A rapidly warming river but the fish keep coming

It was another week of far from ideal conditions with water temperatures in excess of 60F and the weather hot and sultry. Neverthless due to reasonable river levels the fish kept running and (despite the fishing effort remaining low due to the continued travel ban) a pleasing 12 fish were landed for the week with the usual high numbers hooked and lost. The catches were once again made up of ‘wild’ and ‘hatchery-origin’ (fin clipped) fish. It is most encouraging to see good numbers of 2sw salmon returning from our smolt programme this year, especially as their condition is really superb.

Charlie Helmore got the week started with a fresh 10lbs salmon from Croy – later on in the week he had 12lbs fish from the tail of Upper Camisky and another 12lbs fin clipped fish from the same pool.

Another rod to score well this week was Spean Bridge angler Rory Campbell – he started with a lovely fat 9lbs fin clipped fish from Graveyard Pool, which he added to later with a 13lbs salmon from Upper Camisky. And then on Saturday, ably assisted by his 2 young children (see photo), he landed one of the first grilse of the year, a fresh-run 6lbs fish from Falls Pool.

Paul Machugh is usually never far out of the action if there are fish to be caught and this week was no exception. He took a really fine trio of fish – 10lbs fin-clipped from Potholes, a fresh 8lbs salmon from Big Rock and the heaviest fish of the week, a 17lbs specimen from Potholes.

Rab Lees also scored well landing 13lb and 9lbs salmon both from Pollock on Beat 2. The final fish of the week was a 10lbs sea-liced salmon of 10lbs at the Tailrace tidal beat caught by John Macisaac.

With rain never far away in the forecast it is hoped that river levels will remain up for the coming week – a drop in air and water temperatures would be particularly welcome.

Rory Campbell 13lbs Upper Camisky
A Campbell family effort lands a 6lbs grilse on the Falls Pool
Rab Lees with the bigger of his two fish from Pollock on Beat 2
Rory Campbell’s fat 9lbs fin clipped (hatchery-origin) fish from Graveyard Pool


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