The past three trips to the river have presented me with pretty horrible water conditions, so I surprised when I arrive on the riverbank today just how low and clear the water was. Perfect for a bit of barbel spotting, and I did spot a couple.
But within an hour the water had risen about a foot, was murky grey and had a ton of crap washing through. Somewhere upstream someone is pumping this extra water in - I don't think it's polluted, the masses of weed I caught was teaming with insect life - but it made fishing pretty impossible.
I didn't know how long it would last, perhaps an hour, perhaps all week. As well as making bait presentation painful, I'm not sure the fish would feed in these conditions. Dejected I went home.
With limited fishing time I think I need to find a few more venues to fish, time for a bit of research...