11 January 2014

Not a lot to report this week since the appalling weather has prevented much being done outdoors.  The persistent rain has kept the river in excellent water conditions and the gales of the past few days have stirred up the water in the Tarn, breaking down last year’s weed and dumping all the dross on the east bank.

There have been several cormorants present this week so they may be becoming used to the scarer.  I plan to visit he Tarn later today to change he predator call to something different.

We completed filming on Thursday for Winterwatch with Chris Packham.  This is a piece on the adverse impact that non-native crayfish species have on ecosystems and fisheries in particular.  The programme will go out around 23 January and some of the sequences were shot in the PBA lab in Settle.

The MAA AGM has been booked for Sunday 15 March, the first day of the new season.  This year we are returning to the spiritual home of the MAA and holding the meeting in the Golden Lion at Horton.  It is very many years since the club last visited the Lion, but we though it fair to spread our custom between the two village pubs.

Those of you who attend the AGM should take a look at the right hand wall in the entrance passageway of the Lion.  You will see still in situ the rod rests that the club put up over 100 years ago.

Ian

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