John and his team have been busy over the past few days planting trees down on the Lower Water to encourage wildlife and provide excellent cover for the fly life. There is a good mix of trees oak, ash, hazel, spindle, hawthorn etc. They have been bought with money from our rod licences and it good to see that it is actually going back into the rivers and not lost in a sea of bureaucracy!
The snowdrops are out again and although there was a chill wind today, the trees are in bud, so not long until the grannom start to hatch…
Membership for 2011 season is complete and huge welcome to all the new Members. We will be holding a new Members day on Saturday 26th March where you will be shown around the Club’s waters. (more info in the March Newsletter)
We have also provisionally sold all our Day Tickets and if you are one of the lucky ones, please can you send your cheque in ASAP.
In recent years applications to join the Club have increased substantially and require an increasing amount of time on the part of our officers to administer. Therefore, in line with the vast majority of fishing clubs of a similar nature we will be making a one-off registration charge of £20 to apply to join or remain on our waiting list. Those currently on our waiting list will shortly be receiving a letter, if you are on the waiting list and do not receive one in the next two weeks, please email in with your current address Admin@grhe.co.uk
There was a real feel of spring as this months working party started it’s work on the Upper Water by the Withy Bed.
First we headed up to see the effect the small islands that were installed last year. They had worked brilliantly over the winter months, creating some wonderful gravel bars and features that the trout will love.
We then worked our way downstream, clearing any over hanging branches ready to flick a fly beneath them. The spring like sun was very welcome and we also spotted a good few hatching olives and even rising fish!
Rob also showed us his wonderful water colour paintings of trout and what stunning paintings they are too – He said he intends to do some grayling paintings and hopefully he will bring them along to the AGM. for all to see.