Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

THE CONON was fairly low for most of May, drop­ping to very low lev­els to­wards the end. Low water tends to favour the beats be­low the junc­tion with the Black­wa­ter. The Bra­han beats fished well (con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than last year), re­port­ing 12 salmon (one on up­per, eight on mid­dle and three on lower) in the week of May 1; 18 salmon (three on up­per, 14 on mid­dle and one on lower) in the week of May 8; 28 salmon (nine on up­per, 17 on mid­dle and two on lower) in the week of May 15; and 22 salmon (five on up­per, 15 on mid­dle and two on lower) in the week of May 22. Notable fish in­cluded 13 lb in the Ferry to Mr E. Pater­son, 18 lb in Green­bank to Si­mon Hock­ley and 17 lb in the Slug­gan to Mr D. Mackenzie. On May 26 Mrs N. Crost­waite Eyre cel­e­brated her first-ever salmon – 10 lb in the Rus­sian on a Red Shrimp. Down­stream of the dam Up­per Fair­burn’s tally for the sea­son to June 1 was 34; May was dif­fi­cult given the lack of water and catches av­er­aged close to three per week. Coul was up nine for the sea­son by June 1. Felic­ity Lewis had an epic strug­gle to land a highly an­i­mated 16 lb salmon on May 31; it went on “colos­sal” runs and at one point the gillie gave se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion to pur­su­ing it in the boat. – AN­DREW GRA­HAM-STE­WART.

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