Hard to understand now but back in the 90s I was at times bored catching salmon. In the spring the smell from the dead kelts just hung in the air all day. Have not seen a kelt for a long time and would be glad of just a fish per day.
I fished the Conon, the Spey, the Findhorn and the Cassley last week and had nary a tug! 10 years ago I’d have been tearing my hair out but now I‘m content to be in such beautiful surroundings with my friends. My best mate had two, which I was delighted with as he doesn’t get to fish much - I genuinely get as much pleasure seeing someone else catch a fish as I do from getting one myself. On the other hand I caught three in three outings on the stretch of the Usk that I fish throughout the season - prompting my better half to enquire as to why I bother going all the way to Scotland, spending all that money, not to catch any fish - she doesn’t understand that fishing isn’t all about catching fish!! With the amount I fish I’d consider it a good season if I got into double figures!
Had my last day of the season on the Usk today and landed this 15lb beast, taking my tally to 10! Happy to retire for the winter now - I’ve had at least one fish on each of my last six trips!
Same position as myself. Never blanked in any season until now. Never fished a day until July which didn't help, but the worst and most forgetful seaon ever for me.Personally, I'd settle on a fish for this season.This is the worse season I've experienced in my Salmon fishing career.
Good effort! I fished the Usk today and it was very quiet for me!
An absolute shame to one of the best systems in its day to rival any river in Scotland. Easy too. From spring to October Memories and reminisce every time I have a cast now.Absolutely spot on.
Last Wednesday on Keir the water was running at 2ft 3in, briefly up to 2ft 5in and dropping, spotlessly clean.
Up to 2013 that would have been carnage with constant streams of big silver autumn fish moving through regardless of the tide times.
Well, apart from an old river fish landed I saw 4 other dirty wee fish all day.
It was, as you say, like a bad day in the Spring.
Id encourage you to think again and return and fish the Foyle rivers , Finn Mourne , Strule etc , on there day look no further ,When I started salmon fishing here in Ireland in the 80s, an early July week on the Erriff was prime time, and with good water gave a great chance of a few grilse. I went back for sentimental (and Covid) reasons for a couple of days this July and had one pull for a couple of days effort. The reported big runs into Irish rivers missed the Erriff. That now sums up Irish salmon fishing for me - hope rather than expectation.
I also coarse fish, mainly on the Hampshire Avon and Dorset Stour nowadays. And there, fishing for species like chub is excellent, as is fishing elsewhere for stillwater species. I know there are lots of reasons given for this - anglers baiting etc. But to me that fact that cypranids thrive in warm water, and salmon don't, is a good place to start looking for data and reasons to explain the current situation.
I've always been tempted by intruders in this country, they have brilliant movement in the water.For me the season was superb, I starting fishing once the travel restrictions were lifted at the end of June, travelling between 85 -105mile single trip journey from home to fish the Finn Mourne Strule & tribs. With good water levels after the early season heatwave, fishing for me was very good ,with fish moving up the system on every spate , There were days that I blanked when i thought i was a cert for a fish , other days the sport was good .
I also experimented on various outings using big Intruder style flies that Id previously used in BC, (I hooked & lost 2good fish on these),
My tally for the season was 27 to the bank, on the fly , with countless fish lost ,
some line ripping takes to make this a very short season , one ill not forget
You need to be prepared to experiment , even if it means potentially blanking , these are patterns I've thought up myself, in pink colours with lots of flash, I've been playing about with them for a number of years now, and enjoy the challenge of fishing them ..I've always been tempted by intruders in this country, they have brilliant movement in the water.
Congrats, you had a great season - those northern rivers fished well. Irish fishing seems to have been very mixed this year. Some systems, such as the rivers you mention, the Suir, the Blackwater had fish. Others didn't. I'll have to look around - when we're allowed to travel again.Id encourage you to think again and return and fish the Foyle rivers , Finn Mourne , Strule etc , on there day look no further ,
We're on level pegging...I’ve not done to bad this year considering we lost our spring fishing to the lockdown and then followed by drought on my local river (the coquet) for a good couple months. Ended up with 16 to the net and 8 or so lost