Bob and his team began kick sampling again at the end of April. As you may remember for the last few years we have been using kick sampling to monitor the numbers and the variety of invertebrate life we have in the river. The results across the four sites we sampled were, 800 olive nymphs, 600 caddis nymphs, cased and uncased, 300 shrimp and a small number of blue winged olive nymphs.
These are the best early season results we have had and another sure sign that the river is returning to health. One little surprise turned up that day: a small brown trout fry, approximately 45mm long. From it’s size we believe it to be about eight weeks old.