Monday 15th January 2018

Monday 15th January 2018

George Wallace

Monday 15th January:

With a spell of fine, though chilly weather the river had fallen slowly to about 18" above normal yesterday. This morning I see that the upper river has been rising quite sharply and the extra water is now, 1100 hrs, starting to affect us down here. With a rainy spell forecast, we may see a full river again for a few days.

Yesterday, although the water was cold and flies were best sunk as deep as possible, about 18 grayling were caught by three rods on one of our upper Beats. Interestingly, as Shadow and I took a stroll along the banks, we saw a Water Rail and then a Little Egret. Don't see either of them very often at Bangor on Dee. Also saw two cormorants and a goosander but let's just not go there!

I have not seen any more kelts or dead spent salmon but they are likely to be around for at least the next couple of months, so please let us know if you see them. And please keep reporting sightings of fish-eating birds via the link on our Home Page.

I also have reports of both Carp and Bream being seen on our lowest Beats and even as far upstream as The Pylons at Bangor on Dee.