River still very low.
A very happy Christmas to all at WCRT and here's to next season.
1 Hen Salmon estd. 5lbs.(23") on the lower beat on a de-barbed double hook at about 0935. Fish swam off instantly as soon as the hook was removed and did not leave the water.
I'm not sure which of us was the more surprised! Weather fine but cold. River as low as I've seen it and clear as a bell (upper beat not worth fishing). so used a floating line with an extra long leader (7lbs.).
Beautiful, coloured fish (i.e. not a new arrival, a resident) but definitely not a kelt.
No other contacts but a shoal of about 10 sea trout (all about 18"?) went upstream from above the weir about midday when I spooked them by walking along the bank.
Very many thanks for a memorable day.
Nil salmon. 1 BT 6".
Weather fine and river crystal clear and low so did not fish the upper beat - not enough water. There were two dead fish on the river bed on the lower beat - 1 salmon (4-5 lbs. and one sea trout (?) about 16").
Several fish leapt in the stretch above the weir. However no sign of a take and I tried almost every fly, tube and size in the box. I suspect that possibly most fish caught could be by spinning which seems to be the method favoured by the locals. Nice day though.
Saw one salmon jump in pool on lower beat approx8-10 lb
1 salmon at 3lb, 2 sea trout – 1lb and 2lb, 6 brown trout. All returned.
Great couple of hours after a spell of afternoon rain rose and coloured up the little river.
The salmon was a surprise and gave a great account of itself – I lost one from the same spot many years ago. Quickly returned along with the sea trout to fight another day.
Barbless hooks the order of the day. Saw a much larger salmon show itself whilst walking the upper section.
Salmon - nil. Saw one leap on the lower beat but only about 3 lbs (?) so could have been a sea trout.
River up after heavy rain. Lower beat coloured but fishable (had three tugs but almost certainly BT). Upper beat crystal clear. The colouring comes from a stream which enters at the top of the lower beat - apologies if you already know this (I didn't). Many thanks for an enjoyable day on a well kept beat.
River running fast and clear. No sign of salmo salar, though, in spite of the previous week's heavy rainfall.