Here is some more information on the Riverfly Monitoring Project that was discussed at the AGM. We need as many volunteers as possible to commit to taking samples once a month. This is your opportunity to help protect the Kelvin and ensure it’s continuing improvement. Please get in touch if you would like to attend the meeting. There will be volunteers from other organisations associated with the Kelvin, so it’s important that we are represented. In fact it is important that we are seen to be providing the lion’s share of the volunteers.
Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP)
The Clyde River Foundation and Riverfly Partnership warmly invite all club members to the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership launch meeting to be held on
Sunday 17th March 2013, 1.00pm – 4.00pm.
Lecture theatre 1, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ.
CRIMP is a citizen science project which aims to provide training in riverfly monitoring to volunteers across the eight counties of the River Clyde catchment. Riverfly monitoring can help protect the quality of our rivers; increase our knowledge and understanding of invertebrate populations and promote the conservation of their habitats. Volunteer involvement is important to the development of this project and will allow us to assess the sustainability and practical benefits of using the method on a large scale. CRIMP will provide another tool to inform management of the fishery and freshwater ecosystem. For example, we have had two recent examples of river pollution (one in Lanarkshire and one in Renfrewshire) where well-trained volunteers could have sampled the incidents more quickly than even the statutory bodies – we see this as a way of helping to protect your river; your fishery.
CRIMP will involve the Clyde River Foundation (CRF) coordinating monthly river health checks undertaken by specially trained volunteers. We will deliver training workshops in riverfly monitoring three times per year, followed by a half day site selection and sampling “run through” day with each angling club. From there, volunteers will monitor their given sites monthly and report their results to the CRF. The CRF will collate and check results, and report back every three months to contributing angling club secretaries, with a facility for more rapid communication with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) if pollution is detected.
Permits are now available from GAC and JB Angling. The remaining shops will have them by Monday afternoon.
The season starts tomorrow so tight lines everyone!
Agenda Bearsden Hall 7th February 2013
7.00pm Welcome and Introduction – Chairman
7.10pm Summary of 2012 – Chairman and Secretary
7.30pm Accounts – Treasurer and Secretary
1. The following permit prices are proposed for the 2013 season
New member £70, Existing £50, Concession £40
2. Junior tickets (16 and under) to be free by postal application
3. No fishing from the falls at Bishop Mill
4. Every association member to attend at least one work party
5. Abolish rule 28
6. Abolish rule 18
7. Rule 15 to be changed from 2 migratories to 1
8.40pm Raffle and Permits
Shakespeare Oracle XT Salmon 13’ 9wt Fly Rod
Diawa Megaforce 11’ 2 Piece 10-60g
Diawa Megaforce 10’ 4 Piece 10-50g
Abu Garcia Diamond Crest 9’ 2 Piece 20-60g
Wychwood Gye Net 24” Salmon
Mitchell Avocet Bronze III Spinning/Bait Reel
Shakespeare 5” Clearview Double Fly Box
Profil 5” Clearview Double Fly Box
Shakespeare Oracle Fly 9’6” 8/9wt Fly Rod
Bottle of Whisky
First work party of the year takes place tomorrow, Sunday 20th. Apologies for the lack of notice but we had one eye on the weather. However it does look like the snow will stay away long enough for us to get some clearing up done. Meeting at Balmore Bridge 10.30am.
This years River Kelvin Angling Association Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm, on the 7th of February 2013. The meeting will be held at Bearsden Town Hall, 69 Drymen Road.
Invites will be posted to those that were members during 2012, you will need to bring your invite to gain entry. If you have not received your invite by the 25th of January, contact the Secretary. Please bring any unused tags that you might have to enter our free membership draw. Raffle tickets and RKAA merchandise will also be available for sale on the night.
RKAA Fleece (including free choice of hat) – £30
(large and medium sizes are limited, please get in touch if you want to reserve one)
RKAA Hat (skip cap or beanie) – £6
We have taken on feedback from previous meetings, and therefore this years AGM will stick strictly to the agenda which will be posted on the fishkelvin website a week in advance. Copies will be available on the night. Other feedback has highlighted occasions where members have turned up on the night and attempted to steer the AGM towards individual issues. Members are reminded that issues and grievances can be raised at any point through the year by contacting the committee.
If you have a specific proposal that you would like added to the agenda, we would ask that you submit it in advance by contacting the Secretary. If you would like to discuss the matter with the committee face to face, we will be holding an open forum in the Islay Inn (Argyle Street) on the 1st of February at 7pm. Feel free to come along, even if it’s just for a chat.
Time for discussion on proposals will be allotted, however due to time constraints it will be limited. In order that this meeting can progress as smoothly as possible, members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines.
– One singer one song. To avoid interruptions, please raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged before you make your point.
– For the benefit of those taking notes, please stand and state your name before addressing the hall.
– Please speak up, and talk as clearly as possible.
– Be polite. Listen to others when they are speaking. There will be breaks for chat, cigarettes etc.
– Show respect for other association members, even if their views are not the same as your own.
This years news letter will also be posted on the fishkelvin website early next week. If you would like a hard copy, please send a stamped addressed envelope to Box 441, Mailboxes etc. 145 Kilmarnock Road. Glasgow G41 3JA.
Paul Reid, on behalf of the Committee.
Another work party outing going ahead this Sunday (9th). Will be meeting at Balmore Road Bridge, next to Summerston tip, at 10.30am.
Come along and help us trim branches, pick up litter etc.
Just a reminder that your catch returns are due by the 20th of November. This includes nil returns (even if you didn’t catch anything, you must submit this so that we know).
Please submit your return online through www.fishkelvin.com.
If you don’t have access to a computer (try the library) you can submit the paper version found in the middle of your permit booklet, but only if you really cannot submit through the website.
If you do not submit your return you cannot attend the AGM, and your membership will end. This will prevent you from renewing at the discounted rate next year, so make sure you remember to do it!
Recently we have recieved an email from Bishop Mills Residence Association regarding the behaviour of Anglers in and around their property on the banks of the Kelvin. While I know there have been icidents that may not be related to association members, I would like to draw everyones attention to the following:
1) Parking is available on public roads only. Anyone found to be parking in the residents car park will have their permit suspended.
2) The gardens surrounding Bishop Mills are privately owned. Stick to the paths and avoid causing any damage to property.
3) Take your rubbish home with you.
4) Fishing while seated or using a rod rest constitutes set lining, an offence under the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Act.
5) Please respect everyone who is associated with the river, this includes property owners, anglers, walkers etc.
Thanks to everyone that has contributed to the clean up and work party days so far. Last Sunday a small group cleared away some of the vegetation across from The White House. You can now fish the length of this pool without having to wade or crawl through the scrub! The plan is to fit some sort of ladder by the wall to further improve the access.
On Sunday the 4th of November we will be holding another work party day at Balmore, to continue what has been started and remove any rubbish etc. that has accumulated through the season. We will be meeting at Balmore Bridge around 10.30am. As per usual bring old clothes and gardening gloves if you have them. All other equipment will be provided.
Kind regards Paul
Thanks to all those that attended on Sunday the 16th. We managed to open up another pool above Balmore Bridge, I look forward to hearing about the first Salmon caught from it. The days have been really productive (we have opened up several pools in the City and Balmore), so we intend to continue this Sunday (30th) at Kirkinntilloch. Meeting at the bridge behind McNair’s, on Campsie Road. 10.30am start, soft drinks and equipment will be provided. The limiting factor so far has been the number of bodies. The more that show up to help, the more we can get done.