Fishing Reports 2022

3rd July

This week rounded off what has been an excellent month of fishing for heavyweight summer salmon. With one fish shy of 80 for the month we nearly trebled our 5 year average.

It was a harder week than the previous 2 or 3 and while there still some big fish running they seemed to be individuals rather than running groups. 10 fish were landed and heaviest fish of the week was a cracking 20 pounder for Paul Machugh from the Island on Beat 2. There were also no less than three 17 pounders in the week’s returns. Another fin clipped fish (a 12lbs salmon from our smolt stocking in the River Roy headwater) was also landed on the Beat 3 Falls Pool.

Looking ahead, with a building tide over this weekend we might hope to start to see the first of the summer grise arriving soon.

As fat as a well fed tuna – a perfect 17lbs summer salmon from Lower Camisky on Beat 3
Another of the 17lbs fish landed – this one from Upper Camisky

25th June.

We have enjoyed another very good week of fishing for heavyweight MSW summer salmon. Every fish landed was a bar of silver – most of them straight off the tide. The rods landed 29 for the week with the best at 18lbs – I would estimate over 100 fish were hooked and lost.

The conditions were far from ideal with the river running high and clear (from Loch Lochy) but it was a sign of the numbers of fish running that we caught fish in spite of it. On days of bright sun combined with the clear water, fishing well into the dark proved effective. Beat 3 fished particularly well, which was also unusual at this height, but salmon were caught on all 4 beats and all of the club beats. Most fish were in the 12lbs to 14lbs range and in pristine condition.

I will let the photographs of our happy anglers tell the story of the week (thank you for your shots) –

Ryan Cairns with his first fly caught salmon – 12lbs Sluggan Pool
Howard Evans with one of 2 salmon from Falls Pool on Saturday
Jon Gibb with a sea-licer from Upper Camisky
Jenny Cooper with a deep and fresh 13 pounder from Falls Pool
Heaviest salmon of the week – 18lbs of Lochy silver for John Veitch from Falls Pool
Howard Evans, Graveyard Pool
Jon Gibb with one of two 13 pounders from Beat 2
Chris Cairns with a Tailrace fish of 15lbs

19th June. We enjoyed a really good week on the river with the run of very large summer salmon continuing. 20 fish were landed landed from a fairly light rod effort and countless numbers were lost. We had no less than 4 fish of 20lbs and over with the largest tipping the scales at 24lbs. It’s great to see the river delivering fish of this calibre as the Lochy is famous for producing such large salmon. Thank you to everyone that sent me their photos this week – you can see below they speak much louder than words for some of the great sport that was on offer this week….

Jon Stuart 15lbs Croy Pool
Jon Gibb 21.5lbs Middle Camisky
Robert Ralston 14lbs Graveyard
Will Mansfield 13lbs Pollock
Harry Nicholson 12lbs Sluggan
Chris Cairns 13lbs Falls Pool
Rab Lees 13lbs Lower Camisky

12th June. The rain didn’t quite materialise this week as expected so the river dropped away quite rapidly and fish became a lot more difficult to tempt. Neverthless some good fish continue to be landed. Local rod John MacIssac took a brace of sparkling 14 pounders in a few hours on Beat One from Croy and Rock. Rab Lees came in behind him the same day and took another 14 pounder from the beat from Pile Stream. Peter Gibbons had antirer 14bs fish from Middle Camisky and Ben Ettridge had a cracking 16 pounder from Potholes on Beat 2. Unsurprisingly in the low water the tidal Tailrace beat started to fish and Inverlochy AC rod Paul Machugh took a brace at 10lbs and 15lbs from the beat. Below are some of the recent catches showing just what quality salmon are being caught on the river so far this season.

Alister Fraser 16lbs Bulls Run on Beat 2
Peter Gibbons with his stunning 14lbs fish from Middle Camisky
Paul Machugh with his 16lbs salmon from the Tailrace
Nigel Badiozzaman with a 12lbs fin clipped hatchery fish from Croy Pool
Another typical chunky early Lochy salmon for Alister Fraser

5th June. We have just enjoyed one of the best ‘spring’ fishing weeks for a good few years. A decent water height certainly helped, as well as a competent team of rods who know the river well. The rods landed 19 for the week as well as a great many boiled and lost. Pleasingly, all parties fishing this week got in on the action. The majority of the fish were MSW salmon in the mid teens but also notable was some early-running grilse (there is often a run of male grilse early in June that tend to follow the big female springers into the headwaters). Also featured in the catches was a fin clipped fish from the limited stocking of fin clipped smolts on the Roy – a sure sign that many of the fish running this week were destined for the top of the system. With showers forecast for the week ahead we hope that these big Lochy salmon keep running in off the tides.

A delighted Howard Evans with a brace of typical Lochy early fish – a stunning 18lbs salmon from Golden Burn and a 16lbs salmon from Beech Tree.
A fresh lump of 16lbs silver ready to be returned by local rod John MacIssac

29th May. River high all week. Light fishing effort. 3 fish between 15lbs and 17lbs landed. Many more lost. We need the river to drop.

22nd May. Fishing well underway now on the river. 4 spring salmon landed so far up to 15lbs. All chunky sea-liced bars of silver. River well up and more heavy showers forecast this week.

Local club member Brian Tolmie with a split fresh 13 pounder from Falls Pool on Beat 3.

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