Booked an early outing on the lower Tummel, I notice there is now a ghillie to contact, is that s new setup, never noticed that before.
Catches are noticbly down as you say Tom as is volume of fish passing through. Only a few years ago in peak months it was unusal to go more than 5 minutes without seeing a fish. Last season I had about 4 days, saw very few fish and caught nothing but have booked 3 days again this year with the optimism that it will be better than last year. More hope than anything to be honest but you never know. Might try really early mornings this year as a change of tactic but that will mean a 3am alarm call which is not appealing to say the least.Not sure why that has happened? An extra mouth to feed.
I have been wondering recently why I haven't heard of the usual frenetic rush to book the dam and thought I'd have a wee look to see if bookings are open yet.
As if by magic, and all under my radar, not only are bookings open, there is hardly a rod to be had in April and May. Catches now sit pretty steady at around 46 for the 2 months combined which is a sign of current runs I suppose. So, at 6 rods a day you need to fish for around 7 days to catch a fish and that is without factoring in local rods which put a substantial dent in those 46, so, in reality I guess, it will be nearer 10 or 12 days on average. Or 100 to 120 hours rod effort.
That pursuit of the perfect prize is getting more difficult every year for sure.
I've fished the Tummel on 5 days so far this season , and in the 5 days only seen one fish ,with only one caught at the Dam it's not looking good,this time (first week in March) in 2019 and 2018 a good number of fish had been landed at the Dam and down river ,could this be the knock on effect of Storm Frank from 4 years ago ,when all the damage was done ,the rivers been at a good height and its been fairly mild,even seen Trout rising some days ,its all a bit worrying there should be more spring fish about .
Think you’re both right.Possibly to do with the very high water for the last 5 or 6 weeks. Hopefully some settled times ahead, I do say hopefully