Another two months with little meaningful rainfall, has once again left the river at “bare bones” level and reliant on the compensation flow from Castlehill Reservoir. There have been just enough small rises in river level to clear some of the weed/algae growth.
It would be fair to say that trout fishing on the river has been pretty difficult, even the experts during the Five Nations Fly Fishing Competition struggled (though a few did go on to land the occasional trophy fish). Generally the best of the fishing has been at the beginning and end of the days particularly to anglers using dry flies. A number of good trout have been caught by bait anglers on the worm.
I can testify that as the evenings have shortened and with a tiny rise in river level the fishing in the last week of August improved markedly. In a short evening session last week, I managed to catch eight trout between 1/2 and 1lb on the same parachute adams, and frustratingly managed to rise two fish in excess of 2lb but neither had the decency to hang on!
We have had reports of Sea Trout in the river, a few have been spied and a couple caught. The river really needs a couple of big spates now to encourage the salmon which are no doubt beginning to enter the Forth to come up the Devon.
While there may not be Salmon or Sea Trout in the river, that’s not to say there aren’t other visitors! We have had a number of reports of Flounders being caught in the river as far upstream Tillicoultry include one specimen caught for supper which was 14″ wide!