The fish moved steadily up the pool and as I applied some pressure in anticipation of landing what I imagined was a smallish fish, I quickly realised this was no grilse
On the Ford and Etal Estates beats on the River Till, stocks of salmon and grilse
have been pretty good.
QUIET MAN: Co Antrim Movie star and fisherman Liam Neeson shows off one of the two grilse
he caught at Galway Weir Salmon Fishery; FISHING FAN: Actor Timothy Dalton; STRIKER: Soccer coach Jack Charlton
Missing bits of relevant information include the whereabouts of genetically-programmed grilse
during their single sea winter.
The pencil-thin grilse
that have been taken in some UK rivers are a source of grave concern.
We are optimistic that salmon and grilse
will return if action is taken to stop the escalating predation of salmon by seals.
Usually after a year in the ocean, what were once smolts return to these rivers as plump four to six pound grilse
Steve Sanderson fished TAS Holmegate fishing on the Eden landing a 5lb grilse
and a 2lb sea-trout.
A spokesman for Berwick Salmon Company said catches of both salmon and grilse
had been poor and another worrying aspect was the quality of the fish, which were much smaller than usual.
Other rivers like the Tawe, Usk, Rheidol and Dee have also experienced a dramatic improvement in the salmon and grilse
runs this autumn.
Jeff Johnson landed an 11lb 2oz salmon on fly while Paul Nelson caught a 6lb grilse
We then noticed diminishing grilse
runs, and then the unthinkable - the autumn run - began to go down the tubes.