June began with water levels quite low after a long hot spell but some heavy rain early in the month freshened things up and lifted the level to 2' 1” on the gauge.
Fish were in evidence from early in the month. The ghillies managed to catch a few before our first party arrived on the 14th. This first week produced 15 fish, extremely good for this time of year with fish being caught from the Sea Pool to the Ford Stream. Conditions early on were variable, with winds reaching gale force at times but this brief spell of low pressure soon gave way to more settled conditions with high pressure and hot sunny weather for most of the last week of June. This meant water levels began to drop and fish were more difficult to tempt but we still managed to pick up the odd ones and finished with a total of 29 for the month. Most were grilse around the 4 – 5lb mark but Fraser Lawrie landed a nice 8lb cock fish from the tail of the First Stream.
PRE SEASON SUMMARY
The river and streams were fished regularly from opening day this year by local anglers. Water levels were pretty good on the whole but cold Easterly winds prevailed for much of March and April. Conditions in May were more favourable and our local fisheries trust biologist Paul Hopper opened the account with a nice 9lb Hen from the Kelt Pool on the 4th May, losing another shortly after. There were several more fish connected with and lost over the next week until Donnie Whiteford landed the second, a 7lb Cock, on the 9th from the First Stream.
A few more fish were touched and lost as the month progressed and grilse began to appear towards the end of May. Grimersta senior ghillie Peter Ratcliffe landed a nice 5lb cock fish in the Sea Pool on the 23rd.
A spell of very warm and bright weather has seen water levels dropping but it remains high enough for fish to run the river as we enter June. Several more fish have been seen and a few lost before local angler Andrew Smith managed to land a 4 ½lb hen from above the First Stream on the evening of the 4th June. Peter Ratcliffe added to his tally with a 4lb Hen from Macleays stream at last light on the 6th June and two more from the First Stream on the 11th. Shaun Molloy managed to entice a 4½lb hen from the sea pool on the same day. The first stream produced another two on the 12th.
There have been encouraging reports of good shoals seen off Barvas so hopefully we are going to see some decent numbers of grilse arriving soon. A change in the weather and some rain is now on the way so we greet our first guests with high hopes.
First reported salmon for the Hebrides this season and a first Grimersta Springer for Paul Hopper, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust Biologist. 9lb salmon on a size 6 Tosh just before lunch 4th May 2018.
Previous Season's Reports