Come rain or shine, fishermen are often beside the river and are well placed to help look after them. Here are some of the things that the Taw Fishing Club have been doing and are planning for 2017;
Last September the Club continued with its programme of improving trout, sea trout and salmon spawning conditions. A total of 14 riffles were cleaned of sediment using aeration (right). This has significantly improved the condition of the gravel and will go a long way to increasing the number of salmonid redds (nests) and consequently, the successful production of more fry. This work was funded by the Club and a grant from the West Country Rivers Trust.
This year the Club will be improving access to the river and enhancing in-river and bankside habitats. Coppicing is vital technique for this and in 2017 Club members will coppice about ¾ of a mile of river-side growth.
Club members hope to expand the coverage of the Riverfly invertebrate monitoring programme in the Taw, building on the success of the programme in the nearby Torridge. The club will also continue to look out for alien invasive species such as the American Signal crayfish (left) in and alongside the River.