Uniquely for clubs in the area, we have always employed a full-time River Keeper; particular care has always been taken in their selection to ensure that ‘our man’ is not only professionally qualified, but is able to bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of sensitive river management.
This is particularly in understanding what are the best practices for sustaining wild fish stocks, as well as embracing the concept of ‘light touch’ habitat management in order to better implement a whole river environment improvement year on year.
The majority of the fishery is not stocked, and the river habitat is managed to enable the wild fish population to flourish and become sustainable. However, a section of the river is stocked with brown trout throughout the season to enable those new to fly fishing to develop their skills and to enable members to take fish for the table.
In addition to the River Keeper being available, the club also has a number of experienced members who will provide support and encouragement to members new to fly fishing.
Subject to member’s demands, the club provides one or two fishing skills and coaching days each season, to help members develop their knowledge of the river and improve their proficiency so that they can get the most benefit from their membership.