There is very little encouaging that can be written about August this year. Conditions were far from ideal and the river was very lighly fished indeed (about 20% capacity most of the time), but in spite of this the grilse just simply failed to make an appearance. Was this linked to the high sea lice levels on local fish farms in Loch Linnhe last year when the smolts went to sea? We shall never know but what I can report is that moves are afoot to change the way fish are farmed in Loch Linnhe that should have a major benefit to future runs of salmon smolts. More to follow as I learn more…..
Meanwhile the catches in the month were largely made up of 2sw salmon that had been in the system a while, interspersed with a few fresh runners. Heaviest fish of the month fell to local rod Ian Inkson with a heavyweight 18 pounder from Mucomir Pool. Also on the big fish front – Billy Neil landed a 17lbs salmon from Rail End on Beat 4 and Ivor Dunbar had a 15 pounder from the Bulls Run on Beat 2. Most of the other fish were around the 10lbs mark.
Sadly no photos submitted to me this month. Surely things will pick up a bit as we go into the cooler month of September? Last year we saw a heavy run of grilse right in the closing days of the season. Will it be the same this year?