Anybody paying a visit to the river this weekend, will find the bare bones of the river being fed by the consented compensation flow from Castlehill Reservoir and the fishing quite tough.
That all said, the general consensus of anglers I have met is that the fishing through May and first part of June was excellent. It has been a particular good spring for the fly anglers with a lot of good trout being caught by either traditional wet flies cast down and across (Greenwells Glory has been mentioned a number of times), by upstream dry/nymph fishing (Greenwells Glory as a parachute has been as good as its wet fly sibling and nymphs coloured orange have been very successful for unknown reasons) and or by some of the more esoteric techniques (skating big sedges patterns or with Japanese style Tenkara rods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenkara_fishing )
Good size wild fish in excess of 1lb have been caught throughout the river, with quite a number of fish in the 1.5 to 2 lb category
There has been a lot of sub 1lb wild fish caught again through out the river; I caught in one evening session eight fish on iron blue dunn parachute of this class in the space of an hour:
I expect fishing prospect for the rest of July will depend on rainfall (and hopefully lots of it 🙂 )
The River Forth Fisheries Trust have been busy engaging consultants to design an improved fish pass at Dollar Weir and are making very good progress.
The DAA work parties are busy on Wednesdays in the never ending battle with the vegetation to maintain access to the river!