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(Last Updated: Tuesday 28 May)

A tricky week last week with water levels on both the North and South Esk up and down with a good deal of peat stain as well. All this seemed to put the salmon and sea trout off if you were lucky enough to grab a moment to fish in between the ups and downs generally one was lucky. Greame Thirde and Henry Titley were fishing at Inshewan at the beginning of the week when the rivers were a little more settled, with this came bright sunshine. The two fished many in the mornings and late evening and likewise rewarded with a few sea trout, all caught size 10 Blue Gledswood. It is great to hear new of salmon being caught up river at Cortachy who had a lovely 10lb salmon on the Friday.  Also, a handful of salmon over the 15lb mark have been caught, one at Stracathro at 18lbs the other at Balmakewan which was sadly lost after a long tussle was estimated at over 20lbs. David Dunn was fishing at Canterland on a falling river and managed a lovely salmon of 8lbs. Kinnaber again had to last week, again they will be wanting the river levels to drop and settle as this is a low water beat. Once the rivers had settled down on Friday James Flett had a red-letter day while fishing at Edzell with 3 salmon to his own rod, lucky man! Now the sea trout have started to come in so to have a few early grilse, these little salmon along with the sea trout to my mind at least provide some of the best fishing at a wonderful time of year to be on the river. I am very sure that quite a lot more sea trout and salmon have been caught on the private and club waters, so I think we could add a few more to the tally below.


The Week Ahead.

With more rain forecast this week it looks like it is going to be an unsettled time on the rivers. So, grab your moment when and if you can. Also, we need the weather to warm up which hopefully will happen towards the weekend, cool evenings and warm water temperatures are just not going to produce the goods. Warm muggy evenings with plenty of fly life and yes midges make for a great evening on the rivers. Keep the flies small and simple and not overdressed. Grisle and sea trout like the simple flies fished well. So, the old favourites, Stoats Tail, Silver Stoat, Blue Charm. If there is a little colour in the water Thunder and Lightning, Munro Killer. Keep the flies moving and fish glides that would normally be overlooked.

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Beat catches reported

(Last week)

Beat Catches
Kinnaber Salmon - 2, Sea trout - 0
Canterland Salmon - 1, Sea trout - 0
Gallery Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 1
Edzell Salmon - 3, Sea trout - 0
Finavon Castle Water Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 2





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