Mainstem surveys: Day 4

This morning we started at Lower Pitchroy, just up from the Slobs pool. Here we had 61 fry and 29 parr, in comparison to 77 fry and 29 parr last year. So the fry numbers are slightly down, and the parr numbers exactly the same. This is a fairly consistent result; the difference in fry could be accounted for by different fishing conditions or the efficiency of the team. The second site, on Pitchroy was really positive. We had 153 fry and 33 parr, whereas last year we only had 59 fry and 7 parr. This was great to see!

A good number of fish caught at Pitchroy!

A good number of fish caught at Pitchroy!

At Ballindalloch, the results weren’t as positive. Last year there were 184 fry and 15 parr, but this year only 122 fry and 14 parr. Although this is quite a reduction in fry, 122 fry is still a great result for a site.

The site on Ballindalloch with the kit in the foreground

The site on Ballindalloch with the kit in the foreground

Similarly, at Tulchan D beat, we had 101 fry and 3 parr, where last year we had 186 fry and 6 parr. Again, still plenty of fry on this site, despite the decline.

The Site on Tulchan D-Beat

The Site on Tulchan D-Beat

On Tulchan C beat, we were disappointed. 34 fry and 23 parr, in comparison to 2013’s results of 105 fry and 24 parr. Again, on our final site on Tulchan B, we had 29 fry and 12 parr, in contrast to 92 fry and 32 parr previously. A bit of a frustrating day as far as the results go. On the last site there was a slightly odd fish, a trout, with some characteristics of a salmon. Any votes welcome!

This was a bit of an odd looking trout - the spots and chunkiness suggest trout, but the thin tail wrist and forked tail suggest salmon...

This was a bit of an odd looking trout – the spots and chunkiness suggest trout, but the thin tail wrist and forked tail suggest salmon…

Tomorrow we won’t be doing mainstem surveys, as I’m off to the Don to do some exciting trials for a solution to ranunuclus. I look forward to reporting on my day tomorrow!

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