2200 today. Very low water but still a trickle of fish on the move.
any news about how the salmon repopulate the Garry yet ?
It's early enough yet to achieve any accurate redd counts.
I discussed this with David Summers on Tuesday at a Tay Board meeting.
The Upper Garry was repopulated to an extent last season as adults were observed spawning in previously dewatered areas and above barriers previously considered impassible due to low flow.
Electrofishing confirmed the presence of juveniles this year so everything looks tentatively positive for the system.
I'll keep you advised as to developments and redd counts.
Some further information from a meeting of T.D.S.F.B. last night.
A smolt trap was operated last season in the Garry downstream of a previously unpopulated area of the river at Struan. The Y1 catch number extrapolated an approximate smolt migration of some 15000 from which you could reasonably expect 75 returning adults.
Hopefully the numbers continue to build augmented by artificial restocking each spring.
1632. It really is interesting how many fish are running in desperately low and warm conditions. In my day as salmon sec I kept a close eye on the count. When anglers in the peak of spring said that the beat was alive with fish 25 per day was a normal increase as fish were running through unhindered. Obviously after high water and fish backing up you could get a surge, but 25 a day was a good run in peak spring. So this continuous run of teens to twenties each day is worth considering. Maybe many of the other rivers are having similar runs but don't have a counter to tell them....who knows.Opinions?
1051 on the 10th July this year.
Not very many given the Tummel is a spring river.
The Tay may well be, as stated many times elsewhere, ****ed.