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.