Last week RWF volunteers and Aire Rivers Trust staff electro-fished at five locations on the river, they were led by Prof. Jon Grey of the Wild Trout Trust. This was a repeat of the session held last year which we talked about in a previous blog. Electro-fishing involves passing an electric current through the water to very briefly stun the fish which are netted, measured and then released unharmed. We do this to check the population and to get an understanding of how the various weirs on the river affect the distribution.
Most of the time we were electro-fishing there was a hatch of mayfly coming off the water, with fish rising to them. One of our volunteers had a rod with him so decided to try for one, watched by the rest of us (always a bit disconcerting), he landed a fine 33cm brown trout. He tended to lose interest in the electro-fishing after that and we didn't see so much of him!
We also watched a family of ducklings jump off Malcolm's weir, also no one fell in.