Contributed by Tom Hird (30.03.09)
Travelled up early for the AGM on the 20th and arrived at Musgrave bridge around 11.30. The day was warm and sunny, the river level was low and "gin clear", not the best conditions early in the season.
Due to lack of mobility I only spent a couple of hours up and down river of the bridge, catching one 10-11" brownie upstream of Swindale Beck. However ,the trout was on point duty for a small shoal of trout, some of which would be in the 14-18"class! I could not get near them, very skittish.
Alas that was my only fish with no more interest from anything. thought that maybe a few grayling would still be around.
A nice afternoon and a chat with fellow angler Steve of the Blog. The birds and wildlife are returning with the odd curlew and the mating g.s.woodpecker tapping away near the village, dippers galore, but no sign of the local kingfishers.
Tightlines for the season