I went down to New Inn first thing this morning and cut up the tree wedged under New Inn bridge. Most of the brash went down river on the flood that was still running. The larger logs are stacked under the west arch on the gravel bank and will go with the next full spate unless someone takes them for firewood. A really fun job, but I could have done without the audience standing on the footbridge making smart-ass comments.
The river really is in stunning form. Just a touch of colour, cold and fast flowing. Perfect for growing trout and for salmon seeking out the spawning gravels. It really is odd that so few members fish the river especially when conditions are so good.
Those planning to fish the Tarn next week should be aware that the cobbles on Newhouses ford are being reset starting on Monday. Contractors have told me that they will maintain access at all times, but expect some minor inconvenience until Thursday.
Whilst on the subject of the Tarn we are stocking for the last time this season next Saturday. Fish should arrive at around 10 am so it’s best to give the new arrivals a while to settle down before fishing.
A lot of rain fell in a short while earlier today and has brought the river to a level where a good flow is running under the west arch of New Inn bridge. This minor flood has also stripped a large bough from a tree at the top end of the garden pool and deposited it just above the bridge. I’m working tomorrow all day so will go down on Thursday morning and remove the timber to the bank. That’s provided the river is not in flood again.
There is a short piece about Horton school on More 4 at 9 this evening. A bit like bolting the stable door after the horse has departed, but nice to see familiar faces on TV expressing sensible yet passionate views rather than the usual “celebrity” tripe.
Once again I have been away from the blog for far too long. Sorry.
Last Sunday we went to a book fair at Ingleton and found a little gem. It’s a guide to the Craven area published in 1850 and written by a chap called Howson (an old Horton name). there is much of interest in this slim volume, but one section on Horton caught my eye. Howson describes Newhouses Tarn and talks about the Tarn being stocked with brown trout from the river. Who was doing the stocking and who was catching the fish he does not say, but remember that this is at least 30 years before the MAA were doing so. He even mentions that the need for stocking was because of an absence of a feeder in which fish could breed. It also puts back the formation of the Tarn to before 1850, a date which some authors have noted as being the date of its creation during a severe thunderstorm.
It may be that the stocking was organised by and for the Hammond family of Arncliffe who owned the land and the Tarn. Maybe not. Mike H may have a view.
I am inclined to believe Howson because his many descriptions of local caves and potholes are surprisingly accurate and free from the usual Victorian guff.
If you come across this volume in a second hand book shop it’s well worth an investment.
Yorkshire day, true to form, has been wet. Very wet. The river is not in spate,but is flowing strongly under the west arch of New Inn bridge. As a consequence fishing on the river should be very rewarding tomorrow between the showers.
We put 100 rainbow trout into the Tarn last evening and received a good soaking for our efforts. All fish seemed highly impressed with their new habitat and one individual got so exited that it left the water turned a victory roll and returned to the depths.
I was delighted and surprised today to receive in the post a packet of photographs sent by a former pupil at Horton school who must read the gibberish that I post here because I mentioned last week setting up an exhibition to mark the closure of Horton school. I shall of course write and thank you, but the images of the school in the early 20th Century complement other material that has come to light recently. I spent several hours over the weekend cataloging a couple of hundred items. These will now be digitised and that which is not restricted by data protection legislation will soon appear on dalescommunityarchives.org.uk.