Month: April 2009

Mind the nesting swans

I was given the opportunity to fish the Upper water on Saturday 24th., Gusty Southerly wind and quite bright with a bit of a cool edge to the wind. Put up a dry Adams to start with above the by-pass bridge hoping to see some fish rising – no such luck. (Saw only two fish …

Cold winds and rising fish

I went out fairly early yesterday morning with a couple of our regular day ticket anglers, we met on the lower water at eight in a biting south westerly wind that was building as the morning went on, despite this there was a flutter of Grannom and with it a few rising fish. So put …

Fishing

The Grannom are in full swing, the Trout are rising and the sun is shinning! We have spent a little time on the particularly nice Wolfton beat, access has been improved, so when your passing wonder over and have a cast or two…… Seven foot three weight, just perfect…..

River invertebrate monitoring for anglers

Richard Slocock and I recently attended a course run by the “Riverfly Partnership” and the “Wessex Salmon and Rivers Trust“, in fact John G and I have had our fair share of training over the last ten years in basic entomology, and I feel that now is the time to get you all on board. …

Micro Tag

Monitoring Loud’s Mill Fish Pass Since the fish pass was finished at Loud’s Mill Gauging Weir the Environment Agency has been monitoring how well fish have been using it. One part of this work has involved the capture and tagging of brown trout from above the weir and stocking them below. This was done in …

Enjoying the Blossom

John I had my first outing on the river today. I started under Poundbury at 11.00. There were quite a few Grannom around and if you looked at the river for long enough the odd trout was rising. Before lunch I netted 5, mostly around 8 to 10 inches long but one fish was a …

Amazing hatch of grannom

Arrived at the river around noon to find an amazing hatch of grannom!! But the early excitement was soon to go as I realised that there were no fish rising to this free feast… I walked up the river carefully looking for rising fish, but there wasn’t one, not even a parr. I must have …

A week into the season

Despite the sunny days and the wind coming from the SW, it has remained fairly cold, thus hampering the Grannom hatches, there has been the odd flurry, a few Olives, Hawthornes, and Daddys. As a result of this there has been little fishing taking place, the odd rising fish, only in sheltered places. The fishing …

April 1st 2009

Well I can’t imagine more perfect weather than we had today, yes the easterly wind was a little chilly in exposed areas, but out of the wind it was gorgeous.. I also hear there were a lot of other Members out enjoying the first day and John Aplin had a flick or two as well….! …