Friday 31 July 2015

Irwell Ewood Bridge 31 Jul 15

Went a day early to do my kick sample, the insect count was a bit low on the Olives but up on the Cased Caddis. the river was still pretty low.

As always I had a fish, I also took lots of photos of the invasive weeds by the river for the Plant Tracker web site. No Giant Hogweed but loads of Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed.

Up from the bridge where last time I caught fish there seemed to be nothing at all, where they go and why I do not understand.
My first fish was very pleasing, I think it was the same fish that I caught last month from just under the bushes on the right of the picture.
   What pleased me was that, last time I dropped it back in the river as I tried to take it's photo, I made no mistake this time and waded to the bank with it in the net.

Not massive but a good fish from an awkward place. Blue Winged Olive did the trick.

This pool has a fast current and does not look like much, some times it fishes well and sometimes not. It depends how much of the bank has slipped into the river in the last few days, or so I think. Today was a good one.

 Three nice fish still on the BWO.

I moved on up to the next pool which had fish rising, I had not seen a rise until then.

The top end always fishes the best and today was no exception.
This was the best one.

Moved up above the weir fish rising again, got a couple to have a look but I could not get one on the hook, never mind sometimes your lucky sometimes your not.

I was happy with my day so started back down taking more photos of the invasive weeds,
 it's a never ending task I just hope that something will get done about controlling then some day.


Lots and lots of Himalayan Balsam it crowds out all the other plants and then dies off in the winter leaving no roots. The winter rains then wash the unprotected soil away.

The other problem up here and much farther down the river is Japanese Knot weed.

At least it tends to help the banks to stay firm, but once it takes over you need a machete to get through it. 

Thursday 30 July 2015

Bradshaw Brook Firwood 29 Jul 15

Two reasons for going to Firwood again, one, I wanted to take more photos of the non native invasive weeds that are strangling the river banks and pathways by the brook. The details and photos of which I have just finished putting on the Plant Tracker web site.
Japanese Knotweed is in complete control of the left bank here and Himalayan Balsam has got the other side.
It gets worse each year.

Reason two is, of course, that I manage to catch plenty fish, most likely because I go to the most awkward bits that nobody else does.

 Not that big but plenty of them.

 Now and again I get some that are a bit bigger.

All caught on dry fly,a BWO to start and an Adams later.
 More of that awful Balsam and Knotweed.
 As usual I lost as many as I netted which I don't mind as long as they don't end up with my fly in their mouth.

I did meet two others fishing in the brook, a dad with his little boy. The boy was trying to spin and dad had a fly rod. I left them to it. It didn't look like they would be catching much, but then again you never know they might have done better than me by the end of the day.   

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Bradshaw Brook 28 Jul 15

I have been photographing Japanese Knot Weed and Himalayan Balsam and putting the pictures and the location of the plants on " " so that a better picture of where these awful plants are all over the UK. It can be done in two ways, I do it on my lap top but it can be done via an APP on mobiles, I am an old fart and don't understand these new fancy phones.
I did get pictures of Giant Hog Weed over the weekend and last week but not today.

If you read this please go to the website and do some reporting we all need to do our bit.

Of course I did manage a little fishing at the same time. Caught quite a few and hooked and lost far more. Not concentrating enough, not surprising really as it kept  heaving it down with rain most of the time. Guess who didn't have his waterproof on, spent quite some time hiding under trees.

  As usual it was the better fish that seemed to get off .
Got loads of photos of Balsam and Knot weed, won't bore you with them. The Giant Hog Weed has not got to here yet, thank goodness.     

Sunday 19 July 2015

Bradshaw Brook 19 Jul 15

Fished two stretches of the brook that I have not fished for some time, in fact where I started I have not been for at least two years. Why not, well it's smelly not very long and not that easy to get to.
 Restricted casting from trees and Japanese Knot Weed
 Which is normal on Bradshaw Brook
 Not to bad on the this bit were just about all the fish came from.

 Getting a bit larger, Lost one bigger than this.

 This is were the smell was coming from bid not seem to bother the fish though.

 This one took a while to get to the net.

 Another good fish. Didn't bother with the camera for the small ones
 I lost more than I caught which would usually upset me, but with catching plenty good fish I was happy. 

Caught nothing up her near the pipe which is the top of the stretch. Went back to the car and change location to a stretch that is only a couple of hundred yards up stream of the pipe but you can not wade up to it.  

First cast on the new stretch I caught this one.
 From this pool and three others all small ones. 
The one below from under the trees.

 Another good fish sorry about the photo.

Well I thought yesterday was good but today topped it by quite a bit. Just goes to show that I do not have go to far from home to catch good fish. There are a few other places that I not been to for some time that I will have go to.