Mottram St. Andrew Fly Fishers
The Club first appeared in the articles written by the Chairman in the Village magazine The Mercury during the second half of 2019. The only member at that time was the Chairman himself and the progress of the Club was within his imagination only. That was until another resident, Nick Metcalfe, applied to join and the Club developed rapidly thereafter.
On 9th March the second meeting took place at the Bulls Head when further amendments to the Club rules were agreed, membership cards, parking tickets and maps of the River Bollin distributed. The Club agreed to join the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to provide insurance and protection against pollution and infringement of the Club’s rights. The Chairman donated a prize for the first fly caught trout on Club waters to be competed for each season. The Trout season opened on the 15th March and the Covid 19 national lockdown commenced the next day so hardly a fly was cast before all had to be placed on hold. The What’s App group thrived and kept all the members amused and engaged until fishing was allowed to commence on 13th May 2020. By this time membership had increased to 12 with a waiting list having been created for those who were ineligible to join during the current season due to not meeting the residence requirement.
The third meeting of the Club took place on the 12th August at the usual venue when all the outstanding management issues were resolved with the formation of a 5 man Committee made up of the founder members. This management structure lasted till the end of the meeting when the fishery officer resigned and was subsequently replaced by Mick Shaw. Further working parties have been and will be arranged to improve the habitat for wild fish on both the Club waters. With this aim in mind a report has been commissioned from the Wild Trout Trust conservation team which will address the issues where improvement can be made to increase the likelihood of successful Trout spawning. Dr Tim Jacklin inspected all the Club waters in the company of the Chairman and Andy Levis on Friday 18th September and a report has been received and circulated.
Various changes necessary to the structure of the Club for next season were identified and those matters have been resolved. The AGM will take place on 21st January at 7-30pm on line as a result of the recently imposed new Covid restrictions. However it will take more than a pandemic to stop keen fly fishers taking to the River, provided there is a relaxation of the ban on fishing before the opening of the season on the 15th March Tight Lines.
Membership Enquiries should be sent to Ron Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or through any Committee Member