Final smolt traps update

After difficult smolt trapping conditions we called a halt today. The run has over in the Truim for a while now whilst in the Tromie we had about 12 first capture salmon smolts today.

Quartet of nice Tromie smolts

Quartet of nice Tromie smolts

I’m sure we would continue to catch smolts in the Tromie but we have missed so many days this year with the high water we will not learn a great deal more. The last two years have provided good trapping conditions but this year has been almost a write-off.

There was one surprise in the Tromie trap, a large brown trout, must have been about 5lbin its heyday. Its head was extremely badly damaged/infected with almost all the skin missing from the top of its head.

Large Tromie trout - a real old warrior

Large Tromie trout – a real old warrior

Not sure if there was fungus present or not but the damage was extensive, on top of the head, bottom jaw and even inside the mouth

Not sure if there was fungus present or not but the damage was extensive; on top of the head, bottom jaw and even inside the mouth. I suppose we should have put it out of its misery but I couldn’t bring myself to kill such an old warrior. I doubt if it will last long.

On the path to the Truim trap Steve pointed out a thrushes nest. It was extremely well camouflaged.

Well camoflaouged nest

 

I will summarise the smolt data and report in the next week or two.

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