Apart from a thunder shower on 9th May which increased the flow of the river slightly there has been no appreciable rain since early April. Needless to say the salmon fishing has been slow: a couple of fish were lost at Beam over the weekend 10th/13th and salmon have been showing on all the middle river beats. During the last week 4 sea trout have been caught on dark: all in the 2.5/3lb range.
There may not have been enough water to encourage a run of salmon, but it has been ideal for the trout fishermen. The trout fishing for the last three weeks has been outstanding: more fly life and more activity on the surface resulting in some excellent catches, including several fish over 1lb and a few over 2lb: the best being a superbly conditioned fish of approx. 3.5lb. Also several sea trout have been caught on a dry fly, mostly from the home beats at Sheepwash. As I pen this, the mayfly are starting to appear.
Access improvements to all the beats have continued this spring: particularly the home beats. Overall it has been a most encouraging start to the season.