Friday, 13 April 2018

No rain to speak of overnight so the river continues its slow fall.  Still a little high yesterday below Hay for some beats but should be better today with colour improving all the time.   Still a lot of colour on the middle beats and as for the lower beats  - don't think so.

Must be a fish somewhere today, especially from the upper beats.

LATEST.          7.25pm and NO fish reported yet.  Find that pretty disappointing to be frank.  Still time yet though perhaps.

An update from The Atlantic Salmon Trust.

  • Stocks of wild Atlantic salmon across their range have declined from 8 - 10 million to 3 - 4 million since the 1970s
  • For every 100 salmon smolts that leave our rivers for the sea, less than five return - a decline of nearly 70% in 25 years.
  • Somewhere on their journey from the headwaters of the rivers to the ocean feeding grounds and back, wild salmon numbers are being decimated.
This is why the Atlantic Salmon Trust has launched The Missing Salmon Project, which includes a campaign to raise £1 million by the end of 2018 to fund a tagging and tracking project that will track salmon smolts from the river headwaters through the coast and out into the marine waters to pinpoint where losses are occurring in the river and near shore area.

Starting in the Moray Firth we will learn more about the survival of smolts through rivers and the Moray Firth, plus routes taken and timing of the smolt migration. Important information in areas with offshore developments.

This work will help uncover information about where salmon are being lost, hence 'The Missing Salmon Project'. The project will enable us to collect evidence on the causes of the losses and to help prevent further decline of this iconic species by using scientifically robust data to inform policy and management solutions.

We have added a Missing Salmon Project page to the AST website to start sharing information, including a new section answering questions we've been receiving.
Please visit:

Donations to The Missing Salmon Project can be made by contacting Pamela (office details below) or visiting:

On Monday 16th April we will be sending out our first Missing Salmon Project newsletter, if you would rather not receive Missing Salmon Project emails, please email

Thank you for your continuing support,
Sarah Bayley Slater



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