Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
0 1 2 30 21 26 30
0 0 3 18 22 27 31
2 0 19 19 23 28 32
4 3 50 20 24 29 33
  4     25    
Monthly Total 6 8 74
Cumulative Total 6 14 88

Week numbers are in green and fish caught numbers are in black in the above table.

14 Responses to Catch Reports 2019

  • Opening day went well on the 12th January it was a wet and blustery day with gales of WNW. A few anglers managed a cast but I’m afraid we only had a couple of kelts caught. About 20 local anglers gathered at the Netstore for a bowl of homemade soup to warm them up and a wee dram if they wanted one. Let’s hope for a better season with a little bit rain and good runs of fish. Tight lines to everyone for the season.

  • FIRST FISH 2019
    The fist fish of the 2019 season was landed tonight about 5pm by Stevie Loughran in Forsil on beat 3, it was a cracking fish of around 10LBS. Hopefully the first of many. Conditions were good with the river running at 12 inches with a fresh westerly breeze.

  • 18TH-23RD MARCH
    The week ended with 2 fish in the book the second fish of the season was caught in Ashills and was 37 inches long about 19lbs going on catch and release data. With good big tides this week I would like to think that we have had a nice run of fish entering the system. Prospects for this week look more encouraging with steady rods on the river and a nice rise in water tonight fingers crossed for a good weeks fishing.

  • 25th-30th MARCH
    It was a very encouraging week with another 4 entries in the book best was 20lbs another at 14,11 and 9lbs which is great. Two of the four were sea liced and the other two were bars of silver, so fingers crossed for more of the same this week with a wee drop of water to help us on.

    It was a very challenging week of weather with light winds at the start of the week then severe gale force NNEly midweek with heavy rain which lost two days fishing with a dirty rising river on both days and spates in the region of 6 ft which was the biggest of the year so far and the latter part of the week was marred by a cold Ely airflow The only entry of the week was on Tuesday a lovely 9.5lbs fish from beat four. Let’s hope for better condition’s this week.

  • 8TH-13TH APRIL
    It was a very hard week of weather with the wind direction consistently having a bit of easterly in it it pushed the fish down and dried the ground up very quickly after the good water last week. The only action this week was on Monday evening on beat four when a fish was hooked in barriers and was lost after 10 minutes. Let’s hope for a change of wind direction and a good drop of rain.

  • 15TH-20TH APRIL
    It was another hard week of weather with the easterly wind continuing for most of the week and with the hot sun out as well it hampered fishing. The river has dropped to summer lows and we need a decent drop of rain to improve the situation.

  • 22nd – 27th April
    The weather wasn’t the best again this week with the river remaining very low with strong winds at times which helped the fishing we had 3 entries in the book for the week. With a few fish showing in the estuary and a few fish making into the main stem. With some of our furthest travelled sets of guests this week from both home and abroad both having fish, both guests from Cornwall had a fish Nick Lintott and Steve Edmond’s both had a fish but possibly the furthest travelled guests were Will and Steve Aitken from Sydney Australia with Will landing his first ever salmon of 10lbs in Victoria on a park shrimp.

  • 29th April- 4th May
    A mixture of weather this week with some cooler weather setting in as the week went on with a mixture of rain sleet and hail with a strong NNE ly airflow setting in by the weekend. The little rise in water combined with the spring tides allowed fresh fish to enter the system with a dozen fish seen on Friday evening making there way upstream past Bighouse Lodge. The tally for the week was 4 fish giving us a season total of 14 fish. Fingers crossed for more rain this week as we need a decent rise to encourage more fish into the system. The signs are that fish are starting to arrive on the coast but we badly need the condition’s to allow them unimpeded access to the river systems.

  • A mixed bag of weather this week with two small rises in water which allowed fish to distribute themselves around the system. The river was lightly fished and two fish caught and several more seen with a big fish breaking the line last night in Barriers. Prospects for this week are a bit more encouraging with the rise in water and also the big tide is starting to make as the week goes on.

  • 13th-18th May
    A hard week of weather again with no real let up in the dry condition’s a little rain and cloud cover on Saturday which helped. We had 3 fish for the week all sea liced which was encouraging and two of the fish were in Hughes and Upper Hut pool. Several fish were lost over the week and possibly some grilse sighted in the lower river. Fingers crossed for rain.

  • 20th-25th May
    I am delighted to report a excellent week’s fishing with 19 entries in the book doubling the season tally to 38 salmon. With the cooler condition’s and the drops of rain at the start of the week and a small rise in water a few sea liced fish were caught over the system, as the week progressed the rain got a bit more intense and started to wet the ground which has been parched since the start of April. As with all spates after a very dry period it was very dirty for a time. Thursday was pretty much a wright off fish wise anyway but the guests enjoyed the rain. This gave us a good end to the week as well as the 19 reported on the river I was told of a 4 lbs grilse from the estuary on Saturday night so this bodes well for the coming week I hope. It is still pouring rain at the moment and the river is getting close to 3ft so finger crossed for another great week to come.

  • 27th May- 1st June
    One of the best spring week’s fishing for many year’s with 50 fish in the book for this week taking the tally to 88 fish for the season. All guests had a great week with every rod managing to catch at least one fish or more which was great news. The quality of fish was exceptional with a lot of fish about the 10 lbs bracket and with a good number in the high teens and the heaviest fish of the week was 20 lbs.
    Prospects for this week look good with another drop of rain this morning and more rain Likely as we go through the week fingers crossed we will get another great week’s fishing.

  • 3rd June- 8th June
    The excellent fishing continued this week with another 30 fish in the book it was not all plain sailing and guests had to work hard for the fish possibly due to the bright sunshine and strong North wind at times. I would have liked to see a few grilse arriving but nothing to report this week so fingers crossed for some to arrive this week.