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June 1999

River Tay - Kenmore, Castle, Point and Bolfracks Beats

The grass is growing like the clappers and bluebells now like in carpets. The river is running clear and at a beautiful level. Evening fly hatches are massive. Fishing in the bright weather is becoming more difficult and early morning and evening sessions are proving most productive.

Alan from PD Malloch's opened the account on the first of the month on the 3rd of June. Fishing on the Point he turned to the ghillie and enquired when the first grilse could be expected. The reply was "in a couple of weeks time". This was quickly amended to "any time now" as Alan grassed a nice 5lb grilse .. the first of the season.

Bob Cunningham a regular popped by for a few hours fishing on the 4th and was rewarded with his best fish to date an eighteen pounder taken from the Point on a fly of his own making (shrimpy with a touch of purple).

Craig Morris the Keeper from Bolfracks Estate has a go with a trout rod. After an epic battle he took a 22 pound salmon from the Point on a blue charm. How do they do that?!

The Point and Bolfracks beats now have a good head of resident salmon. These can best be seen in the Point and Junction Pools where they frequently jump. There are several large fish still there and from a manager's perspective it would be nice to see a few springers survive till spawning. The grilse are also starting to arrive (2nd week of June) in reasonable numbers. The water has now dropped to summer levels, so small flies are probably the best line of attack. Summer is definitely on its way with the rhododendrons in full bloom.

Tom Heaps finished off the month with another grilse of 5lb taken on an Ally's shrimp from the tail of the Point pool. Tom also reported losing another.


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