GH reported that brood stock collection had been
difficult in winter 2019 and that there had been a
shortage of cock fish.
Despite the slow start 28,000 eggs had been laid down
and hatching was progressing well
He noted that 30% of the alevins were stocked out into
side streams under artificial redds. Monitoring of these
sites later in the season had showed high densities of
fry – attesting to the success of the method.
GH noted that the Lynher hatchery was run solely by
volunteers and the provision of the site by N Lintott was
highly appreciated. The work of the secretary (A White)
was also highlighted.
Financial donations were critical to the continued
existence of the hatchery. He thanked LDAC for their
generous financial donations in supporting the hatchery
and urged Club members to join the Lynher River
Association (£10.00 pa) thereby helping to further
finance the activity.
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.
Due to on-going Government restrictions on group gatherings the 2021 LDAC AGM, originally scheduled for 9th February is now cancelled until further notice.
As outlined in the December newsletter members must now apply to the Treasurer directly for their 2021 permits. Details can be found in the December 2020 newsletter and on the Club website at LDAC.org.ukDon’t forget to include the correct subscription for 2021, either as a cheque or, with Treasurers’ prior agreement, monies paid directly into the LDAC account, a SAE to enable us to send you your new 2021 permit and, of course, your duly completed catch return form for 2020.
Please also ensure we have your latest contact details (address/email) so that we can keep in touch with you during the year.
Many thanks and tight lines for 2021 Paul Jordan Hon Secretary
LDAC 31st January 2021
In light of the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and being aware that many people will be suffering financial hardship at this time, we have decided that for the remainder of this season only to waive the joining/rejoining fee.