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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:51 pm

Had a wander round PH today, river was looking tip top Smile 

Noticed there is a tree down which the EA are dealing with:



Also one across the spawning channel but not affecting the flow so a low priority:



The channel Smile 



Some numpty has nicked the EA/TAC sign though at the top end, what for a few ounces of metal  

(note they left the 4 screws)



One result was finding some Roach bait Cool 

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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:55 pm

that tree has been there sence june/july,


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you never found the cob nuts Razz 

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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:12 pm

still bin cleaning out the entrence to breeding channel, quite a lot of cut off twigs blocking entrence,
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:50 pm

b 4 and after





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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:10 pm

done some more clearing up and were has all the water gone, there was hardly any flow, i cast a 1/4oz weight over over side and it stayed there



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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:45 pm

Cheers Keith

The drop in level happens after we have had a bit more water through, its how they manage the levels but should only be temporary. First time I saw it pressed Thames Water over whether they had increased abstraction but is just the way that weir complex works.
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:56 am

jump on me trusty steed with very hard saddle, had a walk around, found too things a bit wrong, one was a very low twig, now hav big lump on head and lots of twigs in breeding cannel that needs to be pulled out, some kids have put them in, any one free over the weekend to give a hand





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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:55 pm

Ah, careful, woody debris, ask a wildlife trust "expert" and they will say that it is important habitat for beetles or something, you can't touch it, have to leave it in  

(Should these be moved to a more up-to-date Penton Hook thread ?)

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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:01 pm

Surely that's for woody debris on dry land, not in a water course?
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:21 pm

That's what I thought Neil, for example in the Mini-Ha-Ha excess woody debris has dammed the channel completely in several places, isolating stretches from one another at all times except during the biggest tides and contributing to siltation and stagnation.

In smaller rivers such as the Crane and Bourne it catches all manner of rubbish making an unsightly dam.

On the other hand moving it to the side and fastening it to the  bank (Wandle and Hogsmill style)  provides a good habitat and looks attractive (in my opinion!)

Here is what one wildlife trust says though:
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Large woody debris (LWD) in watercourses is an important and integral part of the stream system and is often an overlooked habitat. Dead wood debris in the water offers protection for fish and invertebrates. Removal of LWD should be avoided wherever possible, except where the EA or the Council deem it to be necessary.

Similarly, debris dams are an integral part of the stream system and should be retained except where the EA or the Council deem removal to be necessary, or they form a significant barrier to fish.

Here is the Wild Trout Trust guidelines, now I understand a bit better:
http://www.wildtrout.org/sites/default/files/library/Woody_Debris_Apr2012_WEB.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:42 pm

Keith,
Matthew & me might be able to meet you there tomorrow, mid-morning probably about 11:00 maybe?
I'll bring a rake or something to hook the big stuff out but we want to take care not to disturb any spawning.
I'll give you a call to let you know for sure either way (missus might have other plans...)
Cheers, Ed.


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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:47 pm

Nice work chaps.

Yes spot on about little disturbance as possible, we are right is spawning/nesting season so the window of opportunity to clean it all out has gone (thanks to the floods)
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:17 am

cheers Ed, have you got a small metal thingey, with pointy bits on to cut up that twig
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:00 pm

The offending twig was removed and the logs obstructing the spawning channel cleared and hidden away in the undergrowth.  All health-and-safety was observed, no rules were broken, no-one fell in the channel, Matthew's trainers were completely dry afterwards  lol! 



Silt was diligently removed from fishing platforms



EA/TAC project "no fishing" sign has been taken/vandalised from fence in front of the main holding pool


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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:59 am

well done ed and keith and dampfoot matthew. yesterday was the first time ive been on the island. and i must say it looks the mutts nuts for angling. will definately be having a crack up there come the season. is the lock manned every day or is it kind of self service during the week?
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:41 pm

Hi Patrick, this time of year, it should be manned every day,
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:42 pm

WENT DOWN for a few hours and done some cutting, on fishing platforms ovther areas, all by my slef
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:49 pm

Well done Keith the unsung hero of the TAC., I dont know what you feel but I find working on rivers rewarding ,seeing something being moulded into shape ,looking forward to going to Penton in the next couple of weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: penton hook tidy up sunday 5th june 2011   Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:21 am

penton hook needs a bit of a tidy up, over grown weeds, brambles, I cant do it all by me self, getting a bit much, plus getting old, the path going round the island needs a to be widened
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