It is with much sadness that we recently heard of the death of Robin Peardon. Robin was a great help when the UTFA was formed in its present state - a service for which he was granted life membership. Robin was bailiff on the River Teign for many years working for the old Devon River Board, NRA and EA from the late 1960’s onwards and long-standing members have fond memories of having their license checked and then signed by Robin. He was a good friend to the UTFA providing considerable help in restoring weirs, clearing trees and restoring spawning areas. Robins funeral will be taking place at Moretonhampstead Church on Thursday May 2nd at 2:00pm. Our thanks and best wishes go to his family and friends at this time.
UTFA PURCHASE FISHING RIGHTS FROM BOVEY CASTLE
After four years of uncertainty it is my pleasure to inform you that the UTFA have just completed the purchase of fishing rights for the 4.35 mile south bank stretch downstream below Fingle Bridge, which includes Upperton Weir pool, to Doccombe Mouth brook.
My thanks goes to all the committee members past and present who made this deal possible, but a special thanks must go to Vernon Clarke of Tozers Solicitors, whom I cannot recommend highly enough.
Now that the future of the club has been secured it is up to all of us to try and increase membership numbers as they have been depleted over the last few years. With subscriptions frozen and joining fees reduced hopefully our membership will increase, but please spread the word.
The committee can now get on with the job of running the club and I look forward to seeing you at one of our events that we have planned for later this year.
TEIGN NLO STAYS AT THREE
The Net Limitation Order on the Teign estuary will remain at three, with a review after five years. The Teign Fisheries Association has also been informed that the Environment Agency and DEFRA have decided that the netting of sea trout in spring will continue. The TFA expressed disappointment at these decisions.
Please note, after a change of ownership, Cheriton Bishop Post Office no longer sell our permits the nearest outlet is Drewsteignton Post Office.
Members and visiting anglers are reminded that angling is potentially a dangerous activity and that the River Teign by nature can be a hazardous environment for anglers and the general public. You are warned to exercise due care when on the banks, which can be steep and slippery. The forest paths which follow the left bank of the river from Drogo Pool down to Fingle Bridge can be very rough, steep, slippery, narrow and challenging, especially in waders. Please take great care when walking this section.The wading is particularly difficult in places and you are advised to use a wading staff and wear a self-inflating life jacket. Detailed information on safety and risks can be found on the Safety pages of this web site.
SEA TROUT CONSERVATION
The following voluntary recommendations have been adopted throughout the River Teign, and UTFA members are asked to observe them as a way of conserving our stocks of sea trout.
All unharmed sea trout over 24 inches to be released.
A daily bag limit of two sea trout until 1 June.
A daily bag limit of four sea trout after 1 June.
All anglers fishing on the UTFA waters should be aware that under Item 8 on the SAFETY page of this web site they are asked to report any hazards or incidents to the Hon Secretary as soon as possible - with information including name and contact details, date and time, nature of incident, etc. Details of the UTFA Hon Secretary can be found on the UTFA OFFICERS page of this web site.
The Orvis shop in Exeter and Fly Fishing Tackle Crediton both offer a reduction of 10 per cent to UTFA members who call at these shop and present their membership cards.
EMAIL ADDRESS LIST
It is essential that we have your current email address on our records to ensure that mailings go to the right place. Please ensure that if you change your email address you inform Maxine Smyth as quickly as possible.
KNOWING THE BYELAWS
One of the UTFA rules states that anglers must be aware of and conform to the national, regional and local byelaws of the Environment Agency. As a result, some members have asked where these byelaws can be found. The easiest way is to go to the appropriate section of the Get Hooked web site (www.gethooked.co.uk/ea_byelaws).
WEB CAM AT FINGLE
Members and visitors can check on the state of the river by using the web cam at Fingle Bridge. The camera looks down on the river from a camera on the Fingle Bridge Inn and provides an up-to-date view of conditions, without having to travel to the river. www.farsondigitalwebcams.com
REMINDERS TO MEMBERS
Parking at Clifford Bridge. In the past we have received complaints that cars have blocked access to the forestry track at Clifford Bridge by parking in front of the gate. This problem may well have been caused by walkers but we would like to ensure that no blame falls on the UTFA. Please ensure that you never park in front of the gate at Clifford Bridge or, indeed, any other gate or vehicular access point.
Mill End (Dogmarsh) Weir Pool. Members are reminded that as part of our arrangement with the Bovey Castle Hotel, guests from the hotel have priority at Mill End Weir Pool. If you are fishing at the weir and a guest of the hotel wishes to fish there please move on to another location if so requested.
Steps Weir Pool. The UTFA only has the left bank at Steps Weir Pool. To avoid any conflict with the owner of the right bank, members must ensure that they do not wade beyond the middle of the river when fishing this pool