MEMBERS DAY AT SPARSHOLT
90 members of the Association gathered at Sparsholt on 18 October for the Association’s annual Autumn Members day. During the morning, we enjoyed a series of excellent talks. Paul Knight, Chief Executive of Salmon and Trout Conservation, and Neil Freeman, Chairman of the Test Salmon Group, got the morning started by underlining the seriousness of the situation facing salmon and sea trout in Hampshire’s chalkstreams and the need to take bold action now to arrest the decline in the number of these fish returning to our rivers. Shirley Medgett from the Environment Agency then explained the criteria used by the regulators to judge the condition of the chalkstreams and how the rivers were doing against those yardsticks.
The morning continued in lighter vein with Gilly Bate sharing some “Confessions of a fishing guide” and Ron Dadswell, one of the Association’s River Test wardens, entertaining us with stories about some of the fascinating things he has stumbled across in his 20 years patrolling the riverbank. The morning concluded with master fisherman Charles Jardine revealing his “10 Commandments” for the chalkstream fly-fisher. Some of us then moved on to Bossington on the River Test to see how a major and ambitious river restoration project had turned out two years after it was completed. The results were truly impressive.
The consensus was that it was an excellent day – informative, stimulating and entertaining and a good opportunity to network with other chalkstream enthusiasts, whether they be river owners, river keepers or fishermen. These days are free of charge to our members who pay an annual subscription of just £40. If you would like an opportunity to attend such an event in the future, Join Us now.