It will not escaped the notice of anglers that there are barely two weeks left of the trout season on Thursday 6th October.
Glenquey enthusiasts are reminded that for that 2016 season we have aligned the closure of the Glenquey season with the statutory end of the trout season on 6th October giving an extra six days fishing compared to past seasons.
Water levels in the reservoir have been high most of the seasons making fishing from the north bank troublesome despite the sterling work done by work parties clearing the scrub through the winter months. July was a bumper month with 52 anglers submitting catch returns showing they caught 244 trout at average 0.66lb and each angler catching a mean 4.7 trout/visit. August showed the traditional lull with only 47 anglers submitting catch returns at an average 0.47lb and only 3.4 trout/visit no doubt restricted by the relatively high level of the reservoir. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the local ospreys and otters fair a wee bit better than the anglers!
On the river late summer was marked by many dry weeks with the river running bare bones, making trout angling very hit or miss. Bait anglers fishing the slow deep pools still managed reasonable catches but in the streamier sections of the river the trout were super spooky making sport for the fly angler a wee bit more challenging (but not impossible for the patient, those willing to stalk or just plain lucky!)
Late August and early September have thankfully brought a couple of mini-spates which have brought the river to life and encouraged the first Sea Trout and Salmon into the river. As reported elsewhere there have been reports of a salmon being caught by a bait angler at Taits Tomb which was removed from the river. Without wishing to sound like a broken record, new Scottish Government regulations means that under absolutely no circumstances can a Salmon be removed from the river (even a distressed fish unlikely to recover must be returned) Anglers removing fish will be reported to the Forth District Salmon Board’s Crown Bailiff and Police Scotland. Equally to be targeting Salmon and Sea Trout you must have hold the appropriate permit/ticket.
Hopefully additional rain will encourage more fish to take their chance in the river than sitting amongst the seals in the Forth!
Elsewhere in the river the new weir for the Rumbling Bridge Hydro-electric scheme is now complete. The contractor have made a decent job of tidying up the inlet and the extent of the impoundment is quite limited.
It is to be seen what impact extraction of water will have on the Devon between the weir (just downstream of Crook of Devon) and Rumbling Bridge. The weir has been fitted with a fish pass but it is quite possible that in the right water that fish may be able to pass over the weir
The fresher water in the last few weeks have definitely improved trout fishing to probably the best of the season. I had to go down south at the weekend and coming back up the hill on Tuesday I managed to get home in time to sneak two hours on the river. Armed with a selection of dry flies and I managed to land several wee trout like this (and have the fly hit countless more times)
Casting to the smallest of slurps also landed three fish like this (and a much bigger fish that was too shy to hang around for a photo)
There are only two weeks of the trout season …………. make them count 🙂