The team were all busy last week helping anglers looking for fishing from as far a field as Iceland, the Hebrides, the Tay to the Test and Itchen – with all our other rivers keeping us as equally busy in their own right!
Anne Woodcock had a particularly busy week out and about on both the Tay, Dee and Annan. Not so much fishing (although she did manage a cast) but helping promote the rivers we represent with the Tay at Cargill, Kercock and Newtyle enjoying the company of an Australian film crew who are working on several programmes featuring the fantastic fishing on offer in Scotland – and thanks to expert ghillies on both beats, managed to catch several cracking springers!
A ladies day on the Dee also kept Anne busy as she hosted a day where ladies are introduced to salmon fishing – whether experts or new to fishing it sounds like a great day was had by all given the tremendous feedback and all in the name of fund-raising for The River Dee Trust too – well done Anne!
My own week was busy with the highlight being getting to meet some new contacts on the River Tyne. We are really looking to bolster the availability on offer on the Tyne and meeting owners and ghillies who are passionate about the river was really good fun. Saturday even allowed me to have a cast on Dilston beat where the water had risen nicely overnight and expectations were high. Alas, no fish to report but we did see quite a few fresh fish moving which kept us full of anticipation all day. I am already to trying to plan a return to the river over the summer and really looking forward to it.
The Dee had a decent enough week last week with 75 salmon and 13 sea trout reported. A notable fish from Ballogie of 26lb worthy of a mention. Indeed the beat had a good week with fish being caught Monday through to Friday. The Dee is warming up and if local knowledge is anything to go by, May is a month that is full of high expectations as the weather starts to calm down and hopefully give us some good fishing to look forward too. I for one have already planned my Dee trip and very much look forward to joining in the fun!
The Tay continued to see good catches with some 111 salmon caught and weather conditions last week as settled as they have been all season. Fish to 24lb were caught and reports of a few big fish lost to means that again, for May, anticipation is high and if previous years are anything to go by, May can quite often surrender some really big fish as well as starting to see the first real grilse runs too – much to look forward too and still some good fishing to be had if you are quick of the mark.
On the Tweed, a much quieter week with low water restricting the movement of fish upriver with only a few fish reported above Kelso. Good to see some of the lower beats like Tillmouth, Horncliffe and Tweedhill to name but a few getting onto the catches pages. It was Junction again who carried on their fine form with fish caught most days. The heavy rain at the end of the week coloured up the water and made Saturday difficult for anglers. Indeed, as we head into this week there is still a bit of colour in the water which hopefully will clear quickly and give all those fishing this week a chance of a fish – again, some good availability to be had for this week if you can manage to get out of the office and on to the river.
And so to May, a month of the year that many anglers would choose as their best month to fish before thoughts turn to the back end. I hope you all manage to get out on the river wherever you prefer to fish and I hope too that it will yield a fish or two for your troubles!
Remember to send those trophy photos into us of those bars of silver being returned so we can share them with other anglers keen to see what’s going on on rivers across the country.
Tight lines everybody