Yesterday the report covered the Braids – continuing the anglers access images down river to check on the “after flood” conditions and any changes.
There are several wash-outs but the track is still “walkable”, or for more foolish anglers, even possibly bikeable?.
The side access to Duffs Pool is much the same although the steps down to the side stream which were carefully dug out by TRM last season are now more of a gentle slide. Follow this stream leads to a large expanse of water historically known as Duffs Pool. The tail has “shallowed-out” considerably. The jury is still out on how this will affect the fishing but it does not look as good as previously – this pool became very popular during 2017 winter runs.
As mentioned in the Braids report yesterday, a lot more water now appears to be flowing down this northern arm (to the left in the image) at the expense of the council canal on the southern arm (to the right). This is most obvious at the confluence of the main river and canal at the head of Reeds Pool. Wet lining paradise…
The view looking down the beach at Reeds Pool and beyond appears to be much the same but beware – there are a few more snags hiding in there waiting for wet lines. These snags traditionally feed on woolly buggers.
Another marker of the recent high tide is indicated in Chris Brown’s vineyard – which anglers walk past on the anglers access track leading down from the Braids car-park off Grace Road, heading to Reeds Pool and beyond.
The different colour in the leaves indicates the height of where the flood peaked – over half way up the vines.
But this boutique vineyard has had to become quite used to such climatic events and continues to produce some of the best Pinot you will ever enjoy – if you can find a bottle…collectors items – so they tell me.
Compare the image on left which was taken after a previous flood in January 2011 with Chris indicating an even higher level of the flood back then.