Week ending 9th October

It was another good week for us on the river – the last of the season – and we landed 37 salmon and grilse up to 18lbs. It’s a pretty clear picture of what happened in the 2021 season to say that we have caught nearly half of the annual rod catch (dead on the 5 year average) in the last 10 days. Put simply – it was not fish that were lacking this year but rain. Seriously lacking too.

All the usual local rods were in on the action again – Chris Cairns, Brian Tolmie, James Porter, Billy Neil and John MacIsaac all had a productive week with a mixture of grilse and salmon into the mid teens.

And it was great to see some of our regular visitors were also in on the action. Simon Munro had a cracking 18lbs cock fish from Mucomir and followed it up later in the week with a 15lbs fish from Graveyard on Beat 2. Others also landed some grilse on various pools on the beats this week – Harold Jack (2), Charlie Spencer (3) and Geoffery Persey (1) . And Pippa Millard, having been washed off last year, had a short visit at the end of the week and landed a nice 12lbs salmon from Rail End.

It’s been a funny old year with the extended summer drought but I was particularly encouraged to see a decent grilse run again compared to recent years and I am hopeful this may mean some good May to July fishing next season for our famous large MSW salmon. Get in touch if you want to secure a week – I expect them to be popular – jongibb123@gmail.com

Simon Munro with a cracking 18lbs cock fish
John MacIsaac returning a nice 12lber at Camisky
Local angler Chris Cairns with ‘yet another’ fish!… a fat ripening female salmon of 12lbs – soon to add her eggs to future generations of Lochy fish
Another chunky grilse from Rail End…..As the sun goes down on an increasingly autumnal Ben Nevis and another fishing season, Jon and his team will be busy on the river and in the hatchery and engaged in the ongoing research work with our scientific partners, all aimed at securing and enhancing the future of the wonderful salmon fishing on the River Lochy. Come and join us next year. Contact jongibb123@gmail.com


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