Here at the Wandle Piscators, we know that Wandle fishing isn’t just about fishing the Wandle. It’s also about showing the public that, yes, this is a great little urban chalkstream.
And yes, given half a chance and a lot of work, it’ll do pretty well.
The Trust brought a trout tank, to show the passing crowds what Trout in the Classroom is all about, while Will and Andy went kick-sampling for bugs in the Wandle:
Most of these ended up in trays for local kids to poke, prod and otherwise discover. Meanwhile, Jed arrived to show us all how to make elder-pith trotting floats the proper, traditional way…
… while Adrian set up his vise and rolled a few flies:
Finally, the real hard core arrived from the cleanup where they’d spent all day pulling out trolleys alongside Merton High Street.
At which point most of us could hear a cold one (or two) calling clearly… but we’ll be back next year!