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July 1999

River Tay - Kenmore, Castle, Point and Bolfracks Beats

The last weeks of June and the beginning of August is when we expect the grilse to start running and true to form there are have been a few about. Those that have entered the river have run hard and fast. Many of the bottom beats had poor sport until the very end of the month when grilse started to take up residence. Up at Kenmore most grisle were keen to continue their journey upstream. A few stopped in the Kenmore and Castle Beats, but nothing like in the numbers expected with the nets being off. The fishing on the Connonish, Loch Dochart and Fillan has apparently been good (as was the case last year. A trip in the car up the Lyon also revealed a few grilse in the pools below Cashlie, but there have been few if any rods fishing from Roro, Meggernie or Cashlie.

Water conditions at the beginning of the month were excellent with lots of rain on the west coast. The river was high and fish were running. The middle of the month saw the river drop back to summer levels with few fish running. The last week saw early rain which brought the river back up again, but we have had a lot of sun and that has probably put fish off.

Brian Parker opened our July account with a grilse pf 5lb from the Point taken on an Ally's.

John Heaps followed this up with a Salmon of 14 lb from Pipers, again on an Ally's on the 3rd.

Rob McIntyre took four pounder on the 5th from the Point on an Ally's and one slightly bigger on a small mepp on the 22nd (returned).

Trout fishing has been good in the early morning or evening (avoiding bright sunshine). There have been a few mild evenings when the trout have been going mad. One capture worthy of note was a grayling of about a pound taken by Graham from the Chinese pool. This is a real rarity - the first grayling from the upper beats in the last five years!. There are grayling below the junction with the Lyon, but few ever venture into the fast water above it.


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