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GARGRAVE WATER LEVEL MONITORING
Members may have noted that the Environment Agency website is showing that the water level monitoring station at Gargrave (River Aire) is not currently active. We have raised this issue with the Environment Agency. They tell us that this is because:
“..there is a telemetry problem resulting in the data not being sent back correctly. Once the telemetry problem has been remedied the site will be activated during the next update of the website which is currently scheduled for late summer…”.
In the meantime, members can use the the water level at Snaygill, though they should be aware that this is about 6 miles downstream, past Skipton.
TUNE IN EARLY THIS SATURDAY MORNING, 18th MAY!
Alan Robinson (the BCAA vice-chairman) and Jim Munden (the Membership Secretary) were recently interviewed about BCAA by Martin James, the well-known angling broadcaster and writer.
The interview will be broadcast on Martin’s weekly magazine programme for anglers, At the Water’s Edge, on BBC Lancashire (95.5FM | 103.9FM | DAB) at 6am on Saturday 18 May 2013.
If you missed the broadcast first time round, or wish to hear it again, you can find it on this webpage.
FLYFISHING BEGINNERS’ DAY 27 APRIL 2013
BCAA held its annual FREE-TO-ATTEND Flyfishing Beginners Day on Saturday 27 April 2013, on the River Aire. This event was for any angler who wanted to learn a little about flyfishing or to improve their skills.
The event was very successful. About 25 anglers turned up – they included some new members and also several anglers who had never fly-fished on a river before. As a result, we have at least one new member, and possibly more.
In the end, the weather was kind to us. It started wet and cold, but later on the rain cleared and the sun came through. Almost like Spring – well, as close to a Spring day as we’ve had yet in 2013!
Especial thanks go to Peter Cook, the Fly Secretary, for organising the day, and to professional instructors Dave Martin and Pete Scholes for the advice they gave to those present, and the kick-sampling they did. It’s quite astonishing to see just how many invertebrates there are in the river, and the amount of food that’s available for fish.
PLANNED WORK AT SHIPTON LAKE 5 MAY 2013
We are planning another work party at Shipton Lake, on Sunday 5 May 2013 (the bank holiday weekend).
We will do some general clearing and tidying up. This will prepare for new pegs on the field side of the lake, a new fence along the road side, strengthening the hedge, more car parking space, and repairs to the existing platforms along the track side of the lake.
We can always find jobs for willing hands. Please will you email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 07940 814431, if you can help for a few hours?
ACCESS TO THE RIVER SWALE AND COD BECK AT WINN LANE
Please take care when accessing this fishery via the Winn Lane entry at Topcliffe.
The latest report, on 8 March 2013, is that Winn Lane has dried out and is driveable with care by any vehicle. However, members should be aware that even a little rain may result in access becoming muddy and vehicles getting stuck.
If you do get stuck, however, a local farmer (Josh) is willing to pull you out for a small fee. His mobile number 0771 633 4211.
If any member can update us on the condition of Winn Lane, which is different to the above, please let the Membership Secretary know – see your yearbook for contact details.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 28 SEP 2012
BCAA held its AGM on Wednesday, 28th September – here are the outline notes of the meeting. The formal minutes will be presented and signed off at the next AGM, in September 2013.
FENCING AT STAVELEY LAKES
BCAA has now finished erecting otter-proof fencing at Staveley Lakes. Please will members now make sure they close ALL gates behind them, both on entering and leaving the fishery. The fences have been put up to protect our fishing, so let’s make sure they do!
If you see any gaps or damage to the fence, at any time, please report this as soon as possible to one of the BCAA Officers listed in the front of the Yearbook.
VEHICLE ACCESS AT LOWER DUNSFORTH, RIVER URE
Access due to wet and muddy conditions is no longer a problem at Lower Dunsforth. Anglers may now access the fishing by taking vehicles across the field, though this will be at their own risk. There are reports that cattle are now in the field, so anglers should leave all gates as they find them, and take appropriate care when approaching these animals.
UPDATE 4June 2012: KEYS TO LOCK AT SHIPTON FISHERY – LATEST SITUATION
We are not currently having any complaints about the lock at Shipton fishery, so assume that the problems we had earlier in the year have now been sorted. But if your key continues to cause a problem, then please contact Terry Duncalf or Jim Munden for a free replacement (contact details can be found in the yearbook).
However, to be sure, we suggest members test their key in the padlock to see if it works properly, to avoid locking themselves in.
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY WORK ON THE RIVER AIRE, GARGRAVE-BROUGHTON – UPDATE MAY 2012
In April, the Environment Agency did work to strengthen and fence the river bank immediately upstream of our fishing on the River Aire downstream of Gargrave, and to improve the track which accesses our fishing. Further work planned, to plant trees and hedges in Autumn 2012, has been delayed until 2013.
Any news and updates on progress will continue to be posted on the BCAA Forum.
SALMON TAGGING ON THE RIBBLE
Please note that there is an ongoing salmon tagging project on the River Ribble. This is being undertaken by the Ribble Rivers Trust, and relates particularly to spring fish. Details are provided in a Communication Brief to Anglers and an Anglers’ Crib Sheet.
Please will BCAA Anglers follow the requests for information which is needed for the successful outcome of this project.
PERMITS FOR THE RIVER AIRE, GARGRAVE-BROUGHTON
Permits can be obtained from the Fly Secretary, Peter Cook. Please note the full Rules for issue of Permits. For your own benefit, please provide as much notice as possible when requesting Permits, since there will be no cover to issue Permits when the Fly Secretary is away on holiday.
Please note especially that anyone fishing this section MUST have a Permit, which they have signed and dated BEFORE fishing. Any member found fishing without a valid Permit will be reported to the Committee and may have their future access to Permits withdrawn.
WARNING TO ALL ANGLERS – WATCH OUT FOR THE KILLER SHRIMP AND STOP IT FROM SPREADING. SEE DETAILS HERE.
We have now replaced the old Message Board with a Discussion Forum.
All users of this Forum will need to register first and to choose a individual password.
At its meeting on 11 July 2011, the General Committee agreed to change the rules governing the fishing on Oakworth Lakes. BCAA Members and their guests may now use one rod ONLY at both of the lakes at this fishery, and not two rods on the larger lake. See full details for this fishery.
Whilst the Committee recognises this may cause issue with some anglers, the decision has been made to protect over-exploitation of existing fish stocks at this venue.
Keepnets may continue to be used but anglers should ensure that:
a) they do not keep large quantities of fish in keepnets for long periods
b) that they observe Rule 2 of the Coarse Season section of the Fishing Regulations (see page 22 of the BCAA Yearbook). This states that any carp of more than 1 lb may never be kept in keepnets, but released immediately following their capture.
If this rule is not observed, then the Committee reserves the right to ban the use of keepnets at Oakworth entirely.