Beat maintenance and habitat improvement are always high on the agenda for Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association and as such working parties are an important part of our association's activities.
A well-attended working party can achieve a lot of beat maintenance in a morning or afternoon. Apart from the essential work carried out - improving access to our beats, and helping to make the water easier, safer and more enjoyable to fish for our members, they are great fun and a good way to meet and make friends with other members and also learn about the waters we fish.
All of the maintenance work is organised by our river keeper, John Davidson and his assistant Richard Roberts. They are both qualified in using certain equipment and make sure that the work groups are carried out in a safe environment. In our documents section you will see the various health&safety documents and guidelines we adhere to.
No one is asked to do more than they are able or confident to do.
WEEKEND WORKING PARTIES 2019
Saturday Sept 14th and Sunday Sept 15th
River Keeper John was delighted with the turnout at the Pont Dafydd weekend working party. Eight members attended on Saturday and ten on Sunday - a large amount of work was completed.
447 man hours of beat improvements have been carried out this season so far.
There will also be ad-hoc working parties throughout the season, on weekdaysand evenings. Details of these will be sent by email and Facebook.
Please contact John Davidson to confirm you are able to attend.
Saturday April 6th
Bodfari Beat - meet 10 a.m. Park on the roadside in the usual place. The river is well up so it will be general bank clearance and the chainsaw gang will remove the large fallen tree. John will go through the H&S aspects and inform all of what's needed. The weather forecast is good but please do take appropriate clothing as well food and drink.
A fantastic 23 people turned up for the first working party of 2019. The work required was completed in quick time - see photos on the right courtesy John D and Dave R.
Sunday April 7th
Pont y Ddol Beat - meet 10 a.m. at Ddol Farm. The farmer knows we are coming and there are no cattle in the field. John will go through the H&S aspects and inform all of what's needed.
14 volunteers did a tremendous amount of clearing work between 10am and 3pm. Great fun and some good banter. See the gallery below for photos including before and after shots. Three likely looking pools now clear for fly and spinner.
WORKING PARTIES (2018 SEASON)
All of the working parties in 2018 were very well attended. John and Rich are very gratefulfor the effort and help willingly given by the members on these occasions, which make such a difference to the access and quality of the beats.
During the 2018 season we held 14 working parties including some ad hoc evening sessions - this resulted in a remarkable 815 working man-hours of improvements to our river beats. John, as our River Keeper, will give a report to the membership at the forthcoming AGM. Our Association members owe John and Rich a huge debt of gratitude for all the hours they have put in organising and managing each event.
Rich and Steve of Rhyl and St Asaph Angling Association building a sturdy step-over at out Bodfari beat on the river Clwyd. 6.4.19
A large obstruction before and after! 06-04-19
Main photo: Some of the Pont-y-Ddol working party. Below: The rock pool before,during and after!