Largest brown trout for around one hundred years

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Loch Leven is again in the record books yielding the largest brown trout for one hundred years.

Caught by Michael Mackenzie from West Lothian, the fish weighed in at 9 lbs and 6 oz and scale reading suggest it to be eight years old.

Its doom was a black deer-hair snail fished on a floating line.

The largest ever Loch Leven fish was caught by Colonel Scott on Sepember 8, 1911 and weighed 9 lbs 13oz.

Research on the River Mersey is turning up some strange results.

The river’s salmon runs are returning, but it is where the fish have come from that is so strange.

Fish from the border river, the Nith and from the local Dee are to be expected but fish from the east of Scotland and Normandy rivers are also being recorded.

It is not understood why these strays are turning up in a river which has only reported fish since 1990 after a dead spell of over 60 years.

Population at present is around 200 salmon and on the increase.

The two Esks are fishing well despite days being lost to high water; however, the huge runs of late autumn fish of the past few years are not appearing, levels returning to those of the last few decades.

It proves that the Fisheries Boards decision not to allow extensions to the season were indeed wise and that caution should always be the word with late running fish.

If you have a few million pounds to spend on your fishing then look no further than the North Esk and West Water.

Millden estate is on the market and although it is more famous as a prime grouse moor it has one of the best mid/upper river salmon beats in the Esks area

But the Millden stretch of the North Esk also has one of the finest wild brown trout fish left in the east of Scotland and it is something worthy of special mention.

Wild brown trout fishing has been overlooked by salmon anglers in particular for far too long and it would be good to see any new owner spending time ensuring its future.

I understand the estate is for sale as a whole or in around seven separate packages all of which will have sporting rights.

In upper Glen Lethnot the Lethnot Grouse moor is also on the market and with this goes a stretch of the upper West Water on the North Bank.

While it is difficult terrain much could be done to increase accessibility to the river and one can expect sport from May onwards with a good run of sea trout and good runs of back end fish.

Tight Lines,

by Bill Balfour