The six flow deflectors in this carrier are already making a difference, shifting the gravel, and scouring out nice holes in the river bed, we saw a good Trout lying just off one yesterday, in very fast water!
It’s a good day to walk along the river and check out all the improvements John has completed in the past month and with the extra water in the river, you can see them all starting to take effect.
Another part of our latest projects are the flow deflector’s on the Stinsford sidestream, the posts went in a while ago and have already changed the flow in this otherwise very straight channel, we have now added lots of willow to these deflectors, with great effect!
As you can see in this picture at last we have had a little rain, filling the river, making all our new structures start working for a living!
Our gravel washing team have been working overtime, in conjunction with our in channel modifications, and elsewhere on the Frome, we are hoping to have loosened and cleaned somewhere in the region of 4000 square metres of spawning gravel this autumn.
Our meeting went on into the afternoon which left only the time to go fishing after our return to Dorset, Elliot and I grabbed some cracking bait from Pauls shop on the way down, and had a great evenings fishing for species other than Cod, I now have the feeling that Ben A has caught them all…….
Again an amazing sunset.
The rest of the week we are on the Frome just up stream of Dorchester helping the DWT with improving Salmonid spawning gravel, using a digger, these gravels are so compact even a digger struggled to loosen the river bed, but in the end we were winning, lots of loose gravel a great result!
As the first of the autumn rains hit the Frome, it was reassuring to see the wildlife taking full advantage of one of the new islands.
Elliot happy in his work weaving willow, and thinking about going fishing ….one day….
Only five days left of this current Trout season, the rain we had last night has coloured the river, but the forcast is kind for the early part of next week.
Well what a fantastic indian summer, but a little hot and bright for spectacular fishing, add to that crystal clear and low water and you narrow it down again to that good old percentage, ten percent of the anglers catching ninety percent of the fish.
John G and I spoke in detail about some more in stream projects, backed by a meeting with the managing comittee back in January, followed by a fair amount of work obtaining plans, consents and with a huge thank you to the EA, funding!
We are gradually running out of room to do any more in stream works, but this latest project takes in some of the Stinsford side stream and the construction of six flow deflectors, three willow mattress islands on the upper water, bank revetment under the poundbury railway bridge, various tree work, well more than enough to keep us busy untill November.
I will update the blog as progress is made, and if any of you fancy helping out please give me a ring.