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Old 29-08-2017, 02:50 PM
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The water does seen to almost constantly have a peaty tint to it which it hasn't previous years too, all very odd indeed
On the DAA website it says that they are pumping water up from Riding Mill, & that the river will turn a peaty colour at times.

Possibly the reason, but that was a couple of month ago.
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Old 29-08-2017, 07:50 PM
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It's been on and off a lot of the season, normally runs crystal clear ...odd
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Itís been OK for me (by my own standards) further up Ė mostly around Ebchester, but also both sides of Lintzford from time to time as well. Nothing showed at all in the fields below Gibside in the two times I went down there during the spring (normally a banker from early season on) and being in both clubs I went upstream both times where it fished better, so Iíve just concentrated up there over the summer months. Not been to Lockhaugh Meadows either yet this year. Iíll probably pay both a visit in the next week or two once things quieten after the school holidays to see how theyíre doing.

Iíve noticed that thereís definitely been compensation water in the river on several occasions this summer Ė never enough to register on the EA level gauges, but unmistakeable when itís been there. Iíd also seen the notice on the DAAís website, so it was no surprise. The Wear gets Kielder comp more regularly in dry summers when Burnhope and Tunstall reservoirs are low. Iíve not been past this summer, but Iíd guess the Derwent Res is particularly low and not able to adequately compensate the river, so the Tyneís excess is being transferred instead. Thereíve been a couple of times when there were natural micro-spates as well, but theyíll put an inch or two on the level and swiften the flow, without necessarily adding any more colour than the compensation. This always has a positive effect, providing the spate doesnít go higher than a few inches.

Compensation water is of poorer quality than natural river water, typically lowering the dissolved oxygen content at the point of its release, so everything in its path will slow down for a time as it passes through. The temperature drops as well, with similar effect. Up at Ebchester the pools are shorter and the riffles more regular, so the river can re-oxygenate itself more quickly. There are stretches of, and just above, the lower clubís waters where the flow is slower for quite a distance, however, so a downturn in the fishing could be due to more prolonged periods of lower dissolved oxygen content in this area.

Itíd be a pity if this is to be the start of a trend, but we donít get the winter snow up on the hills above Edmundbuyers and Blanchland for anywhere near as many weeks as when Derwent reservoir was built, so it stands to reason that itís not going to be at capacity come March in that many years anymore.

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Old 30-08-2017, 07:39 PM
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To say it is fishing poorly is an understatement. I have managed just one TINY grayling over these trips, now I am no expert fisherman but I would normally expect to pick up between 7-10 fish per visit...it's all very odd and has been the tale of the year for me pretty much.
Killed a couple of hours today not far away from your water Stephen, managed two brown, water browny coloured & very low, but plenty of insect life.

Highlight was seeing the Kingfishers again, truly stunning bird in flight, & a first for me was bumping into women fishing, not one but three in total...
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Thanks for the usual excellent informative reply WnD. It would be a shame if this becomes the norm,it has pretty much killed this season for me to the point of not enjoying it nearly anywhere as much as previous seasons.


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I didn't get out last weekend but was out the two previous, all the small grayling seem to have disappeared.....or more likely I couldn't find them. I did have 2 stonking Grayling out one of 16" and one of 17" which is about as big a Grayling as I have caught on the Derwent.

Im sure there are bigger in there...but maybe a little beyond me!




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