Week numbers are in green and fish caught numbers are in black in the above table.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MANY TIGHT LINES IN 2018 FROM ALL AT THE HALLADALE
After the season finished we caught up broodstock for the hatchery, this was completed before the end of October. With the fish safely in the keep nets the first eggs were in the hatchery on 11th November and the last eggs to fill the hatchery were taken on 22nd of November. This gives us 70,000 eggs in the hatchery.
Spawning has been marred by constant high water so it has been very difficult to tell how much activity we have actually had on the redds. On the occasions when the water has been low enough to get a look at the river there were a few fish working the redds. Fingers crossed for some cold settled weather this winter.
The last week of the season yielded 9 fish with tricky fishing condition’s during the final week. We started the week with reasonable water falling away to 4 inches by Saturday. The provisional total for the season stands at 712 salmon and grilse. I would like to thank everybody who has fished this season and I hope everyone had a good experience fishing the river. The time will soon go round and it will be opening day again and lets hope for a successful 2018 season.
As the season draws to a close the week has been very productive considering the prolific fishing last week, the total for the week was 57 fish this now takes us to 703 fish for the season so far. With the rain falling at the moment and I hope it continues for the rest of the evening I am hopeful for a good final week of the season.
It had a very autumnal feel to the weather this week with gale force NNW winds and plenty of rain which was very welcome. All of the factors were here this week for great fishing condition’s for the guests and they took full advantage of the situation. It is not very often in a season that all the factors are correct for the parties lucky enough to be here when everything is so good. We had a excellent week with 140 salmon and 2 sea trout entered into the book. This is a great result as I was starting to think we would be lucky to make 600 fish for the season. With the season tally now standing at a more respectable 646 fish I would love for us to reach the 700 fish mark fingers crossed for the next goal.
This week proved very difficult and if we didn’t get the rise in water on Friday night I think it might have been a blank week, Thankfully we got the rain and it encouraged the fish back onto the take with eleven entries in the book on Saturday. This week is looking a bit more unsettled with fingers crossed good periods of rain.
28th Aug-2nd September
All eleven fish were caught at the start of the week with the first couple of days in September blank. Every fish this week was hard going as the fish were not easy to catch due to the condition’s Fingers crossed for the rain forecast this week as we need a drop to stir the fish up. Let’s hope for better condition’s for the last 4 weeks of the season.
Water was a bit better this week with a good spate on Thursday evening, the river rose to over 2ft which was very welcome. The river produced 27 fish for the week with one party doing particularly well with 21 of the fish. There were also a good number of salmon on the go this week with William Smith catching three good salmon in a day and the best was 19lbs.
Water condition’s were not very favorable for most of the week with a small rise of water on Friday which helped greatly. The tally for the week was eleven fish which were very reluctant to take. We have a good stock of fish in the system so fingers crossed for more favorable fishing condition’s.
This week was a lot better with the fish proving more responsive with the better angling condition’s. The total for the week was a very good at 61 fish with a new season total of 446 fish. let’s hope for good rain in the next few weeks to continue the trend of good fishing.
1st -5th August
Twenty one entries in the book this week which included four on Monday, the fish were very dour at times even with the good water. The lack of sea liced fish could be partly to blame as well as the thundery weather with only 5 sea liced for the week, we are seeing plenty of fish in the pools but they are very reluctant to look at the fly which is a shame. What we need is a fresh strong run of fish from the sea to give the fishing a boost. Fingers crossed for a decent run of fish on this next big tide.
Condition’s were pretty hard going for most of the week with the dreaded midge very bad at times, for most of the week we picked away at the odd fish which had to be winkled out due to the low water condition’s. On Friday night we had a few localized showers which gave us a welcome lift in water and also provided better fishing conditions on Saturday which produced 15 entries in the book. Fingers crossed for some more rain.
Condition’s were difficult this week again at times but we did get a flush of water on Friday which was greatly appreciated. The best day was Monday after a small rise in water last weekend we had 12 of the 25 fish total for the week. Midweek was a struggle with bright sunshine and was very hot and the dreaded midge also making an appearance at times when the wind fell away. Fingers crossed for a kinder week of weather.
It has been a very dour week with both fish and weather, the tally for the week was 2 fish. The river was several inches below zero all week but with a drop of welcome rain yesterday it gave the river a wee rise to plus four inches this morning. With a few grilse in the estuary this afternoon fingers grossed for a better week’s fishing to come.
The fish were a bit more reluctant this week due to the difficult fishing condition’s, luckily with the small rise in water last weekend it allowed good numbers of fish to enter the system. With a lot of fish showing an all four main beats it is encouraging to see a good number of fish in the system and all we need now is a drop of rain. The total for the week was 17 fish.
26th June- 1st July
Another steady week with a good number of grilse entering the system we had 32 fish for the week and 180 for the month which is pretty good. We had a wee freshet of water on Friday which has helped spread the fish around the system. Fingers crossed for some more of the wet stuff so it will allow fish free access to the system and fingers crossed great angling condition’s. This is the best fishing ever even surpassing 2012 when we had 277 fish to this point in the season.
Another steady week with 27 entries in the book, condition’s let us down this week which was a pity but as we moved to the end of the week we were seeing reasonable numbers of fresh grilse starting to run the system on the big tide. The season tally now stands at 251 which is great but fingers crossed for some rain.
Another excellent weeks fishing with another 67 entries in the book with a few grilse starting to show. We are still getting good numbers of salmon with the total for the spring period 15th June at 214 and the season total at 224. Roughly 194 of the spring period fish were salmon. I hope that we get some more showers this week to continue the good fishing.
The rain that forgot to fall last month has all come this week with two spates over 5ft this week. We lost a couple of days due to a fast rising river but even with the main river unfishable at times we had a excellent week with a grand total of 54 fish. Some lovely salmon between 10-15 LBS bracket and a few grilse starting to arrive in the system. Prospects look good for the coming week with the river just falling below 18 inches and with a few showers about I look forward to another reasonable week to come.
29th May-3rd June
Another hard week I’m afraid even with a few showers the dry ground has soaked up all the water not wanting to release much to the river. The total for the week was 9 fish a scattering of grilse in the catch which is encouraging, the month produced 48 entries in the book and a season total of 103.
Fingers crossed for some productive rain this week.
A better start to the week with a wee drop of water to freshen the river up. The first water gave the river a bit of a clean but it was the water on Monday that really helped with Tuesday being the best fishing day with 8 of the 19 fish for the week. The weather on Friday and Saturday was the hottest May days I can remember with the thermometer hitting 30 degrees with bright sunshine. We also had the first grilse of the season in Victoria.
The rain never made much difference last weekend and it was a very hard weeks fishing, but even with the difficult conditions the guests persevered and were rewarded with 6 salmon and a Sea Trout for the week. With a change in conditions yesterday we had 10mm of welcome rain which has given us a small rise with the river peaking overnight at 16 inches. Prospects for this week look a lot better so fingers crossed for a decent run of fish.
As I write we are getting some badly needed rain and I hope it continues as the river is low. We had a difficult week with sun and strong winds at times combined with low water it was hard going. The rods had a good time and persevered and were rewarded with 7 fish which was good. I hope this rain lasts well into the evening.
Weather condition’s have let us down this week with bright sunshine and no rain. After a great start to the season and good conditions for the last few weeks it has been a bit harder going this week, but we still managed a respectable 7 fish for the week. The season tally now stands at 62 fish. Fingers crossed for some rain as we have a good stock in the river and fish on the tide all we need is water.
It has been a exceptional week of fishing with all four seasons this week with snow, wind and rain, but it has produced another 23 salmon for the week and a new season total of 55 salmon. This is the best start to the season since 2006 when we had a remarkable 86 salmon to this date.
We have a reasonable number of fish spread throughout all main beats and all we need now is a drop of water and another run of fresh fish. So fingers crossed.
Another steady week with some prolific fishing on Monday with 5 springer’s of which the best was 16lbs. The water fell away a bit as the week went on but guests were still seeing plenty of fish in the system but were more difficult to catch. Fingers crossed for the coming week as it looks like we will get some water but I’m afraid the Nly wind will make it a challenge at times.
What a cracking week with one of the best early spring weeks I can remember with 15 salmon many in double figures. This week will be one of the best weeks since spring 2006. All guests had a prolific week with every rod catching fish. Two fish were outstanding a 17lbs fish caught in Havaig by David Crawshaw and a 16lbs caught in Barriers by Gordon Lipp. Prospects look good for the coming week with a fresh run of fish coming of the spring tide.
It has been a great week with possibly the best fish of the season at 24lbs caught by Mr Loader in Victoria in very challenging condition’s. I would like to think that he will remember the fish for a long time to come. The party had 3 fish for the week which was great, it has been a very encouraging start to the season and the best for many years. Fingers crossed it continues.
April 2, 2017
Rodger Edwards had a great week with 3 cracking fish and the best fish was 14lbs from barriers. If we get a drop of steady water I would like to think we will get a few fish.
March 26, 2017
It has been another steady week with another fish recorded in the book a lovely 9lbs sea liced fish in Barriers. Let’s hope it continues.
March 19, 2017
I’m delighted to say that we finished the week with another fish in the book. Prospects look encouraging with a small run of fish and also a drop of water. Fingers crossed for some more fish this week.
March 15, 2017
I’m delighted to report the first Salmon of the season caught today 15th March, it was a cracking 8lbs sea liced fish caught in Sandy Braes. The Fish was caught by Paul Newman on a fly he tied last night and it was his first ever salmon.
January 13, 2017
OPENING DAY 2017
Opening day was a very stormy day with storm force NW ly winds and heavy snow showers. A few local anglers braved the terrible conditions and Donald Thompson even managed a cast up on beat one and he had 3 kelts from Bridge Pool for his bravery. I hope conditions settle and that we have a great season and fingers crossed for a good spring.