Mayflies...

Rod Evans
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Tue 8 Jun, 23:35

And still they come! Or at least, they did today if not in the same nos as a few days ago.  A 'man who knows' told me they are usually at their peak around 29th May.  But this year had barely started by then, which may account for the more recent heavy hatches.  Many fish will take them, not just trout, once their little fishy brains have woken up to the fact that here is something 'meaty, big and bouncy' - literally!  (apologies to any Who fans)

To answer Hannen's question, in short, no, sorry - though lower water should mean less sewage etc going into it. It's certainly no clearer, a horrid grey colour still but the only way really to tell is through water sampling and analysis.  I believe this is happening somewhere but haven't looked into it lately. 

Susie Burnett
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Sun 6 Jun, 22:16 (last edited on Sun 6 Jun, 22:26)

We saw several fish catching mayflies at the weir, but they looked more like roach than trout. And a very large brown rat (the fish weren’t catching the rat)!

Harriet Baldwin
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Sun 6 Jun, 11:45

There were about 8 trout catching mayflies by the Cornbury bridge on Friday evening. 

Hannen Beith
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Sun 6 Jun, 11:23

Does this mean that the Evenlode is getting cleaner?

Judy kinchella
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Sat 5 Jun, 16:34

We had a swarm in our garden last night here on Sturt Road.

Flora Gregory
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Fri 4 Jun, 19:24

Other side of the bridge 

Rod Evans
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Fri 4 Jun, 18:19 (last edited on Fri 4 Jun, 18:23)

Another huge hatch today, lovely to see.  It's said that pre-WW2 the hatches on the Kennet could be prolific enough to stop the trains running.

Flora - whereabouts?  Not many people know this (deliberately!) but my neighbours and I put some brown trout from Bibury in the river last year when the first lockdown started and we were told we couldn't go fishing.  I did point out that there was nothing in the Regulations to prevent it but hey - who cares what an old lawyer has to say?!

Probably only a few of those fish are left now (all infertile btw so they can't mess up any wild fish stocks - are there any still in the Evenlode? Anyone know?) but surprisingly few fish taking the mayflies - look at the colour of the water...

Flora Gregory
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Fri 4 Jun, 15:24

I saw a large trout take a mayfly in our 'river' yesterday Rod...

Rod Evans
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Fri 4 Jun, 12:08

...  arrived late this year but yesterday's was quite the biggest hatch I've seen here, some even got as far as the Co-op!  Two years in the mud, run the gauntlet past fish & birds to emerge as an adult, 48 hours of rampant *** - and then you die - what a life eh?!

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