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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    In two weeks time everybody will be wondering what all of the fuss was about. The rivers are crawling with big nymphs under the rocks, we found may fly brook duns, olives etc. Once the weather sorts itself out and the water temps come up by 2 or 3 degrees it'll be a different story

  2. #12
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    Yes I agree with Dave b its just that with had cold hard and wet spring. The rivers I fish on the English / Welsh borders are still running 4'' to 5'' higher than normal and are only now starting to wake. I was out yesterday there was a lot of small fly life about but only a few small Trout rising.I did see the first mayfly of the season but one mayfly does not make a summer.Give it a week or so and the bigger fish will come out of there winter slumber and all this will be forgottenAttachment 15107

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Some improvement on the Upper Avon yesterday with lots of hatches, but very picky in any surface feeding was seen with only a few snaps at my flies I offered and they only one fish had 2 goes at my fly, the rest only once. Water was low and clear for UA which may have made it more difficult but probably my presentation was the issue of fish not eating the fly at the last minute.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I get the feeling nature is running a month late.

    You are correct Airsprite, I'm in the countryside and the farmers, gardners, photographers and others reckon nature is between 25-35 days late this year, flowering plants, hedges and birds/animals are well behind, there are swallows here, but no swifts, house martins or cuckoos. Another sign, is the fact that there are still plenty daffodils and some yet to flower. The riverside plants and those under the trees, are being stiffled by the trees catching up and the light not getting through the canopy, so there may not be much growth or flowering of the floor plants.

    I've not had to cut the lawn yet!
    If it wasn't for pickpockets I wouldn't have a sex life.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Quote Originally Posted by kernel gadaffi View Post
    I get the feeling nature is running a month late.......

    I've not had to cut the lawn yet!
    Sadly, here in North Wales I've been cutting the lawn for about a month, it's a job I hate so what I need now is a drought!!!

    Swallows and sand martins were late but here, I saw my first house martins this week but no swifts yet but we do have wheatears, chiffchaff, warblers, cuckoo and whitethroats.
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    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
    “A Spring Day on the Usk”
    A Fisherman’s Diary

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I heard my first cuckoo of the year on April 21 at Avon Springs fishery, Durrington. And the second at John O'Gaunt near Stockbridge a week later, plus some martins seen there. So 3 weeks plus to make their way up from, effectively, Salisbury to Weardale...
    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria." - German proverb
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  7. #17
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewinbasher View Post
    Sadly, here in North Wales I've been cutting the lawn for about a month, it's a job I hate so what I need now is a drought!!!

    Swallows and sand martins were late but here, I saw my first house martins this week but no swifts yet but we do have wheatears, chiffchaff, warblers, cuckoo and whitethroats.
    I’ve also been mowing for a month, sand martins are back in their droves and the river banks are thick with them, Eden is almost at summer levels, and water temp is quite high, but rising fish???
    S.
    Sit still and watch the river, it's all a part of fishing.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
    I heard my first cuckoo of the year on April 21 at Avon Springs fishery, Durrington. And the second at John O'Gaunt near Stockbridge a week later, plus some martins seen there. So 3 weeks plus to make their way up from, effectively, Salisbury to Weardale...
    Buzzards. Soaring above the chalk 'cliffs' upstream from Stockbridge yesterday. Never less than two from 11 am-7 pm and sometimes up to nine. You often hear their distinctive cry before seeing them.

    Sometimes they came right down only 50 feet or so above the river. It's amazing how they quickly gain height with hardly a flap. They seem to use 'dynamic soaring' taking advantage of 'wind shear' like albatrosses do..

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I've had another couple of hours down the river this evening, 6.30-8.30, again, there was plenty of fly life, many different types of flies on the wing, but no fish were rising, not one and the only bite I got was from some nasty sabre toothed midgies. I think an electro-fishing session is in order to get an idea of what's in the river, apart from water and stones, I'll bet there is nothing.
    Last edited by kernel gadaffi; 17-05-2018 at 08:45 PM.
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  10. #20
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    My last 3 visits to my local Rea Brook has resulted in 2 tiny grayling, plenty of fly life but nothing else showing itself. I've thrown everything at it but the place seems dead.

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