I fished the lower and middle waters yesterday and today I fished the Poundbury stretch up to the bypass.

Yesterday I saw very few mayflies hatching but this was probably a result of the grey cool weather. However, the trout were in their feeding positions and ready for the mayflies to appear. Speculative casting into likely looking spots often produced a rise.

Today, more mayfly were on the water but not hatching in any great numbers. There were more trout rising and the fishing was very good even if most of the trout I caught were between 10 and 11 inches. I did catch one larger fish of about 1 and1/2 lbs.

Rather surprisingly I saw no other members of the water on either day. It may not be mayfly madness yet but the trout are up for it and the river is well worth a visit.

Jim Chalmers (Hon.Treas)