I finally got near the Wensum in the second week of January, an after-work session with Justin. The river was still up a bit, and pushing through, but it was fishable. The first swim I dropped into was where the river widened a bit; I was fishing down the near side. I picked up a couple of fish here, both over 4lb. At least I was getting bites. I missed a couple, but after the second fish it went quiet. I moved downstream about 100yrds, where the river deepens a bit; with a couple of trees on the far bank, I thought there must be one in here somewhere, but after half an hour and a couple of recasts, nothing showed an interest, so I moved further down the river and dropped in just above a sharp bend. This was a fairly new stretch to me, although I had fished it in the past; despite looking good, I had never had a fish out of it. Well, after 10 minutes this changed, the rod pulled round and I was into a heavy fish, which pulled really hard in the flow. Once netted I could see it was my first 5 of the winter, a really long, empty fish just off 5.15. No more bites came from that swim or the next 2, but I did pick up another 5.1 right at the end of the stretch.