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ABERAERON TOWN ANGLING CLUB

THE RIVER AERON’S ONLY ANGLING CLUB

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News 2009

Alexandra Picnic table pool Mike Barrs with a superb 17.5lb Llyn Clywedog brown trout

26th April 2009


Weighing of fish for competition entry

The Club has purchased a digital weighing scales for the weighing of fish to be entered into Club competitions.  These are held by the Secretary.  A second set is held by Mike Tovey, Ffron-y-dewi, Aberarth Road, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0JS.  Any member wishing to weigh in a fish can do so by contacting either Shane or Mike.  Alternatively, they can weigh the fish on a shop scales in Aberaeron at the butchers or the Spar.


Invertebrate sampling  
Due to the concerns over the low numbers of trout I recently joined Anthony Bevan of the Environment Agency for a day’s invertebrate sampling on the Aeron.  The process involves ‘kick sampling’ where the river bed is kicked upstream of a fine mesh net that is used to collect the insects and other river life dislodged in the process.  A species and density count provide information on the health of the river with some species providing specific clues to pollution events, e.g., as the Aeron is an acidic river, increased numbers of shrimp and midge larvae (these prefer a more nutritious water environment) would suggest eutrophication (organic pollution).  Samples were taken along the length of the river up as far as Talsarn and it was pleasing to see that the Aeron is in excellent health with a good diversity and density of aquatic life.  One problem area was discovered downstream on Club water and this is being investigated by the EA.  The surprisingly good results demonstrate the absence of any significant pollution and demonstrates excellent feeding for the juvenile trout/sewin/salmon in the middle reaches of the river.  Photos from the day can be viewed
here.

Many thanks to Anthony and the EA for what was a very informative and enjoyable day.

24th March 2009


The missing style between Glynaeron and Dolgwartheg has been erected completing the access along the south bank of the Club’s water on the Aeron.  

21st March 2009


Bank maintenance

The Committe bank maintenance team has been in action as promised and has completed some excellent clearing on the river banks along the length of the Club’s water.  The route up the South bank of the Aeron is now clear from the Llyswen bridge up to the top of Dolgwartheg though a style is needed between Glynaeron and Dolgwartheg which will be completed soon.  Lots of invasive brambles and overhanging branches have been removed and the access to each pool has been improved.  The hedge bordering the town pools has also been cut leaving only Station Pool to clear.  The general maintenance of the Town Pools will be left until later in the year once the fresh growth has occurred.


Club permits

These will be on sale from Monday 23rd March but note that the season on the Aeron does not open until 01st April - this is an EA rule

03rd March 2009


Bank maintenance

The Club will hold a bank maintenance day on 21st March meeting at 10am in the Cwmmins car park.  All are welcome to join in - if you can make it please brig any suitable tools with you if you can.  Following the day’s efforts we will then be meeting at 5pm in the Black Lion, Aberaeron for a few pints to watch the Wales v Ireland Rugby International.

23rd Febraury 2009


Club competitions

The dates and venues for the Club competitions have been agreed and are now published on the Calendar page of this site.  Please come along and join us, all are welcome.  If you require more information please contact the Lake Secretary.


Teifi water

The Chairman and Secretary have recently visited the Club’s water on the Teifi.  Both stretches were not identified with signs which the Club will rectify by the start of the season.  The upper beat was very overgrown and not fishable for the majority of its length but the bottom beat looked very nice and is easily accessed and fished. PHOTOS

Club dinner


The club dinner was held in early December at the Feathers Royal Hotel Aberaeron.  A great night was had by all - the food was only matched by the company and it was nice to see all the Club trophies presented to worthy winners on the evening.  The Club will again hold its annual dinner at the Feathers this year in December.  For information please contact the Secretary nearer the time.

AGM


The AGM was held 30th January at the Black Lion Hotel, Aberaeron.  It was poorly attended which is a shame but the business of the evening was dealt with effectively.  The main points from the evening were:


13th February 2009


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11th May 2009


Iorrie Lewis memorial lake competition

Held on Saturday 09th May at Llys y fran, the event was contested by 16 anglers - 10 fishing fly from boats and 6 fishing the worm from the bank.  It was not a great fishing day with a cool, stiff, south westerly breeze and sun to make things worse.  Most boat anglers struggled to find fish and several blanks were recorded.  Top rod was myself with 6 fish followed by Carl Scourfield with 5 and Conrad Jones with 3.  The bank anglers also struggled but Andrew Harries came in with 3 fish for his efforts.  It was good to see the event well supported so many thanks to those who braved the conditions and turned out to fish.  

05th June 2009


A working party of Committee members has cleared the Town Pools banks of debris, long bushes, overhanging branches, etc, making fishing and access easier for anyone fishing.  Earlier in the year the Cwmmins banks were maintained which now leaves only Station Pool and Bevans Pool - these should be done shortly.  Work will also begin on the Club’s Lampeter stretches of the Teifi this summer.  Anyone concerned with access to any of the Club’s water or anyone wishing to contribute to the bank maintenance effort should contact the Secretary  

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Nice water in Bevan's Pool Sewin, 8lb 6.5oz, Dan Morgan, May 2009 The early morning sun comes up over the Top Pool during a nice summer flood Dan Morgan with a 8lb 6.5oz sewin, May 2009

27th June 2009


Last Saturday the Club held the Alan Butler Spring Lake competition on Llyn Brenig.  In almost perfect conditions the lake fished very well and everyone caught fish.  Top rod on the day was Carl Scourfield who had 14 fish on dry fly.  Second was Conrad Jones with 8 to wet fly and third was Bryan Hughes who had one more fish than Conrad but lost out on overall weight.  Congratulations to Carl who has recently rejoined the Club after moving back to his home town of Tenby.  Anyone wishing to participate in future lake competitions should contact the Lake Secretary.

07th July 2009


The remaining bank clearing and maintenance work has been completed by the Committee.  Bevans Pool is now clear along the boulders and the access to the pool has been improved by cutting overhanging branches upstream of Lovers Bridge that were a threat to rod tips.  Station Pool has been improved dramatically and it is now possible to fish fly from several spots along the pool.  Access has also been improved but care should be taken descending into the pool as the bank is very slippery.  The Town Pools have also had a ‘once over’ to keep the growth down along the North bank.

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