Just before he went on holiday last week, Alan Maden called me as he was concerned that these blogs were becoming more and more suicidal. I was able to reassure him that, despite some despondency about the dry conditions, I was fairly optimistic about the future of the fishery here at Horton.
I am not alone, it seems, in having a morbid absorption with the state of our Yorkshire rivers. The Craven Herald carried an article yesterday by John Sheard lamenting the current state of the Aire and predicting rather gloomily the imminent demise of the native brown trout.
One hot, dry summer does not necessarily set a pattern for the future but with average temperatures predicted to rise in future it is perhaps pertinent that we as fishermen and fisheries managers begin an urgent enquiry into the actions we might take to preserve the future of all salmonids in our rivers. What we need is some kind of forum where this issue can be examined by academics, scientists and informed amateurs alike, strategies identified and actions agreed supported by good sound advice disseminated widely. Perhaps this is already being done but I see no real evidence from bodies such as the EA, the Salmon and Trout Association or the Wild Trout Trust. These organisations do sterling work in promoting and supporting actions that help to conserve and improve the habitat of our game fish but there seems to me to be a lack of focus around ensuring that all salmonids have a future in a warming world.
The time for this would seem to be now whilst there is still time to act.
As for current conditions it's much cloudier here today, but still very warm. Rain is promised later so let's just hope.