Cliff Waters goes fishing with good friend Colin Hodgkinson.
Sixty-three degrees eh! Yes indeed! The magical mark was reached as a musician mate and I made our way around the edges of Norfolk’s Narborough Trout Fishery.
Colin Hodgkinson is the guitarist who plays possibly the most famous bass riff in history, the opening bars to Spencer Davis Group’s rendition of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’. You forget how cold it gets fishing during winter and the feeling of the sun on our backs was a refreshing change. And, the pleasant weather lasted as I visited Ed Foster’s Elinor fishery doing some photography with ‘new kid on the block’ Nick Preston. Nick is an angler who is making inroads into the fly fishing competition scene and is a name to watch out for…he’s a half decent angler! Off to Draycote next week for their Press Day, cant wait get back out in a boat and have a dabble for their overwintered lumps, just hope Sue Shaw (England Ladies International and my boat partner for the day) doesn’t give me a good spanking…oh, I don’t know!
Rutland Water still looks very low about 25% down on where it should be at this time of year. However, the pumps at the reservoir will be working solidly extracting water from both the Rivers Nene and Welland in an attempt to raise them before opening day on 31 March. However, on the brighter side, Grafham Water looks pretty full and I hear many competition secretaries are making provisional bookings at the fishery just in case Rutland does experience water shortages. Down in Kent at Bewl Water they too are experiencing problems, and Southern Water’s request to help refill one of the South East's largest reservoirs has been granted by the Environment Agency. The water company requested the drought permit to boost levels at Bewl Water after the reservoir's supply fell to 41%. They intend to pump 9,300 million litres of water from the River Medway into the reservoir to help restore the water levels to around 70% full again by the end of March.