River Reports

Safe handling and release of salmon

Below you will find a link to a short and educational video explaining safe handling and release of salmon.

The video also shows catches of salmon using bomber flies and fly fishing scenes on a beautiful river possible on the Gaspe peninsula in Quebec in Canada.

Maybe an idea to try a Bomber fly on the river Usk next year… 🐟🐟

 

Below is a link to another nice video from the rivers on the Gaspe Peninsula

2018 salmon catch update

Summary of 2018 Salmon Season and the catch made on ISCA beats

  • 2018 was the worst salmon fishing season season for many years with a total catch of only 20% compared to the previous two years
  • Both trout and salmon fishing was temporarily stopped on ISCA beats during July and August due to the severe drought conditions prevailing from the end of May to the end of August
  • Our members released 100% of the salmon caught 
  • All except one salmon were caught on fly
  • Most salmon caught were from 8Ibs to 14Ibs in weight
  • The biggest salmon was 25Ibs and another salmon was also larger than 22Ibs. Both of these two fish were caught in May and on the fly.

The below link provides a summary of the salmon 2018 season and outlook written by Guy Mawle for the river Usk local fisheries group. Thought provoking reading….

A (bleak) summary of the Salmon Season on the Usk 2018

 

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New 2018 season video

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A 2018 season video is now available on You Tube showing a few salmon caught during the season that has now ended.

The 2018 salmon season turned out to be very difficult with prolonged drought conditions and a much reduced salmon run compared to recent years.

River Usk fishermen are now hoping that this is not a sign of worse conditions to come in the coming years accepting that salmon catches always have fluctuated due to natural and man-made reasons…

Fishing update – May & June 2018

A few salmon were caught from the end of April and into the first week of May, some of these were 3-sea winter fish, all in excellent condition with a 25Ibs salmon being the largest.

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25Ibs salmon (102 cm) caught on the 1st of May

However, after the first week of May the salmon catches have been very low in comparison to the last few years. By the end of June no more than 20% of the number of fish caught last year have been landed. The reasons for this are unclear but nearly all UK rivers from Scotland to Cornwall are reporting few salmon being caught.

Normally the first high spring tides of May will significantly increase the number of fish coming into the river but this year the salmon run has only been a shadow of runs seen in previous years. Only few fish are seen in the pools where they normally stop for a rest on their journey up the river or take up more permanent residency.

Not helping the poor run of fish has been steadily dropping water levels since the beginning of May. No significant rainfall has occurred and the river is now showing its bones.  This combined with high water and air temperatures are a serious threat to the survival of the salmon in the river. Most fishing clubs on the river have therefore recommended their members to stop fishing until better conditions and rain arrive.

Most Usk fishermen are now hoping, if not praying, for cooler weather and significant rainfall and that some salmon are still waiting in the estuary to run the river….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First fish of the 2018 season

The below photo shows a beautiful fish in super condition that was caught on one of our beats yesterday, the first salmon from Isca beats this year.

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The  season so far has been characterized by unusually high water conditions that has made the fishing difficult and at times impossible on Isca beats. Hopefully we will have less rain going into May so that the water levels will reduce and make the fishing easier.

Fish should start to arrive in greater numbers in May and June so there is still hope for a good 2018 season.

On the positive side then the high water conditions would have helped with the smolt migration and hopefully reduced the predation by birds, goosanders in particular.

 

April 2017

Salmon fishing on the river Usk in April came and went without many salmon being caught. The trout fishing has also mostly been slow but is now improving with the warmer weather.

A couple of salmon were caught on our beats in April and another couple lost, one of these a heavy fish.

The water levels have continued to steadily drop into May and rain is now needed to bring more salmon into the river and to safely get any remaining smolts into the sea.

Report on the Season start (March 2017)

The season started on the 3rd March but for most of the month the river has been too high for fly fishing to be done effectively.  I have only heard of two fish being caught although one or two more might have shown an interest in an anglers fly, the only allowed fishing method until the 16th of June.

The first salmon of the new season was caught by Simon Jones on fly on the 24th March on one of the Llanover Estate beats. The fish was 13Ibs and in beautiful condition as shown in the photo. Many congratulations to Simon!!!

Simons first fish of the 2017 season

Hopefully April will bring more stable weather conditions so that the river levels will lower and stabilize and thereby make access to the river and wading easier.

The fishing should steadily improve as we go April and May so if conditions look right it would be good advice to find an excuse to go salmon fishing, not forgetting the fantastic trout fishing the Usk also has to offer this time of year.

Best wishes