Catches boosted by hatchery returns

The week saw far from ideal water conditons with some very coloured water running from the upper catchment for most of the week with a landslip suspected somewhere in the headwaters. When this eventually cleared there was no generation from the dam at Mucomir to keep the level up and the river dropped away rapidly to dead summer low.

Hardly surprising then that much of the action for the week was seen on the tidal Tailrace beat. It was encouraging to see numbers build here on each tide – even though they were hard to tempt to the fly

Chris Cairns landed a perfectly formed fin-clipped fish of 11lbs (which will have been released as a hatchery smolt in Spring 2018) swiftly followed by a cracking fresh salmon of 10lbs. He lost a third fish as well in a brief spell of frenetic sport.

James Porter fished hard all week and was rewarded with another fin-clipped salmon, this one was again perfectly shaped and tipped the scales at 14lbs. Again this will have been from the 2018 smolt release cohort.

DJ Gillies was also rewarded for the efforts he has been putting in so far this season with a sparkling 8lbs fish towards the bottom of the beat at the bend above the Larder Pool – an interesting taking spot that gets very lightly fished these days.

The shape of the fish has been particularly pleasing so far this year and Andrew Shaw’s salmon of 15lbs from the Beat 2 Potholes was no exception. This was the heaviest fish of the week and a perfect example of an early summer Lochy salmon. I also managed a fresh run beauty of 12lbs from Lower Camisky before the water ran right off.

Finally, huge congratulations to local rod and new Fort William Angling Club member Seymour Macleod this week – fishing Beat 4 Seymour landed a fresh run fish of 5lbs from Kitten Pool. It was his first ever salmon. Well done Seymour!

Chris Cairns 11lbs fin clipped salmon Tailrace
James Porter 14lbs fin-clipped salmon Tailrace
James Porter’s 14lbs fin clipped (hatchery released) salmon
Chris Cairns 10lbs salmon Tailrace
Andrew Shaw 15lbs salmon Potholes Beat 2
Jon Gibb 12lbs Lower Camisky
Seymour Macleod’s 5lb fish from Kitten on Beat 4

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