I'm not much of a salmon angler and very rarely go salmon fishing and even then it is mostly for the day out and to spend some time somewhere nice. However, as I reported previously, this year I did some salmon fishing while on the Isle of Lewis and managed 5 fish for a day.
The season is nearly over in that part of the world with some places stopping at the end of September and others on 15th October. They have had what can only be described as a remarkable season with huge numbers of salmon caught in some areas, we are talking small systems with a few miles of river and a 5 year average around the 150 salmon mark having 536 salmon so far this season. Have other parts of the UK also had bumper years for salmon? What has the experience of salmon fishing been countrywide this year?
Now, it was a funny year as although the rest of the country has been wet Lewis had an extremely dry spring which lasted until nearly the end of July so the fish were held in the sea a little while longer than usual, though probably only by a few weeks. However this also means that there was less time for actual fishing so it is hard to say if the loss of some days is made up for by the strange weather in terms of catch stats. To me it just looks like there are a lot more fish than usual coming back into the rivers with many rivers boiling with fish even over the last week.