Over the course of the week the river remained at a steady height still up about 20cm above general low water conditions due to recent wet weather. This allowed fresh fish to enter the system on a daily basis, with salmon caught on fly, worm and spinner throughout the week.
On Bank Holiday Monday the 3rd, 15 salmon were report caught on River Ilen Anglers Club waters, these fish ranged between 4-10lb with 8 being fresh off the tide.
On the Tuesday and Wednesday reports were mixed with some anglers seeing many fish moving through the system, some fresh and some resident, 9 salmon were reported caught on club waters over these two days the biggest 9lb.
On the Thursday it was a mixture for anglers who ventured out with a number of anglers not seeing a fish all day whereas three other anglers between them hooked 18 grilse. All these fish were in the 3-4lb range and fresh off the tide. Of the 18 hooked only 5 were landed, all taken on spinner.
Between Friday and Sunday a few fish were reported each day, mainly grilse in the 5lb bracket. Angling effort had slowed somewhat probably due to fishing fatigue with all the recent floods but prospects are looking good for the coming week with rain forecast.
The River Ilen is a medium size spate river that fishes best on a dropping flood for both salmon and sea trout. Spinning, worm and fly fishing are the methods used and allowed on club water.
The river is beautiful and a joy to fish, pools along club waters are easily accessible with seats, steps and stiles put in place for the anglers comfort. With selective tree pruning done along the river in recent years fly fishing has become a more available option especially on the lower river with numerous pools opened up to suit fly fishermen, night time fly fishing for sea trout is a pleasure with great stocks of trout entering the river from April.