At one time, I would have been confident to say that any fish weighing less than 6lbs would be a grilse
- in fact, I thought a two-sea winter fish would weigh at least 12lbs.
"On my fifth cast in the tail of the Barrage pool, where a couple of grilse
were showing, I had a very gentle take.
George Renwick landed a 14lb salmon on fly and Daniel Patterson caught a 6lb 6oz grilse
Ian Dawson, fishing a black and red shrimp had a magnificent 4lb grilse
, but with the water levels having dropped again many of the fish have potted up or moved to the upper stretches.
"It is beginning to improve with the water dropping but it remains to be seen whether the bulk of the grilse
have already gone upstream."
(1986), that smaller smolt are more likely to return as 2SW salmon, rather than 1SW grilse
. Unfortunately we cannot tie these speculations into any extensive history of fluctuations in grilse
numbers, as these were illegal in the Miramichi fishery and their capture for the most part successfully avoided.
Huge returns of grilse
then followed with occasional bigger fish.
A fresh run six pound grilse
(Atlantic salmon) covered with sea lice.
ANGLERS were out in force on the River Wear this week after a two-foot lift of water - rapidly clearing off over 24 hours - had salmon, grilse
and sea trout on the move.
Runs of 10,000 salmon and grilse
in its rivers and tributaries are not unusual.
The seals are thought to be the reason that the number of salmon and grilse
- young salmon - returning to Scottish rivers is dwindling.
At the time of writing there seems to be a marked shortage of summer grilse
. This happens from time to time, but unusually this year the grilse
runs have been substituted by runs of much bigger two-sea winter salmon.