With the rain finally arriving in the past few days, it’s likely that Blagdon will be overflowing in the next week or so. The large influx of water has produced a slight silt tint but overall, both quality and clarity are still excellent with more than five feet of visibility and high oxygen levels present.
Colder conditions have slowed the buzzer hatches somewhat but there’s been a distinct increase in activity from the corixa, alders and some early caddis, all of which have been found in recent catches (although it’s worth mentioning that the alder nymphs are preferred to the adult fly…). As always, any silt load settling out promotes daphnia blooms and the trout are never too far behind those so expect to find fish holding in deepwater areas in the daytime where they have good access to downwind shallows.
The next few days are looking to be as unsettled as the previous week with some heavy showers and periods of extended rain coming in on mainly East or Northeasterly winds. Wind speeds at the weekend are predicted at around 18MPH gusting to 35MPh in the heavier bands of rain. On a more positive note, daytime peak temperatures are predicted to climb to a high of 14C.