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(Last updated: Wednesday 7th June)
6th June and I am just back in from the banks of the South Esk and the river is in a small spate.
Many of the best beats have not seen a line cast in eight weeks and the word of a fish taken was something of a miracle.
Well our wait is surely over and with the prospect of new stock entering both rivers is exciting me already.
The disease factor on the North Esk has been devastating with many of the fine spring run dead and decaying. Much work has been done by scientists etc, but I am afraid I have seen it all before.
We know what the problem is, we know what we would like to happen but this is a river not a loch and treatment for the fish is impossible, we need to look further and see if there is another approach which will assist these fish on their way upstream. My suggestion is to take a long hard look at the Burn Loups and it's antiquated fish ladder. Excavated by Napolianic War Prisoners and slightly repaired in the 1960s it does little or no good. At least this would be somewhere to start.
I was talking to a gentleman on Saturday 3rd and he was telling me of a recent visit to Inshewan on the South Esk and telling me of the fish that are lying there, motionless and strictly not interest in any lure or fly of any size or colour. At least the fish are there.
Fish, both salmon and sea trout have been seen passing upstream in the twilight at Finavon Castle and a few sea trout have shown on the Kinnaird beats.
However all is about to change as the forecast is for more rain, a lot more and I also have reports of fish lying offshore, and curiously of Dolphin attacks off St Cyrus, something I have never heard of
Thanks for the photo's keep them coming in.
Do please email me Tom@fishpal.com or call 01573 470612.
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