August has been notable for the most unusual of occurrences …….. rain, in fact enough rain to trigger a number of small spates in the river and fill Castlehill to just about the brim. Fingers crossed a couple of decent rain events may encourage a decent run of Salmon into the river for time for a few years during the actual season!
We have had quite a few reports of good fishing through out the river except on the lower river where spates brought a few days when the river ran pretty dirty as it cleared accumulated silt. Trout up to 4lb and quite a number of this years stocked fish have been caught with the fly and by bait anglers; such as this cracking wild fish caught by Cailean Moore (fishing upstream with nymphs)
A few Sea Trout have been reported including rumours of an 8lb Sea Trout being caught. Ross Haldane had a pair of cracking Sea Trout (biggest about 3lb). One reassuring sign is there seem to be a lot of Salmon and Trout parr troubling anglers …….. can be frustrating but they are the future!
Glenquey has been fishing well. I only have at the moment July figures which showed we 56 tickets were returned and they caught 257 trout (mean 4.6 trout/angler at mean estimated weight of 0.58lbs). The ticket winner was one of Glenquey’s regulars Donald McGregor
A wee reminder to Glenquey anglers that the season close is 6th October these days
The work parties have been very busy clearing paths, quite a bit of fallen lumber and have begun their inspections of the burns to make sure Trout and Salmon can get in to the spawning grounds and that there is enough light to encourage invertebrate life. The latest burn tackled was the Kirk Burn which by all accounts was a real grind. While the attention of the world media focussed on some wee bridge over the Forth, unnoticed the work parties put the finishing touches to their main civil engineering project of the late summer
A GREAT EFFORT!
There is just over four weeks of the Trout season left and another three weeks or so of the Salmon season. It is still worth getting out on the river, while some trout may be beginning to think of spawning bigger fish tend to start feeding aggressively. I have found September a great month for fishing dry flies. I was out late on Saturday afternoon and in a short session I caught several fish like this using a parachute adams tossed upstream on the food line at the head of pools (fish weren’t otherwise rising)
More unusually I spotted and caught this little fella with my scoop net. My big fat paw for scale and a shot in more detail!
Three-spined Stickleback, almost specimen size and probably destined to be Kingfisher fodder!
Best of luck to everyone for the last weeks of the Trout season at Glenquey and on the river. Hopefully the river will get a few spates and we will get some decent Salmon catches to match!