Look out for Tommy lie lodgers

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

Brewls, who I be­lieve was the brother of Henry Brewls of Tritling­ton and the au­thor of many farming come­dies. I moved from the area in the late-1950s but was dis­mayed on a visit in the ’80s to dis­cover an al­most dead river. The bot­tom of the wa­ter was cov­ered in silt, ap­par­ently from an over­flow of the old Sto­b­swood col­liery and pos­si­bly open­cast work­ings. My ef­forts to have any­thing done ended in the re­al­i­sa­tion that no-one wants to know. I must ex­press my plea­sure on read­ing John Robert­son’s let­ter (De­cem­ber) about the River Lyne in Northum­ber­land. From the age of nine in the early 1940s I fished reg­u­larly on the Ul­gham Grange Wa­ter – the beat above where he fished at South Linton. My mem­ory of those days are of a river con­tain­ing many trout in the 8 oz-12 oz range and count­less min­nows, fresh­wa­ter shrimp and snails and ev­ery stone was home to a stone loach (we called them “Tommy lie lodgers”).

The stone loach, or Tommy lie lodger, is a wa­ter-qual­ity in­di­ca­tor species.

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