Andrew.Oh Fred I’ve followed your reports from when you started and you’ve always made so interesting for me as oppose to just reporting on catches?
I thought I’d misremembered for a minute about that counter at Winkley so I’m glad you confirmed it as there was often some really interesting data such as a run of herling or sea trout well out of season and of course the late running
The Springer project which I followed closely was absolutely fascinating as regards to where they go? I remember an old bloke in Settle telling me the really early ones would often run up as high as the Foss and then would drop back down to Clitheroe and below? That some of those tagged springers ( some very large) would stay rooted all season in one spot regardless of rain, really surprised me.
Martin James someone you’ve reported on in the past at Mitton has a really good “blog” and updates on his own fishing exploits on the Ribble albeit most of it course fishing, his recent catch of big specimen Grayling is some feat imo?
Its correct that in the past, and given a very wet early spring, fresh fish could be landed, and have been, as far up as the Foss, actually in the pool itself in late March and April. Without actual tracking its impossible to be accurate and say that these same fish moved back down the river. The spring trapping did throw up some surprises, one being just how low the river when some fish moved up through the trap. Even down to just ten inches on the gauges. Another, which surprised me when I was told, that a couple of springers held for months in the same lies and nobody knew they were there. We did not want to know from the lads who did the walking and the tracking so that we could not be accused of being given information that would give us a chance at these fish. not that we would. They stayed so long that it was thought that they had regurgitated the tracker and it was lodged in gravel. Come late in the year the fish were on the move again. How many flies had these fish ignored, and how many times had a fly swum over them without them being interested and how many anglers fished without knowing they were there?