DEE AND CLWYD

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports - AL­LAN CUTH­BERT.

MAY I start with an apol­ogy and clar­i­fi­ca­tion. I re­ported de­tails of pro­vi­sional catch re­turns for the Dee and Clwyd sys­tems, but failed to make it clear that the fig­ures re­lated to last sea­son, 2017, not the cur­rent sea­son. Fig­ures for the Rivers Clwyd and Elwy: Sal­mon: Clwyd: 11 (11 re­turned); Elwy: 19 (16). Sea Trout: Clwyd: 530 (481); Elwy: 533 (436). This is the best sea-trout to­tal for the Elwy for at least 20 years and a most un­usual turn­around as his­tor­i­cally the Clwyd usu­ally ac­counts for about two thirds of the catches. We sus­pect the high wa­ter on the Elwy last year pro­vides an ex­pla­na­tion. Many thanks to John David­son of NRW for the fig­ures and to Paul King for his anal­y­sis. On the River Dee, the trout and grayling fish­ing con­tin­ues to pro­vide good sport, as one would ex­pect, as do the sea-trout, but the sal­mon are still thin on the ground. It seems the reg­u­lar dis­charges from the lake are fail­ing to de­lude the sal­mon that a flood is in progress, as they await the real rain while rest­ing in pools of the lower river. At Glyn­dyfrdwy Mid­land Fly Fish­ers be­gan to catch the odd fish in Au­gust. Sue Stirk was first off the mark with a fine fresh 6lb sal­mon on fly on Au­gust 4 fol­lowed by Si­mon Jones with a well-con­di­tioned 12lb fish and his guest Tony Thorn­ton, a seven-pounder a week later. In­creased rod ef­fort there­after pro­duced only one fur­ther fish of 10lb for Ge­off Southall. Llan­gollen Maelor re­port poor sal­mon fish­ing due to the rel­a­tively low wa­ter, how­ever John Schofield fooled a nice 10lb and an 8lb fish with a spin­ner. Alan Thomas used a shrimp to take one of 12lb, while Towyn Evans caught a 5lb fish on spin­ner. All fish were safely re­turned. Cor­wen and Dis­trict AC’S Jimmy Tay­lor re­ports catch­ing sal­mon of 8lb and 10lb from Typhos, both on spin­ner and re­leased. Gareth Roberts, one of the club bailiffs, caught and re­leased an 8lb cock fish from The Chain Pool on a Ra­pala. Those Cor­wen mem­bers will­ing to wet a line, be­lieve that there are fish in the river but rods are just not pre­pared to put in the time. So it seems a num­ber of the­o­ries are of­fered. Wir­ral Game FC’S Nicholas Ket­tle se­cured a fine 12lb fish and one of 7lb. Both took spin­ner and were re­turned to the Junc­tion Pool. Mark El­der and Ar­wyn Harper had 8lb fish from the Junc­tion Pool. On the River Clwyd, the Junc­tion pool con­tin­ues to fish well for sea-trout, 29 fish be­ing recorded for the month, most in the 1lb to 2lb range but with a cou­ple at 3lb. The Clwyd night fish­ing is pro­duc­ing good num­bers of sea-trout but the big­ger fish are prov­ing harder to tempt than usual. There is lit­tle ob­struc­tion to the mi­gra­tion of fish on the Clwyd from its mouth to the weir at Ruthin, so there are sea-trout through­out the sys­tem and Vale of Clwyd and Rhyl and St As­aph An­gling Club mem­bers that do ven­ture forth are be­ing re­warded with fish. I wish you tight lines in the hope that the promised rain en­cour­ages the fish to run -

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