Anthony Rees discusses the new Rod Licence Structure and the devastating news of pollution in the River Teifi
The New Rod Licence Structure has now been accepted and approved by the Welsh Assembly Government. There are changes in Rod Licence duty for the coming season 1st April 2017. A yearly licence will now last 365 days from when it was purchased. This is a very helpful change, particularly when a person takes up fishing mid-season. Young fishers (17 and under) will not have to pay, but must apply for a free one. This is to encourage more youngsters into the art of angling. Some of the costs of this free licence will be borne by increases in prices for adult licences, so a full Trout and Coarse licence costs £30, (£20 concessionary, £12 week, £6 day) and a Migratory fish licence costs £82 (£54 concessionary, £27 week, £12 day). I would suggest unless you are fishing very occasionally that you buy a full rod licence. Also be careful as the new structure does not start until 1st April 2017, before this you will have to buy at 2016 prices.
The River Wye has recorded the best salmon catch for many years with a final total in excess of 1,670 fish. The Usk has also had a good year with a predicted catch of 800 fish. We need consistent steady flows to allow salmon to run our rivers and the Wye Usk Foundation has done much working with Welsh Water to achieve these consistent flows that allow the salmon to run up river. But as important is the right flow to help the smolts when they run back to sea in April/May.
Fishing – Changes made to Rod Licensing, the full story appears on page 9 of our magazine.