The salmon fishing has got off to a good start with 11 fish caught, as of 11th June, being similar to the same number caught by that time last year, and included a fresh 16lb fish. Considering that in our record breaking year in 2010, which ended with 267 salmon, we didn’t catch the first fish until 17th June – things are looking very promising, especially with the recent heavy rainfall encouraging fish to come up into the river system.
The water conditions were excellent in May with the water clearing earlier than last year. The river is stuffed with Rannunculus and indeed, despite the EA’s advice of not cutting much weed due to the “drought”!! we have had to cut weed to allow the water levels to drop as the river was coming over the banks in many places.
The Mayfly hatch this year, which started on 27th April, have been the best we have ever had and that, together with the large hatches of grannom, we still believe must be due to the upgrades to the local water treatment works a few years ago. With the Mayfly hatches came tremendous trout fishing with fish rising consistently throughout the day. Some of our rods were catching 25 plus fish in a visit.
Client’s comments on the trout fishing have included:
“Truly fabulous day – well done”
“Fantastic – the best day ever”
“22 fish – first time on fishery – Mayfly prolific – superb day”.
“I was lucky to arrive during a most amazing Mayfly hatch, the hatch increased in intensity during the day until clouds were lifting off in the evening. The right presentation of an emerger pattern produced stupendous results with Vicious takes and incredibly hard fighting fish on a 8ft 3# rod during the day and later as the wind rose on a 10ft 4# rod. I caught and landed 16 fish all fin perfect and beautifully marked, my fishing mate had 23 and we both lost around 20 each which took short or managed to spit out the fly. The fishery looked incredible with thousands of Mayfly dancing not only in the trees but also above the nettles and scrub between the beats. I cannot wait for next year
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