Apologies to any of our rods fishing on this fine evening, as we had a river picnic on the lower water, for the Ponds Lakes and Fisheries Association and a fine turn out i must say, a fine evening finished with a display from the Blue Winged Olive at dusk a thank you to John Grindle and all those in attendance.
Arrived at Long Bridge at about 5:35 – John was first to arrive and then a multitude of cars trying to find parking spots. We headed down stream at about 6:05 and I guess there must have been a good 20+ people – a grand turn out.
The weather was absolutely fabulous and the river looked in fine fettle, even after the overnight rain. On the way down stream we bumped into Liam Spencer who was day ticket fisherman from Lancashire and then into Richard Millar and his guests – Apologies Guys
We showed and explained where the river improvements were to take place and what work was to be completed. Then back up to below Loud’s Mill for a picnic in the setting sun. I sat and ate while a few practised their pond dipping skills.
As the sun started to set, it was time to head home and say our goodbyes – just as the fish started to move to the clouds of BWO’s
Got down to Whitfield Hatches at around 7:30, still early and the only thing that was moving were few minnows rising.
The river looks really good and the weed growth is certainly keeping the water levels up. Shame about the amount of Himalayan Balsam, we were hoping to get a grant from the EA to rip it up, but it never materialised.
Up on the long pool and a few fish starting to show, Brian came along hoping to fish the pool, so he headed upstream of the hatches.
The fish in the pool went down, so I move up and found a cloud of BWO’s just above the fast water and a few fishing feeding on the spent spinners. I caught four fish, two of 10-12 inches and lost another from one tiny little pool.
Time now 8:50 and I walked down to the railway bridge to fish back up, fish moving well now and I caught a wonder 12+ wild trout. My next cast was taken by a much larger fish and one that almost took me to Poole Harbour before it came off – humph
Carried on up catching some nice fish and even a couple of minnows! Back to the long pool and a nice brown and two small fish just as Brian remerged from the gloom.
Next stop the Ponds & Lakes Society picnic on Thursday.
We removed a lot of the fence on the friday, and even more on the saturday, infact we completed the task by mid afternoon.
Fence removal, easiest way to remove the old posts was to drive the old drover straight over them, a huge thank you to all those who helped make it a fun day, more work parties coming up watch this space.
First of the two day working party to remove the fence down at Lower Bockhampton.
Met up with John and was good to see Dave Rabson who’s on the waiting list coming out to help. We cut through the fence and heading up to the top to work back down.
We were going well, one removing the wire and the other two rolling it up. But it was still good to see Tim Sturgess who gave us an extra pair of hands.
We worked on until 12:30, by which time we were well below the metal bridge and I was concerned that the Saturday gang wouldn’t have enough to do!
All this hard work will be well worth it in a year’s time when the maize will be gone and a new fence 10 meters back.
Many thanks to Dave & Tim for all your hard work..