The winner of the last FOTM competition of 2015 is awarded to Richard Charles for a fine brace of winter Barbel of Christmas Eve. The water temperature has remained unseasonably high throughout the festive period and, although dropping now, remains fair for Barbel fishing into early 2016. The river level remains high and continues to peak above the bank so if you do venture out please be careful. Do not be tempted to wade into the water and don’t fish from pegs which are steep and slippery. The river leaves a lot of mud and silt behind when it recedes making the bank treacherous under foot. Stay safe and tight lines for 2016.