|A bit like a Jackson Pollocks painting but you can just make out the shadowy figure of a female grayling over her redd|
Such freedom, permitted by the extended fishing season, could be dangerous to the fish if we were to wade about when all this vital spawning activity is taking place. Fortunately wading is not allowed on here and this has been the way for over 150 years! We have to be very cautious if we need to paddle a tiny bit to release a fish safely. We might not tread on a trout or grayling redd in so doing as they keep away from the banks and all their attendant dangers, but the lampreys are a different matter. They are small creatures that usually dwell in the silt but at this time of the year come out to make their own redds and spawn in gravel where they can find it, preferably away from the toothy trout who would find their protein very handy. So if you are going to get in the edge, take a good look first, making sure you won't be a home wrecker! Better to try and release your fish whilst you stay on dry land, at least for the next 6 or 7 weeks...