Arriving at midday I found the river to be very low, in fact the lowest I had seen it in my limited number of visits. No problem, the barbel must still be here but those conditions can make fishing more difficult. I had come armed for a two pronged attack, casters with hemp but backed up with a few boilies for the flyer rod which would be fished either upstream or down depending on the character of the swim.
The following hours were bit of an anti-climax in that the most exciting thing that happened was me trying to get photos of the three dippers that kept me company through the day. These are amazing birds that can swim under water even in the fast water in this area of the river.
As darkness fell I did take another two barbel of 4lb and 6lb sort of sizes and these proved to be the only barbel caught over the trip. Disappointed? Yes, but at the same time it was a good trip with a new river pb so maybe not that disappointed.