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  1. #31
    Join Date
    May 2006
    North East Wales
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    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I had previously noted a lack of rising fish on my local Elwy and Clwyd this year despite hatches of various flies. My visit this week found many rising fish and I've had similar reports from others, with olives, midge, sedges and mayfly hatching in big numbers. The common theme seems to be that the fish are mostly on the small side. I was also pleased to see dippers, grey wagtails and kingfishers but somewhat less happy to see a group of fledged goosanders.

    I was also pleased for once to be plagued by salmon parr on a river that the NRW were issuing dire fry counts for in 2017, I wonder where they've been hiding!
    “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

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Allerton Castle

    Default Re: Dire circumstances.

    I Had a terrible start, went up onto the Ure on the Bradford Stretch and water was still cold last month, a few rises.

    Luckily broke my duck on the Rye (last friday) it was pissing down but muggy air, so when the rain stopped fish did start to rise, i had beautiful wild brownies about 1 1/2 lbs and a grayling.

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