Now the school holidays are upon us, the rain has arrived not quite enough to put much water in the river above the compensation flow from Castlehill (even after the weekend showers though the river at Vicars Bridge was well coloured at 6.30am this morning there has only been a token rise). At least Castlehill is slowly filling again, so it would be nice to have it full in time for some late season spates
Fishing on the river has been pretty slow; though there have been some impressive catches particularly by the upstream nymphing community. I have had a couple of great evenings speculatively fishing dries at a couple of spots on the upper river catching all age ranges. We received an email from a former resident of Tillicoultry who fished the river for the first time in years:
I am absolutely delighted to report that the river is far cleaner and healthier than I remember. I didn’t see a single piece of litter. And the fishing was wonderful. It really exceeded expectations. There was a good hatch of olives when I started and I managed to pick up fish on the nymph and dry fly from Vicar’s bridge upstream and from Rumbling Bridge to the Crook of Devon until the light faded. I must have had about 30 in all, including two nice fish of between half and three quarters of a pound. I hooked a bigger fish of closer to 1.5 pounds that spat the hook at the net. I’ll be back to try for him another day!
There have been a few Sea Trout reported and the big spring tides last week may have brought a few more in.
May was an exceptional month at Glenquey when 65 anglers caught a total 654 fish (mean 0.59lbs and 10.1 fish/angler visit). In June the action slowed 71 anglers caught 369 fish (mean 0.57lbs and 5.2 fish/angler visit). Obviously the weight of fish recorded in returns is subjective but interestingly the relatively productivity of May compared to June is a consistent pattern in catch returns. Once again a huge thanks to the anglers returning catch returns ……… the May draw was won by an angler from Linlithgow and the June draw was an angler from Tillicoultry.
As ever the work parties have been out and about, concentrating on trying to keep paths and accesses open by a variety of mowing and strimming, but they have also found to complete modest stockings of Glenquey and the river. If you have time to help out then please get in touch with Alan Armstrong ………. see the following post: