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    Default Re: The Missing Salmon Project Update…

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Goosanders going upstream to breed isn't a case for FEBs they have to eat.
    I've told you what I suspect in my op


    Al
    They are not on that part of the river, I fish it almost everyday. They have already moved on upstream.
    If they are not there they cannot be to blame!
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    Default Re: The Missing Salmon Project Update…

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    I don't think trout are very high on the suspect list.
    Time will tell?

    Al
    A big trout loves a salmon smolt make no mistake. I was shown a picture of the stomach contents of a big Tweed trout that was taken on a Rapala from below one of the mid river caulds, it was stuffed with smolts. Apparently they would sit just below the cauld where all the smolts came down and stuff themselves until the ghillie came along with the spinning rod and smacked them on the head...

    Obviously trout have always been there and I'm not suggesting we need a cull of brown trout in salmon rivers despite what some of the old timers might have thought!


    Andy

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    Default Re: The Missing Salmon Project Update…

    Not a very informative film - and absurdly dramatic music. The AST doesn't seem sure whether the reduction in smolts in the estuary is not just 'part of life'. If these are normal losses then the problem is out at sea, which we still know nothing about.

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    I am not sure there is enough information in that report to judge or conclude anything at all. The problem in trying to see patterns is they have little historical data to define any relevant probable guesses, and a fish that has been cut and handled with a weight inside it is at a serious disadvantage.
    It is true that we know little of what happens at sea, but what we do know is that food sources in the Atlantic are about 200 miles further north than they used to be, and less than they used to be. One of half a dozen reasons for decline; but my guess is that is the most important.

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