Monday, 16 January 2012

Opening day of the 2012 salmon season at Kenmore

VIDEO- A springer, by golly...

This fish was caught within the first few minutes of the new season. Beat that Dunkeld...!!

VIDEO- Lost one...

This was funny. This poor guy caught a fish within seconds of the opening cast, and lost it. The crowd has a bit of a laugh at his expense.

VIDEO- The band setting out

VIDEO- The boat is annointed with whiskey

VIDEO- Broken Oar

AS the boat was heading out, the oar came loose from the boat and gave everyone a bit of a laugh.

VIDEO...Lee Conway makes the first cast

Lee caught the biggest salmon on opening day last year.

Lee Conway makes the first cast

Setting off

On the water

Well done

One of these gents caught the first springer of the year on the Tay.

Heading out for the first cast

Kenmore Hotel

Under Kenmore bridge

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Lochay today.....

Been away from the blog for a while. Picking things up again the noo....  VC

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Friday, 21 January 2011

TWCP Discover the Source of the Tay

We discovered the Source of the Tay n 2008....papers are just catching up with us today.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

On the telly.......

STV came out to the Lyon today to do a series of interviews about our catchment project. We had a really enjoyable day, talking at length about the motivations behind our project, and this came out really well in the finsished article that went out just after 6pm.

Unfortunately, our main story, devolving responsibility for certain river management functions to a new organization in this area, got a bit lost on the day.

We will be bringing this out in the papers a bit in the next few days though.

Well done to all concerned for a very enjoyable morning, and to STV for the great job they did.

This photo was taken by our Committee member Jock Monteith.

TDSFB member and Taymount owner Will Lindsay was first up for interview.

Well done Will...first off is always the worst........

TDSFB member and North Chesthill owner Alastair Riddell

Different angle......


New Tay biologist, Rob Mitchell does his bit

Rob and Will Lindsay both came over really well but unfortunately their interviews did not go out. We will see if we can get what they said on video.

Interviewing Jock....

Jock in good form..........

Wider angle.....

David Marsland

STV reporter David Marsland and his camera-man did an excellent job today, making us feel at ease and quickly understanding what our project was all about.

Another angle.......

Back in Aberfeldy........

WE got back to Aberfeldy to find this big pile of 2000 catchments reports had just been delivered.......all then had to be carried upstairs!!

Friday, 31 December 2010

Looking forward to 2011

We yesterday received a very welcome donation that will allow us to print another 2000 copies of our TWCP survey report, which we can now distribute to a wider audience to get our key messages across. Hard copies of the report will be available for £7.50 plus P & P if required. A free low resolution version can be downloaded by linking here: and scrolling down to TWCP Final Report pdf.
Details of outlets and means of ordering will be available in a few weeks when we have worked out the details.
At the TDSFB AGM on 7th December, it was agreed that many of the functions relating to river management would be devolved to new organization based in this area, provisionally to be called the "Tay Western Catchments Partnership". We will have publicity going out in mid January to co-incide with the opening of the new salmon season on the Tay.
So, after a few quiet months on here, we are now ready to go and looking forward to 2011.
Happy New Year to one and all.

The Salmon Life Cycle

The TWCP survey was focused on improving the riparian environment for fish. This excellent ilustration of the salmon life cycle has been produced for the Atlantic Salmon Trust by Robin Ade.

Friday, 24 September 2010

TWCP Report launch

We launched our TWCP report in Killin on Wed past, and although te crowd was a bit small, we had a number of key players there, and it was a great occasion. We will do some sort of PR in due course. Here are copies of report on my desk, ready to go out next week, as soon as I have a covering letter OK-ed.
More specific feedback in due course.
Being caught up in speeches etc on the day, I have no photos of actual event itself.

The Lochay on launch day

Monday, 20 September 2010

Duneaves Bridge

Another photo from Kristina Hayward. This bridge crosses the Lyon immediately below Fortingall.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Harvest time on Tayside

Another excellent photo from Kristina Hayward

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Giant Hogweed on the upper Tay

Here is some giant hogweed found by Kristina Hayward just below Aberfeldy, with the only previous record of the species found on a side tributary above the town. As their name suggests, "invasive species" spread quickly. There has also been a record this summer up in Killin, on some soil brought in to a brown-field site in the town. Himalayam balsam also seems to have spread greatly this summer.
We have been frustrated in recent years trying to get some funding to deal with these invasive species. Funders wont fund this because they expect the Scottish Rural Development Programme to do so. They wont fund it unless every landowner within an area enters a seperate contract. This is they dont. Result is that what was a minor problem is now rowing.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Upper Lochay yesterday

Despite the drought conditions earlier this summer, there is still a decent flow in the upper river at present, more than there usually is under abstracted conditions.

Low water levels in the lower Lochay

Water guage

Lochay Power Station

The Lochay power station is shut down for refurbishment at the moment. There is no water being extracted from the upper catchment, and no compensation flow coming back through the pipes from Glen Lyon either, hence the low water levels in the bottom part of the river. Part of the Drumchroisk basin is extracted towards Ben Lawers, but other than that, this is more or less a natural flow in the Lochay under dry conditions. Interestingly however, even with the very dry summer, in the upper river where the best juvenile habitat is, there is still a much greater area of gravel covered by water than there would be in most normal years when water was getting abstracted.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Alastair Kininmonth's sheep

Photo from Kristina Hayward.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

What the Lochay could look like......

This was the Lochay two days ago after some rain overnight. Normally the Lochay here is only 6-10 ft wide, with water no deeper than your ankles, even in a relatively wet summer. This year, there is no water abstraction in the upper glen while repair works are carried out to the hydro infra structure. What you see here therefore represents a natural flow in the Lochay, albeit after some rain (after a prolonged drought period).
It is just the upper Lochay that is up at the moment. The lower river is very low (no water from Glen Lyon being added, and Loch Lyon )below) is about as low as it has ever been. It will take more than a night's rain to fill it up again.

Looking downstream.........

Friday, 2 July 2010

Pipeline at top of Glen Lochay

Low water levels at Loch Lyon

Loch Lyon is probably as low as it has ever been at present, with very little rainfall having fallen during 2010 to date.

Looking up Loch Lyon.......