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  2. 16 weeks quoted.Certainly picked the right time of year- not.
  3. Thanks for photos. I suppose you cant make an omelette without breaking a few eggs however it would be good to have some info about the project; start / finish dates, whos running it, any restrictions on fishing, how the fish are being helped to their spawning grounds, what the agreement for restoring the river bed etc. I may well have missed it, so apologies if there has been a previous communication on this.
  4. Hi Alan, just back from the Wall/war zone. Causeway with pipes built across river then under construction along opposite bank heading to wards ladder. Croy has disappeared under mass of hardcore. Scaffolding above weir to restrict flow to fish pass to facilitate works, i believe. My comments unprintable!! Steve
  5. Can anybody update on the new salmon ladder that they can share with the members? Has the work started, how long will it take, is the wall pool available for fishing during the work, what's the plans for assisting fish up over the falls (as we are getting into the time when more will be running), Alan
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  7. Sounds great Colin it just shows whats around if you spend time on the river and you look hard enough. Unfortunately I'm just about to head off for hols but hoping we get some decent rain to temp more ST into the river for me getting back. I was down the coast near Musselburgh a few nights ago seeing if there was any mackerel around and saw a few sea trout in the salt water. Some were real beauties 6lb + so there are ST in the Forth estuary hopefully some will run the Almond
  8. Was out on upper beat 2 on Thursday night and there were a few big fish about.....saw one Brownie come right out the water which must have been around 3 or 4lb. I think it was trying to shove another fish out the lie as another around the pound mark came out at the same time about a foot away. Do fish do that ? Managed to catch a couple of brownies around the 1lb mark and was snapped by a brownie which was certainly not any less than 2lb. Took off like a train, tailing its way upstream.......exciting to watch but depressing when it snapped.....that's fishing !! Took a size 14 dry olive....barbless hook so hopefully it will work itself out.
  9. Hi Happy to keep challenging and keep awareness of permits / club membership as a member and advising that they can't fish eithout a permit etc. Personally I wont be asking anyone to leave the water (do club members have the authority to insist on this anyway?). I continued conversation with two of these guys at my car so dont want to risk damage to my property as could be a distinct possibility going by the types I've met. Same with calling the police , I'll only call if threatened. At minimum we should all be reporting in on this thread on how many people we are finding without permits, or who refuse to show them. That way the club can present this tally to the police at the meeting. So far my tally is 5 Sounds like Colins met a few too. Lets all report in and quantify so we can present the extent of the problem to the police. Cheers Alan
  10. Alan Cramond Angling Club have a meeting with Police Scotland and the Forth District Fisheries Board on the 24th July. At the meeting the issue around non permit holders will be addressed. The Police have already stated that they are keen to get involved with the club in going forward with spot checks and are already checking when they have free staff to carry out this task. The FDFB will be present also but they have their hands tied as they currently are short of numbers to patrol the whole of the district. I will keep you up to date with the progress. following the meeting. In the meantime can you continue to check persons for their permit and if they refuse to leave or give you any abuse please call 101 and report it. Unless we start reporting this through 101 the police wont think that there is any problem. Many thanks Cramond Angling Club
  11. I'm not sure if Forth Fisheries have a bailiff that could do some spot checks for a while
  12. Unfortunately I've not been able to get out on the river much this year so have been deliberately targeting ST with light tackle, fly only. I'm convinced that you're more likely to get them on fly than by spinning. I've had more than a dozen over a 1lb in two nights which is good sport by any accounts. Just need to catch some bigger ones now. I've seen the odd 2 to 3 lber, not many but they are there
  13. Nice one Alan. Was further upstream last night and had a few nice brownies.....the river is fishing well this season.
  14. I never go down that way to fish anymore as that part of the river just annoys me but I come across people without permits all the time further upstream ....More than once I have been told to f... off when I ask if they have a permit. It just seems acceptable to a lot of anglers that you can fish the Almond without a permit.....Don't know how we sort this but it always seems worse down the Princes St Beat when the sea trout and salmon arrive....loads of people without permits standing at the wall pool chucking spinners and bait at the same bit for hours on end !!
  15. Was on the river tonight, still plenty ST around willing to take a fly. Had a few nice ones again, all sea liced, and all in great condition, really thick set fish this year. There's an example of one I took out the water for a quick photo for the forum. Great fun on a fly rod
  16. I've been down past Cramond falls this week on two occasions (mon night and tonight). Both times there have been strangers fishing at the wall and apparently a person had just left after 'fishing with bait' at the ladder (I didn't actually see this person, only heard about him). I made a point of speaking to each of them and asked to see their permits, only one had a permit (a day ticket). I advised them all that they need a permit and pointed them to the website, not much more I could do, and they were generally polite. One seemed quite keen on the idea but we'll see. They were not together and didnt know each other so not a gang as such. It cant be a coincidence that the only two times I pass the wall pool, non permit holders are fishing. Is anyone else seeing this, anyone go down that way these days?
  17. Beat 1 Colin. There were two guys fishing at wall pool dont know them so fished downstream of that. Only had wellies on so fishing short casts mainly from bank. Fished 8ish till 10
  18. Nice one Alan.....Was that Beat 1? I was on Beat 2 last night and had a couple of nice brownies on dry fly.....a wee size 16 olive. There was someone else fishing downstream from me and I hope they caught something as there was fish rising all around him.
  19. How did the sea trout evening go (I was on holiday), and has anybody been out for sea trout recently? I managed a short evening session on the river last night targeting ST, managed 3 small finnock and 4 small sea trout (very nice ones of 1lb to 1/4lb), all on fly. Had offers from at least a dozen others, or follows or lost. TBH honest I'm not sure when a finnock is classed as a ST so I put a distinction on at a 1lb There seems to be plenty around so now is the time if you have ever wanted to catch one on the fly
  20. Nice one mate glad to hear you've had a good night on our river, keep it up!
  21. Great night last night, pretty new to the almond so not sure what beat it was🤔. Very little to none activity to fish rising so decided to go on the gold headed pheasant tail nymph size 14 with great success netted 7 and lost 2. 3 of which where about 1 1/2lb rest where under the 1lb mark. Thanks guys
  22. Great night on Beat 2 last night....River at a nice level and relatively clear with fish rising everywhere....10 to the net (average 8 to 10oz)... all on wee size 16 Olives apart from a couple on size 12 Olive Klinkhammers when dusk came. Many more lost and missed as per usual !
  23. Great night on Beat 2 last night....River at a nice level and relatively clear with fish rising everywhere....10 to the net (average 8 to 10oz)... all on wee size 16 Olives apart from a couple on size 12 Olive Klinkhammers when dusk came. Many more lost and missed as per usual !
  24. That's the way I have been catching Alan.....trial and error ! Was on Beat 3 on Sunday afternoon and had about a dozen changes of flies before getting any interest....very frustrating as fish were rising all over the place and I was faffing about with bits of leader and different flies. Eventually rose and netted a few on small size 18 olives but, as you say, it is hard going at times to work out what they will rise to. Beat 3 is now like a jungle and at a guess, in about 2 or 3 weeks it will be mostly inaccessible unless you stay in the water. So it will be back to Beat 2 or even the public park of Beat 1 if I have to !!
  25. Was down on beat 2 today between 6 and 9 just as things were cooling down. Not many fish rising but managed three and lost a couple, nothing of note, biggest around 10oz. Quite hard going, lots of flies around but never saw any that are of interest to trout (olives etc). Tried a lot of different flies from griffiths nats, klinks etc but the only fly that worked was a size 16 olive F fly. I haven't actually seen a proper hatch this year so far.
  26. Oh ,nearly forgot, caught a nice one about a pound on Beat 3 at Kirkliston last week, but blanked on Thursday evening further upstream -no rises even though masses of fly hatches
  27. Hi Colin, sounds like big fat red spotted Fred from Beat 2 has been caught again -he never learns does he!! J
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