Sounds like you need to attract some salmon first. Your river needs some Norwegian management action by the sound of it I.e. closure.I've found and have been going through the Clubs catch data over the winter. Apart from the our recent resurrection the last time we were in double figures was 1999 when we were on 12(5yr ave). This was the year when C&R was introduced from season start until June it was also the year when the decline of salmon fishing in the Club commenced with a vengeance.
Totals of salmon caught fell off a cliff and went down and down until 2004 when fish being reported stopped completely and I can't even find any year diary for the years 2005 -2008. I probably don't need to say that 2005 was the year when worm fishing stopped and we lost nearly all our salmon fishers in one hit which may be why I can find no diaries.
For me it also bears out those prophesies the are currently running with many clubs in Wales in that their membership will dive in the future, we've seen it happen.
However as a newbie I wanted to try salmon fishing for myself before they were gone and came to the sport late and had to use spinning and fly fishing. Before I knew it I was on the Committee and having to reinvent the salmon section from nothing.
Attracting some excellent and experienced salmon fishers is the secret and we have proved that it is possible to work at improving the fishing with some basic hard work on the infrastructure. Work such as trimming back the whips on the willows and overhanging branches etc so that the members can fish easily off the bank when the water is too high to wade.
Sharing information is another important aspect of modern salmon fishing on the Wye. I don't believe in secrets and all members are in a messaging group so they know when conditions are right and what is being caught.
So Peter I hope you are right and we can nudge up our total again but if we can't it will not be because we haven't tried our best.