Monday 10th March 2014

Monday 10th March 2014

George Wallace

Monday 10th March:

Another glorious day and with more good weather forecast. Jack and I walked Ormrod's and Pickhill this afternoon and the change from the depressing, windy and wet weather of the last six months could not have been more dramatic; midges danced in the sunlight, the road verges are bright with cowslips and in sheltered corners the first green leaves are showing on the hedges.

The river is still more than a foot above normal but that is quite fishable in many stretches, even though wading may be more exciting than is ideal for us older blokes. The water is carrying exactly the right amount of colour and there are Kelts around. Russell and Kearney each caught one yesterday, the brightest and cleanest Russell has ever seen in more than 25 years salmon fishing. I saw a wee one to-day in the tail of Garden Pool on Pickhill and a chap fishing opposite - who must be a fellow member of the Crap Casting Club - said he had hooked one of around 20lbs. I know the ones that get off are always bigger, but it must still have been a fair fish. Suspected Springers have also been seen but I have no reports yet of any being caught.

The banks are a bit cluttered with fallen trees, broken branches and assorted flotsam brought down on the floods, but the rubbish is mostly around the high water mark and nowhere does it make access to the water difficult.

There are several small trees obstructing the path through the wood between the top of Big Pool and the bottom of George's Run at Pickhill, but one man with a chainsaw and a couple of helpers to drag the stuff away could clear it in less than an hour, including tea breaks.

There is also work to do further upstream and some of that is fairly major, requiring chainsaw, helpers, ropes and either tractor or Land Rover to drag the stuff up the bank. Not impossible and it would give us another 75 - 100 yards of first class fishing in the tail of Garden Pool and the head of Brook Mouth. The photos are of that area and the force of the elements can be judged from the tree with the clean cut at the top. That is actually the base of the tree, which has been dumped on its head by the gales and jammed in with some of the old stuff which we were hoping to remove this year. This lot will take much more than an hour, even without tea-breaks!