Friday 19th April 2013

Friday 19th April 2013

George Wallace

Friday 19th April:

Winter has been very reluctant to relinquish her grip on Britain. The past week has given us almost constant winds of Force 4-5 with gusts to Force 8 (gale) and up to 10 on the hilltops. Those who like Greek mythology will know that this has bugger-all to do with global warming (now apparently renamed as 'climate change') or the position of the jetstream, but is caused by the simple fact that Persephone has delayed her arrival from the underworld and her mother, Demeter, will not smile upon the earth and make things grow until her daughter returns.

Still, I reckon the tardy lass is now back in our world because the sun is out, the wind has dropped, the river is falling slowly to fishable levels and my broad beans are just poking through the soil.

Looked over the bridge yesterday and the water looks great. At noon to-day the level was still about 15" above normal, so it is fishable in many places as long as you take care wading. It will still, I suspect, be on the chilly side but at least you can see where you are putting your feet while you find out where new holes have appeared and which old ones have been filled in by the winter floods.

For those of us going stir-crazy from lack of fishing, this could be a good weekend to make a start. Just take care on the banks and mind where you put your feet in the river until you have found where it is firm and where soft. Trout should be taking more interest now and no-one seems to have told the grayling that they are not allowed to take an artificial fly until 16th June. The EA is no longer with us under that name, being now part of the bigger NRW, and the salmon trap at Chester weir is broken, so,until it is repaired,we can't get any info on fish coming into the river. However, a few Springers have certainly been caught and there will be sea-trout around if you can find them. Spring Tides and high river levels last week, made easy running conditions for fish to get up the weir. In fact at any height of tide over about 9 metres, they can swim straight over the weir without needing to jump.

Please let me know if you catch - or even see - anything.