Those of you who follow this site will know that the Tweed Foundation has a group of angling volunteers who take pictures of the Brown trout they catch. The pictures are used to identify each individual trout (from its spot pattern) so we can see how often the anglers are catching trout they’ve caught before.
After a slow start to the 2017 season trout pictures are starting to come in with increasing speed and the first Brown trout recapture for 2017 has been recorded. The trout in question was from the Gala Angling Association stretch of the River Tweed and was 33cm in length. It was initially caught by Mike Allan on the 1st May before being recaptured by the same angler, in the same location, on the 5th May.
However the most interesting recapture from 2017 (and to be honest the only other one so far) has been a 58cm (est. between 4lb and 5lb) Brown trout that was also caught within the Gala Angling Association stretch of the Tweed. The trout was caught on Dry Fly during a hatch of flies by Gordon Grant on the 6th May. After being released, and unknown to the anglers at the time, the trout moved around 20m downstream and quickly (between 5 and 10 minutes) began feeding again on the hatching flies. At this the trout was spotted rising and was caught by Russell Cockburn, who was fishing with Gordon at the time. On receiving and comparing the pictures from Gordon and Russell it became fairly obvious that they had caught the same trout. This example illustrates just who quickly trout can recover if played and released correctly. It will be interesting to see if this trout pops up in the catches again.