Surreal isn't it?PS - did I read the original post correctly where it said there has been no reduction in captures of larger fish; but the membership are unhappy about catching small fish on top of those numbers?...
Actually there has been a defacto reduction as some members have left. However, those actually fishing the river are reporting roughly the same catch levels as previously except with the addition of the littl'uns. I have to consider that reduced presssure may be influencing results.
Most people are happy but some are nervous of change. They pay the same money as me and deserve reassurance if I can give it. It is a big step after all. I don't want to be dismisssive of long time members who have hung on through years of fish kills and pollution. They have seen the loss of all the ranunculus and the demise of the Blue winged olives and stayed on. I want them to see the recovery as well. Ranunculus has been planted at several sites. This year I have seen weed where none was planted for the first time. Blue winged olives are back in small numbers. I think they probably came on the weed. There will be discussions about installing large woody debris in several locations this year. Lots of good stuff going on so stay positive Simon.
It still seems counterintuitive for six inch fish to have been generated by increased recruitment, surely they shouldn't show up this quickly. It's only been a year. I can't for the life of me see anything different other than the absence of stockies.
Anyway, thanks for the input everyone and thanks to Paul particularly. The information you gave me previously was instrumental in swinging the vote.
I can see that I will use the pyramid explanation on the bank many times this year.
Sewinbasher, money isn't a problem, we own some of our rights and are gifted the rest by decent landowners. We pay no rent so losing members money isn't an issue. Losing members is, and as you say their views have to be respected.
Richard, the money saved on stocking is already going to other works. Bank repair, stiles, clearance etc. We have a committee member researching sediment meters who will report at the next meeting. Another checking out phosphate and nitrate measuring. I do the stuff which doesn't need any real brains.
We are a tiny club by mainland standards so short of a euromillions win the keeper ain't gonna happen.
Warrenslaney, glad to see you mention a three year vote. I'm hoping the mindset will be wild fish only by that time so your result is encouraging.
I think the big thing is to remember that this isn't happening in a laboratory. So many things can influence the results, not least the starting point. If we were doing this in a perfect environment the results would be perfect. But then in a perfect environment we wouldn't need to try.
By the way, apologies for calling you by usernames, for the most part I don't know your real ones.