Fishing Reports - Castle Beat River Deveron
Preparation and Reflection
Tallying up the overall catches for 2017 was dissapointing. Plenty stories of lost fish, fish sightings but with not that many rods fishing overall the returns would be down. There were known salmon in the beat from April, accumulating through the year to a lot by Oct and some pushing 30lb seen too, but unfortunately they generally did not feature in the returns. Sea Trout numbers were down, and silver fish were arriving very late into October, but again not many rods targetting these. The Brownies though seem to be going from strength to strength with over 66 fish over 1lb caught for 2017. Good to see the river is showing how healthy it is.
I have a theory that nature works in cycles, and so after a poor year there has to be hope for a better next season. New Tariff for 2018 with lower prices and better weekly deals for more water should hopefully get more rods showing what the beat can do. And with improved access, covering more water should definetely help.
As a reminder below was my best clean fish from Junction in early Oct 2017. It was a good days fishing and a 12lb'er to remember.