Hello all you anglers and good folks out there who regularly follow what is happening in Erics’ world of fishing. As you have almost certainly heard and seen on national and international news we have had some unprecedented volumes of water up here in the Lake District with catastrophic consequences. Apparently Honister, at the head of the Derwent system broke the UK record for rainfall in 24 hours with just under 14 inches of rain. The two lakes Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite are just one at the moment, and the rivers have been re-shaped big style.
Here at our place we got away relatively unscathed- a few slates blown off and a river to be diverted past the back of the house where there is normally no water but we are far better off than many. Which is where the BIG THANKS bit comes in. We have had so many calls, texts, e -mails and the like asking how we’re doing it has been very humbling. So after a day spent helping out in town where there is some absolutely heartbreaking stuff to be cleared up and away, this is just a short post to say again many thanks. Apart from the Doghouse which at the moment is unreachable under 18 feet of Bassenthwaite, and two of the grandkids who are flooded out of Cockermouth for a few more days yet, all is more or less ok. What the fishing will be like after all this one can only imagine, but nature has a way of bouncing back. Look on the bright side, we’ll have a totally re-sculpted river to explore.
Pity about the bridges though on the Greta.
Look after those you love.
Eric the damp
The boathouse behind the ticket office at Keswick Landings
Brunholme Bridge on the Greta
And the re-sculpted view downstream