It looks like gremlins got into the system last week resulting in most of the weeks postings vanishing from the site. The first time that has ever happened. So sorry for the apparent silence, but “not my fault Guv”.
One word can best describe the weather at present: Poxy. It's cold wet and very windy despite the assurances of the forecasters that we are just getting light showers. It is supposed to clear up later today and be fine and warm tomorrow, but since this is August bank holiday, it's the Yorkshire dales and we have had a wet summer my guess is that it will be poxy tomorrow as well.
The rather better news is that the invert check showed a pretty healthy river at Turn Dub and New Inn. The Dub check was an important one this month as it is just below the site of the new bridge and a fair bit of muck has been getting into the river here as traffic fords the river. The number of inverts is slightly up on last August in very similar water and weather conditions so no damage seems to be occurring (yet).
New Inn also gave very similar results to last August despite increasing difficulty in kicking into the substrate. I don't think it's my imagination, but there seems to be far less gravel and small cobbles at this site than in previous years and trying to boot around in boulders in a moderately fast flowing current is becoming a bit of a sod. What is interesting at this site is the significantly higher population of inverts that exists in the outfall of Brantsghyll compared to the main river. I have remarked before on the very large stoneflies that turn up in samples taken from the Brantsghyll outfall which don't occur a few feet upstream in the main river. There must be a reason for this. So here is something to exercise your little grey cells on a wet and windy Sunday.
I'm stocking the Tarn next Saturday for the last time this season so expect some livelier fishing the following week.