Work around Clerkington and Nisbet

 

A repair to Clerkington bridge was carried out on Saturday the 21st of June. The small wooden bridge which spans a deep ditch near Clerkington weir had been installed by the ELAA some years ago .  The bridge appeared to have been  vandalised.  Anglers from the Association cut and drilled the new plywood sheeting fitting it to the supporting struts.

East Lothian Angling Association committee members enjoyed the finest weather of the year on the last day of May, putting up some new signs on the upper part of the river above the Clerkington Weir. The Association is aiming to manage the upper Tyne as a wild trout fishery and the new signs reflect the emphasis on this objective. Discreetly coloured green with cream lettering, the signs ask that anglers fish with barbless hooks and practice catch and release to allow stocks to grow naturally. 

After committee members Scott Macintosh, Richard Montgomery and Chris Thomas put up a new sign at Nisbet, they took a little time out to examine the invertebrate life of the river. A quick kick sample revealed that the very weedy water just above the foot bridge contained abundant freshwater shrimps (actually the amphipod,Gammerus pulex) and a range of Emphemeroptera nymphs, including stone clingers, moss-creepers and agile darters. Also present were a couple of cased caddis, with cases made from some long plant/stick debris and other material. These caddis were possibly species of Anabolia (Brown Sedge) or Halesus (Caperer). Worm-like larvae were abundant in the weed and may be midge larvae. The sample even included a small (50 mm) trout or salmon parr. The abundance of the shrimps, Emphemeroptera nymphs and caddis suggests the river is in reasonable heart, but we hope to collect more definitive information on river invertebrate populations in the coming years.

    

 

  East Lothian Angling Association