Volcano - Milton Beat

Volcano - Milton Beat

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Why Volcano you ask? It is the Vesuvius shape of the summit of Finavon Hill, which you face as you start fishing this lovely little pool. The pool is a squeeze, made by building a rocky finger out from the South bank, which diverts the current against a seventeen ton round boulder plugged into the North bank like a tooth in a gum. It is worth recounting the story of how this 17 tonner got there. When they were widening the A90 road into a dual carriageway on the section just south of Forfar in 1996 a digger found this glacial boulder buried deep in the soil. It was removed and taken to the side of the road where some joker painted 'For sale' on it in yellow gloss paint. One day I was travelling up from Dundee with my ten year old son, David, and joked with him that I would like that boulder for the river. He said, "go on Dad, why don't you buy it?" So, on a whim, we turned into the construction site, found the manager and asked him if it really was for sale. He said that he wanted to get rid of it, but that he hadn't thought of selling it. The upshot was that I paid for the low loader to deliver the boulder, which was then rolled by JCB all the way from the Red Brae car park to Volcano. For a few years afterwards we could see splashes of yellow paint, which gradually got worn off by the floods. Now the boulder is a key taking spot in Volcano Pool, which is really an extended glide.

Volcano starts at the rocky north bank groyne that juts out from a clump of alders in the tail of Upper Boat Pool. It is a great place for sea trout and salmon at all heights of water. It is fished from the South bank. Wading is a bit tricky when balancing on the rocky finger, but below that the gravel takes over and the wading is easy. Peter's Croy marks the end of Volcano, and is itself a fine stopping point for a salmon at any time of year. Volcano is a dream to fish because the fly comes round so nicely, and it is just the place to be at 'the witching hour'!