Tough conditions but hard work rewarded

It was a tough week of conditions with a nasty gusty downstream wind blowing for much of the week, cold air temperatures and warming water, and a misty drizzle hanging low on the surrounding hills. Never good conditions for catching fish on the Lochy.

There were also fewer fresh fish running the river than the previous week (perhaps because of the neep tides) but there were some fresh and resident fish to be caught for those that put in the hours and were lucky enough to have a taker in front of them.

The rods did well to land 16 for the week and what was again noticeable was the sheer quality of some of the fish. Many of the grilse are in the 6lbs to 7lbs bracket which is quite extraordinary for this time of year. They are shaped like fat bullets and fight like tigers.

All 4 parties caught some fish this week and there was a mixture of fresh grilse and some resident salmon. Lochy regulars (David Snead, Jonathan Ireland and Steve Wellard and their guests all found some action). The club beats also produced a fish or two. Heaviest salmon of the week fell to Andrew Shaw – a 15lbs clean fish from Jetty on Beat One. And Jenny Cooper caught the only fin-clipped fish of the week (hatchery released smolt) – a 10lbs salmon from Graveyard Pool.

Special mention this week though goes to 10 year old Freddie Spencer who was being guided by Dougie Masson throughout the week and put in 6 full day’s fishing. Although he was very unluckly not to score he never gave up all week and I watched him casting and covering the river with as much enthusiasm and skill on Monday morning as he did come Saturday. Your luck will change soon Freddie!

With tides building next week and the promise of fruther showers then it is hoped that we will see a continuation of these large fresh grilse enter the river.

Christian Collett 5lbs grilse Canal Pool
Jenny Cooper 120lbs fin clipped salmon Graveyard Pool
A fat 8lbs bullet for Steve Wellard Croy Pool

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