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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch

Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park

Looking upstream on the River Luce

North American Signal Crayfish

The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch

Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'

Fly fishing on the River Cree

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Catching Kelts

02 March 2015

A well mended Bladnoch kelt

A well mended Bladnoch kelt

All kelts must be carefully returned

All kelts must be carefully returned

The local rivers are all now starting to open for salmon fishing. Those that do venture out to try and catch a springer are far more likely to catch kelts this early in the season. A kelt is a salmon or grilse that spawned in the river system last winter but has not yet returned to the sea. Most salmon, especially the males, die during and just after spawning. It is estimated that up to 95 % of salmon die after spawning for the first time. Only about 5 % survival spawning, return to feed at sea and then come back to the river to spawn a second time. During the process of reconditioning they ‘silver up’ again. As adult salmon do not feed in freshwater then kelts are typically very slim as they may have been in the river for between 3 – 12 months and will have used up most of their fat reserves. They are pretty easy to catch and need to be treated with great care when playing and returning them.

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