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  1. #21
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    Jan 2010
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    UK
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Yesterday as posted in the WBT on rivers thread, I was stood in the shade. I had a T-shirt and long sleeved shirt on as my intention was to fish until around 8pm. On my feet I had a pair of merlino socks and neoprene inner socks. I'd just released a good fish and dropped my forceps in the water and had a fish about for them immersing my arm to the elbow using my net to scrape the bottom in an effort to find them.

    I was absolutely frozen, colder than I've been when I've been stood in the water kitted up in Jan/Feb. I even cut my fishing short and put the heater on in the car to warm my legs up. This is on the Wilts Avon which is a southern chalk stream. The weather down here is usually two weeks infront of the weather in my native north east.

    At the weekend we were camping in Wales for the Monnow Social and there was ice on the tents in the early hours of the morning which tells you although the day time temps are good, with a northern and easterly breeze it's still colder on a night than many realise.

    I've spoken to a number of people from all over and it's not that the rivers are dire, we're simply a month behind and on many rivers if you pick up the rocks you'll find some of the biggest fattest nymphs you'll see. They're all waiting for the water temps to increase slightly and favourable conditions to emerge.

    The trout are just starting to look up on the Avon, I had two on mayfly last night and a few more on nymphs. There were only the the odd mayflies coming off, (I spotted 1/2 dozen), but the fish are starting to show an interest. By next weekend, looking at the forecast it'll start improving. It is late but hopefully it'll be worth the wait.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Last week me & the better half had a look out up Kielder way, walked along the North Tyne, very little insect life, & no fish rising at all, same on my local river the Derwent.

    A few posts on the temperature of late, could be some merit in that as the other two mornings I've had to scrape frost off the windscreen.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Sheffield
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I too have had a slow and dispiriting start to the season on our little Derbyshire river - no rises to speak of, and fish hard to come by. Until yesterday ... there were hawthorn flies dancing in the bushes, and I caught a succession of fish to a hawthorn imitation. Very satisfying, and I think I've got my mojo back!

  4. #24

    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    As has been said, a very slow start to the season - happy to say though that the brownies were shaking their stuff this evening on the Reabrook here in Shropshire - a sprinkling of Mayfly duns did the trick and I have to say that before today I was seriously wondering whether I should re-kindle my previous love affair with cycling instead! Thankfully the brownies were extremely persuasive - a few days in the South Lakes now so I'm hoping for more of the same!

    Tight lines all.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Weardale
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    Finally it's happened, I saw a trout/salmon parr rise this evening. I had two hours on the river between 6.30-8.30, no tugs, pulls or swirls, saw one solitary fish. Things are on the up.
    If it wasn't for pickpockets I wouldn't have a sex life.

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