Trout of or­der as fish­ing is slow on Clyde

Wishaw Press - - ANGLING -

For most of last month the weather had been cooler, but was un­set­tled. Fre­quent heavy show­ers did lit­tle to bring the level of the Clyde up by an ap­pre­cia­ble amount.

It was ob­vi­ously enough to tempt at least a few salmon to come up from the sea, but they were not met by very many an­glers.

It ap­pears that most of those who hold per­mits for the Clyde choose to wait un­til they hear about other an­glers catch­ing fish be­fore they try to do so them­selves.

One an­gler has al­ready landed half a dozen salmon, weigh­ing be­tween six and 12lbs on flies; when the river rose slightly, he changed his ap­proach to us­ing worms and was re­warded with a fine fish of an es­ti­mated 18lbs.

He has been able to fish a lot this sum­mer, and prob­a­bly knows the wa­ter as well as any­one. He has put in many hours of prac­tice and knows how to use his tackle to its best ad­van­tage.

For a while, it was feared that this might turn out to be one of those years when the best runs don’t ma­te­ri­alise un­til Oc­to­ber.

There have even been years when there were very few salmon in the river un­til after the sea­son closed at the end of Oc­to­ber. An­glers will hope this will not hap­pen this year.

The only way we can gauge the num­ber of salmon com­ing up the river is to have large num­bers of an­glers re­port­ing their sight­ings, and catches, to the ap­pro­pri­ate as­so­ci­a­tion or club.

Soon after Storm Ali had made it­self felt, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing rain suc­ceeded in send­ing the river level to a point where it was deemed to be un­fish­able for nearly three days.

Soon after that, salmon an­glers were out in force, and sev­eral of these were re­warded with en­coun­ters that they were hop­ing for.

It would ap­pear that what was look­ing like a poor sea­son will be sal­vaged in the next few weeks.

Trout an­glers had been slow to re­alise that their favourite quarry had wak­ened up to the change in the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, and the ex­plo­sion of fly life that was ap­pear­ing.

Iron Blue Duns, and those of Large Dark Olives, were on the sur­face and trout were com­ing up to take them.the ac­tiv­ity was de­scribed as some­thing of a feed­ing frenzy.

A re­ally mag­nif­i­cent trout of 8lbs was soon joined by some oth­ers of 4lbs or 5lbs. Per­haps more im­por­tant was the pres­ence of large num­bers of very small trout.these are the fu­ture of the river.

What was miss­ing was the num­ber of an­glers that would nor­mally be out to take ad­van­tage of the fi­nal chance of the sea­son to try cast­ing to trout that are both in-sea­son and hun­gry.

These trout are po­ten­tially at their heav­i­est, at this time of the year, but they will con­tinue to feed un­til they are ready to spawn.

The ab­sence of an­glers will add to the mem­ory of this hav­ing been a bad year for trout fish­ing.

The‘beast from the East’ brought so much snow that the sea­son got off to a slow start.very soon, tem­per­a­tures be­came im­pos­si­bly high and the sport, poor as it had been, came to an abrupt halt.

For­tu­nately, there is plenty of ev­i­dence that the trout have come through the sum­mer un­scathed.we can look for­ward to good sport next year, and be­tween now and then we will hope the fish have a fruit­ful breed­ing sea­son.trout hatch­ing next spring will be big fish five years later.

It is nor­mal for trout an­glers to be re­port­ing hav­ing caught grayling over the last month or two, but I have heard noth­ing about this.

As Septem­ber drew to a close, the weather fore­casts were men­tion­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of overnight frosts.this is about a month ahead of sched­ule.

Grayling an­glers used to think that there was lit­tle point in chas­ing the Lady of the Stream un­til Novem­ber, but this year might be dif­fer­ent.

Grayling can of­ten be more tol­er­ant of be­ing jagged by a hook than a trout is, but it will not put up with noisy cast­ing or splashy wad­ing, es­pe­cially in the shal­low wa­ter.

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