As I write, unless Saturday provides anything special there have only been 4 fish reported caught on the river this week. The April downward trend is very similar to last year but the good news is that next week usually picks up, recent years have seen upwards of 30 fish off for the last week in April. Stats like this are far from great when you compare with the good old days but in a sea now dominated by an out of control seal population, devastating pelagic smolt (by catch), lethal costal mixed stock netting and sea-lice infestation, are we surprised wild salmon stocks are in decline? The latest Scot Gov figures reported today 45,174 salmon were caught in Scotland which is the second lowest on record and possibly "inflated" by C & R. 8,036 were killed by rod and 17,778 killed bt net http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/04/8717
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The river is shrinking down to almost summer level now as high pressure dominates the weather. The river as a whole produced around 14 but the trend is still showing a general lack of fish. A dozen were caught in the first half of the week then sunshine and low water pretty much killed off sport.
Mick Buttery struck lucky on the Association water on Tuesday when he landed his first of the season at 10lbs and immediately lost a bigger one in Roaries pool. A home tied MBTD was the killer fly fished on a floating line.
Prospects are not great for the week ahead with no rain in sight until at least Friday however, this suits the Association water. You can now also languish in the new Angling Club hut which was officially opened on Saturday. Situated opposite the popular "Roaries Rock" hot spot in the middle of the Association water it is sure to be well used by locals and visitors alike.
The new hut open and ready for business.
As another Sunday (day off) flies past, I have been dealing with clients passing through the tackle shop, the golf course greens are now cut and it's time to knock together the fishing report once I get my breath back! Just another routine Sunday then (in season)
The Helmsdale course coming out of winter hibernation and looking good.
I have now returned from 10 days abroad to a climate 23 degrees cooler! The river is running at around 1ft and in perfect shape, prospects are very good for early April so let’s hope the fish keep coming.
A brief update on the last 3 weeks…
The 3rd week March rallied with around 16. Visitor Kevin Steel stole the show with a fabulous day on the Salscragie pool beat 1 below when he landed 3 super springers on RS Willie Gunn and Alistair Feeler tubes. The best was a 15 pounder and his fishing partner William Jappy also got in on the act with a fish from the tail of theRead more