Monday, 9 December 2019

More water on the way down the river after overnight rain.   Gales didn't really arrive at all in most areas.   Been a difficult time for what spawning fish we have and no doubt we shall see the results, or lack of them, in due course.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Not a great deal happening at present.  River still up and down as is the weather.   Few reports of spawning in most areas.

News of a WSA action plan shortly.

More double standards from the useless NRW. This time for bass anglers     See below.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

River conditions more stable now as levels settle.  Friend had a 30lb 12oz pike the other day from below Hereford.
Still not many reports of spawning fish, just the odd one here and there and  a couple of dead spawned out ones.  Difficult to assess the spawning at all due to the high water and no opne in particular trying to do a meaningful count.

I see the WUF continue with fish pass construction with no fish to use them.  Strikes me as somewhat strange keep trying to extend the spawning areas.  When the river supported upwards of 50,000 fish they never had any problem though there was always some over cutting. There was obviously a huge surplus of eggs back them meaning that the maximum carrying capacity of the river was utilised.  Now much of it is a desert with nothing in it.  I50 odd parr found in the Elan heralded a huge success!!!
Ah well.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Few more flies from the weekend.  Not for fishing with though.
Anyone like a frame let me know.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Looks like we are in for a dry spell for at least a few days.  perhaps someone might find some salmon spawning redds which lower temperatures should help.

Seen WUFs future plans as presented at the last LFG meeting.   Nothing really new to look forward to.   More work on fish passes though no fish to speak of to use them. More farm work which recent floods have shown to be virtually pointless.  Some more gravel for the Elan and some more river gardening which doesnt seem to be working and  that pretty much it apart from trying to access further funding schemes/  Oh and the hope that NRW might relax current controls on FEBs.

Do we have a salmon future?  Remains to be seen   OR read the link below and see a suggested scenario of a Scottish fishing experience and weep with laughter or cry in despair.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

   A friend sent me these early pictures of presumably river board /anglers visiting the spawning beds.  At least they are sure to have something to see.  Won't see the likes of that again that's for sure.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Having watched David Attenborough programme last night.  If you thought we had a Cormorant problem its nothing compared to the Danube delta. Not to mention the Pelicans.
As for the chalk stream mayfly hatches it small beer compared to a certain Hungarian river

With the long winter nights now in place its time to get the fly tying gear out in earnest.
Below are a some from last night.   Traditional vintage patterns,