At last I made it out today: the river had dropped a little and was running clearer. Perhaps still a little more colour than is ideal, but still fishable.
The wild garlic was certainly flourishing and gave that aroma of spring as you walk:
I managed a couple of fish on the peeping caddis and tungsten-backed shrimps. The fish were hard on the bottom and in the deep pools. A hatch of LDO's was encouraging. Surely with some better weather forecast, the real spring fishing should really start to begin. Watch this space!