Friday 2nd May 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014

George Wallace

Friday 2nd May:

River level rose three inches this morning after yesterday's rain, and while that may not seem much, a whiff of fresh water combined with the high tides until Sunday allowing fish to swim over the weir at Chester should bring in some fresh fish, both salmon and sea-trout. There is a big tide early tomorrow morning and another around 0300 hrs on Sunday, so this weekend could be a good time to break your duck and get yourself attached to a nice Springer.

Saturday update: The river has now fallen to a fraction below summer normal so any fish coming upstream are likely to stay in Bangor waters until we get another freshet. A few may return over the weir and back to sea but I'm sure that will not be many.

Guess which silly bugger went fishing in the rain yesterday, Thursday! I got pretty wet in the end but there were plenty of fish rising - though I saw nothing of any size - and I saw my first mayfly of the year on 1st May. There was also a cormorant fishing alongside a pair of goosanders in one of the pools, with a heron trying his luck in the shallows, so life isn't easy for the fish.

Balsam is starting to grow vigorously so please spend five minutes pulling it up on every visit to the water. If we all do that, it will make a big difference when combined with the spraying programme.