Half Moon Fishing Report – End of May 2019

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.

There are several sea trout being caught: both on a dry fly in the daytime and at night with a traditional wet fly. Most of the fish are in the 2lb range, but two of 4lb have been caught at Beam. On the last night of the month Martin Weeks caught four at Beam and lost three more.

3lb Brown Trout, caught by Ed Weeks

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.  Overall it has been a most encouraging start to the season.

Access improvements to all the beats have continued this spring: particularly the home beats.

The weather is more unsettled this week (early June) with hopefully enough rain to bring a rise in river levels.