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Thursday 16 October, 2008

B. M. from New Zealand

I’ve actually left the UK and now live in NZ, but I’ve just come across your pages and wanted to congratulate and thank you for showing the way forward for paddling & angling to co-exist. Fantastic stuff - well done and thanks.


Thursday 21 August, 2008

G. H.

Had a very enjoyable day on the Friday but was very dissapointed to find kayaks on the Usk on Saturday with the occupants screaming and shouting and splashing everywhere. Not much chance of a fish after that!

Thanks to the ladies in the booking office for helping us book the beats on Friday. Hope to see you again soon.

(note: Disappointing to find canoeing outwith agreement)


Tuesday 3 June, 2008

J. from Llandeilo

Had a good day yesterday in spite of colour and height. I M-L caught a lovely 18 pounder in the Pipe which I followed with a measly 5lb grilse dripping with sea lice – both on the fly after Ray had told us that the fly was a waste of time!

The reason for this is to say how well all the paddlers behaved during the day, out of over 50 only 1 came marginally in front of me which was due to the inexperience of the 12 old girl. All were polite and we exchanged a fair bit of banter, quite like the Tay. 6 came down while Ian was playing his fish, kept well out of the way against the far bank, stopped to watch the action and seemed genuinely delighted to “participate” and passed on the news to D H who was spinning below and must have covered the same fish earlier.

WUF note: This took place on the navigable section of the Wye


Friday 19 October, 2007

J. W. from Somerset

Good to see an enlightened approach is being adopted by the Foundation. I've been fishing longer than I've been kayaking but now with a foot in both camps I see many people on both sides who take a very blinkered view and this just creates friction and encourages kayakers to break the law. Whilst a right to roam on water would be good from a kayaking viewpoint it would potentially cause so many more problems and expense in the countryside, I'm much more in favour of voluntary agreements - but a few more need to be in place.


Thursday 18 October, 2007

N. S. from unknown

I'd first like to say that I think the website is an excellent resource of information, a great asset. I have configured my mobile phone to look at the Wye live cam, which took a little working out, perhaps you would like to post the details onto the website - the URL you need to bookmark on your phone is

http://80.46.105.71:8080/snapshotJPEG?Resolution=220x176,

this will pull down the latest image to the phone.

I am a national coach of the Great Britain Wild Water Racing team, coaching both senior and junior paddlers. Our sport is based around fast paddling downstream on rivers, a sort of canoeing equivalent of downhill skiing. Being based in London, the Wye and the Usk are great assets to us for training in the winter, the stretch from Builth to Boughrood is excellent at 11 miles long - we can get two training runs in during the day and still be back home in time for tea! I really appreciate the facilities and access that is made available to us.


Wednesday 17 October, 2007

A. S. from unknown

Hello,

As a local whitewater kayaker who has only recently taken up the sport, I have to congratulate you on the clear and helpful advice on the access situation for the Wye and Usk. Thus far, I have never experienced any animosity from landowners or fishermen, in fact I have been positively greeted by most.

I notice that the foundation's objectives include protecting the habitat and wildlife on the rivers. I think it would be very useful to outline how kayakers can avoid or minimise damage and why this is important. Tips on areas to avoid and why they should be avoided, eg gravel beds, or advice on levels when it could be advisable not to run the rivers might be useful. Some of this advice would also apply to fishermen wading in the river.

I mention this from personal experience of seeing people (mostly in hired canoes I should say) pulling up on the gravel 'beaches' north of Symonds Yat immediately below estate signs which tell them not to. I am guessing that the shingles provide important protection for fry and insect life which from part of the river's ecology. However, because I don't know this for sure, I have held back from talking to them. There is a lack of simple information of this type out there.

Information about the river ecosystem on your website would help the responsible kayaker to encourage others to behave responsibly. Again, I am sure it would be also apply to the fishing community as well.

Can I also suggest that some more (limited!) signage could be used to encourage day trippers to act in a low impact way. A sign which asks people to protect an important environmental site by not landing seems more likely to work than one which just says 'no landing'.

Just some idle thoughts.

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