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Arthur Hamer (Flyfishing the Irwell)
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River Tonge 9 June 16
Intended to fish the Irwell at Radcliffe, river was up a bit and very coloured, then went to check the Roach. Pretty much the same. Back to Bolton and the Tonge, some colour but not enough to be a bother and fish were rising. Whilst I was getting my kit on ...

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Eagely Brook 7 June 16
Started where I finished on Sunday, it's a part of the brook that I have not fished before. The idea was not only fish but to photograph the invasive weeds for the Plant Tracker web site. I did catch a few fish but spent more time taking pictures of Giant H...

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Sunday on Eagley Brook 5 June 16
Very hot and bright, Eagley Brook has lots of tree cover so I was in the shade most of the time. First fish came third cast to an olive.  Had plenty of fish rising to the fly and hooked and lost three others, and then nothing for a while.  Changed to a BWO ...

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That Was the Week that Was.
Funny old week started poor and got better, which is better than the other way round I suppose. Sunday 29 May went to Ewood Bridge on the Irwell to do a Kick Sample, only my second one  this year. Insect numbers are coming up even though the river was chang...

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River Tonge 28 May 16
Not fished the Tonge this year, today decided to give it a go, well pleased that I did. Just like all the rivers, the winter floods had changed the Tonge and moved large amounts of stone and gravel.  This lot has come from above the road bridge down the cob...

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Bradshaw Brook Fly Fishers Beat 26 May 16
Supposed to be a warm day but it wasn't to begin with, still, plenty fish rising. Started just above the weir by the tennis club with 7 foot rod and Adam's dry. A few fish came to the fly before a managed to hook one, not sure if I was to quick or to slow. ...

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Bradshaw Brook 22 May 16
Intended fishing the Flyfisher's Beat others there before me moved on to fish 7 Acres. Horse day, car park full, ended up parking fishing up above the bridge. First time I have fished here this year, the floods had changed some bits for the worse and some f...

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River Douglas 19 May 16
My first trip to the Douglas this year, It was lower than it expected, but then we haven't had a lot of rain this month, it was forecast to start around three but came nearer to two. Quite warm and overcast with a blustery wind.    Walked down to the start ...

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