The start of a new salmon season

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WEDNESDAY saw the start of the salmon fishing season on the two Esks, but the weather was not in such a good mood and it put paid to any fishing on the South Esk.

I visited a few beats in the morning but found no one fishing at all

However, Billy Paton of Brechin angling club was not to be deterred and he was down on the Dalgetty beat to give it a try.

He encountered no fish but reported several kelts flopping around in the calmer water.

I have no reports at this time of any fish caught yet on the ‘Southie’.

Southesk Estates has a new offer available for syndicates on it’s three main beats for spring/summer and they offer good value, Details from the estate 0ffice or on ‘Fishesks’ website.

On the North Esk, however, it was a wee bit better, with a fish of 8 lbs taken on Pert and another larger lost after a hectic few minutes.

Stracathro did not fish the first day but Dave Anderson had a beauty of ten pounds on Thursday morning, just to show up his son Neil (our Local Tackle dealer) who preferred Pert.

Pert, however, did serve up another fish with a six pounder landed and another lost.

Further downstream, Martin Stansfeld’s Kinnaber beat had two and the Morphie stretch managed four.

With many beats not fishing yet it is difficult to assess prospects, but I am getting out the rod on Thursday and am eager to get into a springer.

Catch and release is the order of the day and more complicated rules will soon be applied to the South Esk so I would advise that all anglers enquire of current rules before adventuring on to the Esks.

Tight Lines,

by Bill Balfour.