A walk up the lower River Fiddich in good conditions revealed quite a lot of redds with the occasional fish still spawning. The average size of the fish was high, most were double figure fish with only a few grilse to be seen.
On the right bank of the Fiddich there are the remains of what looks like infrastructure associated with an old water power system.
There must have been a weir where the water was taken from the river and sure enough a short distance upstream there were the remains of what could have been such a thing.
At the potential site of the old weir what looked like the lade could be seen on the opposite bank and a little further upstream there was the remains of an intake from the river with an old screen and a tunnel visible. I didn’t cross to examine it closely but if it was an intake the lade must have crossed the river. Maybe the remains of the weir were actually the remains of an old aqueduct to carry the lade across the river?
Due to the steep terrain I returned to the Craigellachie to Dufftown path from where I spotted a pair of salmon spawning.
Click here to see a short video clip of this pair of salmon.
Redds were present throughout the lower few miles of the Fiddich, salmon and sea trout, never in abundance but there was the odd cluster of three redds or more but mostly single redds.
There was a more than adequate number of redds to be seen in the lower Fiddich but it will be one of the last places in the catchment for a dip in juvenile densities to occur. Other more peripheral areas in the margins of the catchment will be the first to respond if the low numbers of adults seen over the last couple years continues.