I had better start by apologising on behalf of my weather forecaster, having assured me it would not rain all week it actually rained everyday bar Thursday, not even the SVQ could deem this a pass! I have spent the week looking for a new forecaster but it is not easy to find one that gives an accurate forecast for the Spey Valley. The heavy rain on Monday pushed the river up and Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was bright and warm, probably the worst fishing day of the week.
According to my new forecaster, who is only engaged for a trial period, there will be a mixture of weather next week; there will be some rain mid-week, the start of the week will be the brightest, and more overcast towards the end. Temperatures will reach the high teens. The tides will peak on Tuesday and there will be no new water after Tuesday.
Catches: I read on Social Media that a Pacific Salmon was caught on the Speymouth Angling Association, there appears to be a bit of debate on just which species of Pacific salmon it actually is.
The Lower River appears the place to be whether for Pacific or Atlantic salmon, fortunately there appear to be more atlantics on the go. The Gordon Castle beats have had over seventy salmon landed.
Another family week at Delfur, again into the mid fifties. Rory Mountain as is usual is amongst the fish and again as usual I am grateful to Mark for his photos.
Rothes managed over 40 for the week, Mike tells me the majority were grilse with just an odd salmon amongst them.
Craigellachie had another good week with over twenty landed.
I hear Kinermony has fished well with some where around the mid teens.
Wester Elchies only managed to land 8 but close to 30 were hooked, the luck was definitely with the fish!
Carron had another good week with over twenty landed. I understand Laggan were also into double figures.
Duncan Ferguson was kind enough to send me a picture of Dr. Keith Beard with his second of the day from Castle Grant 3.
Grantown, continue to catch salmon, any rise in the river seems to bring the fish up. I see the rain at the west of the catchment brought the river up on Saturday evening so Monday should be worth a cast.