Contributed by Brian Kirkwood (09.05.2003)
By the time the Easter break was here, we still had no rain. The river was in poor condition and beginning to weed up. There were some fish about, but extremely difficult to get a fly to. I took the odd fish up to the 26th of April, then we had some rain and by the 4th of May the river was well up and coloured. As the river freshened up, the fish spread out and fed very well on some big hatches of medium & large olives. By May bank holiday there were Alderfly being taken very readily.
I am writing this as we go into the second week of May and I have high hopes after 5 good sessions and over 20 fish (best being 1 1/2 lb but all over 12oz and in excellent condition, all returned except 2). Most were caught on a size 14 dry adams but some on a partridge & yellow or snipe & purple when the fish were not rising. As a taster, not far downstream of Musgrave Bridge, there is a very large Brownie (over 4lb?). I had it take an Adams but she broke my point. Appleby Anglers have stocked the Warcop joint water with good fish with a blue dye mark on the belly. The swallows are here! There may also be some mayfly by early June.