For anyone interested in an early fish and a sight of bits of the Ee that are normally not available, I copy some bits out of the RETA newsletter. I've got two days booked next week!
"But this year there is another reason to get your rod out, and early as well, go now in fact - FREE FISHING!! The recent floods have assisted maybe 250,000 rainbows (estimates vary wildly of course) to escape the confines of their pits in the fish farms on our river, to flee to the river, and there do untold damage to the native fish, the fry, parr, wee brownies and, coming soon, smolts.
It is imperative that we get as many people out fishing for the fat silver suppers as soon as possible to help rid the river of this menace. We hope and pray this disaster will not undo any of the good work the River Exe Project has been carrying out for the past seven years but only time willtell. In the meantime we should all get down to the river and partake in the fishing bonanza. And as illustration of this I can tell you Derek Newbold had 10 x 3lbers in 40 mins fishing at Oakfordbridge recently. There reallyare 1000's of them in the river. Think about it.
All you need is a trout licence and to get in touch with Patrick or James at Lance Nicholson's Tackle 01398 323409 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a day. Note barbless hooks aremandatory in case you encounter a kelt or brownie. Remember to notify your catch return after each visit to Nick.Maye@environment-agency.gov.uk."
I thought that I should add an update on Stuckeridge beat as I was there yesterday (Saturday) as one of the two RETA rods.
Its true that there are many rainbows in the river. My own catch was 20, with varying sizes & largest at 5lb (caught on orange goldhead). They seemed to be spread across all the pools and so probably quite a lot will have gone further downstream.
The other RETA rod out yesterday caught many more than me and hit on some hotspots where the smaller rainbows are shoaling (particularly by Stuckeridge bridge).
RETA are very keen for the fish to be taken out & are worried that the rainbows will eat the smolts when they migrate.
I fully realise the impact this could have on the indigenous Brown Trout but, sounds like a superb days fishing, I have read with some interest Nick Harts thoughts in his blog www.nickhartflyfishing.com/blog/ he seems to be playing it down. I suppose it will be some time before the full impact is known I have read on another forum rainbows have been taken as far down as Thoverton.
News updates about the UK's recent weather and occasional flooding, in particular in the SW are quite common it seems on this side of the pond.
I hope the release/escape of these rainbows does overly upset the natural balance. Rainbow access (Steelhead) is restricted in some of our rivers to protect the Brook and Brown trout populations in the upper stretches.
I've got 2 mths to wait for opening so I enjoy following your exploits, while I wait. If I can get over during the open season when visiting my mum I'm bringing my rod.
Two of us fished Stuckeridge yesterday and caught over 60 between us.It was great fun and kept us warm on a bitter day.It is a nice beat to fish with some lovely fly water. I am looking forward to next Wednesday when we are booked in again.Only 24,800 left to catch. Colin.
Had another go on Wednesday and managed 55 between us.They were generally bigger than last week.It was another good day fishing especially in the morning when they were keener to take.The water had dropped from our last visit and the lower pools did not produce much.Still lovely to fish. Colin.