Shoals of seatrout – mostly, but not exclusively school peal – are currently evident in the lower river. Very welcome after such a difficult season . It’s hoped that anglers will be mindful of the implications when considering taking a fish home to eat. A few fish are still displaying small amounts of fungus. . . .something else to factor into the equation.
DAA member Jonathon Camp did well to catch two salmon recently between Austin’s bridge and Stretchford. Both spinning and between 6 – 9 lbs. These are the only two reported on recent high water.
The river is rising now (4.00pm Friday) and with the possibility of a fair bit more rain to come – and some fresh disease free grilse around – members and visitors might consider putting time aside to fish over the weekend. A hot dry August is forecast, so new fish might run hard and fast.
Robin Thorn popped out for an hour last weekend and caught a mint grilse of approx 6lbs from Nursery Pool . Upstream mepps did the trick and provoked another ‘follow’ further downstream at Abbotsmead.
A couple of times recently cows have wandered the railway line down by Quarry pool. This of course is upsetting for the farmer and has potential for dire consequences. It would be appreciated if members accessing the line are really careful to check that the gate(s) is closed.
In return for being linked to this site, world famous tackle dealers, John Norris of Penrith, have kindly agreed to offer DAA members a 20% discount on anything on their website. This is good news and an opportunity to stock up at very reasonable prices. Anyone who has ever stopped on their way north will recall a friendly welcome.
A ‘code’ will be circulated to members asap enabling orders to be placed – by phone only.
A family affair. Photos courtesy of Grumpa Rob.
Here are a couple of 20lb+ salmon negotiating the fish counter in May this year. As you may know, the electrodes are 45cm apart, so both fish are around one metre in length. These are the largest we have seen so far but there have been several approaching this size.
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As last week’s spate dropped away Derek Myhill caught and released a fresh salmon estimated at 10 lbs from Abbotsmead . Yesterday, another ‘mint’ fish of an identical weight was caught by Rob Dart junior from Stretchford. This one took a small mepps – cast upstream – in bright conditions on a hot day and was also released.
The river is currently (18/6) in perfect condition for night fishing but the seatrout remain elusive and non cooperative.
The first salmon reported on DAA water in 2017 was caught on the 8th by Bush. He reports losing another at Kilbury. The released fish, taken on a spinner at Hembury was showing signs of fungal disease.
Quite a few salmon have been seen in TWP, and a week of high water should have assured easy access upstream. Encouraging news.