date postal address so we can keep in touch.
Your mid-year newsletter was once again published, being distributed to all
members in August 2015; again mostly by email. I hope you find it
informative. If you have any views or ideas on it’s future content please do
contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
To keep abreast of any changes to your fishing please always remember to
log onto the club website at www.ldac.org.uk.
Thanks to Richard Grieve for continued support in looking after all things IT.
At the time of writing this the 2015 season is drawing to a close, the river is running high and is nicely coloured; yet fish seem to be a little scarce in this last week of November. I am still hoping for a late run and always optimistic of catching that elusive winter fish of bygone days.
We certainly should not complain though, the season overall has undoubtedly been a good one with steady numbers of salmon throughout the year on both the Fowey and Lynher.
There were many good salmon in the 8lb to 12lb range taken from both main rivers and at times some very good fish indeed were brought to the net, with the best reported being a 19lb Fowey fish caught above Trago Mills in fairly low water conditions by Graham Hake - whilst fishing for sea trout in August using a small Mepps spinner. At Wainsford there were entries in the book for three fish caught in early November all estimated in excess of 16lb. Although these were not fresh winter fish, they were all coloured hens and returned safely to the river, which promises to make for a good spawning year if weather conditions permit.
The sea trout season struggled to get off the ground early on with very low water conditions on both main rivers – resulting in the fish being reluctant to take, even at night. On most rivers in the South West there was real cause for concern as the low water exacerbated the risk of disease, both sea trout and some big early salmon began developing white marks, with many going on to succumb to disease.
Thankfully rain finally came and refreshed the flows and, in the main, our stocks did recover, bringing some damage limitation; albeit too late for some very good fish.
With the rain came excellent sea trout fishing and catch numbers were encouraging. Fish up to 9lbs were recorded on both the Lynher and the Fowey and regular reports of fish of 5-7lbs were being reported regularly on both rivers. A 9lb sea trout for Jon Hake (at Doublebois in May) was a well-deserved reward following all of his hard work clearing numerous pools this year. An even larger fish (10lbs) was lost by one (un)fortunate angler on our smallest stream - the Seaton!
As many of you will now be aware the long-awaited Fowey Hatchery at Colliford is now in the final planning stages and there is an update in the section under Hatchery News.
We must also applaud the continued hard work being carried out by volunteers at the Lynher Hatchery. Despite challenging times they have continued to produce good results. Again an update can be found under the section on Hatchery News.
We have worked with Charlie Bettison and Coodes to finally remove the massive tree dam at the Tier Pools (downstream of Ashford Bridge). The pools are now gradually clearing of the sand that has built up over the last few years. This was made possible by the efforts of some members of our committee and funding from the Club and the Coodes Estate. We offer our thanks to Coodes for their continued support of our Club.
We did not manage to complete all that we needed to do. Due to a lack of man-power Best Pool on the Lynher remains blocked by fallen trees. We must try to remedy that as a priority when low water occurs in the summer of next year.
I am once again asking members to turn out in sufficient numbers to support bank clearance days. We are facing the prospect of having to remove a lot of debris and fallen trees from both the Lynher and Fowey in the spring. Please do come and help to improve your fishing. The timetable is printed in this newsletter - so there is ample notice given to be able to turn up and help.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members of the Committee for their continued hard work and support of the Club this year – there efforts are noted.
Finally I note that there are several vacancies on the Club Committee this year and I would encourage anyone who wants to stand as a Committee member to contact the Secretary as soon as possible.
This year is living proof, if we needed it, that we have some wonderful fishing on our rivers, fishing that is worth looking after and so I very much look forward to seeing you all at the AGM in February.
As I write this, the 2014 season is coming to an end and with the
river running clear and no sign of imminent rain, a late run of
Salmon is looking less likely but we must remain optimistic.
season overall has been unpredictable and although good numbers
of Sea Trout came in to the system the long dry summer did not
make fishing easy. However those of you who ventured out with
the night time fly or those who managed to get on the river
following the occasional heavy showers were rewarded with some
As for Salmon, the beginning of the season brought some large
salmon into the catchments of both the Fowey and the Lynher.
The best spring salmon reported for many years (at 18lbs) came
off the upper Lynher in mid-March, with several others well into
double figures also reported during the same month.
spring salmon reported from the Fowey was estimated at >12lbs
(32.5” long), caught in May.
Despite these early catches the
summer Grilse never really arrived in any great numbers. This
appeared to be the situation generally on rivers throughout the
Counter figures on the Fowey however, show that
good numbers of fish are still coming into the system with a total
of 8,385 Sea Trout and 1,373 Salmon/large Sea Trout being
recorded up until the end of August.
On the conservation front, some vital gravel rehabilitation work
was carried out, with Chris Janes organising tree removal and
weed clearance on three consecutive Sundays up in the Draynes
Valley. I would like to thank Chris and all those who turned up to
help, for all their hard work. It is hoped that we can continue to
improve these spawning areas and that will depend on your
support next year.
Look at the website for further details nearer
We are again facing the prospect of having to remove a large
number of fallen trees that have come down during the year,
obstructing both the river and anglers access. As most of you will
appreciate, it is not possible for the club to pay contractors to
carry out this work as the cost would be very high and would lead
to an unacceptable increase in the price of membership.
are lucky enough to have very capable people willing to give their
time to such tasks, they are few in number and it is impossible for them to tackle all the problems that occur unless they receive far
more help from club members.
A timetable of bank clearance
dates is printed in this newsletter so please come along and help
Despite the challenges LDAC remains strong and with access to
over 20 miles of fishing we have a club to be proud of and I would
like to thank all the members of the committee for their continued
hard work and support, without which this club would not be the
success that it most certainly is. I look forward to seeing you at
The Club continues to provide the largest choice of game fishing in
Cornwall and the southwest.
We currently have access to six rivers
with a total of 21 miles of fishing.
We rely heavily on the goodwill of our riparian owners for
continuing to lease quality water to us – and it is good to report
that our relationships with these key stakeholders remain firm.
Just before the opening of the season the Club was saddened to
hear of the passing of Mr D Arbon, from Maenporth, Falmouth. Mr
Arbon had been a strong supporter of the Club for many years and
was always happy to lease Caradon Wood Beat to us on the
Lynher. We thank him for the kindness he showed to the Club over
With the fishing rights of Caradon Wood now passing to a new
owner (The Woodlands Trust) LDAC are (currently) unable to
renew the lease and we therefore no longer have the rights to
access or fish on Beat 13.
All remaining fishing was retained and we also extended the
Ashford Beat (Beat 3, River Fowey) some 500m northwards. This
was through the kind agreement of Messrs J and E Coodes, to
whom we extend our thanks for their continued support.
No stretches of local river(s) were offered for open sale during the
2014 season and the Club was therefore unable to add to the
current inventory of owned waters.
2015 will also see the need for the Club to renew three of our
beats on the Lynher and the Committee has approved moving
forward with those new contracts. We hope to be able to report
that they have been secured for future years in the next
To keep abreast of any changes to your fishing please remember
to log onto the new-look/up-dated website at ldac.org.uk. Thanks
to Richard Grieve for continued support in looking after all things
Your Committee met four times during the year. Attendance by
Committee members was good, at 87.5%. The Committee were
pleased to be able to see (and now report to you) a marked
improvement in catch/return rates for the 2013 season and I am
particularly gratified to be able to say that all members adhered to
the catch/release targets, particularly in the matter of Lynher
The Lynher catch/release rates rose from 50% (in 2012)
to 83% (2013).
We need to ensure that these figures continue to exceed 66% in
the future to help support the prevention of commercial nets
returning to the Lynher.
Several members have contacted me to discuss the issue of fallen
trees and difficult access on some beats during the 2104 season.
As you are aware all the beats are the subject of planned work
parties at the beginning of each season (see page 2 of this
newsletter for relevant dates and locations).
These provide the
opportunity to carry out maintenance after winter storms and
floods have had their way with our rivers and footpaths.
Members need to continue to come forward and support the workparties
before the season starts, to report any areas that they
consider require attention and then to support requests for
additional work during the season.
We would urge members to carry out their own (sensitive and
sensible) clearance of undergrowth across and along footpaths as
they pass through whilst fishing during the season.
We ALL have a part to play – please do so.
If you want to or can help make sure we have your up-to-date
contact details so we can contact you directly.
Your Committee members also attended Fowey River Association
(FRA), Lynher River Association (LRA) and Tamar and Tributaries
Fisheries Association (TTFA) meetings and AGM’s to ensure the
Club interests are fully represented in these forums. Information
from these is shared via the Club newsletters/website if
The Club website is enabling us to reach more members than ever
before, more cheaply and more quickly – we now have 70%
registered, 5% up on 2013. The target remains 100% and we are
slowly getting there……..
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please do send it to email@example.com when you read this
The mid-year newsletter was once again published, being
distributed to all members in August 2014; mostly by email. I hope
you found it useful. If you have any views or ideas on it’s future
content please do contact the Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org to
This year we are again distributing the Annual Newsletter,
attachments and the FRA newsletter by email wherever possible.
This has a major impact in lowering our printing costs and postage
bill. That means we have more money to spend on improving our
fishing – far better than spending it on other non-fishing related
Whilst the underlying financial position of the club remains sound
we continue to find ourselves under financial pressure to ensure
that the club does not run at a loss.
As discussed at the last AGM the membership levels are key to the
future of the club.
I am therefore pleased to be able to report a
small increase in adult membership for the year; rising from 185 in
2013 to 191 in 2014. At this level the Clubs finances are just in
However the cost of our rented beats will inevitably rise in 2015
(some in line with RPI and some under new lease agreements)
and this requires that the Club raise season ticket prices to cover
costs for next year.
The Committee has therefore agreed to increase fees to £90.00 pa
for both adults (+2.8%) and senior members (+9%) but to
maintain levels for disabled and junior members (see Item 2 on
page 2 of the newsletter for full details).
The decision to raise
senior member ticket prices to the same level as adult members
has been an aim of the Committee for several years and is
predicated on the fact that such (retired) members have
significantly more opportunity to use club waters than others.
Despite these increases the costs are still highly competitive with
game fishing costs elsewhere in the county and wider afield.
Please note that visitors’ day/weekly ticket fees are also rising
above inflation – reflecting the quality and quantity of fishing we