Wednesday 24th April 2013

Wednesday 24th April 2013

George Wallace

Weds 24th April:

It is getting a little warmer, even though it doesn't always feel like it in the wind. However, the first swallow arrived here yesterday (they usually seem to get here on our wedding anniversary) and there have been sand martins along the river for a while. The water temperature is creeping up - though there was nothing rising on Saturday, despite a good hatch of fly - and the river is now only about eight inches above normal, so we can wade most of our favourite runs. There really are salmon and sea-trout in the river, though they may be lying deep in the still-chilly water. Fish will start to show once the cold wind drops and the surface water warms up a bit.

I was at Groves Farm on Saturday, making a bench for weary anglers at the head of Cemetery Pool. There were several kinds of fly in evidence when the sun came out and the wind dropped, including olives and the odd mayfly, but nothing was rising. The few fish caught seemed to be close to the bottom. Those of you who know the water and use the dead tree as a marker for a shortcut across the field, will see that the tree was blown down in the gales a couple of weeks back so we need to find another navigation mark.