Regretfully we have decided to cancel the picnic. This is due mainly to the fact that the date seems to clash with other events and commitments, meaning that of those Members who have replied, only very few would be able to attend. It seems better to call it off now, and maybe try either for a date later in the summer or reconsider for next year – we will let you know of any new date.
Sorry to disappoint those who were intending to come.
A Club barbeque and picnic has been arranged for Sat 12th July (weather permitting), 3 pm onwards until early evening. Some may like to bring a rod…
This will be on the Lower Water; John Aplin will cut the grass and open the big gate for parking. We will set up a couple of gazebos and perhaps a small marquee and get a BBQ or two going so people can bring their own drinks and picnic and something to barbeque.
The invitation is extended to members, family and friends. Children and partners/guests can try their hand at a bit of fly casting. Glasses, crockery and cutlery to be brought by guests please.
Could you please send a quick reply to confirm whether or not you plan to attend, in order that we can get an idea of numbers. Email to Richard Miller
Conditions have been rather challenging over the last couple of sessions so I have been fishing the side streams. The main river on the bank holiday weekend trip was very coloured but slightly less so on the carrier where a steady stream of mayfly encouraged a reasonable rise of fish throughout the afternoon and evening and produced around half a dozen fish with a few over the pound, all on mayfly. Last weekend’s trip was greeted with even muddier water and this time the side stream wasn’t much better with sparse mayfly and very little fish activity compared to the previous weekend.
Despite a few missed takes on the dry and the odd fish lost on nymphs, not a single trout was landed all afternoon until the early evening when, for a short time, quite large numbers of spinners returned to the river. The very occasional fish was seen rising and eventually I hooked one which after quite a prolonged fight, with a couple of aerial displays thrown in for good measure, was safely in the net; a nice 17” wild brownie of around 2¼ lbs. I returned to the main river where I managed to loose another reasonably-sized fish plus a couple of smaller ones. I was using my favourite pattern, the Mohican mayfly. I hope we have a dry spell soon!