3rd June 2016

Its been a while since we last emailed. Some good and not so good news from the last fortnight: the rain has stopped and the sun has started to warm up land and water......but not before it had distributed much of a potato field into the Usk. One of the downsides of the the rather better regulation adopted by EA is that English potato growers are looking further afield where they may be less troubled by regulators.

This is really bad news for the Usk which unlike the Wye relies relatively more on its main stem for successful spawning. Fields selected for potatoes are often steeper than would ever be considered safe in England and old Red Sandstone silt is very bad for fish.

Our Spring Conference was attended by over 100 delegates. Day 1 am was our chance to highlight our progress over 21 years. This was followed by details of salmon management plans from NRW and EA, including the news that the Wye status had risen several categories from "At risk" in our early years to "Probably not at risk" in 2016. Other topics included Hatcheries (Why we should not have one), sustainability, welsh legislation, Flooding, Citizen Science and presentations from PhD students on invasive species - the Aquainvaded project

Our dilemma is how to thank all those who came from near and afar with some truly great presentations and those who chaired sessions. So once again a big thank you to all presenters delegates and chairs: we are putting together a report of all three days (Saturday 21st May was World Fish Migration Day BTW)

Hopefully, the monthly fishing reports will be with you shortly but in the meantime, it's been very good for trout anglers recently and there are real signs of recovery for Wye salmon, with some better catches on the Usk too.

The Usk near Crickhowell after rain last month

It was this bad!

The WUF team setting up the conference in May

All the best from WUF.


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