River Wye Gillies Association
WSA launch their 'Campaign to put more rods on the river'. Prompted by the comments of one lower river owner who felt last season there were plenty of salmon in his fishings but few anglers fishing, they have been working on an initiative to try increasing the numbers of rods fishing the river. As a result a number of Owners have generously donated free salmon fishing to the scheme offering anglers the opportunity to reacquaint themselves. The fishing is available on a first come first served basis. If you wish to take up these very generous offers and help fill the river with salmon anglers once again>>>>>>read more
A flyer published by WSA they would like circulated to as many canoeists as possible in the the hope that it will help raise their awareness of salmon spawning in the gravel bed of the river mainly during the months of November, December and January and the risk of disturbing the fish which may cause the hen to abandon the redd before it is covered with the subsequent loss of valuable eggs. Walking in the gravels and pushing paddles in gravels may also disturb the nests with fatal consequences, an issue that we wish to bring to the notice of the canoeing fraternity in particular. Whilst this is in the main an upper river issue we would like to get the message to all Wye canoeists. You can help by printing copies and circulating, if you can get to the river, to as many canoeists as possible. Please in doing so be careful not to cause a litter hazard>>>>>>>>>see flyer
Environment Agency Stocking data [2009 to 2011] and Electro Fishing Data  received today>>>>>more
29th Oct 2011
WSA published its 3rd newsletter today. Some interesting developments. If you would like a copy you can get one by emailing SUBSCRIBE to email@example.com
21st Oct 2011
Proposed new byelaws have been advertised for a period of 6 weeks as they [EA[Wales]] are obliged to do by law. That gave everyone the opportunity to consider the proposal and decide whether they support or object to them. There were about 57 replies to the consultation [50 objecting and 7 supporting]. EA [Wales] now have a duty to reply to those letters before passing the bill and its consultation details to the Welsh Assembly Government for a decision on ratification.
Reported that EA are one or two cocks short of completing catch up for Cynrig hatchery.
FOUND.....Wading staff below Builth Wells on weekend [see pic]. Anyone wishing to claim please contact Steve Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is now over a year since the invasive non-native shrimp, Dikerogammarus villosus was first reported in the UK. To keep you informed we have attached the latest briefing note and fact sheet, which is being distributed to local action groups and organisations representing the interests of recreational water users.
The following statement sets out the Angling Trust's position on navigation of inland waterways. The Angling Trust is the national body that represents all anglers and notes that it is settled law that there is no general public right of navigation on any inland wateeways. The Angling Trust confirms its support for the Government's and the Environment Agency's position, that the way forward, for increased access for other waters users, is by the creation of voluntary access arrangements>>>>More
Mike Scott caught a 42lb salmon from River Usk at Llanover today.These were taken by Tim Hewett, Ghillie at Llanover. The fish was hooked at 17.50 on Wednesday 14th September and measured 49-50 inches long. Mike commented 'an experience I will never forget'
10- Sept 2011
Last week the Environment Agency released a list of the ten most improved rivers in England and Wales. Conservationists have criticised the report saying it presents a rosy view of river health and ignores the many waterways struggling with pollution, over abstraction and other threats. River wildlife experts at the RSPB, WWF, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association - all partners in the Our Rivers Campaign - have responded with a list of ten rivers where not enough is being done to tackle these environmental pressures >>>>>>>>>>More
E-mail received from Chris Rees EA[W] today regarding
Catch & Release asking all anglers in Wales to show restraint in the numbers of salmon and sea trout they kill. The vast majority of anglers are conservation minded (last year nearly 60% of salmon and 70% of sea trout caught were released - a fantastic effort), however, release rates remain low on a small number of rivers and we continue to have concerns about stocks on a number of Welsh rivers>>>>>>>>>>>>More
The Wye & Usk Foundation's annual meeting for 2011 will be at 7pm on Friday 21st October at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. Admission is free and open to all but spaces are limited so reserve your place on 01982 560 788/357 or by email: email@example.com
Welcome to the River Wye Gillies Association web site. Please feel free to browse the site for information on us and issues affecting the river, it's fishing and it's gillies and anglers.
RWGA's vision is to see the Wye returned to its position as the premier salmon river in England & Wales. To see a sustainable river environment where all indigenous flora and fauna can thrive and grow. A river providing employment opportunities for gillies and an environment anglers and other users can share in a fair and equitable manner. Support of a river authority gathering data and intelligence, providing information and resourced sufficiently to safeguard and develop the river environment. RWGA was established in 1984 to represent the interests of Gillies on the Wye and it's tributaries with regard to protection, preservation and enhancement of indigenous fish species, both game and coarse and the fight against pollution, predation, poaching and illegal navigation. In conjunction with the Salmon & Trout Association (STA), of whom we are members, we also object on a regular basis to abstraction and foul water discharge applications as and when they occur. For the last decade RWGA's membership has been open to all anglers who wish to be represented by us and assist in our common aims and goals. RWGA regularly meets and makes representations on behalf of our members to bodies such as the Environment Agency (EA), The Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF), Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Natural England (NE) and had representation on various local fisheries groups and the Wye Salmon Action Plan (SAP). We are currently and have been for some time, engaging WUF and EA regarding the poor state of salmon stocks on the Wye in a bid to see the current habitat improvement activities enhanced and current legislation relaxed to secure recovery of these stocks. We are also cooperating with a number of other concerned parties in engaging a number of these bodies, notably EAW, CCW & NE in discussions regarding the tackling of avian predation, a significant factor in the survival of salmon & trout fry in areas of both the Wye and its near neighbour the USK. We have, on behalf of our members also made recent submissions to the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Sustainability Committee hearings regarding canoe access to the Wye and other Welsh rivers. We have in the past assisted WUF wherever possible and taken part in hatchery catch up, although this has been suspended for sometime due to disagreements over policy decisions. However given a change in policy we would be delighted to assist again in river enhancement activities! We also provide a website (www.rwga.co.uk ) for our members and others, providing information on the river such as its fishing history. There are articles, archive and comment of interest regarding major current issues, angling byelaws, weather forecasts for the area (provided via BBC Weather link), links to river height web cams (a number of which are provided by WUF), a photo gallery along with regular, daily at times, report on river conditions and catches plus monthly summaries and the only daily updated catch chart beat by beat, month by month through the season and a contact page allowing members and the general public to seek advice, gillieing and guiding support and report catches. We hold an open members meeting on a bimonthly basis in Hereford. Strength of any organisation is in numbers so if you would like to join us and become a member of RWGA send your application and fee (see membership application form) to our treasurer Derrick Maund, Orchard Place, Dorstone, Hereford HR3 6BE Tel 01981550054
Regular association members meetings during the year will be held bimonthly at 8.00pm on last Thursday in month at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. Future
meeting dates will be;
Thurs 3th Jan 2014 [AGM]
Thurs 27th Mar 2014
Thurs 29th May 2014
Thurs 31st July 2014
Thurs 25th Sept 2014
Thurs 27th Nov 2014
All members are welcome
Catch Summary 2014 [includes hatchery catch up]
If you wish to see catch by angler and beat then go to >>> >>Catch Report
Contact Chairman Geoff Franks at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Report your Catch here and see it appear on the Catch Report Table on RWGA & WSA websites
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