The Lanarkshire Avon, the main tributary of the River Clyde has always been my home water, a mere 100 metres from my house when I was younger, it was where my brother & all the other folk who chipped in to educate me in the ways of fishing for wild Brown Trout & Grayling went and finally now it is getting the attention it requires...or is it!
The Avon being the River Clyde's main tributary has for most years seen good runs of sea trout and a few salmon, some of which have been able to negotiate the two man made weir's in their path to getting further upstream but for the mainstay these have hindered the path of the migrating fish. There was always talk of fish passes being put onto the weir's but this worried a lot of people in that they could be easily poached by the idiots on the river, and the policing would be very time consuming but seems a new plan is on the burner and finally the river may get the attention it requires.
One of the weir's at Millheugh pictured above has seen fish negotiate the left side in higher water but this is only a fraction of fish to the waters above.
Plans are now finally afoot to change these weirs to suit the migrating fish, although a total removal of the weir has been ruled out, I myself would like to have seen the weirs removed totally but thats due to personal reasons which I wont divulge.
The latest information to come on the weirs....
"Weirs on the Avon Water have been a barrier to spawning grounds for Atlantic salmon for over a century. This summer, a flagship partnership project funded by Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA’s) Water Environment Fund and the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), will open up 200km of salmon spawning grounds in the Avon Water, that will see majestic Atlantic salmon leaping the Avon Water once again.
Looking down on the river from the top of the Braes.