A quiet week on the river when it felt that the fish had definitely gone into lethargic mode prior to preparation for spawning. We will need it to turn a good deal colder if we are to expect those fish that have been resting up all summer to become aggressive and come back on the take. Looking at the forecast for the next fortnight or so it looks like some cold nights may be on the way. This may well do the trick and might provide some late season sport for some of our last visitors this season. Even though the fish have been reluctant to show much all year, we do know there is a reasonable head of fish in the river.
There were nevertheless one or two fish taken during what was a very hard week. Local rod Chris Cairns continued his productive season on the private beats by landing a 5lbs grilse in Lucky Cast on Beat 4. Regular Lochy rod Howard Evans got another 5lbs grilse in Lower Camisky while another member of his party, Steve Penn, landed another grilse of the same sort of size in Bulls Run at the top of Beat 2. Harry St John, fishing Upper Camisky, also took a fish of around 7lbs.
The least welcome sight on the river all week was a small common seal cavorting around the Falls Pool on Beat 3 midweek. These animals have no place in freshwater and very considerable damage can take place if they get amongst deep-lying and resting fish at this time of year.