All in all there was some good sport for the few local rods out fishing this week. The noticebale drop in both air and water temperatures undoubtedly contributed to this and a total of 20 salmon and grilse were landed. The fish were in the most part split fresh and in the teens of lbs. Their condition was phenomenal – as the photos below testify. There was a also a mixture of fin clipped (hatchery origin) and pure wild fish – apart from the missing adipose fin you could not tell them apart in any way.
We can only speculate what catches might have been this week if the visitor lockdown had been lifted already and our visiting fishing parties were here fishing all the available rods.
There was also a really noticeable number of fish being lost too (probably a sign that the fish were running hard) and local couple Steve Wellard and Jenny Cooper suffered this particularly badly in a tale of woe that included 8 lost fish in a row, straightened hooks, broken 18lb line and a broken rod section (Don’t feel too sorry for them though – they landed 4 fish between them up to 15lbs for the week as well!)
There were too many catches to list them all this week but well done to all rods who scored. Particular mention however must go to 2 local anglers who both had ‘firsts’ this week. FWAA member Martin Kewczuk landed his first salmon after 3 years of patiently putting the hours in – a 12lbs fish from Mucomir. And fellow club member Harry Nicholson scored with his first fly caught salmon – a 15lbs fish also from Mucomir.
Here are some of the fish caught this week….