Typical river brownie
Tony gave me a great shrimp imitation, in a light grey colour and also a peeping cadis. We then set off to fish the faster flowing riffles casting far more upstream than i normally do.
I caught more fish on both flies, but unfortunatley none of them came from the upstream part of the cast.
The largest fish of the night fell to Tony of about 3/4lb and i had the pleasure of catching the smallest (it fitted in the palm of my hand).
By the end of the evening we had both caught 5 fish. Yet again i had good fun, the ever changing condition of the river makes fishing unpredictable, today the river was rising again and filling with colour after more rain.
Am looking forwards to taking Matthew fishing next weekend as his rugby season is now over. He is keen to catch a trout on the fly so i think a trip up to Pendle View will be in order.
After seeing the tactics he was using, i started to psyche myself up for a return trip to try for these large mullet that inhabited the harbour, but Lucia pulled a face when i told her we needed to find a tackle shop, so i guessed that it wouldnt be a wise move to spend too much more time fishing this holiday.
After an incredibly busy couple of days in the office, my head was in a different place as i packed the car to go fishing after work today. Not only did i forget my waders, i also left my boots and camera at home, so turned up at the riverside in a pair of white running shoes – not the ideal footwear for fishing, its a miracle i remembered my rod.
I had been hoping for a couple of hours on the river but had to settle for a tenching session at Maceys in Bury. Last summer Matthew and i had some cracking tench sessions using prawns and mussels from the local Asda as bait. There is a tendancy for the anglers at maceys to use either maggots or pellets and for anglers who are prepared to use different baits, really good sessions can be had when others are struggling to catch. Today i decided to use the remaining worms i had dug earlier in the week. So it was another feeder and popped up lobworm tail hookbait session.
Not too many signs of Spring yet.
I got one of the kids fishing nearby to take my photo as i have lots of photos of everyone else but not so many of me!
Are you looking at me ?
Tonys second fish
Alert as Irwell turns orange
Chris Osuh 31/ 3/2008
THE River Irwell has turned orange again – sparking a major Environment Agency investigation.An 18 to 20 mile stretch of the river has been affected in what the agency describes as a `significant pollution incident’.
Officers were sent to a part of the river between Bacup and Bury, after concerned members of the public began contacting their switchboard at 7.30am today.At this stage it is suspected the problem has been caused by an underground mine collapse at Bacup and the weekend’s heavy downpours. It is believed water is flowing from underground workings at the mine, overwhelming the nearby Old Meadows water treatment plant. This has led to untreated water tainted with iron salts, flooding into the River Irwell and staining it ochre.At this stage it is not known whether the problem will affect household water supplies or if any fish have been killed. Environment Agency experts are taking water samples and photographs from the scene and are assessing the impact of the pollution on the river and its wildlife. A deeper ecological survey will follow.The River Irwell ran bright orange in Bacup for thirty years until 1999, when a clean-up operation was completed. The £1m engineering scheme was launched after a 1997 Coal Authority survey identified the stretch as as having the fourth worst case of minewater pollution in the country.
now you know why the irwell is a catch and release water!
Hopefully the fish and other aquatic life have not been affected as proved by Tonys catching the day after this pollution incident took place. When i go fishing tomorrow i am going to go bug hunting to check that food sources are still alive there.