Today I was showing a previous member around the lower water (he was a member over ten years ago), shortly after 10.00am in bright spring sunshine and a fresh downstream wind the Grannom were literally pouring off, and the fish were seriously on to them…. Typically not an angler in sight!
Great excitement, could the spring actually be here, is this the taste of things to come….
By lunch time I was below Louds Mill repairing a stile and a footbridge, the Grannom had slowed up and the fish were no longer rising, so if you have a spare hour in the morning I would head to the river.
Thanks to John Aplin for a splendid morning, just a chilled bunch talking about fishing and its not everyday you get chance to cast with a Tom Moran split cane rod!!
Then off to the Club’s water for a fish, the sun was out and so is the grannom, with plenty of rising trout & grayling. I think we can say the 2013 is now officially go!
If you are like everyone else fed up with the lack of fly life, pop along to John Aplin’s tomorrow at 10am for a coffee & fishing chat – you can try a few rods and Harry will be there with his amazing flies for sale!!!!
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A very interesting read from Stuart Crofts, a fly fishing guide and invertebrate expert with the Riverfly Partnership, on how anglers and all water users need to act now and take biosecurity measures on board to prevent further spread of invasive species in our freshwater environment. He has put a lot of effort into liaising with several different organisations and indivduals to present this very clear and useful report.
There are several messages for anglers/ghillies/angling associations to take away from this report and a clear and concise set of recommendations that should be taken up by these different groups. The steps required to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful invasive species are not difficult, in fact they are really very simple and these recommendations highlight this.
“Anglers, like most groups, hate change but we must do so and lead by example if we are to protect our much loved sport and the waters we fish. Hopefully, with time, biosecurity will just become part of the culture and be as common place as washing your hands before handling food or putting on a seat belt before driving.
Think carefully on what can be done, but doing nothing should not be an option.” – Stuart Croft
To read Stuarts Full article please follow this link http://www.riverflies.org/sites/172.16.0.99.riverflies.local/files/Biosecurity%20-%20Stuart%20Crofts%20report%20November%202012.pdf
Well without doubt this is the coldest April 1st I have had to endure since I joined the Club in 1986! But it was dry and the river is in excellent condition…
I tried a sheltered spot, but nothing was moving or hatching. John Aplin came along and we headed up to the River Cerne to find some shelter, but I was waving the white flag after 20 minutes battling with the wind!!