I don't think they were big fish that dad had that day, perhaps 3lb each. He wasn't far down from the mouth of the Stour that day, he was the only angler to have a barbel. The river was at normal level, and he caught them on maggot. I'd guess that any barbel there then, or indeed now, would move up into the Stour to spawn. It was a long walk from the farm down to the confluence if I remember rightly!Thanks for that john,i know there is alot of water not even fished so it gets the mind thinking what could be in there. How big roughly were your dad's because to have 2 there must be a fair amount or was, as you know even areas where we know there are barbel does not mean a catch. It's probably my age but i'm thinking if those barbel were say 3lb and they put on 1lb of weight a year that would make them about 33lb now, i've enjoyed seeing your catches from the severn lately,cheers.