Become a friend of the Atlantic Salmon Trust
The Atlantic Salmon Trust is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. With a new Chairman Robbie Douglas Miller, a new CEO Sarah Bayley Slater and a re vamped board of directors, the vision is in the marine environment. This is a very driven team , which is greatly needed, our salmon stocks over the last twenty five years has dropped from 8-10 million to 3-4 million. The smolt statistics are even more worrying as 25% were returning, today less than 3% have returned. Never more has this keystone species needed our help.
Why should you help? Please watch our Chairman’s message first. https://youtu.be/S4gKjmsZIWA
The three projects that the AST are targeting:
- Acoustic tagging
- E dna probes
We have to get the funding to put these three vital projects into place and by your donation we can make this happen. All you have to do is go to our new website www.atlanticsalmontrust.org and click on friends or fill in the attached form and send it back to us.
The AST’s online auction went live on January 14th and closes on February 14th– please take a look as you may well find something that you really like. By bidding you will be helping fund one of the projects.
On May 25th The AST are holding a Gala dinner at Syon House to raise hopefully over £100,000 for these projects.
If you would like to be involved in the Gala through sponsorship, auction lots, donations or the Presidents Club please contact Tiggy Pettifer firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you get as a friend?
You will receive a car sticker, a gift voucher for Fishing TV and a newsletter keeping you updated with the progress that we are making and events happening later in the year.
Thank you, united together we can protect wild salmon.
Fundraising officer for the Atlantic Salmon Trust
EARLY SEASON WILD BROWN TROUT FISHING ON THE RESERVOIRS – CERI THOMAS
March 20th is a special date in the Welsh fly-fishing calendar – it heralds the opening of the brown trout season on stillwater. After many months of waiting and counting down the days, the wild brown trout fishing can finally begin on the reservoirs of the Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association.
March and April can be tough, cold and brutal months on our lakes, but the brownies are still there to be caught. Hit it right, and you can have a really good day.
Should you be lucky enough to be fishing on a calm, mild day you will often find a nice afternoon hatch of small black buzzer on Talybont and Cantref. This invariably brings the trout to the top, hungry as they are after a long cold winter. So make sure you have some imitative black buzzer patterns, small black CDC dries and some wets such as black pennel and blae and black in your box for such occurrences.
Most of the time though, early season is cold and very blowy. In these typical conditions it’s best to get your flies down a foot or two as the trout more reluctant to go near the surface. Best line is a fast intermediate with a sink rate of 1.5 inches per second. Airflo do some good intermediate lines, including the clear Velocity and Sixth Sense – both great lines for our reservoirs.
With an intermediate line I like to fish a long leader about 15 foot length, with two flies, typically a black mini lure on the point such as a woolly bugger, ace of spades, viva or black tadpole. With a traditional wet on the dropper such as coch y bonddu, bibio, zulu, or mallard and claret you have a very effective early season combination.
Covering water really is the key to early season wild brown trout. You will need to find the fish as they will not be active and cruising round the lake like they are in the warm times. A great method is to ‘step and cast’ – get a nice cast out of about 20 yards then step a yard or two down the bank. Give the flies 10 seconds or so to sink then start the retrieve. That step you made also imparts a nice curve into your retrieve that the trout often find very attractive. Step and cast your way down a whole length of bank until you find a few fish.
Finally don’t ignore the shallows – with even thick snow on the hills I have caught fish at the neck ends of Talybont and Canfref, reason being these are the first areas to warm up and they hold a lot of cased caddis and snails in the decayed weedbeds that provide easy food for early season trout. Also the larger Talybont brownies are known to eat spawning frogs and toads tight in the margins – so late March can be a great time to catch a bigger specimen there. But bear in mind the fish may be out of condition, so try to spare the priest as they are not the best eating at this time of year.
The following is from Ben Morris the organiser of the above event………………………..
We are organising a ultra race running and walking on 19th February 2017, which takes in some of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath. The Canal & Rivers Trust have asked us to let Fishing Clubs know that the event will be taking place.
Participants will be following the towpath between Brecon and Talybont-on-usk between 0730 and 0900 am. Participants will be clearly briefed that they should keep to the left, in single file and give way always to members of the Public. A lead marshal will be ahead of the first participants to ensure people know they are coming. A sweeper team will follow the route collecting any litter and signage.
We hope this will not inconvenience you in any way and we are keen to deliver this event providing a positive impact on the local communities. However, please get in touch with us if you have any concerns or any questions.
Brecon To Cardiff Race organiser, Run Walk Crawl
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