Pandemic and Fishing - 30th April 2020
In view of
the Government regulations for us all to stay at home,
only go out once a day for exercise and stopping all non
essential travel, all fishing has had to cease for the time
being, with all waters being closed until Government instructions allow us to resume
our activities. Those of us who are anglers, are all spending a
lot of time dreaming about going fishing once again
and we hope that the actions imposed upon us all
help to bring this virus under control in the not too distant
future, allowing us to enjoy our freedom and enjoy our fishing once again.
The Angling Trust has been
working hard behind the scenes taking a proactive
role to make the case for the safe resumption of
fishing once the Government decides that some
restrictions can be lifted and this piece from the
Telegraph of the 23rd April may be a promising sign
that their efforts have been noticed and there may
now be some light at the end of the tunnel.
Please take a look at the latest
news from the Trust detailing their stance on this
matter which can be viewed at:
We can be sure that the anglerís
voice is being heard and the Trust is doing all it
can to enable us all to get out there as soon as
possible and to enjoy our fishing once again.
Many of us are
already individual members of the Angling Trust. However, for
all those anglers who are not, now
would be a very good time to sign up to add your support to our
national organisation representing angling in all itís forms at
the highest level, which does so much to fight for our fish and
fishing as well as offering discounts on the purchase of various
items ranging from fishing tackle, white goods and day tickets
on some waters and includes 3rd Party Civil Liability Insurance.
The more members they have the louder will be their voice in
representing angling interests in the UK.
moment, the Trust is offering a free gift worth £29
for all those taking out individual membership and
paying by Debit/Credit Card or by Direct Debit. As
the annual subscription is also £29 (£25 for Senior
Citizens of 65 or over) membership would effectively
cost you nothing for the year. Details of how to
join are in their newsletter, or visit their website
Some Light Relief !
With no fishing allowed due
to the current coronavirus lockdown, in attempt to
lighten the mood during these worrying times, one of
the Cinder Hill Fly Fishing members, who is an avid fly dresser, forwarded
this cartoon, which brought the following response
from another member.
Enjoy and have a laugh!
It has come
to my belated attention that you circulated amongst your fishing
coterie a derogatory and tasteless pictorial lampoon of that
most dedicated of souls, the Fly Tier.
serious intent regarding this ancient craft and have taken
serious umbrage to your missive. Was it not dear Isaac himself
who stated in his book "now the flies, which is the third bait
wherewith trouts are usually taken" not enough to inspire you?
unreserved apology and written withdrawal is expected forthwith.
is and will remain" honi soti qui mal y pense".
I am of the
Amish persuasion and as such my reluctant colleague who
abrogates himself entirely of content has agreed to forward my
Chomondly-Mascelain Chairperson, Pan Global Fly Tying
2020 Branch Annual
The Branch AGM took place in the Chailey Village
Hall, in the afternoon of Saturday 7th March 2020.
With very little business to discuss and all
Officers happy to serve for a further term, the
meeting was soon over.
To view or download the minutes of the meeting, please click
Obituary, Jim (The
Fish) Smith, 31.07.1944 to 27.12 2019
It is with great sadness that we report the
peaceful passing, on 27th December, in Eastbourne Hospital, of Jim Smith, a much
loved and familiar character to so many
anglers here in the south east.
Jim was a long time member of Salmon & Trout
Conservation and for some years also a
member of the Cinder Hill Trouting
Syndicate, although unfortunately he didnít
manage to fish very much in recent years.
From his home in Isfield, in his capacity as
bailiff for the Ouse Angling Preservation
Society and the Environment Agency, Jim
would walk the banks of his beloved rivers
Ouse and Uck and woe betide anyone caught
fishing without an appropriate permit or
A true countryman, his knowledge of the
rivers and the flora and fauna surrounding
them, their history and nature in general
was without equal and he was always more
than happy to convey this knowledge to
Jim will be sorely missed but well
remembered by all who knew him.
tribute to Jim follows, courtesy of Mark Orchin, Secretary of
Cinder Hill Fly Fishing.
I remember fondly the many
chats I had with Jim along the river bank on the Sussex Ouse
going back over 30 years, his figure instantly recognisable
slowly making his way down the bank towards us anglers to
check our licence, give advice and have a good old chin wag
about anything to do with the river and its inhabitants.
Jim (As Field Officer and
honorary Bailiff) wrote regularly in the Ouse and Arun River
Trust (OART) quarterly magazine by way of his countryside
diary, where it was clear that his countryside knowledge was
not only superior but borne from a lifelong love of the
river and its surroundings. It was no surprise on several
occasions to see Jim interviewed about the river on TV and
he would have given Jack Hargreaves & Oliver Kite a run for
their money! As a committee member of our local Historical
Society I invited Jim over to give a talk one evening a few
years back and he kept a sizeable audience enthralled with
his knowledge of the river, its history and the wildlife it
contains, going back some 60 ó70 years, in fact, after 2
hours we had a job to get him to close the talk!
I think it is Jimís legacy,
that all of us who visit the countryside, should try to
learn more about the wildlife and surroundings, not just the
fish, but the birds, plants, trees and insects and how our
current climate crisis is affecting nature and to pass it on
to future generations. Jim was passionate about keeping
everything as it should be and wrote frequently about the
litter he and colleagues picked up at Barcombe Mills after
hot summer weekends, often filling dozens of bin liners Ė a
thankless task so often repeated.
I once saw Jim in the
Anglers Rest at Barcombe (now sadly closed) singing old folk
songs with pals with a pint of Harveys after a day on the
river, a treasure of knowledge has now left us. RIP Jim
Our Chairman's New Year
Newsletter, January 2020
To view Rod Yuill's New Year
Newsletter please click
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