With the announcement that angling was able to resume on Wednesday 13th May, I decided that I would pay a visit on Saturday 16th May to the CALPAC fishery at Padworth, to carry out some bank side work along the river.
It has been my intention to take advantage of the increase in the Brown Trout population in this fishery, as well as the ongoing Grayling re-stocking program the EA has been carrying out over the last five years, to introduce Fly Fishing to this fishery. I have been trialling Dry Fly and Nymph fishing at the fishery for the last two seasons, with positive results. Most of this fishing has involved wading into the river to cast a fly successfully. With this in mind, I decided to create a couple of areas along the bank, where a fly could be cast easily.
None of this work has impacted on the many secluded Barbel and Chub swims along the fishery. It is just helping to move towards creating a fishery that caters for anglers from different aspects of the sport.
The photos below highlight what a stunning fishery Padworth is, and how lucky CALPAC members are to have access to such a beautiful stretch of the River Kennet.