Annual Report to South Canterbury Salmon Anglers Assn AGM. 6th August 2015. The South Canterbury Salmon Anglers Association is a small group with limited finances, quietly doing its bit to promote and enhance the Salmon fishery in the Central South Island. Our involvement with the McKinnon’s Creek salmon hatchery is our major focus in terms of enhancement for the fishery and our property at the Rangitata reserve is our commitment to members. During the year, the committee voted to donate around $500.00 to provide another salmon egg incubator for the hatchery volunteers to use at a remote site on the Rangitata and some investigation is being done as to the best type to use.
The members bach at the Rangitata reserve is a major asset for us and needs to be kept in good condition. A couple of weeks at the end of October have been put aside for some maintenance work to be carried out and bookings will not be taken for that period. The roof will be renewed and an aluminum patio built to provide some weather protection. Many thanks to Colin Wilson for getting the framework powder coated at no expense to our association.
Last seasons river conditions were not conducive to great salmon fishing and the clear water made fish hard to catch. It looks likely that summer drought conditions will prevail again this year with the prediction of an El Nino weather pattern. Light gear and early morning fishing might be the best way to secure a bag this season. Whatever happens, its great just to be able to get out to our rivers and wander about with the fishing rod. A fish is a bonus and we should consider ourselves lucky to have a successful trip. Some of our members are having trouble getting out as they once used to, and its up to those of us who are still active to offer help to these members so they can enjoy a days fishing once again.
Our website is working well however it would be great to have some participation from members with fishing stories and information that could add to its interest by members and non members alike.
Again I wish to thank the committee for their work throughout the year and to the Mannings for the work they put in keeping an eye on the Rangitata bach.
Phil de Joux.
SC Salmon Anglers Assn Chairperson.