(Last updated: Monday 21st July)
Lethen report for w/e 19th July.
Lethen rather feared that there may not have been too much to report this week but Quentin Ballantyne cracked the nut on the Dunearn beat. He fished all week with a 1/2" hitch tube. He netted 4 fish and hooked a few more as well as experiencing several fish taking short. His tactic was a short line and skating the hitch fly through the fast water at the head of the pools. This meant, in some cases, going well above the pool and fishing right from the very top in the white water. Success was met with 2 fish from the Kennel pool, another from the March Stream and another from Lady Mary's pool. There was action in many other throats of pools up and down the beat. The fish were all salmon, some quite fresh, and ranging in weight estimated from 8 1/2 lbs to 11 lbs. Very few grilse were seen on the beat.
Bruce & Angela Walker and party were on the Daltra/Altnahara beat and Angela was very unlucky to lose a grilse just short of the net in the Loop pool. Then Bruce lost another grilse, this time on a hitch, in the tail of the Chair pool on Saturday night. Peter Graham and his party were on the Altnahara/MinDaltra beat but unfortunately they also failed to score. A few more grilse were seen on the beats so hopefully numbers will begin to build up very soon. Conditions were again very difficult with low water, not quite as low as this time last year, but the main concern has been the paucity of fish.
The week ahead looks to be fairly dry until next weekend but is hoped that the rain expected this Sunday may have added an inch or two to the water level. There is however enough water for grilse to run and it is amazing how bigger salmon can also manage to run as well. The tip for this week must surely be to try the Ballantyne technique and give the hitch a good twirl in the white and fast water.
The river remained very low once again all week. 2 fish were caught however, and the lucky anglers were Jake Stevens who had a 5 lb grilse and Billy Hossack who had a 3 lb grilse. Once again, fish have been seen running up from the sea in broad daylight and some of the pools now have a few fish in them, so small flies early morning or at night may be successful. The heavy rain forecast for saturday did not materialise and prospects do not look good for next week, with very little rain in the forecast. Some pools in the Town Water have a good stock of sea trout, which may be worth a cast at dusk. Best flies are Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade.
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Lethen Report for w/e 12th July 2014
Lethen regrets to report that another dismal week has passed with very low water conditions and not many fish on the go. Only one fish to report which was caught in Lady Mary's pool on the Dunearn beat last Monday by Nick Wright. It was estimated at 12lbs and it took a retrieved fly in the deep slack water. This means that the Ed Player team's 10 year average drops to 24 (which includes the 2012 catch of 73 fish) but their golf handicaps have greatly improved.
Ken & Mike Sutton experienced their first blank week in 28 years on the Daltra/Altnahara beat. They have always been steady and persistent scorers with a past average of 10 fish a week.
It seems likely that more grilse are coming into the river as it was heard that one of the Logie beats had caught 5 fish up to lunchtime last Thursday. They may just be waiting for a rise in water to push on up to our beats. We were promised rain at the weekend but it didn't come to much and the river only rose 1" on Sunday night. The week ahead isn't promising much, perhaps some rain on Monday afternoon in the upper reaches and then perhaps a shower or two next weekend but of course forecasts can go horribly wrong.
The river remained very low once again all week. As far as I know only 2 fish were caught but there were very few anglers to be seen. Once again, fish have been seen running up from the sea in broad daylight and some of the pools now have a few fish in them, so small flies early morning or at night may be successful. Heavy rain fell on saturday and sunday morning but this had no effect on river levels at all. Very little rain is forecast this week, so prospects do not look too good. Some pools in the Town Water have a good stock of sea trout, which may be worth a cast at dusk. Best flies are Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade.
Lethen W/e 6 July
Lethen reports that last week was a repeat of previous weeks. Low water conditions, save a 3" rise on Saturday morning which quickly fell off, combined with a scarcity of fish meant catches were extremely limited. Prospects last Monday looked good with Simon Wood on the Dunearn beat catching a fish of around 6 lbs in Gaffers and Chris Mills taking a 6.5 lbs fish from the Loop pool on the Daltra beat. It proved to be a false dawn because, apart from a couple of lost fish on Dunearn, the rest of the week was devoid of activity. Some fresh summer salmon and a few grilse were seen racing through the beats at times which kept the rods on their toes. Anytime now we could be hopeful of a respectable run of grilse so we will just have to wait and see. This week will be mostly dry down on the beats but on Tuesday we might see some rain and, more importantly, there could be a reasonable dose of it up in the headwaters at Coignafearn.
The river remained very low all week, but Gordon Rennie persevered and had a sea liced 6 lb grilse on wednesday followed by a tiny grilse on friday, both on small flies. Fish have been seen running up from the sea in broad daylight and some of the pools now have a few fish in them, so small flies early morning or at night may be successful. Rain is forecast this week so hopefully this will encourage the main grilse runs to start. A seal has been seen in the estuary and fish are jumping in the sea, so there are plenty fish still to come. Best flies are Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade.
w/e 28th June 2014:-
Lethen reports that another very disappointing week has been and gone and they have landed up with the poorest June catch for many years. There was a good rise in the water earlier on in the week but this did very little to the fishing fortunes which goes to highlight a shortage of fresh running fish. There are some resident fish in the pools and one or two fresh fish, including the odd grilse, showing every now and again but what are there seem very reluctant to take a fly. There were only two successes during the week. The first one was when Rupert Leigh-Wood caught a fish of around 10 lbs in the Loop pool on Daltra on Tuesday morning just as the river was rising. The second one was when Adrian Ormerod, who had been invited up to fish on Dunearn by Irving Warnett, caught a similar sized fish in Morgan's Haugh on Friday evening.
Looking ahead to this week the weather may remain fairly dry until Friday and Saturday when we could expect some rain around us and also in the upper catchment. The water level is low but quite adequate to allow fish to run if they are there to do so.
Present fishing conditions and results are much the same on other rivers in the north of Scotland and even those in the south don't appear to be meeting with much success either.
The river had a nice rise in levels on monday, and Martin Patience had a fresh 9 lb salmon from Graemes Pool. Fish were still hard to come by until friday, when Thomas Reay had a 12 lb salmon from the Town Water. The river has now dropped to below summer level ag