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End of term Report 1998

River Tay - Kenmore, Castle, Point and Bolfracks Beats

We finished the year with a total of 34 salmon and grilse and one sea trout. It has to be said that it was one of the worst years ever! Water conditions remained consistantly high throughout the summer (what summer?). This allowed fish to run straight through. Reports from the clubs on the Dochart suggest that good numbers of fish made it to the headwaters - so spawning should be good. Hopefully these upper catchment fish will produce more springers.

On the positive side it is pleasing to report that the best fish - a clean cock fish of 28lbs was caught and returned by Mark Bowler. Mark (the Editor of Fly-Fishing and Fly-Tying) was visibly shaken by the experience! The same fish was seen for several weeks in and around Home Farm where it had been taken on the fly. Anglers such as Mark deserve great praise for their un-selfish attitudes.

The Fisheries Staff (Bob McIntyre, Ian Chasser and Paul Fishlock) had a busy year. About 100m of bank was cleared on the Ladies Pool. Removal of rhododendrons will not only improve habititat and reduce acidification, but has opened access to a nice run. Several acres of derelict land was also cleared around the Ford and another section was started near the Dairy.

We are greatly concerned by the decline in the salmon. While we know that many of the problems lie at sea we believe that something has to be done. Science is all too often used to justify not taking any action. This time we would like to use scientific advances to help the fish. We therefore propose to build a hatchery.

 
 
 
 

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