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Lunan Report

I suppose, like all rivers and streams on Tayside and beyond,  this past season on the Lunan could be described as one of extremes and situations. First of all we had the situation of the never-ending Winter. Remember that?  It just seemed to go on and on for ever,  freezing temperatures that would not move for weeks,  water so cold the fish could not/would not come out to look at the new season.  We didn't mind waiting for the thaw because you can't hurry Nature and if you do you are heading for trouble.  For us in the Arbroath Angling Club the worst aspect of the long Winter was that it was eating into our fishing time.  Already we were 5 weeks behind in casting time. However, like all things worth waiting for,  the temperature crept up to the magical 4  degrees and things were looking good at last.   

The next extreme situation was the disappearing water.   I'm refering to the drought,  this was the absolute extreme to the previous conditions,  but, it's arrival and effect was alarmingly similar to the freeze, i.e. it persisted for weeks and weeks with no improvement in sight.   I remember prowling the banks after a night of slight rain looking for some signs of hope for the the fish and me,  but it was slow in coming and painful to watch until the weather turned and gave us some new life.

This is a typical year in the life of the Lunan. Add to these natural troubles the effect of agriculture and industry and you have a wee river that has had to grow up tough and strong. This wee river has been farmed and drained,  stocked and fished,  used and abused for thousands of years but it still flows and produces the goods. Its a wee survivor and that's why I love it so much.  Get yourself away from the car-parks,   walk for half an hour,   seek out the places where you will see nobody all day .  Rest assured these places do exist,  there are some beatiful little stretches that will give you sport/fishing all day.  The fish may not be big,  you catch a 12 incher and you are on the front page.  You catch a 6 incher that might be 5 years old. Make the effort,  get stung by nettles and bitten by things you can't see,  get tired out.  This is what fly-fishing is all about,  it's only a wee river and the fish are built to suit the

water. Like the river, they are small and tough,  but that's okay,  that's the way they should be.

In my next report I hope to put up some pics to support my claims and to show you what I mean.  In the meantime, good luck and tight-lines to you all.