England & Wales
SPORT ON the lower river at Burnfoot has been a bit more like it used to be. Up to September 19 over 176 salmon and grilse were caught and 64 sea-trout. This is more than prime beats on the Tyne for the same period. Alan Dixon caught a 12lb salmon and a 2lb seatrout on the Willow Pool spinning. Simon Laidler caught salmon of 10lb and 7lb on Willow and a 6lb salmon on the Cauldron followed by a 20lb salmon from the Willow. He also had a 3lb sea-trout. C Clegg caught sea-trout of 3lb from both Willow and Cauldron beats spinning. R Cohen, from France, caught a 10lb salmon on the Cauldron followed by a 12lb salmon on the Willow. Most of these fish were caught spinning when there was extra water. J Macrae landed a 13lb 8oz salmon spinning while David Laidler had salmon of 12lb, 7lb and 14lb and a sea-trout of 3lb; one to fly and the others on worm. Alan Dixon landed a further salmon of 12lb from the Willow Pool to fly. Out on the Gilnockie Tower beat, W Warburton caught a 6lb salmon on a Flying C fishing the Dunk and Cyril Gaskell landed a sea-trout of 1lb 8oz. Fishing Lower Irvine House, Drew Murray landed sea-trout of 3lb 8oz, 3lb, 3lb, 2lb 8oz, and 2lb spinning. John Murray caught salmon of 14lb, 16lb and a 3lb grilse as well as a sea-trout of 2lb 8oz. Martin Coulthard caught two sea-trout of 2lb spinning at the Cooper Stone. John Murray then caught a grilse of 3lb and a sea-trout of 1lb 8oz. Trevor Mcvittie (TAS) caught a 6lb salmon on fly. Up on Mid Irvine House, Len Metcalfe (TAS) landed a 4lb grilse on an Ally’s Shrimp while Colin Hudson had a 5lb grilse also to fly. Eddie Hartley caught salmon of 7lb and 5lb. Drew Murray landed salmon of 7lb, 9lb and 8lb from the Tarras Flat on spinners as well as a seatrout of 2lb 8oz. The Esk catchment had decent amounts of rainfall that brought the river up on a number of occasions bringing in some good runs of fish. On the Esk and Liddel Angling Club waters some excellent fish were caught. Jackie Allan landed numerous salmon between 4lb and 14lb during late August and early September. Davey Mckenzie caught many sea-trout to 5lb. He also landed a large coloured salmon, his first ever, described as a real bruiser! Out on the Langholm
Esk in full cry ... herling numbers bode well for future
beat Chris and Lorraine Burke caught a salmon each and several sea-trout. Mike Sowerby caught salmon of 12lb and 6lb while Robert Park had one of 6lb which was very fresh run. Brian Evans landed a beauty of 13lb on the fly from the New Bit. Elliot Packer caught a 6lb salmon and Mark Brown and Glen Bainbridge also caught fish. The run weakened slightly in September but Mike Sowerby landed a 15lb salmon caught on fly in the Dead Neuk. Ross Currie caught a 14lb salmon on fly and Jackie Allan caught one of the same size. John Horne caught a brand new salmon of 5lb and a couple of sea-trout fishing the Liddel. Esk is in full cry as I submit this report. Huge numbers of herling were encountered by anglers in late July and August so hopes are high that these fish will return next year as wellconditioned fish. The catch and release restrictions have had a significant effect on rod numbers but there are far more fish in the river than the Environment Agency think - BORDER ROD.
SURPRISINGLY THE Chew Valley water has cooled to around 17.5 deg C so the fish have been feeding. Last season we didn’t reach these cool temperatures until October, so quite why it has cooled this year is unclear, but most welcome. In common with last year the fish are all to be found in the band from Villice Bay through to the Dam. Even though the fishery staff are trying hard to get a spread of fish by taking the cage across the lake, the trout seem to end up by Walley Bank. They are really high in the water and on cloudy days a couple of small dries is all that is required to have a successful day. Most tend to use washing line tactics, and this is producing plenty of fish. The trout are feeding well. On Friday, September 14, with John Smith, we found corixae, small midge pupae and masses of daphnia in all of the fish that we killed. This seems to have been the way with the trout lately. Daphnia has been the mainstay for their food. It has meant that the fish are keeping in good condition and fighting really well. Sadly this week (September 18 to 21) has been a non-starter with wind speeds too high to allow the boats to go out. The forecast for the next couple of weeks is good so I am hoping for some decent “back-end” sport. There must be some fish in different parts of the lake, so, if you have caught a few fish in the “hot-spots” why not drive round and see if you can find a few. A reminder that anchoring is not allowed once you go past the sailing club. Recently many anglers have been dropping anchor off Walley Bank. Catch to date: 11,090 fish to 2330 rods, a rod average of 4.75 at an average weight of 2lb 8oz. The Blagdon fish are generally feeding hard on corixae and once you find a trout you are likely to catch a few. Two areas are dominating catches – Wood Bay and Pipe Bay. There are odd fish coming from Home Bay, Holt Bay and off Green Lawn, but not in the quantities that other parts are producing. On Sunday, September 16 the BRFFA Snowbeesponsored Hidden Pairs rod average was a respectable five per angler. Winning pair were Paul Bond and Tim Kamei, who managed to catch 18 trout between them. The event, like all hosted by the club is now largely catch and release. Bank fishing remains good but, strangely only on the south side of the lake. Usually with levels dropping as they are, Rugmoor would be a good bet, but not this year. Hopefully the corixae feeding will continue and fishing will therefore remain good for October. Catch to date: 10476 fish to 2443 rods, a rod average of 4.28 at an average weight of 2lb 8oz - MARTIN COTTIS.
SETTLED WEATHER in early September reduced water levels from above 1m to around 0.7m giving good conditions for the fly. By the second week of September belts of rain moving across have caused levels to rise and fall sharply, but a preponderance of higher water has been an advantage to those spinning, or, especially if the water is coloured, worming. As I write on September 23, the river is fining down after a 3.9m flood a few days earlier and is currently just over 1m, giving opportunities to anglers with both spinner and fly. Catch reports from the tidal beats have been difficult to come by, but I think the number of anglers on the banks has been low and catches few. At the top of the tide, on the Plas Madoc beat, Frank Lysak had an 8lb salmon on the fly on September 10 from the Lower Oak pool. A lot of smallish sea trout have been lured by salmon flies and spinners, with the best a 2lb fish for John Berry on fly from Titler’s pool at the top of the beat. Upstream, on the Llanrwst club town beat, some good salmon have been brought to the net. Grant Roberts had salmon of 8lb and 5lb on spinner and a grilse on the fly. Dan Stevens had a 14lb salmon on spinner plus an 8lb fish and a grilse on the fly. Sam Lees caught a 9lb salmon, Jack Williams had a 5lb grilse, both on the fly and Wayne Davies also had a salmon. A good number of smallish but silver bright sea-trout have been caught – on fly at night before levels rose (Dan Stevens had 13 in one night) and afterwards in higher water on spinner in the day. Wayne Davies had a 7lb sea trout on spinner on September 21. Going further up, on the lower of the Gwydyr beats, Richard Thomas had a 14lb salmon on an Ally’s shrimp from the Wall pool, Ian Williams caught a grilse from Benson’s Stable, Ian Watson had a 12lb salmon from this pool on a sea-trout fly and Nick Kettle had a 12lb salmon from the Shark’s Mouth on worm. On this beat, Hafod, or the deep run just upstream adjacent to Cwmllanerch, was very productive especially on worm. Russ Mee had salmon of 11lb, two of 8lb, 7lb and 5lb. Nick Kettle had a grilse and caught two fine salmon of 18lb and 16lb from this stretch. Ian ‘Tank’ Williams caught salmon of 13lb and 10lb from Hafod on a Flying C.