The weather was warm and humid for the first few days of the month. The hatches of Mayfly continued and the trout anglers enjoyed some good dry fly fishing.
Heavy rain on 5th was followed by unusually strong gales. A discharge of clay water ruined the fishing on the Middle and Lower River for three days but this did not discourage salmon and sea trout moving upstream. Peter Stemp caught two salmon (12lb and 14lb) at Maderia and Colin Buckingham and Adam both caught salmon (approx 8lb) at Okement Foot. As well as the salmon Adam caught a 3lb sea trout and lost a much larger fish. Several other sea trout have been caught.
The Torridge has definitely had a much improved run of salmon and sea trout in the 2lb/4lb range this spring and early summer.
As from 16th June any salmon caught can be retained, but we will be encouraging anglers to release all migratory fish. Stocks are still dangerously low an these fish need all the help they can get.
As I write this we are in the middle of a heatwave: no doubt like all English summers the rains will arrive before long. We need a good spate now to clear all the muck from the bed of the river. We have had 15 months of below average rainfall: nature will right itself, that’s for sure. Let’s hope sooner rather than later.
Image taken from the Torridge river webcam: farsondigitalwatercams.com/locations/dolton