Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
We watch the BWO spinner fly upstream for several hundred yards. They sight in on the fast water on the weir and deposit their eggs by bombing onto the water. That done and their energy spent, they give in and drift with the stream. The fish head upstream too, lining up to feed on the surface soup of little bodies. Only half of the flies that change to spinners will be on the menu, the males don't return to the water but die in the fields, woods and hedgerows. Unfortunately although I shoot in HD and get some stunning quality from my XH-A1, the blogger reduces it to poor quality. We are doing something about it though...
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Natural watercress contains a fluke worm that can affect the function of the liver.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Water Authority representative addressing Government sometime in the 60’s:
'We wish to use the above facility, created from concrete and set at 60 degrees to the line of flow to discharge sewage into rivers during times when the flows in the sewer rise to 6 times their dry weather flow. Don’t worry because the same rain that caused the sewer to rise will raise the river and dilute the sewage.'
They must have known they were telling lies. You see the CSO can discharge after 17 minutes from the start of the rain. I know, I’ve timed it. The rainwater falling on the roofs and yards of the 8 villages feeding our sewer is treated to very efficient run off over tarmac and stone, down concrete channels and cast iron pipes. The Lathkill, and the hundreds of other spring fed rivers and streams in this country take days to rise, if they rise at all. I know of no river in the land that has such fast run off to match the sewer. Do you?
Last year I wrote to a water authority who were still claiming all rivers would dilute CSO sewege and I asked them to remove the statement from their website. It was gone in a week.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Chesterfield Magistrates Court
Haddon Estate/ Environment Agency v Michael Anthony Mcgraw
Mcgraw, D.O.B. 16/06/70 of 56 Rochester Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent attended court today after having his application for legal aid rejected a week ago.
The court heard that on Friday 7th September 2007 at 4.40 am Mcgraw was arrested for fishing the Derbyshire Wye without permit or permission. He was in possession of dead fish and a fishing rod and was seen laying down on the river side.
Under interview at Bakewell Police Station later that morning after having his car impounded and spending time in custody at Buxton, Warren Slaney the River Keeper for Haddon Estate who own the fishing rights, asked if he had killed any more fish. Mcgraw said no. However a later search of his car revealed 6 more fish. During the interview Mr Slaney produced his current Environment Agency Rod Licence and asked if Mcgraw had a licence to use a rod. He said he had but further investigation revealed that he did not.
Mcgraw paid £105 to get his car released from impoundment. He was ordered to pay £105 compensation for the fish killed, £150 costs and £75 in fines.
Mr Slaney from Haddon Estate said “This is a very good day for wild trout and a very bad day for one particular poacher from Stoke on Trent”.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
To protect your Bridge Fish you will need:
Re-bar, wire, hammer, willow branch, willow whips.
Lay the willow branch across the main flow under the bridge. Bang 3, 6 feet lengths of 16mm re-bar into the river bed and wire the bars to the branch. Take a number of live willow whips and train them over the river margin.
The result might not guarantee the saftey of those wild trout from the morons who want to haul them out on a hand line from above but it will make it very difficult for them. The trout can be fly fished from below.
There should be plenty of water about for our Mayfly fishermen.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
How do you know if he has seen you? If you stand off the pool or glide and watch the fish rising, count the rises he makes per minute. If when you slip into position he rises less; he suspects. If he stops; he knows! Be careful to index his station against some bankside vegatation. After a few minutes on your hands and knees you will have lost him entirely.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The project will open up 160 metres of double bank Derbyshire Wye to fly fishing after a break of approximately 100 years. The island has been created by a side channel and is very overgrown. With a aid of bridges, some careful clearing and bank repair it is planned that anglers will have some very interesting fishing. Particular emphasis will be placed upon creating holding water for adult trout from the brash and cord freed up whilst clearing a path through.
Planning; The length will be broken up into four separate sections which will be completed from the downstream limit, up. The whole length will be subject to an overall plan, with sub sections having their own micro planning.
Invasives; Removal of invasive animals and plants. Completed with the removal of six Canada eggs and the spraying of two pieces of Giant Hogweed. Signal Crayfish traps laid. Mink rafts laid.
Recording. Due to the unusual nature of the project we will record both in still and moving film, from the project first steps, through to the capture of the first trout on Ogden Day.
Birds; Installation of a cormarant hide and ten bird boxes.
Two Teachers and about fifteen children of about eleven years old looking over a bridge in to a mill tail-race.
Teacher: Ahhh! A rat! [points to a small brown fury mammal sitting on a rock in the river margin]
Child: It’s not a rat Miss, it’s a Water Vole.
Other Child: Look, Look, [pointing] A Water Mole!
Other Children in unison: A Water Mole! A Water Mole!
...always better to be nearly right than completely wrong.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wild Rainbow Trout spawning
Bachelor herd of Norwegian Black Fallow Deer
I didn’t see;
Friday, April 18, 2008
During a few moments when the tractor engine was turned off we both heard alarm calls from the blue, great, and coal tits in the adjacent wood. The pitch of the ‘seet calls’ indicated a raptor was hunting and sure enough a sparrow hawk was glimpsed through the trees. I do know that the small birds have a separate call alarm call for cats, hawks and for man and the high pitched seet always has me looking for the hawk well before it comes into view. During a discussion Jan asked why the hawk doesn’t home in on the birds via their alarm calls. Good question.
Would you believe that studies have shown sparrow hawks can’t hear the call given off by the tits to alert other small birds of their presence. You have to ask yourself why, when a small bird is so clever/has such well developed innate behaviour, that it continues to fly into the glass of the garage window!
Our local sparrow hawk is more interested in jackdaws at the moment and is taking them from a cliff face as they revisit their nests. Quickly as the hawk can manage the jack daw is taken under cover so it cant be mobbed and the screams of the jackdaw subside to silence.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Despite there being very many smaller flies on the surface our fish only has eyes for the BWO. Notice he returns to his original station but is slightly concerned about the camera, the tripod and the man on the bank. Those snapping rises indicate nervousness. He would be a difficult fish to catch. The more I think about it, the more it becomes clear that the knack to successful dry fly fishing is keeping yourself concealed from the fish and not underestimating its ability to know you are there.
Two tree creepers were working up the Alder trees and seemed unconcerned at the green and brown creature ‘leaning on his spade’. They came quite close and it was very pleasant to watch them, with the sun shining and the trout clopping on the surface. All too soon it was back to work, making noise and disturbance while we filled in the beginnings of a nasty oxbow.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This wild brown trout was feeding like this from the start of the hatch until the very last few; some four hours of constant rising. Not many duns got past and were able to take off but an hour after the hatch finished, the spinner came back in terrific numbers. It's so important that our wild trout get time off to feed confidently at the surface, to prepare in this case for the long winter ahead.
Having said that, those of you who have fished for limestone trout will know that despite what the film might suggest, the fish aren't easy to catch. The best tip, if you ever try, would be to learn to turn over a long leader, in the sitting position. You are going to have to keep everything invisible. This isn't casting to fish up in the water, in-between weed beds at long range that can't see you. Forget windows and fields of view, they see everything!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The sycamore cord is sacked and the brash set in beetle banks, the walls have been rebuilt and hazel and willow planted. The project will be completed with a restoration of the building to make it safe. The walls will be capped with lime mortar and turfed. The Old Wheelwrights Shop will then be left to age with dignity until it is finally absorbed into the landscape, many years from now.
I love the wood plug in the wall and only wish I knew what the sign, that must have hung from the nail said.
Paid for by Anglers.
The next weekend we were back and after a couple of hours we had decided on a plan to improve an area of woodland, dry stone wall and public footpath (thanks Andrew). Most important of all the last remaining structure from a rich industrial past was being condemned, so we plan to sure up the old Wheelwrights Shop, being consumed by ivy, elm and sycamore.
This is Wheelwrights Corner before the work started.
With the big sycamore felled, letting in the light, and the wall and stile sorted out, it's beginning to look a lot better.
Once again, thanks.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Looking downstream to a small footbridge a man hands a boy a note, who then runs off in the direction of town. He has clearly been sent to buy bread. Sure enough after a short time the boy arrives back, out of breath and hands over the change to the adult. There are two boys with the man who then start to throw in bread, but not to the ducks, this is carefully directed bread feeding for the fish.
Back to the huddle and we are making a decision. I can think of worse places for meetings. Jan then says ‘Warren. Look.’ Amongst a busy riverside scene with people milling about the two boys have started to fish with handlines. ‘Go on then Jan’ and he is off like a long dog to the Police station and in two minutes we are all in two’s; two Police Officers, Two Keepers and Two red faced boys. We take the lines and the bread before the man joins us. He is teacher at a care home and the two boys are his pupils. He says he told them not to fish when he brought them to Bakewell. The boys are peripheral to the problem. We have decided to conclude the matter with a well worded letter to the Care Home Principal.