I'd used a bait dropper to introduce a patch of party mix on the river bed, in nine feet of water, just under my rod tip and fished with a single, Dick Walker Mk IV split cane "Avon" rod, centre-pin and a swim feeder presentation. Bait was a sweet boily/pop-up snowman, on an 18" rig, specifically chosen to avoid the attention of eels. In that fact I was 100% successful, so a good thing, but this being true of every other fish in the river, not so clever.
The pair of us are well aware of the steep learning curve we've embarked upon, none more so than the amount of gear we need to physically carry from where we have permission to park our vans, then having to walk over a mile to reach the swims. On getting back to the parked vehicles, yesterday night, we both agreed that stripping everything right down to the minimum is a major priority. All things being equal, we'll be back out there on Saturday?
Not the individual which swam past my position on the tidal Stour.
I took this photo a few years back out on the East Kent flatlands - San Miguel is a dodgy brew!
What else happened? Well a bloody Beaver swam brazenly past, in broad daylight at around 20.00 hrs , returning some two and a half hours later. Chris Packham, on Spring Watch, says there are no wild Beavers in Kent, so everywhere I fish on the East Kent marshes I must be hallucinating? San Miguel does that to a man, yet the camera doesn't lie. At least three Cuckoos, two male and a female, were very vocal around our position and it was nice to watch several pulses of Swallows moving east, towards the Richborough roost site (?) as the light began to fade. Kingfishers, Cetti's and Reed Warblers, plus four singing male Yellowhammers, made it a very tolerable blank for my first visit. With the light fading fast and the tide on the turn, fish started to roll in the deeper water in front of me. I can't be certain, but they sure looked like roach. When we return, my kit will be far less specific and, hopefully, I'll start to experience some tidal Stour action?