The River fines down as the first sea trout arrive

As the run off from the last spate fines down and the water becomes ever clearer we are starting to see salmon and sea trout in the pools. If it wasn’t for the wind ruffling the surface of Willows (Milton Beat) earlier today Michael Dawnay, one of our syndicate rods, and I might have seen a shoal of sea trout at the head of Upper Boast Pool. I am sure they are there, but not yet in big numbers. I can say however that there are some big sea trout in the pools, notably Tollmuir and Indies, and that the late spring run of salmon continues.

Salmon 7lbs from Red Brae

Salmon 7lbs from Red Brae

Derek had a very nice plump little 7lbs salmon from Red Brae (Castle Beat) on 30/5, which followed one of 6lbs he had from the same pool earlier. He finished the day with another split-fresh 8lbs salmon from the stream into Pheasantry (Castle Beat). All these fish were caught on a size 12 cascade. In less than a day therefore the season’s tally for Castle Beat has more than doubled. Well done Derek!

With the grass freshly cut on the N bank of Indies (Indies Beat) and all the way downstream to Tollmuir Pool (Bogardo Beat) the river and its surroundings are looking great.


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