Week commencing 11th July 2011

It has been an interesting week on Speyside. Monday, as I reported last week the river was big and dirty.

I hear there were still some fish caught, Wester Elchies had one first thing and a beat below Craigellachie had five. Water levels dropped off as the week progressed and most beats were catching salmon with a smattering of grilse. On Saturday night we had three grilse within half an hour of each other all covered in long tailed sealice. On Friday night, heavy rain caused a small landslide at Rothes, and parts of the river below were affected by the turbidity. The heavy rain continued on Saturday night and both the Avon and the Spey showed sharp rises, the Spey seems to have peaked at about three feet this afternoon and is starting to fall back.

There is another severe weather warning for the area, with showers, heavy and thundery at times. Further rainfall accumulations of 10-15mm in any one hour period are likely with 20-30mm expected over a three hour period. There is a risk of as much as 40mm locally. There is more rain forecast for Tuesday and Thursday but not as heavy. Temperatures remain in the mid teens. Tides there will be no new water past Monday, but hopefully the grilse run should now start to build.

Catches, again I have heard nothing from the top or bottom of the river! Delfur although losing a day to high water still finished the week with nearly fifty fish landed. Mr Henri Mountain sent me this picture of his wife with a seventeen pound salmon from Broom.

Mike Ewen tells me that Rothes had a reasonable week with fifteen landed and almost as many lost. Both beats say that the majority were salmon with just an odd grilse. Craigellachie almost made double figures. Wester Elchies were again disappointing with only five salmon and a grilse landed, Spey regular Graham Ritchie sent me this photo of Sam with his fish from the Boat Pool, if only Graham’s photographic skills were as good as his fishing ability.

I hear Carron had eight with Henrik Reirson catching seventy five percent of the catch! I also hear there was a big seatrout captured from the Whin Pool at Phones. Grantown did not fare as well as I had hoped with again just short of double figures salmon / grilse reported the best being a sixteen pounder. Seatrout numbers have been down slightly but the quality has been up, with several around the five-six pound range and a beauty of seven pounds. Next week’s report will be delayed as I am back in Oxfordshire, this time for the CLA Game Fair.

We have recently installed another web camera on the Spey, to check on river heights and turbidity please visit.



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