WHAT OUR CONTRIBUTORS ARE DOING THIS MONTH
After a lack of fishing this summer, Derbyshire Waters reporter David plans to visit the rivers Dove and Derwent. He's also looking forward to a day on Ladybower Reservoir, which he has organised for Thornton Fly Fishers. Weather permitting, the club should enjoy productive boat fishing at what is a magnificent upland venue.
Faced by tough conditions, photographer Peter has been weather watching. It has paid off with successful dawn starts to beat the heat on Eyebrook and Grafham reservoirs. He has also enjoyed a trip to the Eden, getting great scenic shots and images of the river’s beautiful brown trout.
Drowes and Melvin correspondent Davy has finished salmon fishing this year but intends to round off his season by trouting on loughs Erne and Melvin. If conditions are suitable he will also have a day on one of the most scenic loughs in north-west Ireland, Glencar, trying for a sea-trout. He has planned a trip to South Uist, too.
The Welsh Dee's cool water has allowed contributor Louis to fish regularly for trout and grayling, something he promised himself after retiring from guiding. He's also now heavily involved with invertebrate monitoring on the Dee, deepening his knowledge of entomology, which will doubtless manifest itself in his fly-dressing.
Deveron reporter Frank has mostly given the river a miss since early June due to a lack of water and high temperatures. His yearly visit to the Forglen beat on the river saw him fish late in the evenings. The brown trout refused to play, but he did manage a sea-trout of 2lb.
Now temperatures have finally cooled, contributor Mike is enjoying catching brown trout and grayling in the Welsh borders. He has caught several over-sized salmon parr on these outings and is keen to investigate whether they are "precocious" (salmon that never migrate to sea) or are a result of the exceptional summer.