Contributed by Tom Hird (10.08.2006)
Travelled up on the Monday for a spot of fishing and two days voluntary work electro fishing with the Eden Rivers Trust. Tuesday was spent electro fishing the river Tieth around Shap and Wednesday was a day to recuperate (hard graft to say the least and hot weather).
Thursday turned out cooler and overcast with a hint of a shower, so I got down to the river at Musgrave quite early in the morning. A few rises were seen upstream and before long a spritely 10" came to the net and was released. Further upstream near the Belah another 10/11" fell to my F fly and was released. The cloud was breaking and the wind was increasing, sun was starting to beam down and the trout vanished. Although I continued for another hour the day was done. Nice to see a pair of kingfishers out and about.
Friday was another electo fishing day and more local - Swindale beck above Brough (2 surveys) then 2 more at the source above Swindale Head, altitude 456 metres above sea level, and yes there were brown trout fry and parr up there even with blockages and good size waterfalls.
The highlight was a "calibrated " survey of Swindale a couple of hundred yards north of the Eden at great Musgrave. The outcome was tons of stoneloach, a lot of bullheads and in excess of a hundred salmon fry in a 55 metre stretch.
Electro fishing was good fun and Judith of E.R.T is a very dedicated and educated lady, try it some time, E fishing continues till the end of September.