21st July total is 1796. Lowest yearly total I can find since 1953 was 2375 in 1991. Highest ever was 12000 in 1973.
Innes while I agree it’s pretty (worryingly) poor and there is plenty of water going through the ladder, could this warmer / low water be stopping them from running the ladder?
Are there still lots awaiting to run which might indicate there is something that’s not right for them?
The Upper Garry would have been bare then and we nasty sheep farmers were still opening the dip tanks full of OP dips and flushing them down the river in the '70's!! There were of course many 10's of '000's of sheep on the hills then, not now. 1973 5yr average was 7300, 1975 5yr average was the peak at 8250 and we have been 3500-4500 ever since except for 2008 with a 4800(5ya) mainly due to a biggish count in 2006 of 7025. As I have said before, these are the only figures we have and the catch records rarely match up with the highs and lows of the ladder numbers. Innes
My first ever cast was in Tummel at Milton of Fonab c 1957. Best I had was a 6lb eel on salty minnow. Nearly as big as me and my last minnow as I had to fish for them first with my rod top and a piece of worm. I was not best pleased. It was in a massive run, on a trout rod down by the loganberry field.
That's a fair eel Dave.
Once saw a dead eel about that size after a flood in the burn at fettercairn. It was a scary sight.
In the 70s and 80s a guy used to trap them in loch lee. Got a lot of 3 to 6ld eels. He used to ship straight to billingsgate.
The guy reckoned that the eels all met up in one spot on the loch before starting their migration.