Upper Livet surveying

I joined the team today firstly to show Steve the electrofishing survey sites in the Blye Water, a tributary of the Livet, but also so that I could have a proper look at the top end of the Livet. We surveyed two sites in the Blye. The Blye wasn’t stocked last year so there were only low numbers of salmon parr amongst the many trout. At the lower Blye site we found 9 salmon fry (and 198 trout fry) showing that salmon do use the middle and lower reaches of the Blye for spawning.

Nice trout parr from the Blye Water

Nice trout parr from the Blye Water

After the Blye we took the ling and rough hill track up to the top of the Livet. In the upper reaches the Livet splits in two with the Suie Burn and the Kymah Burns being of similar size. They had never been surveyed quantitatively before so we did one site in each.

Survey site by the lone Rowan tree in the Suie Burn. Good mixture of trout and salmon present here as well as a couple that looked like hybrids.

Survey site by the lone Rowan tree in the Suie Burn. Good mixture of trout and salmon present here as well as a couple that looked like hybrids.

Possible trout/salon hybrid?

Possible trout/salmon hybrid? The parr markings were not obvious on this fish although it looked more like a salmon than a trout

For a short period the midges were horrendous. Michael's snood seemed to do the business but the Red Horse Products repellent proved to be very effective, we would have had to abandon the site without it https://redhorseproducts.com/shop-2/fly-control/new-red-zone-super/

For a short period the midges were horrendous. Michael’s snood seemed to do the business but the Red Horse Products repellent proved to be very effective, we would have had to abandon the site without it https://redhorseproducts.com/shop-2/fly-control/new-red-zone-super

The Kymah Burn and the Suie Burn join to form the Livet. We selected a site below a wooden footbridge to survey the Kymah.

Surveying the Kymah Burn, slighty more trout than salmon here but a very high oercentage of big, two year old salmon parr, in comparison to the one year olds

Surveying the Kymah Burn, slightly more trout than salmon here but a very high percentage of big, two year old salmon parr, in comparison to the one year olds

Extremely well conditioned large salmon parr form the Kymah Burn

Extremely well conditioned large salmon parr from the Kymah Burn

The last site was on the Livet below Suie. We had trouble identifying the site from the 1993 photo as it had changed so much. The Livet is quite high gradient and prone to changing its course now and again. The site fished was in the same area as surveyed previously but it was completely different in character, being about 6m wide in comparison to 15m in 2003. Still there were good densities of salmon and trout.

"New" survey site in the upper Livet.

“New” survey site in the upper Livet.

It was good to see the upper Livet at last. Hard going to complete the five survey sites due to the long drive in but well worth it.

Hard going for Rogie, he will need to toughen up!

Hard going for Rogie, he will need to toughen up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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