After a cold and wet start to the season when few fish showed and even fewer were caught, there are at last a few signs of life in the rivers. Hopefully, the masters out on the Fishing Day today won’t catch them all. The Guash has been high throughout April and early May but should be dropping to normal levels by now. The Welland has also been high and some of you may have noted some quite regular rapid increase in flow and some clouding of the water in the late afternoons at Uffington. Thanks to Adrian for bringing this to my attention: neither the EA or Anglian water are aware of the cause as yet and it is being investigated.
There are a few large olive/BWOs about now and a short evening rise was seen last week resulting in a 5lb5oz 22inch brown at Uffington: well done Martin for persisting long after I gave up all hope and if the link works the photo is excellent.
We have seen poachers again on the Welland and please follow the standard guidance of call 101 ask for the relevant county police (Lincs for Uffington, Northants for Harringworth and Leics and Rutland for the Guash if you don’t feel inclined to challenge them or feel in any way threatened.
The reeds at Uffington are showing already and we are looking to address these by late July and then have a reed pulling, flow changing more permanent solution by all of you volunteers, in September.
PS there are now just a few mayfly showing and the trout are starting to rise to them: even as far upstream as Beat 1, which is still a little impenetrable so wear waders and/or thick clothes.
Also it isn’t just the trout who like a mayfly