Yeh my limited experience over recent years has been just that although there are still clean fish trickling in right up till the end of the season and probably beyond. I had a fresh fish the day before the season ended 2 years ago. Going back twenty odd years the fish seemed to hang about longer in the lower river rather than flying through to the top end ? Not sure why but maybe the numbers were higher then ?As Fred mentioned in his Ribble report that 1976 was a terrible drought but the fish were stacked up down the bottom of the river. My theory since the collapse of the Autumn runs, is that we only have one run or class of fish, from May to August at best?
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Something else that is probably linked to this is the lack of Parr in the lower and middle River ? Salmon and seatrout used to linger around the stream mouths at spawning time awaiting a bit of rain so they could run up and do the business. I'm not sure this still happens ?