…for the barbel to show up over some of the gravel areas which previously were very dark due to the overhading by the tree canopy. However, having reduced the overshading and carried out some gravel cleaning, I am pleased to report that one decent size barbel made a cursory inspection the other day. I estimate the fish to be around 12lb or so.
I am intending to install some woody debris features in this top channel to improve the habitat for the barbel (and other fish), as well as move some of the gravel around to remove the fines and improve and increase the spawning potential of the area. This should hopefully result in the river using it’s own energy to create some variation in depth, flow and morphology. I shall, as always, keep you up to date!