Woodside and Lymmvale Work Party, 24/02/2013

A fantastic turn out of 19 members assembled at Whitley Compound, Woodside was the main target, to re-dress steps, clean up pegs and stack cut down trees for processing through a wood chipper.


A fine day with cloud saw the work eagerly tackled, and once again yours truly donned a dry suit, my missus has now hinted that I do have a  thing for rubber .. However, removing two big snags made getting cold worth it. An old Milk kit and a huge underwater limb from a tree are no longer there, and the leads and hooks show that they have caught a few out!


Some of the steps, even though recently refurbished had suffered, so the arrival of some timber decking, kindly donated by Pete McQuillan and delivered by Dave Penny was in the nick of time. I shot off to Lymmvale to pick up a chainsaw whilst the lads grafted at Woodside.


At lymmvale I saw Tony Cliff toiling with a barrow, and realising we had some members spare, I delivered three to Tony to assist. I was gobsmacked at the work carried out on my return, the lads were waiting on me for more supplies, so a hasty run to the compound, drop a load of old wood and re-load back saw the steps take place..


Here are the pictures from around Woodside of the steps and pegs.











A huge thank you to all who attended, some have now completed their overstamp, and there are one or two who have done more hours than required, and have pledged to do more. If you have never joined on a work party, the craic and banter is superb, today was by far the most fun I have had, the insults and jokes were flowing none stop. Thanks to Shaun Roffey for his valued input on a water he cares passionately about, and also for him laughing his socks off at me whilst in the drysuit wielding a blunt chainsaw!


Here’s the Motley Crew at the end of the day,



Hope to see some more on the next one!




Micklewright’s Flash Re-Opens!

Sunday 24th of February sees the long awaited re-opening of Micklewrights Flash near Crewe. This water, which has SSSI ( Site of special scientific interest) status has been closed through flooding, caused by the torrential rain over the last few months.

micklewrights flash fishery

Watty’s release and Some Owl Pics!

Before the work party today, the important task of returning “Watty” the Buzzard back to his territory had to take place. My Brother Ian, and his understudy Phil had brought him back to the place he was found in distress, Founders pool.


Ian and Phil are part of North Wales Bird Trust who uncannily share a tag line similar to Lymm AC!


Watty arrived after a weeks rest in Rawtenstall with Delwyn and Maxine, in our kids Skoda pick up… don’t ask! Here’s Phil taking Watty out of the back, you can see our kid, we share the same gut line!




We headed to an area where Watty could be released and have an immediate recollection of his territory




And Phil readied the door for release..












Watty was away and straight to the top of the tree Andy Buckley, Paul Wild and Andy Watson and I had found him in distress, result! He flew away, being mobbed by Crows and was back where he belonged.


I had asked our Ian to bring two of his display Owls with him, as some mebers had asked about identifying Tawny and barn Owls. Both the Owls here were found in distress, and Our Kid and The North Wales Bird Trust had taken them on and given them a new lease of life. The members here were amazed at just how calm and well behaved they were, say hello to Maxine the Tawny Owl, and Delwynn the Barn Owl.














Whitley and Village Work Parties!



After last weeks appaling weather, the beautiful sunshine we experienced today was wonderful. A super turn out saw over 20 Members take to Village and Whitley to complete what work was started last week. I’m going to call it “The Robin peg” for anyone who has fished Village of late, the pair of cheeky Robins readily take maggot or bread from right under your feet or siting in the bait box. This peg had submerged a little, and today was the day it was fixed, that and the peg to the right, opposite what is now jokingly called ” the amphitheatre!” Today it was manned by Chris, who posts on the forum as Calbod, lovely to meet you in person today pal, here’s a pic of Chris in deep concentration!



The work party on Village started by laying stone on the path roadside of the pool, walking to the steps, this was in preparation of fixing The Robin Peg which was looking tatty..


is the peg after sleepers were laid to stop the stone escaping, this is the sloppy stone being dug out.


Next door, preparation was being made for the peg and path to be re instated, and was going well.









The day wore on and the graft was going on until.. Robin peg was sort of finished and Guy was happy!




It wasn’t finished just yet Guy!


Next door, the path and steps were being relaid and peg was being “Boxed Off!”, Guy, Andy and others really having a go!








So all was looking good…


Over on Whitley, the catch box pegs near the Village end were getting a bit of TLC




Who’s the Tree Climber???



And compound peg was finished!




So today saw a lot of work, carried out by some now tired members, a huge thanks to all who attended and made a massive difference!







What a work party!

Sunday saw the first Lymm Angling Club work parties of 2013 take place at Whitley and Village Pool.

13 Hardy members braved the incessant rain to cut trees back, tend to pegs and fix fencelines.. The next work party takes place on 16th February, again it will be an 08:30 start at Whitley compound, many thanks to all those who attended today and your sterling hard work!


Yet more water secured for Lymm Angling Club members to enjoy!

Waterloo Bridge at the start of our 4.5 mile stretch of the Bridgewater Canal…

Club Chairman and Fisheries Manager Neil Boaz has just confirmed that Lymm AC has secured another prestigious stretch of Canal.

Lymm now has exclusive fishing rights over 4 1/2 miles of The Bridgewater Canal stretching from Waterloo Bridge in Runcorn Old Town to Cawleys Bridge at Preston Brook. There have been articles published in the national angling press prior to the official announcement, but Lymm AC would only comment when the water had been sealed officially.

Said Neil.. “As well as securing these rights for our members, we are hoping to attract new members to the club who have fished the canal over the years. We will have a vigorous bailiffing program installed from Monday 11th February when the waters come under our jurisdiction.”

“The Bridgey” as it is known locally is famous for its large Pike, shoals of large Bream and some surprisingly large Carp. There are other mixed fish in the canal, with Roach reported over 2lb, and Perch over 3lb. This is great news for Lymm AC, and a final quote from Neil.. ” It only remains for me to say, Enjoy it!”

The stretch finishes at Crawley's Bridge near Preston Brook marina.

The stretch finishes at Crawley’s Bridge near Preston Brook marina.