Well season 2017 has now come to an end and all of our team here at BW fisheries would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
An end of season report will be published in due course but please understand that work never ends and our main focus for the next week or two will be getting all 2018 information published and out to our customers.
It would be fair to say that it has, yet again, been a testing season for many reasons. There have been lots of rumours of closure of lakes but we are pleased to clarify that it is business as usual and we are looking forward to 2018 commencing.
We understand some customers feel that they have not been heard over recent seasons and as a result we look forward to improving our communication with the angling community over the coming season. This will start with an online survey which will be published in January for our angling community to complete. We urge all of our customers to complete this survey as honestly and accurately as possible. We are hopeful that results gained from this survey will give us a better insight into the demands of our customers. Ticket offerings and prices will be released in a few days’ time, but we would like to be clear that these are subject to change/alteration should feedback suggest this is required. Of course alterations will also need to be financially viable to be implemented.
As well as the online survey, continually we will make extra effort to engage with important stakeholders such as local angling groups and national bodies to determine what changes are to be implemented. Over the coming months our Fisheries and Recreations Officer, John Harris and our Operations Manager, Alan Dymock plan to meet with some of these important stakeholders to give a more detailed summary of some of the daily challenges we face. We hope that this will give some clarity on what changes are possible and which are not.
We also plan to engage more with our anglers and will be hosting several site visits throughout the season. This will include inviting anglers to our fish farm and stocking areas to show them what work goes on ‘behind the scenes’ as well as provide them with some clarity on some of the issues we face on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Key to season 2018 we are planning to make an extra effort to encourage newcomers to the sport. This will include new special rate beginner ‘packages’ as well as family days. We hope that this will encourage beginners and family’s to not only try fly fishing but also help them to progress to fishing on our waters. We plan to work alongside our local instructors to make sure that this new offering gets off to the right start!
The above are just a few things we are planning to do in the coming season. We do hope that the angling community can support us and we look forward to building a better relationship with our customers in season 2018.
To finish please take some time to have a quick look at the photos that are attached. These are a collation of photos throughout the season that really go some way to remind us all just how special the lakes are.