I had never walked this burn but the mention of sea trout spawning yesterday made me pull over as I crossed the bridge. It was a nice still autumn day, the first night of frost after the big water at the weekend, ideal for sea trout spawning. What I had seen of the habitat from the road looked promising and I knew the electrofishing survey results were good.
- The sea trout burn
Sure enough there were a succession of pools, runs and riffles with an abundance of the very best grade of spawning gravels.
Walking slowly upstream there were no signs of movement from fish. However I soon came across the first redd in the classic position at the tail of a pool.
- The burn meandered naturally at the start but after about half a mile it became as straight as a die, obviously dugout sometime in the distant past. However there were two big redds right at the bottom of the long straight.
Interestingly there appeared to be quite a high density of redds in the long straight, there were certainly more fish about. None were actively spawning, I’d have seen them first if they been spawning but I tried to disturb them as little as possible. Most were in the range 1 to 4lb.
That was a nice little walk along another cracking burn. So it’s a sea trout burn just now but in 2 or 3 weeks it will the turn of the salmon. They use the burn too with salmon and trout parr both abundant in the lower reaches.
Saw these fellows running about around a house on the way back to the pickup – not long to go now!