Re: A Clear & Present Threat To Salmon;
By strange coincidence I was at the London premiere of a couple of movies about Atlantic salmon last night and there were two sequences that showed exactly what you describe Ard. One was with relation to parr killed by the floodwaters and dumped on the sandbars by the receding waters and the other showed a fish of about 7lb that had become stranded in a pool of water up and away from the main river channel. Luckily for that fish the angler in the film stepped in and it was quite a hilarious clip as he must have tried a couple of dozen times to grab it by hand before finally catching it. Once carried and recovered in the main current it swam away strongly and probably very thankfully.
Thanks for writing such a well-reasoned and worded piece - a great discussion starter as this thread shows. I hope your local rivers are able to recover but as you say the timing could not be worse sadly.