It was another week of far from ideal conditions with the reminder that we face the soaking brunt of 90% of Atlantic fronts that approach the British Isles. Wet midsummers have become all too frequent in this part of the world. And running grilse disappear quickly into the headwaters (or their chosen main-stem resting/deep-water lies) if they get half the chance with swollen river levels.
Nevertheless 14 salmon and grilse landed for the week was a pleasing result.
Every party had fish but special mention must got to 6 year old Lara Allen and her 10 year old older brother Sam. Lara caught a 5lbs grilse in Falls Pool, whereas lucky Sam had a red-letter week landing grilse of 5lbs and 7lbs in Upper Camisky and a 10lbs salmon in Middle Camisky. Great stuff!
Heaviest fish of the week fell to local rod Rory Campbell, 14lbs from Upper Camisky – part of a flurry of sport when he had 3 for the day. Very oddly the first 9 fish for the week all came from Beat 3, in spite of all the other beats known to be holding fish. This may possibly have been because the Loy was in spate for much of the week and the downstream scent may have been slowing the running fish below in Beat 3 – who knows? But certainly an oddity.
Summer is coming back next week. Canny rods might be thinking of venturing out early mornings and late evenings. Fish fast, small and light.