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Two hours yesterday evening at the top end of our water, parking at the sewage farm and fishing the ‘big bend’ round the field towards the old railway bridge. The river was in fine condition after the recent rain with plenty of fly life coming off – including some Danica Mayfly. Managed to catch five – and scare off many more! All fish caught on a size 12 mayfly imitation on a 10′ leader down to a 6x tippet. 7′ 4wt rod. Beautiful evening rounded off with a car roof covered in tiny white olives!

Chris Leggett

Fished for four hours today, starting about 100m downstream of Lodge Farm bridge. Perfect conditions, mayfly coming off and fish rising. Had nothing for nearly two hours! Then, once around the corner above Lodge Farm fish started taking a size 12 mayfly emerger. Over the next two hours I had 20 fish to hand, several in the 12-13″ range. An exceptional day!

Simon Hadlington

A lovely wild fish river. A rarity and a treat. I fished on Sunday 7th June, river coloured and rising. As I came to a pool between sewage works and the farm there was a huge disturbance in the pool and a large otter surfaced gripping a trout which it crunched loudly, saw me and dived under and disappeared. Could have touched it with the 7ft rod. Ended up one each for the otter and me.

Malcolm Rawson

John Shannon

In 2018 and in 2019 habitat improvement work was undertaken on the river Seven which entailed increasing in-stream habitat and reducing the tree canopy to stimulate aquatic invertebrates and provide a more diverse flow regime and add to in-stream habitats on both the Seven and Sinnington clubs’ water. As part of the long-term Fly Life initiative measurable improvements have been recorded on both waters. This led to an application to the EA fisheries team to support the work and try to address the perceived shortage in grayling recruitment. The EA approved the application for grayling to be stocked after the improvement works were completed. This has led to a three-year stocking programme for both clubs of approximately 5000 Grayling per year. The second stocking was carried out on the 10th of June 2020 by the EA starting in Sinnington village and introducing further fish up stream past the quarry. This was carried out in order to ensure that the juvenile fish will drift down as is their habit if they had hatched in the wild. A further stocking will be carried out next year to complete the three-year programme. The recording of all catches of all species and sizes is imperative in order for the stocking to be evaluated if any further support from the EA be sought in the future.

This was the best of a dozen fish in about 3 to 4 hours fishing. Fish came on small F fly , IOBO’s.  One came on a mayfly but they weren’t really taking them. Mainly size 18 flies on a 12ft leader.  With some ninja style wading –  difficult for an old fat bloke.

Andy Tucker

Caught this one a couple of weeks ago on CDC emerger size 20 my own tyings, 3 pound Stroft tippet, #3 DT line Hardy Demon 8’ rod. It was up towards the bend before broken bridge I think; caught a few more. Mayfly were there but fish were still on small dark olives.

Philip Booth

Fished for three hours from 11.30am, starting half way up the field upstream of Lodge Farm bridge. Mayfly were coming off but fish were rising only sporadically. The water was low and clear and the sun was very bright (those are my excuses anyhow). It was tough going. Managed to get quite a nice one out of the run just adjacent to the sewage farm outlet on a mayfly emerger. Had a smaller one at the collapsed bridge close to the top of the beat. Lost three more.

Simon Hadlington

Had a couple of hours working up from almost the bottom of the beat to the weir, mid-morning. The water was low-ish but not too bad. Saw very little in the long stretch up to the bridge. Had a couple of takes in the far bit of the swirl coming out of the fish farm outlet beyond the bridge and picked up one tiny trout and a small grayling on snipe and purple. Connected with a couple of better fish in the weir pool on beaded nymphs but they didn’t stick. Had another small grayling.

Simon Hadlington