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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 2018.
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 been successful.
There is further good news:
- 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 ahead.
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 the year.
- 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 enquiries.
- EA salmon consultation: Liaison and lobbying of the FRA. More to follow under Item 5 of the agenda
- 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 2018.
- 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 role.
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.
At the LDAC AGM in February 2018 - Richard Grieve gave an update on Colliford Salmon Hatchery acitivy, including -
- Thanked LDAC for continued support for the hatchery.
- Noted the good collaboration between EA/SWW/FRA/WRT in making the hatchery successful
- Noted the first year of operation with good outputs
- Noted that brood-stock had been collected from across most of the catchment for 2018
- Provided an interested commentary on some of the lessons learned from the first year of operation. It had, for instance, become clear that water temperature was critical in hatching and normal fry development. To this end an innovative and cost effective chilling system had been installed which recirculated chilled water across egg trays, thereby reducing the volumes required. This concept had also been transferred to the Lynher hatchery as best practice.
- Recommended the excellent short film (Lost at Sea) as an interesting learning tool for all salmon anglers.
- Noted the importance of judging the hatchery and its
success on facts, not supposition. In particular he
touched on the motivational impact negative
statements could have on the small pool of
volunteers that kept the hatchery going.
At the LDAC AGM in February 2018 - Arthur White a brief overview of the Lynher Hatchery activities including
- The 2017 output of 30,000 fry
- The cost of the operation being solely dependent upon donations and acknowledged the contributions made by LDAC in sustaining the operation
- 65,000 eggs in 2018, stripped from 8 fish
- Hatching had progressed well with just 4%
losses – aided by lower water temperatures.
The AGM minutes for 2018 have now been adopted by the LDAC Committee (10th April 2017).
Members are asked to review them here
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Please find some useful information about adapting your fishing tackle to single hooks - download a copy here
Please read the following update to the LDAC Club rules - for 2018 season (onward)
You can download a copy of this information here
At the LDAC AGM on 13th February 2018 the LDAC Committee announced that a new set of fishing rules had been approved for the 2018 season
These new rules reflect the current pressure the salmonid stocks are under in the rivers we fish
The EA has recently enacted an emergency bye-law on the Camel, restricting much of the fishing methods available to anglers and requiring 100% catch/release. In addition the EA has carried out a national consultation and is in the process of setting out new rules for salmonid anglers across all of England. These will be published shortly
The EA has also contacted the Fowey River Association/Clubs directly and requested voluntary measures now be enacted to further preserve salmonid stocks that are deemed probably-at-risk. At the same time the EA is enforcing new estuarine bye-laws and supporting a Net Limitation Order of zero
LDAC, as the largest Club on the river has agreed to implement new rules to help sustain stocks
To prevent over-exploitation of other Club waters they are also applicable to all other LDAC waters (Lynher, Seaton, Inny, West Looe and Camel - once that emergency bye-law is removed) the following rules supersede those found on your 2018 season ticket and must be followed by all anglers from 1st March 2018
- Fowey Season to close on 30th November
- Other rivers’ season dates remain unchange
- No trebles at any time
- No circle hooks at any time
- Bait fishing
- Single barbless hooks at all times
- No worming for salmon before June 16th / after 31st Aug
- Prawn /Shrimp permitted all season
- Single barbless hooks after 31st August
- Return first salmon of season on each river
- Retain maximum of 1 salmon per season per river
- Retain maximum of 10 sea trout per season per river (2 per day, 4 per week)
- Return all sea trout under 1.5lb (35cm) and over 4lbs (55cm)
If you require any further information please contact email@example.com or any Committee member.
Please find attached the 2017 Newsletter, Catch Return and Membership Application form
Wishing you a Merry Xmas on behalf of the Committee
Download the Newsletter 2017 & Forms from the Downloads Page
IMPORTANT: EA Emergency Bye Law - River Camel
( includes LDAC Beat 22, Wenfordbridge).
The Environment Agency (EA) have issued an Emergency Bylaw on the River Camel.
EA fishing restrictions effective 1st November 2017 on the River Camel.
Please ensure you have downloaded and read the attached documents -
Managing salmon rod and net fisheries - The EA are seeking your views
The Committee would encourage all members to participate in this key consultation.
Visit this link - complete the document - it takes a couple of minutes -
The LDAC Committee asks that all members follow the following guideline Before June 16th in any season:
Barbless Hooks Only on all rivers
"This will help to preserve salmon stocks and aid successful catch/release before June 16th of each season".
Carvynick Country Club - Summercourt, Newquay, TR8 5AF
Saturday 24th June 2017
This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend
Stop Taking our Wrasse ! James Champkin, National Campaigns Officer for the Angling Trust talks about our work to try to halt the large scale removal of live wrasse from Cornish waters to be used as cleaner fish in Scottish Salmon farms.
Environment Agency Fisheries Update . Local EA staff talking about the work they do and explain how your rod licence money is spent.
How Can we support your club and help to improve your fishing ? Ian Shepherd and John Cheyne outline the ways in which your club can fund fishery improvements with rod licence money and how AT staff can help with a variety of key issues.
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.
I 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 members
- 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 legal tribunal.
- 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 previous year.
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).
Total club 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
From the 2017 AGM Minutes -
The new FRA-operated hatchery at Colliford is now up and running thanks to the generous funding from SWW and the efforts of all the volunteers who helped set it up and run it.
Initial concerns over water temperature and quality/quantity have proved unwarranted and the Hatchery Manager was pleased to report that the first 6 months of activities had proved a success:
- Brood stock collection quotas had been met. LDAC
waters provided two thirds (2/3) of the brood stock
and one angler (J Hake) had collected over 50% of
- Just under 40,000 eggs had been stripped and the
brood stock returned back to the river.
- At the time of the meeting the first 2 fry had hatched
and with low water temperatures (assisted by a
chiller unit) eggs are developing well.
- A CEFAS inspection had been carried out and the
results were more than satisfactory.
- The vision for the hatchery is not just to make it work
– but to make it work well.
- Volunteers were once more thanked for their efforts
in making the operation the success it is to date.