Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Invertebrate monitoring.....and a bonus beast!
Friday evening saw me back on the Eden with Bob. A week of poor weather ended with a slight improvement as the breeze died off under leaden skies and the temperature actually rose through the day to reach a balmy 18c. We were hopeful of sport but found the going slow. Once again, the insect activity was limited to a few longhorns performing their dance over the marginal shallows and although a few egg bearing BWO spinners appeared at last light, their numbers were relatively small and only an odd fish rose to eat them in the semi-darkness.
As is often the case when fishing with friends, we spent a lot of time walking and chatting and not so much concentrating on catching fish, but it was fairly obvious that the trout weren't really that interested. We did return a couple, and both missed a fish each on the spent spinner late on. Overall though it was a quiet evening's fishing, and typically late summer with the overgrown grass lying damp and heavy in the meadows and the scent of yarrow and meadowsweet hanging in the air as we headed back to the car in darkness. The light has gone at half past nine now and very soon, our evening fishing will be over for another summer. How quickly it goes and how many grand plans will have to remain unfulfilled until next year!