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September 1999

River Tay - Kenmore, Castle, Point and Bolfracks Beats

The river eventually dropped back to summer levels. Sport was particularly slow. September can be a great month but is dependant on when the first rains come. We had a small spate at the beginning of the month. A small shoal of grilse was seen in the second week, but these fish had their skates on and headed for the loch without stopping.

In the third week the heavens opened, first on the west coast, sending the Dochart and Lochay into spate which in turn drove up the Loch. Then in the Kenmore area we had a cloud burst. The Ardnavallach burn was a raging torrent for 2 days and overflowed its banks onto the golf course. The main river is still a tad high in this area and on the lower beats there were reports of 15 feet of water over markers! Much or the river was unfishable for the third week of the month. Clive Booth from Highland Lodges reports that summer sport on the Loch has also been poor.

On a more positive note, the floods have brought the fish up. In the last week there were reports of fish going through Kinnaird and fish were also taken from Farleyer.


At Taymouth there was a set of gabion baskets which blocked access to a spawning burn. These baskets acted like a strainer with most water running through the baskets and making upstream passage impossible. Three lorry loads of concrete were poured over the baskets and a new standpipe inserted into the pond. This means that running fish can get over the obstacle.
The first autumn flush cleans out the river of debris, so it is often the second flush that brings the fish in. We have now just had that second flush so we are optimistic for the last two weeks of the season. Many beats are already booked up by regular rods, but Jimmy Tritton from Upper Kinnaird reports that he still has a few rods available (Call 01796 482 331 or mobile 0789 999 0159). Alternatively come to Kenmore on the 15th for the last day. We operate gentleman's rules on the last day so that everyone can have a go. Permits cost £30 with proceeds going to the Hatchery Fund.

 
 
 

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