An otter family has been seen regularly fishing the Newmill/Balass beat without a permit.
Please note that the ELECTRIC FENCE is in operation upstream from the sleeper bridge at the back of the Beet Factory. and a BEWARE OF THE BULL sign has been posted on the gate which presumably means that there is a bull in the field. Take care. The Sleeper Bridge wire handrail has also been re instated by the Ticket Secretary. Please do not tamper with these safety wires or fish from the bridge.
Reports are coming in of sea Trout up to 3 lbs being caught (and lost at the net) from the estuary. The coloured water last week may have tempted some to run up the river. Parr are also present in the lower reaches a good sign for the future. Please handle them as little as possible and carefully return them to the river to return another year.
With the recent rain the river is now almost high enough to tempt a few fish in from the estuary. Time to dust off the rod . Tight lines.
Thanks to those who have already given feedback and are helping with the Ranuculous weed & habitat survey on the river. Others are asking about re stocking Brown Trout, not straightforward given the recently introduced Scottish wide conservation measures forbidding the introduction of breeding trout. There is some good advice and a video on stocking in the link below. Please let the committee know what you think.