21 August 2019
WADAA Coarse Fishing – March Update
For those of you who use the club’s Facebook page to follow progress, you will know how busy we have been over the last 3 months. Firstly, let me thank members for joining this year, the great news being that we exceeded the membership numbers for last year. This is massively important as it allows me to plan our actions (and expenditure!!) well in advance. It is a simple fact that the more members we have, the more we can do. Based on where our membership figures have been in the past, we still have lots of room to grow.
You will also have seen a new club website. Over the coming months I will be loading it with much more coarse information – look out for our own You-Tube channel soon!
We have been executing a plan of work that I put together based on the feedback I received from the survey we conducted a the end of last year. As a reminder, the key points raised by members were as follows:
|• Ratherheath weed and general condition
• Cleabarrow weed
• Additional night fishing
• Cleabarrow flooded area/path
• Cleabarrow bigger fish
• Blelham additional access
|• Additional bailiffing (particularly Blelham, Rydal and Grasmere)
• Litter (particularly Blelham, Rydal and Grasmere)
• Reintroduce club boats
• Improve parking at Blelham, Rydal, and Grassmere)
• More coarse waters
• Improve disabled/easy access
I will run through the coarse waters and give some information on where the work has taken place.
Options for development of these waters is obviously limited. Our efforts so far this year have focused on bailiffing and litter, though we have opened discussions with a number of the land owners regarding access and boats in particular. Given the restrictions of the National Park, these things never move at speed, but I will update on progress as I make it – believe me, I’m trying!!
New signage will be erected at these waters over the coming months with the aim of reducing illegal fishing.
We put a lot of effort onto Cleabarrow at the start of the year and pushed hard to make some substantial improvements to the environment:
We all recognize the tremendous amount of work which is needed at Ratherheath and this needs to be done carefully, in partnership with the local farmers and landowner. A very detailed and comprehensive improvement plan for Ratherheath has been developed (this runs to over 150 pages!!). The work has been broken down into a number of phases and we are starting to work through these.
One of the immediate priorities has been to gain control of the weed situation. Over the last 3 years, the tarn has become increasingly choked with Canadian Pond Weed. Since the banning of aquatic herbicides, dealing with this is not easy. The causes of the weed growth are multiple and we are tackling them one by one:
We have a number of other tricks up our sleeve. We’ll see how the weed situation progresses this year and make further adjustments as necessary. I will keep you updated on other significant developments at Ratherheath as we work them through.
We were very pleased to announce that we have managed to re-lease Castlehead, a water that WADAA has controlled in the past. Unfortunately, un-touched for the best part of 10 years, it has required a monumental effort to get it back up to a fishable condition:
So, as you can see, lots of work done, with much more left to do!! As a recap, from the survey:
We have made a good start. It is clear to see the level of effort and investment that is being made in the coarse side of the club and this will continue into the future. Ideas, feedback and involvement from the membership is vitally important. I can be contacted via the club Facebook page, or directly on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A final plea. Many hands make light work – when applied to improving our venues, never was a truer word spoke! The speed of progress could be greatly accelerated if we could get a few more volunteers to help out – imagine what could be achieved if everybody gave half a day!!
Please contact me if you think you could help – it doesn’t have to be physical work. I’ll provide a further update in the summer. In the mean time, keep checking into the website. Good luck with your fishing over the summer months and let us know your successes and failures.
Head of Coarse Sub-Committee