Rain, rain, don’t go away!

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Though unwelcome to many, last week’s long-awaited burst of rain started to put some new colour – and life – into the local Ouse!

Following months in the doldrums, sport began perking up along the upper reaches for match and leisure anglers .

Things had begun looking up with Wednesday’s MK Vets’ do on DATS’ Stony Main which saw Pete Hawley win with 16-10 of perch to 2-11, and chub, with Alan Ford on 12-8 and Dave Ridgeway only two ounces adrift on 12-6.

And Olney’s Royal British Legion Cup, Saturday, went to Lee Jones with 13-7 as he pole-fished worm to land fish including a 5lb bream and a 4lb tench.

Paul Caton had a 2-3 perch in his 11-10 followed by Jan Cebula on 8-10 and Steve Bull 7-7 – and back-up weights were significantly better than four days earlier when Pete Hawley had won the Tuesday open with 10-2.

New colour in the water and a tad of increased flow had roach, perch and dace well on feed for Sunday’s Nene-Towcester sweep, downstream at Newton Blossomville.

And John ‘smiler’ Balhatchett made the most of it to win with 18-4...almost twice the weight of runner-up Matt Webb who had 9-15. Brian Beard had 9-8.

On the big fish front Graham Collins netted a 6-11 Adams Mill chub while ‘Adam’ – reporting through Willards – had fish of 6-2 and 5-8 on Newport’s river.

Others were not so lucky...and Calvert’s do on the Ouse at Buckingham went to Tony Richardson with 2-9 as Charlie Green had 1-14 and Derek Bishop 1-7...while Steve Funnell won Linford’s Calverton Road Ouse knock-up with 2-12. Mick Hefferon had 1-14 with Ron Dorrill and John Hough both on 0-12.

Good news for MKAA members looking for some river a bit wider and deeper than that around Stony and Wolverton – the association has just gained a stretch of Ouse at Harrold.

Vacant for years past (since the big CEMEX sell-off) it had previously been jointly tenanted by MKAA, Wellingborough and CEMEX’s commercial ‘club’. Now MKAA is back with exclusive control.

Tove Valley Matchgroup, Lakeside: Phil Bardell 50-9, Ian Smith 46-12, Martin Harrington 42-14.

FIXTURES: Sat, free fly-fishing taster, Pitsford reservoir – gear and tuition supplied 07794 465607; Sun, Newport/MKAA golden peg match, Sherington Bridge 01234 713144; Tues Nov 17, Olney Ouse open 01234 240061.