Week Commencing 11th August 2014

Well Hurricane Bertha certainly arrived and left her mark, the problem of writing a weekly report is that everyone has already posted the pictures of the big river and those I carefully took on Monday now look a bit “old hat” but having made the effort to get out and about to take them I may as well put them up.

Not quite as high as the Muckle Flood but still a bit river.

Not quite as high as the Muckle Flood but still a big river.

The squirrel boxes , just clear of the river!

The squirrel boxes , just clear of the river!

The Very Big Griggle Carron

The Very Big Griggle, Carron

Even the Arndilly huts got wet!

Even the Arndilly huts got wet!

Water gets into the Wester Elchies hut.

Water gets into the Wester Elchies hut.

The forecast for the coming week is pretty boring compared with last weeks, the will be some rain, some sunshine and some wind, the heaviest rain falls this afternoon so I would not expect the river to drop much! I was surprised how much turbidity remains today, the river has fallen back to a good fishing height but there is still a lot of sediment being carried. Tides there is no new water till Friday when the tides start to build again.

I am not a scientist so cannot quantify what damage has happened to the juvenile stock but as can be seen there would have been some major mortality. I suppose this is what is referred to as natural selection or bad luck. I know this is not the first time this has happened to the river and just hope there are enough juveniles left to provide a good run in the future.

A lucky survivor

A lucky survivor

International rescue, does this still count as natural selection?

International rescue, does this still count as natural selection?

Catches, well as you can imagine there was very little fishing at the start of the week. At the end of the week most beats managed to catch a few and I hope as the river clears and settles next week’s catches are better.

A nice fresh fish to end the week.

A nice fresh fish to end the week.

This weeks report is a bit shorter and posted a bit earlier as I am off to fish the Queen of Scottish rivers.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Alan Robinson at 5:03 pm

    I agree with gordon you need a hatchery, its not if,its when you get a natural or man made disaster you need that insurance policy to get us out of a mess. We all have inurance so when you have a multi million pound fishing industry we do not have one

  2. Gordon Armstrong at 11:58 am

    A great shame on the young salmon stocks of the spey Malcolm. A great argument for the insurance policy of a hatchery of some sort.

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