31st March 2011

The river remains unaffected by the overnight rain , conditions are unsettled with a brisk breeze in open stretches , however it remains mild and forecast is for the showers to clear leaving bright spells later , although wind is set to increase !

One of four fish taken on the dry yesterday afternoon from one of my favourite pools , with Olives drifting off the pool in steady numbers , well enough to stir this fish a wagtail and me .

30th March 2011

Wednesday morning at Barden bridge , very overcast , mild and very little wind , once more showers are forecast , however they never materialised yesterday and the river is unaffected and remains at summer level .

29th March 2011

Tuesday morning and low pressure is creeping in , which promises to bring showers later today , still mild and with light winds and overcast , a good number of rods on yesterday with mixed fortunes to tell , Mr Winterburn was on a high after landing two well wintered browns , both around 2lb .

Grayling are actively preparing to spawn at Harrisons Ford in Strid Wood , river level and clarity is good making observation easy , I am erecting notices this morning asking visitors and anglers to avoid this area .

28th March 2011

Monday 28th March and as you can see the river is good , as I crossed the bridge I observed three good sized Grayling hovering over the gravel in preparation for spawning , the largest around 15" .

It was good to see those anglers I met on opening day Friday , some of whom had already landed their first fish , others still searching but all cheerful to be out on the river after a long winter .

I had no time on the river Saturday or Sunday as I was busy heather burning as part of the moorland management as the other pictures can testify , so my apologies to those of you you out over the weekend .


Following what has seemed an age , Winter seems to be behind us and Spring has sprung and a new season has started today .
As you can see levels are excellent and a glorious day is in prospect , I struggle to remember an opening to a season as favourable as today looks , and I look forward to meeting new and old Fly men on the river .
Always an exciting day as I can begin to assess how well the fish have wintered .