Photo of an old Photo but one of the more unusual swims I used to fish on the river.
Regular soakings were all part of the day when one of the big barges steamed by too close and the wash flooded everything. Even though it couldn’t be in a more urban setting with a major road directly behind, it was actually very peaceful. You were hidden from view & the wall blocked the noise of the road so you just heard the lapping of the water. Kingfishers were in abundance & I never saw another angler within a mile of me. The little indent to my left was a shallow plateau & a banker for a river Tench on a hot day.
I called it the tightrope swim for obvious reasons. Thats the only access & its 15 foot of water straight down!
Armed to the teeth and bristling with Perch gear but I knew it wasn't going to happen so time to kick back, soak up the Spring sunshine and enjoy just being there whilst wondering what the heck they're up to instead...
This mornings walk.first a shot of the ribble at edisford just below the bridge, river is getting very low after this dry spell.
Had a nice walk by the river, very few people about with lockdown, normally there’s a lot down here, gets absolutely packed on a hot weekend.
Left the river and followed the path down through the woods, saw a speckled wood butterfly but it flew away before I could take a picture.
Lots of wild garlic in flower under the trees, there was a strong smell of it as well.
Carried on down the path to the river again, it used to be Clitheroes rubbish tip down here but it’s full now and no longer used, could hear plenty of bird but didn’t see many, now the trees and bushes are in full leaf,
Did see this fellow, there’s a few of these down here by the house and recycling centre.
Here in France the government has produced a plan to ease the lockdown. Regions that meet certain criteria such as number of Cov19 cases, hospital capacity, transmission rate etc are given a colour. Red is clearly bad, Orange needing some improvemement, Green is good to go.
Lot 46 (my region) is in the Green, meaning some other businesses allowed to open and we can travel up to 100 km radius from our homes. We still have to observe social distancing rules.
Fishing is on again from Monday the 11th !
Tomorrow I will make up paste baits and prepare groundbait. Monday morning will bait up a few swims. Weather forecast heavy thunderstorms (after a week of great weather! ) so may not fish until Tuesday.
France was a little ahead of UK going into lockdown. Hope you guys get a break soon and things open up a bit for you as well!
A small stream and typically perfect, equally small Chub...
And another warrior...
And one of my favourite alternatives when they're messing with full worms without showing any commitment, maggot clips offer a less linear presentation to hair rigs which in turn has benefits when you think it through and there's little need for feed when your bait is giving off what this does.
Good on hard days when it's easy to overfeed and Bream like it too, but don't let that put you off...