Osgur Grieve reported that the fishery saw a big improvement since the end of May, as a welcome burst of wet weather brought the river to life.
Things have really improved over the last 6 days with the return of regular rainfall and salmon entering the system. We have had 8 salmon and 2 sea-trout for the period May 30th – June 4th. The salmon have been a mixture of spring salmon and grilse. Thursday 30th saw the return of regular angler Peter Hunt who landed a 4.5lbs ranched grilse in the Middle Garden Pool using a Cascade conehead. Visiting angler Ansgifr Von Der Haar fished with us on Friday 31st and had a great morning releasing a fine 9lbs springer from the Upper Square Pool on Beat 9 using a Cascade tube fly, and later that day he hooked and lost another in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8. That evening with very high water reading 1.96m on the gauge Gary McFarlane fished Beat 8 and released 2 nice sea trout of 1lbs and 1.5lbs using a Yellow Flamethrower. Regular angler Kevin Attride also fished the Coronation Pool on Beat 8 that evening and released a fine spring salmon estimated at 10.5lbs using a Park Shrimp conehead.
On Saturday 1st June Peter Hunt returned, this time with his son David and fished Beat 9 in the morning – David was rewarded with a fine brace of salmon weighing 8lbs and 4.5lbs on a Silver grey, both fish came from the Middle Garden Pool.
Father and son duo Gerard Coey senior and junior fished on the 4th and Gerard Coey junior landed a ranched grilse of 3.47lbs from the Falls Pool on a Green Butt Cascade which was his 1st salmon ever so well done Gerard!
Another regular angler Jurgen Mantle had a good afternoon on Tuesday 4th releasing 2 wild grilse of 4lbs and 4.5lbs from the Sea Pool and Upper Garden Pool using an Ally’s Shrimp.
With the broken weather and spring tides at the moment the prospects look good for the next week, the grilse are starting to appear in small numbers and there are still a few springers about. Well done to all our anglers and we look forward to seeing you all back soon.
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