Looking downstream on the River Cree
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
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
On Monday (17th February) Jonathon Haley came into the GFT office saying he had just caught a 9lb salmon on the Mochrum Park stretch of the Bladnoch. He had returned the fish (Bladnoch DSFB rules state that all spring salmon should be returned until 1st June) after collecting a few scales and taking a photo of the fish. He said it was definitely not a kelt but did not seem to have the usual thick girth of a typical Bladnoch springer – could it be a baggot (i.e. an un-spawned fish from last year)? Even though only a single scale was provided by Jonathon this was read by an independent expert scale reader who confirmed that the fish was definitely a genuine springer. The scale reading provided some really interesting extra information about the fish. It had spawned in the river in late 2012 and returned to the sea as a kelt. After nearly a year at sea it has returned to the river a second time in 2014. This would explain the limited depth and girth of the fish as repeat spawners often do not have the opportunity to recondition fully. Very few kelts survive to return to spawn a second time. Out of 68 adult salmon scales recently examined from Bladnoch and Cree rod caught salmon only one was a repeat spawner (i.e. had spawned in a previous year).
Interesting information can be gained from a scale sample and we would encourage anglers to collect scale samples from rod caught fish and give them to GFT. We have scale packets which we are happy to provide to interested parties. Collecting a few scales carefully will do no harm to a fish and can provide some really interesting information.