August 8, 2008
Pollution on the Trothy Wipes Out 20,000 Fish
TROUT fishing on the River Trothy has been badly hit by the serious pollution of a tributary at Llantilio Crossenny, near Abergavenny.
Environment Agency Wales is investigating the pollution that has wiped out an estimated 20,000 fish and taken out the population available to spawn over the next few years.
It will be many years before the local brown trout population re- establishes itself without aid from re-stocking.
Also killed were lampreys, eels and bullheads - all important species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan Water samples have been taken and are being examined to determine the cause of the deaths.
Salmon anglers are struggling now that both the River Wye and River Usk are low and clear.
Dan Lewis fished the Merthyr Tydfil AA Kemys section of the River Usk and used a lobworm to catch a salmon weighing 8lb.
On the Wye, five salmon came off the Nyth water, three from Pwll- y-Feadda and the same number from Winforton.
Cardiff Reservoir Club member Dave Howells successfully turned to river fishing when he cast a fly on the River Ogmore and caught sea trout and brown trout.
There are still places left for the Introduction to Fly Fishing day at Llandegfedd Reservoir on Saturday, August 16, and details are available from Bob Mayers on 07817 265588.
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