Issue 15

The Editor’s Blog Is Back!

by David Griffiths
Editor
09 Oct 2018

After a very long break I’m back at last, with my periodic blog posts on fishing and environmental news and comment.

“Where have you been?” I hear you ask. Especially the many anglers who have kindly signed up to our mailing list, and may now be wondering why they bothered?

Well, I do have a pretty good excuse …

I spent the whole summer fishing every single day, landing many specimen fish and enjoying the fabulous weather and water conditions.

No. Not really.

Let me explain …

Readers may not realise it, but since 2011 when Fishing in Wales was first launched, our website has been managed and edited by three of us spending countless hundreds of hours of work to keep the information as current as we can, updating the design for ease of use across all manner of devices and interacting with you, our loyal visitors.

Earlier this year we commenced five major concurrent revision projects on the information we have here. All of which has taken us eight months to complete:

 

1. New Clubs / Waters Pages:

Where fishing clubs have multiple river beats and / or stillwaters, we have grouped them under Club pages / maps with more details of each beat or water on separate click-through pages, each of course, linked back to the Club page. So if you discover a water of interest here and want to check out a club’s other locations it’s now easier than ever to do that.

Here’s an example: Llandeilo Angling Association – if you click through any of the map pins you’ll arrive at a new individual Beat page. You can then return to the Club page through the link on the Beat page. We have done this for all clubs we have been able to find with more than a single water.

 

2. Images Of All Waters:

Wherever possible we have located and added an image to every water. So visitors to Fishing In Wales can get an idea of the size and type of the water. For example: is it a small pond? a huge reservoir? a wide open river beat? or a stream with dense bank-side growth?

Hopefully our new series of images will help.

Where we’ve drawn a blank on some waters and simply cannot find a useable image, we’ve added screen grabs from OS or Google maps, so at least you have something to go on!

And finally on this point, we are mulling over the idea of a grand ‘photographic’ tour of Wales next year to take our own images where necessary! We’ll let you know …

 

3. Design For Mobile

Every entry has been optimised for mobile devices. When we started this website, the iPad had just come out!

These days well over 50% of our visitors are using mobile devices and we wanted to future-proof the site design. This meant revisiting 900 odd pages!

 

4. Review Of All Listings:

We have reviewed every entry to update details where possible, added almost 300 new entries and deleted a few which are no longer available.

 

5. Tackle Shops:

In addition to the above revisions we have also added a brand new section for the 63 fishing tackle shops in Wales we have been able to track down.

 

All of which is also, by the way, my excuse for the lack of blog posts recently published here.

Sorry about that.

Normal service has been resumed!

 

Thanks for Reading

May I thank you once again for supporting this site. I look forward to hearing from readers with your feedback and opinions. Please feel free to comment below and add your voice to the discussion.

May I also recommend you subscribe in the sidebar above. You’ll receive regular update notifications and site news.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

David Griffiths
Editor, and keen angler!

 




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