Wednesday 27th June 2018

Wednesday 27th June 2018

George Wallace

Wednesday 27th June:

With the hot, dry, sunny weather forecast to continue for a while, you may be tempted to think that fishing is a waste of time. It isn't. Yesterday two BODSA members had a sea-trout of 2 1/2 lbs, 13 grayling (unlucky for some!) and a dozen parr. Great to see parr again because they have been scarce to non-existent for the last two years.

All the fish were carefully returned which brings me to my annual reminder about Brown Trout. Old members will be well aware of BODSA's policy that all wild Brown Trout should be carefully returned, please; so this is a reminder for them and a flag for new members who may not be aware. Brown Trout are not rare on our part of the Dee but they are not present in such numbers that they can stand predation by humans, so if you are lucky enough to catch one, please just admire it, photograph it and return it carefully. Your Committee takes a very dim view of people who kill our wild Brownies; there's no need for it nowadays.

Tomorrow's full moon will herald another series of Spring Tides. With river levels so low, big tides may not tempt salmon to run - although you may well find them on our lower Beats which are actually affected by the biggest tides as far up as the Ferry Pool at Rodens Hall - but sea-trout will definitely be coming into the river in good numbers, adding to those already here. And sea-trout, as we know, will run up wet gravel when the mood takes them, so they'll soon spread all along the river.

On the coarse fishing front, Richard had a nice Chub of 5lbs 10ozs, so well done him.

Enjoy your fishing and please keep me posted on catches. I won't reveal any secrets but news of fish caught or seen is important to other Members who may not have been so lucky.