Bill Drury reports from Umba - 10-17 September week
By Charlie White
Bill Drury reports from the third week on the Umba where 42 fish were landed but it ought to have been more. Conditions were tough with a rising river and many fish were lost...
Day 1: A bright, frosty morning. We fished lower river from 12 noon. Clear skies very bright all day. No fish landed during the half day's fishing.
Day 2: Cloud cover for most of the day. The lower river did not fish well at all although there was a large fish lost in Upper Rat. 6 fish were landed from Krivets - 4 coloured fish and 2 fresh including a 17lber for David Brown.
Day 3: Lower River was still not producing fish, 1 grilse. 9 fish landed in Krivets including 28lb for Mark Pearson. Boat put into Long Pool today.
Day 4: The river had risen today and all 9 fish landed came from Krivets and all were coloured fish. 1 fish was sadly lost in the Lower river.
Day 5: River levels were dropping again and it was a very bright morning with very few fish encountered. The afternoon became cloudier and 8 fish were landed in Krivets including a 24lber from Long Pool for Jack Cox. 2 fresh fish landed on the Lower river.
Day 6: Rain all day today and it was a day of losing fish! 11 including a couple of large fish were lost in Krivets and 2 landed in the Lower River. The amount of rainfall today will definitely have the river rising again.
Day 7: The last day of the week and as predicted the river has risen and 6 fish were landed. The best fish of the day was a fresh 24lb from Brad's pool caught by Jack Cox, his second fish over 20lbs for the week.
- Bill Drury
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