After the very warm and at times hot spell in May and June, more ‘seasonal’ conditions returned in July. A few fish were seen and one fresh salmon was caught by Richard Bellamy. In addition, we had a couple of sea trout.  Things really came to life at the beginning of August, with 11 salmon caught, plus 3 more sea trout in 4 days following the first big spate of the summer.  Almost all were fresh fish, up to 15lb.  It was very encouraging to see a decent run of salmon as well as a fair number of sea trout.

This was against a background of a quiet couple of weeks with little fishing effort, a couple of the Committee fished on separate occasions on 3 days for part of the day only.  It was encouraging to see a good head of fish running into the beat.   It appears that supply of salmon fishing is exceeding demand at present for a number of reasons.

A reminder that when you are fishing please remember to send a note of fish caught, and fishing effort by emailing to   You may also wish to record your activity in the logbook in the Cabin.  A note is attached with details of what is needed and why.  This is summarised below:

  • Anglers submitting catches by email will need to advise:-
  • Date of Catch (also approx. time if possible)
  • Angler’s name
  • Pool
  • Fish Weight
  • Water Height
  • Lure or Fly name
  • Fish Kept (K), or Returned (R)
  • Remarks (cock/hen fish, condition etc)
  • Fishing Effort during visit (ie. ½ day, 1 day, 3 days etc)

The beat is looking good following excellent work by Colin Farrell since early May.   The river and its banks are in good shape with the Top Beat having seen a considerable improvement on recent years in terms of removal of rubbish and broken walkways.

Work continues in developing our new website which is now being populated with photos and text.  A booking portal is also being developed and tested at present. Once things are a bit more advanced, we will send round the link to it.  Davie McPhail, the well-known local fly tyer and angler spent a day on the water and a video of his day can be seen here: