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Spring 1998

River Tay - Kenmore, Castle, Point and Bolfracks Beats

The mild winter meant that there was little snow on the hills. As a result the water was high. Levels were consistently high throughout January and February. Unlike 1997 many of the kelts were washed downstream. High water also meant that spotting redds was difficult and thus estimates of spawning success was difficult. Fortunately the high levels did not turn into true floods so redds should not have been washed out.

Opening Day (January 15th) was very well attended. Over 300 visitors came to the opening ceremony and large numbers of rods took up the offer of free fishing (donations were made to the Tay Foundation instead. No clean fish were caught - only a smattering of kelts. The Gala Dinner at the Kenmore Hotel was a great success. The Burn's Address to the Haggis was exceptional. An excellent meal was enjoyed by all and the party went on until the early hours.

The first clean fish was taken by Mr. Devonshire from the Hotel Pool on February 14th. It fell to a silver toby (18g) late in the evening. This was a small fish .. only 5lb. Could have been a half sea winter fish.

The remainder of March saw more rain. Some snow fell on the hills but soon melted, leading to more high water. A good run of fish went through, but did not stop. Rods in Killin killed good numbers of fish as did the boats on the loch. Several fish over 25lb were reported. The Dochart and the Lochay thus received good numbers of Spring fish which could bode well for this years spawning.

 
 
 
 

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