Contributed by John Garner (19.04.2003)
At last the weather has got much warmer over the past week and we've got rid of the overnight frosts. Although the river is still very low and clear the fish would appear, at last, to be moving and feeding. Appleby have stocked our joint waters with reasonable sized brownies and they are feeding well on all methods. They are marked with a blue dot on their bellies. I would remind anglers that the bag limit is two fish on these waters and please take the stocked fish in preference to the wildies.
Salmon parr are everywhere and it is sometimes a problem getting a fly past them. On the nature front, summer is well on its way, there are now sandpiper on the river and Thurs 17th I saw my first orange tipped butterflies of the year. What with the willow warblers and chiffchaff calling , the unseasonally high daytime temps. it could be mistaken for mid summer. Beware, however for a sting in the tale, next week will be much cooler and with luck we should get some much needed rain to freshen the river up and give it a good flush through.
I had seven fish yesterday afternoon (all returned) just downstream of Warcop bridge.