I was fortunate to be able to participate in a one day course run by the Riverfly Partnership which is aimed at providing fisherman with the training to carry out controlled invertebrate monitoring of our waterways.
The whole event took place thanks to some hard work by the 'Severn Rivers Trust' in securing lottery funding to finance the 2 one day courses which were run in the picturesque town of Craven Arms in Shropshire on the banks of the river Onny.
The very knowledgeable Dai Roberts was the Riverfly representative and tutor for the day, he has a great passion for the scheme and the importance for anglers to get first hand information about the health of the rivers they fish and be able to monitor any sudden changes in the invertebrate life. Dai was also accompanied by a couple of local Environment Agency officers.
With the knowledge now gained I will now be able to add my own small contribution to the scheme which is so important if we are able to act quickly enough when our river come under threat from pollution.
I managed to fit in a few hours on a nearby small river after the course where the fish were rising briefly as I started to fish and a few were taken on both dry & nymph...perfect end to a good day.