Izaak Walton Angling
LATEST NEWS AND PICTURES 2021
Entries are in reverse date order
22 July 2021 Newbridge on Wye
A quick flurry of emails on Wednesday (21st) found assurance that we could fish despite an edict issued by the chairman of the Wye Conservators that no fishing sould take place in the main stem of the Wye. This edict (which arrived at 2.30 pm) was based on the fact that the water temperature at Erwood (a village downstream of Builth Wells) had reached 70 degrees. At this temperature there is no doubt that trout and grayling are severely stressed and should not be subjected to further stress. However in these conditions more than half of the flow at Newbridge comes from the Elan Valley Dam complex which brings the temperature right down to a good tempeature for the trout and grayling. The owner and the river keeper were in total agreement so we breathed a sigh of relief.
The fish did not respond well to the dry fly that Richard offered them but I found several willing victims for the nymph. I had to come down in size to a size 16 to really interest them and I'm amazed how much force such small hooks can withstand.
I checked up on the river temperature before lunch by falling flat on my face while wading over the slabs at the head of Cornwall. Fortunately the water was deep enough to cushion my fall and gave me the opportunity to look at the bed of the river from under water. I bounced up pretty quickly and shipped enough water to keep me cool for the rest of the day but not enough to squelch as I walked. Luckily the permit I had issued to myself that morning was folded up in a waterproof pocket in my waders so I could record my catch.
I was lucky to capture a much higher percentage of larger fish than usual with seven of the twelve I weighed being over a pound. No monsters but very nice all the same. I was lucky as well when I caught my best fish of the day. Sometimes all sorts of things go wrong when you are trying to land a fish - the tip of the rod gets caught in an overhanging branch - the heavy tail fly gets caught on the bottom of the river, the reel falls off, the net tangles itself and the fish slides off and the dropper catches in the net, then the fish in the net rolls over and over and practically kills itself. But the gods smiled and the biggest grayling of the day slid into the net, the fly fell out as the pressure was released, the dog-clip that attaches the net to the extender reel didn't flip over and smack me on the side of the head, the spring balance hooked neatly onto the net and as I lifted it to weigh the fish the daughter of the owner said from the bridge overhead "That's a lovely fish, Lance."
15 July 2021 Wicken's Pool
A glorious Summer's day in the well tended lawns of Wicken's Pool. Shirley and Ian know how to pamper us and our thanks go out to them. We started with a group photo of five which had to have two added using the wizardry of Paintshop. I'm not much of a wizard unfortunately but angler's are very unforgiving and pretend not to see the joins.
Shirley, who fishes the pool regularly, said that they were being a bit picky and by the final whistle I agreed with him. I used my usual recipe of liquidised bread and bread punch and caught two very small roach. Then I tried bread flake and fluked a pretty black and white koi of about 10 oz. Then I swapped to floating expander pellets but struggled. I had a nice little common of just under three pounds then noticed that the fish were fizzing over where I had continued to throw in the liquidised bread. On went a small piece of flake, up went the float, down went the shot and I had two nibbles - great stuff! I must admit that I didn't really give it a thprough trial as of course the carp kept coming round and I couldn't resist sliding the float down and the shot up and fishing floating flake. I caught the odd one doing that but never really felt confident in what I was doing. The fish wouldn't come right in to the side for some reason as they usually do. I love to catch them just under my feet when you can see them come up and play with the pellets, sometimes dabbling the in the surface film to con them into a take.
Eddie Bradley, a new member, whom I had met at Tenbury on the last contest where he caught a nice bream despite low conditions, gave Peter Mountford a run for his money. Peter's nice carp of five pound four ounces may have just swung the result in his favour. Ian Wilson had the same experience as myself with fizzing fish that refused to take anything but he still managed almost enough to catch Eddie.
Another good days fishing with plenty to think about - how to catch those extra two fish to swing it.
13 July 2021 Tenbury
Success! I finally managed to cut through a willow branch about three inches in diameter after cutting off the "anchors" that I created by removing some of the cutting teeth. It has been a very interesting exercise for me. Exercise being the operative word. With a physique honed by forty years of cutting holes in dentine the rigours of using a manual chainsaw threw into sharp relief the lack of muscle power available. I'm turning to modern technology and a small chainsaw mounted on a pole.
I was reading through my last entry for typos etc. when I realised that some anglers may be mystified by the farming expression "topping". This is nothing to do with cream cakes but all to do with grazing animals and their predilection for eating fresh, growing grass. Long tough grass and seed growth is left in preference for the new growth so a patchwork of seeding grass and thistles separated by patches of better grass appears. The farmer runs a mowing machine over the field to cut off (topping) all the old growth so the animals can then eat the new growth resulting, but the mowed grass is not harvested.
There aren't any grazing animals so why top it? The Teme and its tributaries are deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the farmers are not permitted to cultivate,spray or fertilise the ground within 10 metres of the top of the river bank. They must cut the vegetation yearly in the summer-time. As in this case the grass and vegetation is cut but not harvested it is called "topping". The farmer receives a grant for this loss of usable acreage.
12 July 2021 Tenbury update
On Friday (9th) Richard and I reinforced the steps on Peg 11 (the Shopping Trolley peg) and rearranged the top steps on
On Sunday I visited Tenbury again to try the modified manual chainsaw. I met Mrs. Pattrick from whom we rent the car park and she told me that she had topped the vegetation alongside the river for which I thanked her very much. She said that it was higher than she had ever known it. Whether this is the result of it lying fallow for years or just the growing conditions this year I cannot hazard a guess.
It still jammed! The modified chainsaw as you can see has had some of its teeth ground down. What I failed to realise was that the other part of the cutting blade, presumable a guide, would act as an anchor once the tooth had been removed so I have now to grind those off. Those of you familiar with chainsaws will realise that this is not the usual kind found on power tools. It is double sided and half of the teeth cut when it moves in one direction and the other half come in to play when the direction is reversed. Back to the grinding wheel.
5 July 2021 Tenbury branch felling
A stuttering success but nevertheless a success with a picture to prove it. My next step will be to grind off over half the cutting teeth on the chain in an attempt to make up for a lack of horse power. If/when that fails it will have to be one of those battery powered pruning chainsaws but they do seem to be rather limited in reach.
2 July 2021 Tenbury branch felling
I know, I know, stop nagging. All this rubbish about fly-fishing. What you really want to know is how did I get on with the manual chainsaw to cut off the overhanging branches at Peg 6. The first outing could politely be termed a steep learning curve but the main lesson was that you cannot saw a dangling branch with a manual chainsaw. It started well and the chain bit into the branch but then as the branch swung towards me of course it jammed. Moral - get up close to the trunk.
Second outing proved positive as I met a fairly recent addition to the membership, Paul Hand, who has already met several of the members at Wicken's Pool. (note to Paul, if you want to catch some grayling on a float come with us to Newbridge on Wye with some worms).
This time the operation was a bit slicker as I had made some quick change couplings for attaching the cord to the various devices for presuading the cord to go round the branch and return to hand. Saw correctly positioned I retired up the bank to the optimum angle of cut and started to saw but it all went solid. Using hi-tech equipment, a long branch, I repositioned the chain and tried again but the same result. The chain simply buries itself into the soft, sappy branch.
Two outings and two failures but much learned. I'm going to try on an Alder branch next to see if that will do the trick. The first victim will be at Peg 5 where I left Paul viewing the offending branch where he was going to add to his tally of one minnow caught at Peg 1.
1 July 2021 Newbridge Fly-only
The water was up a little compared to our last outing here as a result of increased release from the Elan Valley dams but it had started the day following our last visit so the fish had time to acclimatise to the drop in temperature and may well have approved of it. The weather was so warm that I don't suppose it made much difference anyway.
Steve Grimwood the river keeper had laboured mightily last year to sort out the stiles and cut through the vegetation of the stretch above the bridge so i felt duty bound to go up there and fish it. The floods over the last few years have not helped the stretch and there is not much depth to escape predators but I managed my best grayling of the day (1-09-00). from the deepest hole. Steve said that it was much easier to sort out this year and he may join up the two sections of the riverside path next year so we can travel the full length without getting into the field.
After lunch I went downstream to find out what was going on. Richard had been catching but Roger had had a horrid day with fish splaxhing at the fly but not taking despite changing to to a finer leader and changing the fly frequently. Where they were fishing, just below where the Ithon joins the Wye, the river flows very steadily and the fish have lots of time to study the fly and leader and decide not to engulf the fly.
What you have to achieve is the fly floating down ahead of the leader without any drag to spoil the effect of an inert insect. By drag I don't mean creating a wake but moving the fly in relation to the bubbles and floating things in the surface film. My father perfected the "Heap Cast" without any training (that was just the way he cast!) and I have seen many, many grayling rise to take his fly from the middle of coils of leader. It wasn't pretty but it was effective. Trying to convey how to do this to an angler who has always cast straight as Roger has done is difficult especially as I do so many things unconciously. I don't know what I'm doing so how can I teach someone else!.
I must spend more time experimenting with different patterns of nymphs because I don't catch as many as I ought to. I might take some time off thinking about Tenbury and more on weighted nymphs.
26 June 2021 Tenbury Competition
Scattered thunderstorms with torrential rain throughout the Midlands meant we approached the river not sure what to expect. There was little colour in the water so so targeting the chub and dace seemed to be the order of the day.
First we took advantage of Peter Mountford presence to have a quick walk of the stretch for his advice on which pegs to fish and also his comments on the bottom pegs that Richard and I had dug out on Tuesday. He thought that the water was a bit too shallow for the bottom peg but the one above looked good (provisionarily numbered 12 and 13). I say provisionarily because there were one or two places I had cut down through the vegetation which might yet receive the accolade of a peg number.
Recconaisance completed I went back to the car for yet more tackle and met Ed Bradley, a local member who was coming down for a few hours fishing and was happy to join in the competition.
The water was chilled from the rain we had received.in the last few days and sport was very slow. After lunch I decided to change from maggots to bread on the float. A bigger hook was called for and I hesitated over a 2.5 or 3.8 hooklength. I decided on a 3.8 which was just as well as the 3lb chub I hooked on the 3rd swim down spent most of its time being dragged through the short reeds along the margins. Why it didn't come off I will never know.
After some time I gave up on the bread and decided to walk back to the car for a couple of swimfeeders. Richard, Peg 11 (the shopping trolley swim) had seen the tell-tale wake and bubbles of an otter swimming up through his swim, Ed, Peg 5 had seen a few rattles on his 8mm pellet, Peter had tried Peg 8 with maggot with no result so had moved to Peg 1. This is a lovely swim for trotting but he had only caught a small trout, then as I watched caught a small grayling.
Before changing to the feeder I had a cast with the bread again and caught a chub about a pound. I caught nothing else with the feeder.
At the weigh-in my two chub were overshadowed by Ed producing a cracking bream from his keepnet which took the scales down to 5 pounds 5 ounces, which well deserved a photograph and winning the competition. Well done Ed!
22 June 2021 Project Tenbury Bottom Boundary
This was another project which should have taken place in the Winter. The dream team were in action - Secretary/Treasurer Richard and Chairman Lance ! and of course a copy of the map from the Conveyance of the fishing rights.
A two minute demo of how to dig steps down the bank and Richard was in action to produce Peg12 while I set about the vegetation with a brush hook. After an hour or so we had mission accomplished with a new fishing station, Peg 12, accessible down a neat flight of steps, and another new fishing station, Peg 13, aka The Bottom Peg or the Boundary Hole. We were keen to make these two pegs fishable as our Teme angling expert and fount of local knowledge Peter Mountford had said that the top and bottom pegs were the places to fish in low water and we have a competition at Tenbury here in a few days time (Saturday 26 June 2021).
Lunch over we headed for the top pegs. I had done a proper job of the steps at Peg 3 but we hadn't time today to do that so we renewed the earth steps at Peg 2 and then turned our attention to ...........wait for it .....The Top Peg. This is not to be tackled with a wheelbarrow loaded with fishing tackle, in fact fishing tackle should be kept to an absolute minimum - everything kept to an absolute minimum! There is a rope to help you down which makes it much easier. We can't cut steps because the bank is dominated by tree roots but I did winkle out as much earth as I could from round the roots that we use as steps.
I'm exaggerating of course. I'm nearing eighty and my ribs are held together at the front with wire where they cut through them to get at my heart for a bypass operation .... but perhaps it would be wise to go down first without any tackle.It is well worth it as it is a classical run-in to a pool and there is a nice big shelf of rock to put all your gear down.
To return to the bottom boundary. It is situated directly beneath the overhead power cables where they cross our bank. Be aware that there are a pair of electricity cables which cross the river about forty yards below which are carried on poles across the field from near the car park. Our boundary cables are carried on enormous pylons loaded with five cables carrying zillions of volts.
I point this out because a few years ago I stood under these enormous cables trying to find an angler for our weigh-up.The phone conversation went "Where are you Dave?" "I'm under the electric cables". "So am I but I can't see you". "I'm standing on the bank waving to you". And there he was, thirty yards away. The cables are so high that once you get near to them without craning your neck you don't see them. Fortunately we still rented that water in those days so we didn't throw him out for poaching.
It's damn good fishing at any height. Come along on Saturday to fish or see what we have caught.
19 June 2021 Newmill Bridge
The venue having not been fished for twelve months and our weed sprayer Tony Quarterman out of action due to a stroke the jungle has taken over. Added to that the winter floods have caused the usual deposition of debris along the banks with the odd bit of erosion thrown in and fishing was never going to be a cake-walk.
The situation could never have demonstrated more clearly what a good move it was when we took over the Tenbury water to mark the pegs very clearly. Of course to do that you need someone who knows the water very well to mark where the swims are and we were fortunate that our member Peter Mountford fitted the bill.
Not having a guide I spent all morning cutting paths through a six foot wall of nettles and goose grass to get to vantage points where I could see the river. I retreated to the car for my lunch not having found a place to fish. The aforementioned Peter Mountford arrived so we went together back down. I decided to dig steps down the steep slope through the undergrowth to get to the water's edge in one spot and Peter decided to utilise one of my paths to commence a battle through the undergrowth.a short distance above When I got to six feet above the water I found that a large willow tree had fallen down parallel to the river with the horizontal trunk held in place by its branches. I cut a long step along the bank so that the tree trunk formed a table just below waist height - ideal for a box of maggots and a catty.
Back to the car, dumped the spade and brush hook, grabbed the fishing tackle and scampered off to my perfect swim. Because there were some branches just downstream and an overhanging branch in front of me I was limited to legering a maggot. In the twenty minutes of fishing time I had available I had three bites. The maggots were unmarked so I think they were grayling. Peter had an hour and a half and had an open swim where he could floatfish and had two chub, two grayling, and two dace plus some smaller fish for four pound odd. He's good at fishing!
Our worthy secretary Richard went into the wooded bit where the shade prevents the heavy vegetation elsewhere and, aided by his trowel had achieved a fishing spot some distance above the water. He caught two chub for a pound.
Next saturday we are at Tenbury where we know we can get to the river!
17 June 2021 Newbridge on Wye
The river has become very low of course with the last addition to the flow from a thunderstorm about ten days ago. Steven Grimwood (River keeper) remarked that the silt had made the stones as slippery as glass below the Ithon. The main river had not caught the thunderstorm but one of the tributaries of the Ithon (I would guess the Clwedog) brought it up a few inches. In Landrindod we had three quarters of an inch in tho hours from that storm.
Luckily we did not have a thunderstorm to wreck the fishing and we all caught some. Dave Evason excelled again with float-fished worm while Richard Stowe stated the day with a lovely pound and a half grayling which proved to be the best of the day.In view of the extremely low water conditions a total of 24 grayling and 5 trout for 22-05-00 was a worthy achievement.
15 June 2021 Tenbury
Richard could not make it because of sickness in the family but I finished of the steep steps and the one down onto the platform. Ideally a few earth steps to the start of the steep bit would help but that can be done later. It wa a very hot day but fortunately I was working in the shade. I still managed to consume 2.5 litres of orange squash to ward off dehydration.
11 June 2021 Tenbury
I have completed the slider for Peg 6 which is on the entry for 9 June 2021. I have realised (at last you will all say) that photographs of steps are very, very, BORING so I will save myself the effort of producing yet more sliders of steps. Suffice to say that I have started on peg 8 which we had advised anglers not fish because of an overhanging half fallen tree. Back in the days before the pandemic (September 2020) a friend of Tony Whittney, with Tony's help, cut down and dragged out the offending tree without totally destroying the rickety fishing platform on the bank beneath. Since then the old stage has been dragged out and three post inserted with a back board. I'm fairly certain that this is the work of Tony Quarterman and Kevin Tandler but when I phoned Tony yesterday he still has not recovered enough from the stroke he suffered to be able to say. The bank has been cut back and a handy earth platform created in place of the crumbling wooden one..
The steps required down to the platform are very steep but mercily quite a short run. The potential for problems with tree roots verges on the certainty but Richard (of Secretay fame) is due to arrive at 10 am sharp on Tuesday so we should be able to deal with any eventuality.
9 June 2021 Tenbury
Tony Whittney has unleased his brush cutter to cut a path along the top of the bank. It was just the right time to cut as the vegetation has reached its maximum.It has certainly helped me to move about.
I have finished the steps at peg 3 and made a start on Peg 6 - the Bream Hole. Thank goodness we put the Peg numbers up because it was difficult enough to find out where to start with the height of the vegetation being so great. I had to cut my way down the bank to find out what had already been done in the way of making steps. The height of the bottom step is really too much so I will have to work something out for that.
I have added the photos of the completed steps at Peg 3 to the slider on the 4th of June and will make a new slider for Peg 6.
4 June 2021 Tenbury
Peg 3 was almost impossible to navigate before Kevin Tandler, Tony Q. and Ian Wilson at various times cut some steps into the smooth marl bank. I only had time to reinforce four of the steps with wooden bars and pack the erosion cavities under a root which helps to create another step.
A puncture on the way home was the usual recovery-service story of short staffages due to Pandemic, unprecedented demand due to easing of Pandemic regulations, 3 to 4 hours before anyone can get to you, thank you very much I'll do it myself.
I'm going again tomorrow (7th) with the hope of doing the rest of that flight of steps. In the meantime I will leave you to look at another slider.
I have added the images for the completion of the steps at Peg 3 (9.06.21).
25-26 May 2021 Tenbury Peg 5
The Chairman has been stepping again. What a damn shame we couldn't do the jobs at Tenbury that we wanted to do during the winter when the vegetation was down. I was working on Peg 5 and as you can see from the photographs the vegetation has practically overwhelmed it. In the winter you could see where the path was and the steps that Kevin Tandler and Tony Quarterman had dug . I'm very pleased that we put the numbers up so that you can still find the pegs.
Tree root were a bit of a problem and the bottom step had a layer of pebbles to work through but otherwise no big problems. It took took me two days to do this little task which I would have done in a morning thirty years ago. Still the rivers at home were too coloured to fish and it kept me out of mischief. (I fished today (27th) on the Wye and Irfon at Builth and had about half a dozen trout but not one grayling. Give it another fortnight and a clearer river and there would have been more grayling than trout.I was fishing weighted nymphs Eurostyle.)
While I was creating havoc with the steps the wheezing grunt of a Goosander made me turn round to see a family party of two duck goosanders and 14 ducklings making their way up the other side of the river. How I wished for a duck-eating Otter to arrive and scoff the lot.
I have put the photos on a slider so just click on the photo to activate the slider then click on the left or right arrow and it will move to the next.
15 May 2021 Wickens
New Kids on the Block
Peter Bennet and Alex Greenhow showed their colours on saturday. Peter was hanging back for bets on his debut at the previous competition with just a pound (although he lost a good carp) but Alex just stormed in on his debut to come equal second with Dave Hemming. Just a little tweek to the end gear might have put several of the carp he hooked into the net to easily claim first place. Watch out you old hands - we have competition!
Carp are like cats in that they move to the warmest place they can find. Shirley fishing in the corner of the lake where the cold water from the inflow came in never had a bite. Ian was fishing to the corner of the Island nearest to the inflow and caught a couple of carp first thing before the heavy rain arrived and increased the inflow. It always amazes me how long it takes for the warm and cold patches of water to mix. Sometimes on a lake a patch of water may be very coloured with mud and you can watch it move round for hours before it mixes. Put an island into the equation and trying to work out where a patch will go needs a super computer.
Peter fished the same bank as Shirley but about half way along towards the dam. He could cast towards the west end of the island which must have been protected by the island from the cold water. He also caught from just in tront of him. The breeze was from behind him with deeper water in front so the breeze would push the cool surface water away from him and the warmer deeper water would well up there.
I was on the North bank (the left bank as you stand on the dam) happily waiting for the breeze to veer round - but it didn't. Alex was on the same bank but casting across to the island whereas I was fishing close to my bank.
Dave Evason fished back of the island further away from the inflow than Ian and didn't catch a carp. The Roach and Perch he was catching do not seem quite so fussy about temperature as the carp. Richard fished in the North East corner well away from the inflow but where the breeze was pushing some of the cooler water. Dave Hemmings was fishing the deep water from the dam which was probably little affected by the light breeze causing only small currents.
Alex suffered as Ian did in the previous contest with losing several carp. He was using banded pellets and found that he had to come down to a size sixteen before they would take. Fishing with a feeder at fairly long range requires a fairly robust rod so small hooks tend to pull out. It is one of those conundrums which seems intractable at times but deeply frustrating.
Despite the weather not being the most pleasant everyone seemed to enjoy the day. The neatly trimmed grass and trees is a constant pleasure with our gratitude to Shirley and Ian not forgotten. Thanks heavens that the pandemic is retreating to allow us to fish again.
I have set up the images for the "Duckling Protection Project" taken by our very own "Izaac Walton Super Snapper".Jane Stowe. They appear below for 11 April 2021.
24 April 2021 Wickens
I have been mentally rehearsing how to fish for 12 months and took two days finding where all my fishing tackle was hidden. I found an enormous keepnet that I had bought about three years ago hidden in the garage. It was so heavy I hadn't used it.but I thought it would save me the embarrassment of explaining why there were several large stones concealed amidst my fish when I came to weigh-in as my previous net tended to float up.
By lunchtime the two three inch roach I had captured were developing agorophobia in the echoing emptiness of my keepnet.I had been using bread punch on a 14 hook and grounbaiting with liquidised bread about three rod length out. No-one was catching carp in quantity so tiddler snatching was the order of the day to provide company for the two tiny roach. Reduced the hook size to 18 but kept the hook length to 3lb because of the carp. Reduced the float size to 4 No.6 and came in to 1 3/4 rod lengths.and kept the bread going in. Two bonus carp of about 2lb each meant I just pipped Tony to the post.
Tony deserved to win for catching such such a lovely Perch (2-12-00) along with several other perch and the ubiqitous roach on bread and maggots. Ian, who won the only match we fished here last year, could so easily have been top again but lost 4 carp back of the island. Peter Moutford gave us all a half day start which proved too generous on the day but caught well in difficult conditions
. I didn't learn what dreadful acts of bad luck befell the two Daves but the other Peter (Bennett) was visible from where I was fishing so I saw his bad lluck first hand. Late in the afternoon he hooked a big carp close in which chose to thrash about at the top like a trout, with the same inevitable result - the hook came out.
. Nine people fished and nine weighed-in which was an achievement in view of the conditions - a bitterly cold, gusty wind and a bright sun. The wind eventually eased about five o'clock. The water was quitee coloured so I guess they have been feeding early and late.
The "Keep at a safe distance" weighing-in protocol as a nod to the pandemic worked very well thanks to Dave Evason's experience of competition fishing during the winter combined with Richard's distribution of the guidlines.
Despite the cold wind it was a glorious day to be out in the fresh air and meeting everyone after such a long time. Shirley and Ian have been ensuring that the surroundings are as good as ever. The bridges over muddy bits and carefully trimmed grass and branches. lend an air of gentility becoming of a stately home.
I can't wait to be fishibg again.
16 April 2021 Tenbury
Delightedto find that the steps I had strengthened had withstood the winter floods relatively intact. The steps had been created by Kevin Tandler and Tony Quarterman and I had strengthened them by adding a length of 3 inch diameter, treated, wooden pole along the leading edge of each step. The bar is let into the step by delicately hacking a chunk out with a spade and held in place by delicately hammering a couple of 33mm lengths of 10mm galvanised,threaded rod through predrilled holes in the pole. I have taken a photo of the setup to demonstrate what it looks like on the slider below..
An adantage of this approach is that it is very adaptable, the pole can be up to 8 feet long and the retaining rods up to 3 feet long.With the longer poles I usually put more rods through them. The predrilled holes do not need to be aligned with one another, in fact I deliberately angled them a few degrees away from one another to resist displacement. Also they are angled a few degrees away from the front face of the step to prevent weakening it.
II April 2021 Wickens Pool
Jane Stowe sent me these photos of members and family members boating at Wickens Pool. The aim and object was to put a duckling proof cap over the outlet and to remove some overhanging branches from the island.
Shirley provided all the materials for the duckling cover and planned the operation. I have heard no reports of missing persons or suspicious deaths so I am assuming that no-one was marooned on the island or drowned. Ian dragooned several of his family to help with the manpower for which we are very grateful.
Both operations resulted in a successful outcome so many thanks to all involved. The photographer never appears on the picture but I thank Jane very much for all her trouble trying to meet all my demands for more pixels and more information so I award her the title of Izaac Walton Super Snapper.
The first photographs show some of the features of the Duckling Protection Project while the last three concern the branch retrieval plan.I'm sorry that I missed it but I was concerned that I might fall foul of the Welsh Stay Local border restrictions.
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3 April 2021 Happy New Year
When I put some strenthener bars into the steps at peg 9 on New Tenbury water little did I realise that it would be Spring before I would be permitted by the control freaks in Cardiff to cross the border from where I live in Wales. During November, December and January the steps have been under water by as much as ten feet of fast flowing water so it will be with some trepidation that I will eventually visit them.
24 April 2021 at Wickens marks the first IWAS competition for twelve months and I'm already getting excited. The crazy weather we have had over the last week with temperatures over 20 Degs. on a couple of days and a high of 9 Degs. promised for tomorrow should ruin any predictions for 20 days time. Will it be pinkies on a size 20 or floating dog biscuits? Anyway it will be great fun and the fish will probably be queing up for the bait.