It was rather surreal walking the River last Friday in the falling snow: it was a silent place save the squelching of boots in the mud from the heavy overnight rain. The tree are, in the main, bare and the ground vegetation has died back with recent frosts. The River ran almost crystal clear waiting to colour from the rain: fish could be seem in many areas and we have seen trout spawning on the redds on other occasions; all very positive signs. We can but hope that as Winter arrives it brings with it the much needed water that will fill the underground springs and also help to flush the River clean.
Water levels remain low but the hardy fisherman can enjoy great sport at this time of year: do be careful as the cold can creep up on you rather quickly. If you do venture out with rod in hand please remember to report anything of note to the Syndicate via the website or if it is evidently an Environment Agency matter via their HOTLINE on 0800 80 70 60 or a matter for local Police via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.
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Can I on behalf of all Members thank those who have made such an effort this year to manage and maintain our fishings: it has been to the benefit of us all. I will look forward to 2018 in my first Newscast of the New Year.
Tight Lines, Yours Roger