Thursday 1st November 2012

Thursday 1st November 2012

George Wallace

Thursday:- The river level rose quite quickly yesterday afternoon and is now steady at 830mm. It is probably compensation water from the reservoirs and so will be bloody cold, which doesn't encourage even grayling to feed. Water seems to be released from the bottom of the lakes which is permanently 39.2F or 4C and it really cools the river as it comes down. I am hoping to get to Pickhill later and will try to remember to take the water temperature; then I'll report back.

2000hrs:- The river looked good this afternoon. It's still more than a foot above normal but the colour is good. A few leaves coming down but they shouldn't make fishing too much of a misery. Water temp was 8C according to my thermometer, with air temp 11.5C. I managed to clear a few branches that were obstructing fishing at Nunnely's and part of the water there is now much more accessible. There's a heck of a lot more to do during the winter but it will need a proper working party, the chain saw and some serious pulling power to complete it. And lower water levels!

Karl, Alan and I are fishing Groves Farm for grayling tomorrow, so stay tuned for a report - unless it's too embarassing to tell you about!