What is happening to the fly life on our rivers? The Salmon & Trout Association asks you to say

The Salmon & Trout Association is mobilising its national network of regional branches and clubs to participate in the first ever national survey of the fly life on our rivers.

The Salmon & Trout Association is mobilising its national network of regional branches and clubs to participate in the first ever national survey of the fly life on our rivers.

This action follows the Frake & Hayes report on fly life in southern chalkstreams. Conducted by Allan Frake of the Environment Agency and Peter Hayes of the Wiltshire Fishery Association, this major report identifies the serious decline of fly life abundance in these rivers over the past 20 years.

The S&TA is now helping the authors to expand the survey across the whole of the UK. It will launch a questionnaire at the CLA Game Fair prompting its members to assess and monitor fly life on their rivers, either from logged observations, such as diaries, or from personal recollection.

“In 2003, our Centenary Year, our fight to reverse environmental degradation remains as strong as ever,” Paul Knight, Director of the Salmon & Trout Association, declares. “The Association’s UK-wide structure provides the perfect channel to reach anglers and fishery managers on most of our rivers and we are delighted to be able to offer such powerful assistance in this important research programme.”

The S&TA will then consolidate and analyse the responses. This information will be fed to the Environment Agency and Wiltshire Fisheries Trust for the final report.