Contributed by Brian Kirkwood (29.05.2003)
The last couple of weeks in May saw a big variation in water levels changing from a big coloured flood to near perfect conditions....good height and very clear water. Eight sessions in these weeks produced over 20 fish almost all on a size 14 dry Adams (not the same one of course as I had to get the vice out). The best fish was just over 2lb and all were returned but 3 which made an excellent meal for a friend in warcop.
An interesting 3 hours were spent on the Belah where I caught quite a few free-rising wild fish about the 1/2lb mark from the Eden up to the Brough road.
Excellent fishing on may 26th - there were several mayfly on the wing at Warcop bridge and I have also observed two large hatches of iron blue and some pale wateries on two different days. All we need now is some warm muggy nights and we can get the bustard flies out.