Competition time !

In conjunction with one of its sponsors, Tacklesaver, Lymm AC is offering its members the chance to win £25 worth of goodies of the winners choice from Tacklesaver themselves.

All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is visit the Lymm AC Facebook page and simply follow the instructions on the Tacklesaver Competition post – it’s that easy!

The competition will run for two weeks giving everyone plenty of time to enter. One lucky person will be drawn at random as the winner and the result will be posted on the last day of the month.

Good luck to all who take part!

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Grimsditch Mill Pool improvement plans.

Lymm AC member, Shaun (you’ll know him as shamuscroff on the forum) is a landscape gardener by profession and has an intense passion for all things ‘leafy’. He has taken on a project at the clubs Grimsditch Mill Pool, working together with the estates maintenance team, to gradually transform it into a place of natural beauty. Reproduced below is Shaun’s own ‘blog’ which outlines the plans for the work.

Grimsditch 2nd Feb 2014 (The Plan)

Following some hard work already done by our small but dedicated maintenance team I am pleased to now be involved with making some improvements to the site surrounding Grimsditch Mill Pool. I have discussed my ideas with our club secretary and a couple of the lads already involved with many varied improvements on several waters, so its now time to get busy!

Whilst there are plans to improve structural aspects like the pegs and pathways there is also a desire to regenerate and enhance the site for the benefit of those using the pool. The idea is to create a more diverse habitat for all kinds of wildlife by introducing several species of native trees, shrubs and other plants. This will be a truly stunning place to be in the not so distant future I’m sure of that.

The work already done by the team has been mostly tree work as far as I can make out which has opened up the area allowing a better flow of air through the site which will help maintain good water quality and allow more light to penetrate too, but it is still basically a woodland setting.

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As you can see there are still a few trees on the large island, others have been coppiced (pruned to near ground level) which will encourage vigorous and multi-stemmed growth come the growing season. This new growth may not necessarily be wanted but we’ll see, the plan here however is to introduce a few native shrubs and some native evergreen tuft forming grass plants (which will self seed).

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What remains at the site now is a collection of mature trees some of which won’t last for too many more years. Whats missing is the understory level of young trees and shrubs.

Before any planting can be done around the pool there is a lot of brash and Brambles to be removed from the site which will not only allow us to see the soil level but will also allow any dormant wild flower seeds to germinate once the soil is exposed to the light.

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A fair few piles of chippings here and there are to be used on the paths and pegs and some of the more composted stuff that’s been stood for longer will be used as a mulch around the new trees/shrubs.

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There are some established cultivated ‘garden’ plants around the site some of which are to be tolerated and would benefit from being pruned like this Philadelphus (Mock Orange).

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Others are just huge (Leyland conifers) and should really be felled or at least topped. One invasive shrub that will be dealt with is Symphoricarpos (Snowberry).

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The only practical way to do this is to cut it down and treat with a systemic herbicide as it regrows and probably more than once too! The lads have done the first stage on this large clump of it.

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Unfortunately these two areas will be a bit of an eyesore in the summer but its worth doing.

The plan is to pollard (same as coppicing but higher up) these Willows on the narrow island before they get too big which may seem and is brutal but its an age old tree management technique well suited to Willows which will allow easier maintenance every 2 years or so.

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These trees will rapidly respond to this kind of treatment once spring arrives. Here’s an idea of how much growth to expect after just one year (this limb was cut by myself just last winter at Woodside Pool)

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Some other tree work will be done I hope very soon by, I think, Scottish Power where there is a risk of damage to power lines. Other than that the only other tree work planned is to remove some weak trees overhanging the margins here where they will be casting unwanted shade onto the 3 shallow bays enabling us to introduce some carefully sourced marginal plants like Yellow Flag Iris.

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Another job will be to remove a 1 metre section of Ivy from round the base of some large trees so it can then be removed once dead.

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This next picture shows the bank that will be planted with various shrubs to provide a screen from the neighboring building.

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Along the road side of the site is a part hedge mostly of a shrub that I will identify when in leaf!!

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It would be good to continue this roadside screening with other suitable shrubs.

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Plenty of room here for a tree or two to mature…

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There are a few patches of established wild flowers around the pool although they don’t look like much now they are bound to thrive and spread around naturally and I’ll be very surprised if flowers like Foxgloves don’t start to appear too.

Red Campion.

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Meadow Buttercup.

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Cow Parsley.

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Wood Forget-me-not.

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Meadowsweet. (Like I said not much to look at now)

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Right that’s enough of that! There are other little gems clinging on here and there and although I was thinking of introducing wild flowers I’m now going let mother nature show me what she can do.

So there’s lots to do and I am happy to surrender valuable fishing time to this project, however any help I can get with the preparation work on the first work party or two would be brilliant so that I can order the bare root plants and, of course, get them in the ground!

There are other details that I’ve not mentioned, but I will update this blog with the various stages of progress throughout the next year at least. I can’t wait to get stuck into this project and who knows, perhaps I can have some influence over some other neglected sites.

If you found all this boring I’d like to say well done for reading it anyway, and don’t read the next update it will be even more so I reckon!

Cheers Shaun.

Some old tackle, perseverance and a little luck!

Lymm AC’s Graeme Roberts has spent at least one day each weekend throughout the winter, targeting a personal best chub from the River Dane. On occasions, he’s been out there ‘doing it’ when most others (myself included!) have looked out of the window at home, nudged the thermostat up a couple of degrees and put the kettle on !

On a recent outing, Graeme decided on a change of venue and made the 70 mile journey down to a Lymm stretch of the River Severn, only to find it over it’s banks and in the fields (apparently, Graeme didn’t see any of the news coverage that the entire nation was sick of seeing regarding floods!) Again, most people would have called it a day and made their way home, but Graeme HAD to go fishing! So, he did the return journey and made his way straight back to the Dane for a 24 hour session.

Twenty-three hours in and Graeme was still fish-less, but then his luck turned. Having a bit of a penchant for old, more traditional methods and tackle, he was fishing six pound line straight through on a split-cane rod, coupled with a self re-furbished Mitchell 300 reel. Having got a couple of casts wrong, Graeme decided to drop in his final choice of swim for the last hour and went for a last gasp cast with a free-lined lump of luncheon meat.

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In the net!

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10lb 6oz of River Dane barbel.

Not much later, the meat was picked up and so began a fair old ‘tug of war’ between angler and his, as yet unseen, adversary. The clutch on the old Mitchell couldn’t be relied upon and for a good while, Graeme was forced to play the fish by backwinding where necessary. A combination of split-cane rod, old reel and relatively light line, plus some good angling skills, eventually saw Graeme slide the net under what turned out to be a new personal best barbel of 10lb 6oz.

Graeme's new PB barbel and his old tackle!

Graeme’s new PB barbel and his old tackle!

Congratulations to Graeme on a great bit of angling, just reward for all the effort put in and another excellent barbel specimen from a Lymm stretch of river, even in the depths of winter!

If you’d like to experience the same kind of angling, visit our website at www.lymmanglersclub.com for details of how to join, including full details of the incredible value rivers card. We look forward to hearing from you!

Angling for Beginners

Angling for Beginners

Introduction to Angling Course begins 23rd March

2014 Spring Series Academy

Registration in now open online through Lymm Angling Club website for the course. £35 includes a junior membership valid until end of December, a beginner kit including fishing pole and a four session beginners course at our Spring Pool base near M56 J10.