Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jungle warfare on Lancashire's River Brock.

I accompanied a retired friend today on his stretch of the little river Brock near Myerscough. Mick has been a member of the the Preston Working Men's AA for donkey's years and views this overgrown brook as his own bit of paradise - few of the other members can be bothered with the creeping and crawling about which fishing it entails. It's certainly not easy fishing, but the rewards are there in the form of beautiful golden coloured little trout, and the feeling of complete detachment from the world outside its dense canopy of trees and balsam.

We spent a very enjoyable few hours this afternoon exploring the stretch immediately behind the college grounds. Three weight rods and tiny nymphs and dries were the order of the day, pitched into any likely looking hole or amongst the bankside tree roots. This approach rewarded us with a number of trout to about 9" as well as a few dace and chublets, all of which pounced upon my Griffith's Gnat as if it were the first food they had seen in weeks.

Of note was the large number of stoneclingers which reside in this stream. As I waded upstream, it seemed that every little stone had a resident nymph basking on top, which quickly scuttled underneath as I approached. I've read that these species are particularly good indicators of water quality, tolerating very little pollution compared to the 'baetidae' families. If this is the case, then the Brock seems to be in fine fettle indeed.
Once in the water, there were few chances to escape due to the high, overgrown banks and we fished a good couple of miles of water before emerging, blinking, into the sunlight once more. A most satisfying afternoon.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

are you a member ? i do not recall seeing at meetings or bankside if you are a member if you like jungle i could show you parts of barton brook which require special forces training MICK BAILIFF PWMAA look forward to hearing from you and arrange fishing mission

Anonymous said...

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