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    Default How low is your river?

    Given the reports of low water around various parts of the country thought i'd sound off a bit, make a bit of noise, hello water companies! How's the rivers faring where you are?

    Here's the once mighty River Gade as of last week, top weir at Cassiobury Park




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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    Strangely enough the Trent is holding up pretty well and is currently fractionally above summer levels but I'm baffled as to why, given the lack of prolonged rain

    I want a flood and a good, under the rod tip, barbel session!

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    Can't believe that weir Rob, especially as it runs off the canal?

    In better days.....


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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    Quote Originally Posted by binka View Post
    Strangely enough the Trent is holding up pretty well and is currently fractionally above summer levels but I'm baffled as to why, given the lack of prolonged rain

    I want a flood and a good, under the rod tip, barbel session!
    So do I ; the latter not the former

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    thames around Shepperton and Sunbury is about normal level, but flow is pretty sluggish-not fishing great at the moment (but that might be just me)

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    The graph below says it all really and it's been this way for well over a year. Not only is it low but narrowing by the day as the bankside vegetation takes hold, not so much a river, more a brook on certain stretches.

    A piece on the local news last night highlighted the severe lack of rain water here in the SouthEast showing Bewl reservoir two thirds below the level it should be. Predictions of water rationing with drought conditions expected unless we have a very wet winter.

    Last edited by s63; 17-11-2017 at 16:41.

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    I was really saddened to see those before and after pictures of the river Gade in Cassiobury Park. I first fished there over 40 years ago and there used to be good flow with lots of roach, dace and chub, even a few carp. I can remember catching chub on minnows there.

    I also used to fish the Gade at Croxley Moor, about 6 years ago I went back for a look and it was only half the width it used to be, I was really shocked.

    They say, never go back, well 40+ years ago I was a member of Uxbridge Rovers AS and they had a truly superb bit of the river Colne at Denham called the middle meadow, I could hardly recognise it, hardly any flow and so low, tragic!

    I realise that we have had very little rain so the rivers are down but over abstraction must be stopped.

    It doesn't matter which party, I believe that virtually all politicians are either incompetent or corrupt. The water companies should be nationalised, water is more important than just a source of profit. Abstraction needs to be drastically reduced and reservoirs built. Is it true that most of the water companies are owned by foreign companies?

    I moved away in 2013 to Hampshire. I fish the river Kennet a lot now, the river level is OK but the flow rate is down a bit.

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    Don't get me wrong guys the Gade hasn't dried up...yet and the picture shown is one of three/four channels but it should carry water like in PC's pic and not be walked across by yummy mummy's in trainers that's for sure, it is/was the main channel.

    I did manage a good catch of chub that day more by local knowledge, good fortune or divine intervention, delete as appropriate but would be nice to fish in more than a foot of slow trickle, and this was after some rainfall, naively thinking it would be up a touch

    Talked to a Tring Angler on the canal today who say's that the canal is being lowered as there's not enough water, probably as the feeder river the Bulbourne is suffering too.

    Lost rivers of London? Think the Lost rivers of Herts, Essex and East Anglia would be a tale for our grandchildren or even children perhaps, the way things are going. Hope the rest of the country is doing better and hope that there's a good bit of rain soon.
    Last edited by theartist; 17-11-2017 at 18:16.

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    I used to think the "Lea Conservancy" was the biggest band of negligent brigands going, but whomsoever's in charge of the Colne system makes them look almost honest and competent. How very sad.

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    Default Re: How low is your river?

    I have just seen this post. To say shocked is an understatement. That used to be a fastish trotting stretch full of chub.

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