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Jet washing of Salmonid spawning beds

River Frome

I guess we have been jet washing various salmonid spawning areas for the last fifteen years, if not longer.

Changes in land management and climatic variation, has over the years has contributed to an increased silt load for the Frome catchment, this in turn results in the spawning gravels becoming clogged and compacted, the Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout work extra hard to cut their Redds, laying their eggs in the gravel and because the well oxygenated water that the eggs require to grow, cannot flow through the eggs, the result is always a large mortality.

Historically these fish have always favored certain areas in which to spawn, particular “Riffles” the rising gravels found below pools or long glides with plenty of cover.

We use high pressure water pumps to loosen the gravel, removing the compacted sediment, giving these valuable fish stocks a helping hand in their long term survival, and our Frome Salmon need all the help they can get!

I am pleased to say that for as long as we have been gravel washing we have always found Redds cut in the areas we have carefully selected for cleaning, and must thank the Environment Agency and the Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association for their funding and support over the years for all these Salmon related projects.

We have now finished this autumn’s gravel washing program, finishing at the end of October, then as we hopefully receive large amounts of rain we can all wait with crossed fingers willing for a large run of Salmon and Sea Trout.

Conditions were on our side again this autumn, and with a complete lack in any weed growth our team were able to wash an incredible 4268 square meters of spawning habitat over our fifteen day contract.

Please click on link to view the locations and size of all the sites washed along with ten figure grid references. Gravel washing sites 2010

The run of fish will hopefully happen over the next couple of months, spawning through the latter part of December, then we will be out in early January doing our annual Redd count, (as a follow up to all the gravel washing) marking by GPS as many large Redds as we can find in the Frome catchment.

Fly Fishing Films

Ok you need to check this out……..  John G and I went down to Exeter last year to watch these films….AWESOME….

This year its only in London, I feel its worth the effort, just check out the clips…………

Time well spent

We have all been seriously busy over the last few weeks, and as always it is great to find a little time to catch up with mates.

A day out with Ivan on his cracking boat “Top Cat” is always the way to do it, we had some of the scale fishing, and LAUGH well they did at me because I could not catch a Bass and I did try…..

Dom had his best ever Bass, and his mate “Fly Mo” had a few as well…… Thanks Ivan for another awesome day………

India Feb 2011

India 2011 – One spare place available
Having reserved a place on Dave Plummer’s escorted trip to the River Cauvery, to fish for the mighty mahseer in 2011, one of our group is having to drop out due to other comitments.
The dates for this trip are 19th – 27th February 2011. Total cost is a bargain at £1,200 + flights (£500 in 2010).
A £600 deposit has already been paid and for £500, this place could be yours, thus saving £100 on the original cost.
Drop me an email if interested

King Mackerel

As our Mackerel season draws to an end, the Mackerel season in the Florida Keys is just waking up……..