Last week was one of highs and lows and not just the river levels. We started off with an exceptional day for Simon Littlejohn as reported in my previous post. This is still worth another mention as Simon landed four fish of 20lbs, 19lbs, 17lbs and 10lbs and also lost another big fish.

The river was still at a decent level on Tuesday but very few rods were out, we did manage a couple of sea trout both around the 2lb mark on Dalreoch and syndicate rod Noel Hainey had a cracking 18lb fish from the Dub on Bardrochat. Heavy rain overnight meant that Wednesday was to be a wash out.

We only had a couple of rods out on Thursday with the river at around 3.5ft at Colmonell Bridge. Jamie Mcculloch headed straight for the Smiddy Weel. After only a couple of casts Jamie was rewarded with a fish on his Birthday, a lovely 12lber. Jamie also lost another fish in the pool above.

On Friday we welcomed Robert Cairns and team from FastNet. Robert was kind enough to give us two landing nets for using on the beat which is greatly appreciated. I must say that these nets are excellent, strong and light. You can check out these nets by following the link to the FastNet website
We also welcomed Matt Cross and photographer Duncan from Shooting Times magazine on Friday so watch this space for an article coming soon. Even with perfect water we failed to land any fish on Friday although we did lose a couple.

On Saturday we had a better day landing two grilse but did lose a total of five fish. The good news being that we were seeing many fish including fresh grilse. Steven Cope had a good day landing one of the grilse along with a nice 2lb sea trout. Steven lost a further 3 fish. Even with the water down to 2ft at the Bridge, fishing deep and slow was the order of the day. It just goes to show that a change in tactics can often produce results.

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