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Chairman's Report 2013

Generally speaking the season has not been a particularly good one - with runs of fish on most rivers being modest at best.

Although early runs of Sea Trout looked, at times, promising this was followed by a real shortage of smaller summer fish. So Sea Trout numbers will probably be down in the returns. There was also a noticeable lack of fresh run summer grilse on both rivers. Some good size salmon between 8-15lb have since appeared on both the Fowey and Lynher. High water levels have meant that what fish did run spread quickly throughout the catchment. This made the fishing even more difficult; with anglers having to cover considerable water in the hope of finding a fish.

Those fish that are still running will be able to access more of the higher reaches of the catchment; and will spawn successfully in new redds - so every cloud has a silver lining. The high winds and high water levels have caused severe damage on the banks with fallen trees and trash dams everywhere. Nearly every beat urgently needs work now, so please come along to the bank clearance dates and help us to clean up. See the section on Work Party incentives in this newsletter for the dates, times and locations for the 2013 working parties.

I would like to thank all the committee members for their hard work and support through the year and especially Paul Jordan for his enthusiasm in taking over as Honorary Secretary, despite being thrown in at the deep end he is doing an excellent job. Finally I hope that you all have a Merry Xmas and I wish you successful fishing in the New Season ahead.    Rob Williams - LDAC Chairman

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