Tight Lines

Our popular columnist Bill Balfour brings us the latest edition of Tight Lines in this week’s Sports Desk.

The time of the sea trout is upon us and we who revere this as the most desirable of all game fish are hoping that the runs will show some recovery this year and particularly on the Esks.

Both rivers enjoyed a great number of finnock last year and as they are juvenile sea trout we hope they have found good feeding areas and are ready to run the rivers in large numbers.

Certainly on the North Esk the start of the run was apparent with double figure catches on Pert and other beats reporting fifteen or so.

I look forward to a bit of night fishing very soon as these are creatures of the night and only start to feed in the fading light of the late summer evening.

Salmon however on the South Esk are very scarce probably due to the coastal netting now being in full swing and the latest news from the Dept. of the Environment presents more delay in legislation and more consultation (perhaps a duplication) is confirmed.

Last week saw only three salmon recorded and watching the river, even with a rise in level we can see no sign of fish at all.

There are a large number of salmon lying in the North Esk but they are so difficult to catch and frustration is the order of the day with Kinnaber (4) and Burn Estate (7) showing the way.

The anglers of Brechin A.C. enjoyed their visit to Loch Lee last Saturday despite the extremely cold wind.

Jock Craig won again (becoming a habit) with three fish and returning a fresh 2015 salmon.

This is a very rare occurrence especially a fresh run fish.

I had a salmon around twenty years ago in the same competition but it was a very late kelt.

Welcome to the club Jock.

Local trout fisheries are producing better catches and places like Lintrathen and Rescobie will be well worth a visit in the next month.

I hope that the terrible weed problem of last year at Rescobie is being addressed as last year it was not appreciated by many visiting anglers, spoiling their fishing and simply making many “hotspots” unfishable.

Nice to see the works in River Street going ahead without even a vestige of pollution and this speaks well of the contractors who obviously are aware of the need for care of our river.