Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

MAY WAS a month when an­glers pre­pared to match tac­tics to chal­leng­ing con­di­tions were of­ten re­warded. River lev­els were low all month and it re­quired freshets to bring the fish into the river and on the take. Ac­tiv­ity was largely con­fined to the lower river. Six­teen fish were re­ported dur­ing May, all from around Tewkes­bury and Worces­ter, apart from one fly-caught fish, the first to be no­ti­fied this sea­son, by Harry Daw­son, fish­ing the noted low-water beat at Atcham. Harry took his 11-pounder on a Calvin Shrimp, which fea­tures a ma­genta wing, mak­ing it stand out in the coloured water from the Vyrnwy. This was on May 22 and, at the time of writ­ing (May 31) was the last fish to be re­ported. May’s biggest salmon was one of 22 lb, caught by Ross Fuller­ton on a Fly­ing C. Noth­ing was hap­pen­ing un­til May 11, when an 11 lb fish was taken at Diglis. This pre­saged a flurry of ac­tiv­ity brought on by a 5 in rise, with lo­cal trib­u­taries re­spon­si­ble. Fish were taken at Tewks­bury (Phil Pow­ell, 17 lb), and at Diglis (John Love, Toby Fletcher and Paul Har­ris). A fur­ther rise of 10 in on the 18th pro­duced sim­i­lar re­sults, with two fish apiece to Harry Daw­son and John Love and oth­ers to Mark Rushall and Chris Sum­mer­field. Four fish in all came on the 20th at Diglis. In coloured water late on the 21st, Ja­son Tapp had a 7 lb fish on a flu­o­res­cent-red Salmo Seeker. Smolt mi­gra­tion con­tin­ued for much of May, a re­flec­tion of a de­cent 2015 sea­son. I un­der­stand that the EA’S pro­vi­sional fig­ures for 2016 in­di­cate a catch of c300 salmon. This is down on the pre­vi­ous year (450 fish), but one hopes enough to con­firm the Sev­ern’s salmon stock status as “Prob­a­bly not at Risk”. This will please Sev­ern salmonfish­ers, many of whom will be aware of the NRW’S con­sul­ta­tion on fish­ing meth­ods in Wales from the 2018 sea­son on­wards. See https://nat­u­ral­re­sources. wales Con­tact me to com­ment, en­quire or re­port: pe­te­ – PETER HUNTINGDON

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