ABERAERON TOWN ANGLING CLUB
THE RIVER AERON’S ONLY ANGLING CLUB
The annual bank maintenance went ahead on 25th Feb and was well attended. The Town
Pools water was given a haircut and a spring clean and access was significantly improved
and overhanging branches removed at Dolgwarthg Pool such that it can now be easily
fished with the fly along its length. A big thank you to all who joined in the day.
Other targeted days may be organised in the coming weeks and months. There are some
steps leading to Pengarreg Pool that need resetting and the north bank at Glynaeron
needs a good clearing.
There will be a bank maintenance day, meeting at 10am on the 25th February at the Town Pools in Aberaeron. The day will consist of cutting and trimming hedges, bushes, overgrowing branches, etc., as well as maintaining and opening up access to Club waters where necessary. Please bring appropriate tools if you have any but if not please come along as there is always something to do and the Club and other members bring tools for the job. Please also bring a packed lunch as we will work until about 3pm. This will be followed by drinks in The Hive, Aberaeron, whilst watching the Wales v England game in the Six Nations.
Guest Permit week
The Club will again hold a guest permit week in June (12-18th) when members can bring
a guest to fish with them on the Aeron, as a trial, for free. Note that members have
to be present with the guest at all times and the guest must possess the relevant
rod licence - day, week and season options are available from the Environment Agency.
As this may increase numbers fishing the town pools, please be sensitive to the numbers present and rotate locations so everyone can have a go.
Club lake competition dates
All Club lake competition dates have been set and are now visible in the Calendar on this site. The Club is again very grateful to the sponsors of these events (The Hive, Pont Steffan Dental Practice and Y Seler) who provide the prizes for first, second and third places but also a prize for the biggest fish caught in each competition. If interested in competing, please contact the Lake Secretary.
Rivers Arth and Aeron water quality analysis
Club member, Mike Lench, has engaged with a project on the river Arth to reduce sewage
pollution entering the river from the Dwr Cymru treatment works which has been referenced
in the press as being one of the most polluting plants in the UK based on number
of hours discharge into the river occurred outside permitted times. The project is
overseen by the West Wales Rivers Trust and has funding to generate data on water
quality in the Arth via a Citizen Science initiative. The project has now been expanded
to include the Aeron too and Mike has been sampling, and will continue to sample,
the Aeron at multiple points, every two weeks, testing for pH, conductivity and phosphates
as indicators of water quality - a second person is routinely monitoring the Arth.
It is hoped that the chemical testing will shortly be supplemented with kick sampling
to monitor aquatic invertebrates, which are great indicators of water quality - the
absence and presence of certain species can reveal a lot about the quality of the
water and has the benefit of being a ‘look into the past’ as it provides information
on what has happened rather than the present conditions, a limitation of chemical
testing which is a snapshot in time. The data generated will be combined with that
generated by Natural Resources Wales to provide a fuller picture of the water quality
in the rivers. Since water quality is vital for all aquatic life, this project is
of significant importance, so, If you see Mike on the banks, stop and have a chat
about his work as he is passionate and would be happy to explain what he is doing.