The wet autumn meant for the first time in a number of years a decent number of salmon (and some sea trout) were caught in the last couple months of the season. Final catch returns are being collated for Marine Scotland, but it looks likely at least 20 salmon were caught. Alistair Crawford has returned to his old form catching several include a fish of 11-12lb!
Members of the committee have begun base line invertebrate surveys on the river which will in due course be fed into the national database run by SEPA and provide a quantifiable means of measuring the impact of development and pollution incidents.
Alan Armstrong spotted an oil leak at Rackmill Substation, which he immediately reported to SEPA who attended and with the contractors quickly remedied the incident. This sort of incident shows the importance of vigilance and contacting the SEPA hotline (number in the permit):
SEPA Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60
Colin Smail and Bob Wright escorted a representative of the Wild Trout Trust to a number of locations on the river. They have produced an excellent report with guidance on improvements that could be made to the river to encourage trout numbers and health.
A date for everybody’s diaries, the Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place on Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry