11th April 2011

Monday morning following an exceptionally hot and dry weekend , the river as you can see is low and very clear , conditions which always prove testing , and my conversations with anglers on the bank yesterday mostly centred on lack of fish to the net , and very little movement at all .

However one new season rod reported landing a fine 2lb brown at Barden .

Under these conditions fish can be difficult to locate ,with many seeking cover or refuge especially in the absence of food abundance to stir them to take risks , so a careful approach is vital to improve your chances , think chalksteam tactics , low profile upstream approach and observation , these conditions will suit a well presented and naturally drifted dry fly or try Klink and nymph , or upstream wets .