9 July 2010

After working on the camera rig at the Tarn for most of yesterday afternoon Neil got it transmitting pictures to the website.  There is still a bit of fiddling to do to get regular updates, but if you log on to the members site now you will see the image broadcast at about  4pm yesterday.  Now that the idea has been tested and proved to work it's now possible to transfer the concept to the river so that you can see what conditions are like at any given time.  Work is in progress!

Another wet night and a damp morning has kept the river just about fishable so any members who fancy wetting a fly over the weekend should find conditions conducive to some reasonable sport.

I took a look at the bridleway works yesterday whilst up at the Tarn.  The temporary track that's needed to bring down the concrete waggons and timber sections for the bridge look like the beginnings of the M62.  I am assured that once all the haulage work is completed the track will be reduced to a 2 meter strip and be far less intrusive, but it's a hell of a project. 

However, every cloud has a silver lining and the presence of so much heavy equipment at the site may prove very useful in solving a problem affecting the new planting.  A bull is getting in to the top end of the fenced area through the water gate that has collapsed.  This massive bovine has flattened quite a swathe of trees, but I have discussed with the bridleway project manager the possibility of getting one of the JCB's to pull tight the chain supporting the water gate and make the fencing secure again.  Then the trees can be set upright.  Another job for the weekend.

Ian

7 July 2010

After a very wet night and a damp morning the river is in better form than I have seen it for months.  There are fish rising in the pools and good numbers moving in the glides and riffles so fishing over the next few days should be more rewarding that its been most of the season. 

Visitors to the Tarn will notice that the lodge has sprouted an aerial.  This is intended to transmit pictures from a camera mounted on the boathouse over the Internet to the members website.  The idea is to test the installation here before installing a similar set up on the river so that you can check water conditions online before setting off for Horton.  At present the camera is working brilliantly, but the signal is too weak to get these transmitted to the receiver at Selside.  A new aerial is being installed next week which should overcome the problem.  It's no good gurning at the camera at present as no one will see you.

When the set up was being tested the day before yesterday the pictures were so pin sharp that you could see fish just below the surface.  The camera will take a still image about once a minute so whenever you log on you will see almost live action from the Tarn

Ian

3 July 2010

Despite grey skies for much of the morning yesterday the rain that was forecast failed to materialise so the river remains pretty low, but just about fishable.  The forecast for the week ahead suggests that we may be in for a wetter spell so fingers crossed.

The much delayed work on the Pennine Bridleway that will come down across Low Moor, over the river above the Tarn and up Drain Mires Lane began this week and so far several hundred tons of limestone have gone up past me to resurface Drain Mires so that heavy equipment can get down to the river with the new elliptical wooden bridge.  The work is planned to take the next three months so there will be a fair bit of disturbance on the beat above the Tarn for the rest of the season. 

I have been assured by the project manager that the contractors will keep to a minimum removal of the new trees we planted in the winter up to the site of the bridge.  Any that are removed will be replanted further down the beat.

Work should begin next week to replace the old stile above the lodge with a self closing gate and to rebuild the wall down to the water's edge.  This should make progress round the Tarn a great deal easier and safer.  So no more busted gussets or hernias lugging tackle over the stile.

Ian

2 July 2010

It rained here a fair bit in the night and the river has lifted a good few inches.  Despite the forecast that promised a wet day the clouds seem to be lifting and breaking to give some sunny spells so we shall have to wait and see if the more prolonged spell of rain that we so desperately need actually materialises.

Despite conditions the river did perform quite well after the last rain on Monday night.  Gavin reports that:

Last night I spent a few hours fishing up
into Parker's wood from the bridge on a very pleasant evening with a sluggish and
slow flowing river.

The good news is much as last year and that
this stretch appears to be full of young fish that will swim very close to your
boots if you stand still. this along with a  very large population of minnows
 must mean surely that the river is extremely healthy. There were plenty of fish
showing and producing aerial displays including some quiet large fish, but any
fly presented was instantly attacked by minnows or juvenile
trout.

I had 6 fish and at a pinch if I was to
stretch the fish the biggest it went around 7

2 July 2010

It rained here a fair bit in the night and the river has lifted a good few inches.  Despite the forecast that promised a wet day the clouds seem to be lifting and breaking to give some sunny spells so we shall have to wait and see if the more prolonged spell of rain that we so desperately need actually materialises.

Despite conditions the river did perform quite well after the last rain on Monday night.  Gavin reports that:

Last night I spent a few hours fishing up
into Parker's wood from the bridge on a very pleasant evening with a sluggish and
slow flowing river.

The good news is much as last year and that
this stretch appears to be full of young fish that will swim very close to your
boots if you stand still. this along with a  very large population of minnows
 must mean surely that the river is extremely healthy. There were plenty of fish
showing and producing aerial displays including some quiet large fish, but any
fly presented was instantly attacked by minnows or juvenile
trout.

I had 6 fish and at a pinch if I was to
stretch the fish the biggest it went around 7