Another week of summer weather, the long threatened rain for this weekend has failed to materialise but looking at the clouds it might be heavy if it comes. The long term forecast is for it to remain warm and dry till probably next weekend. The tides do not start to build till Thursday. With the river temperatures remaining high it might be worth giving the river a rest in the afternoons and fishing into the evenings.
Catches: The Gordon Castle beats finished the week with over thirty salmon spread throughout their beats. Delfur were into the mid –teens and as usual neither the fish or the anglers appear camera shy, it is amazing how just a few miles upstream things can change so dramatically.
At Rothes Spey Board Chairman Alan William’s team managed to catch about the same number of fish but failed to get me even one photo! Alan himself caught two fish, his camera battery was flat for the first and for the second it was at home charging! How difficult can it be?
Graham Ritchie had a fine day on the little beat below Craigellachie landing two fish and losing a third all before coffee time.
Craigellachie managed a fish every other day. Wester Elchies; Sam tells me they had contact with quite a few fish but managed to lose the majority of them, landing just four. Carron the Alan’s Williams party fishing here caught six fish and even managed a photo of one of them Jan Sjaastad sent me this photo.
I hear rumours of decent catches from Tulchan but have no reports.
Grantown had a slightly quieter week than of late with eight salmon. The largest of these was an 11 pounder caught in Tarric Mor. During the latter half of the week, two sea-trout of 6 lbs and one of 5 lbs have been reported.