Well the Gab o May seems to have lasted longer than a few days. (Gab o May, North East of Scotland term for a spell of unseasonable cold wet windy weather at the start of May) Temperatures struggled to reach double figures and there was definitely some sleet in some of the showers that blew through. I have to admit my prediction about the river not rising was a little out as it rose quickly on Monday, but the Swifts turned up, 50% right is not too bad. Temperatures next week should reach the mid teens, todays wind should moderate and there will be a little rain with cloudy conditions overhead, ideal fishing weather. The tides peak on Monday and there will be no new water for the rest of the week. Hopefully the runs of fish will continue, last week there were plenty of fish running and when they stopped on your beat catches were good.
Catches: Gordon Castle are continuing to pick away but the fish do not seem to be hanging around long anywhere. Delfur, this week Grant Morrison and Rory Paterson have sent me some photographs. Mark tells me the catches have been patchy, some days just one or two then Saturday four before lunch!
Rothes had a good week with Kevin Smyth’s party off to a flying start on Monday with a 28 lb fish from Gean Tree for Malcolm Findlay. John Seager caught a 25lber in Creaky and 2, 15lb fish in the Junction. I believe the final tally was 16. The photo of the 28lb fish ought to turn up but it has mysteriously vanished into the World Wide Web!
Craigellachie had five with as many lost, at least two right at the net!
I believe Kinermony had at least seven but with the strong wind it was hard to hold a conversation over the Rhynd. At Wester Elchies we saw plenty of fish but they did not seem to want to stop. Ian Muir had one from the Brock on Monday, thanks for the picture. On Friday Dave Sadowski had four for his day, the first and second from the Brock in the morning, the third and fourth from the Little Turn in the afternoon. I managed a couple to take the catch to seven.
James Chalmers and friends fished Carron, and they finished with five, James kindly sent me this photograph of Richard Meigh at the Sands.
I hear that the Tulchan beats were catching fish with at least seventeen on Tuesday, but I know they do not like their catches being broadcast.
Grantown had an excellent week with close to thirty salmon being reported the biggest at 22lbs. Again I am grateful for some photographs.
Kinchurdy had another good week , with Fraser Paterson catching at least two fish one of which was sea-liced. That itself indicates just how fast the fish are running.
The vagaries of the internet and the mobile phone networks mean that I have just received this picture of John Hall’s 24 lb fish. Worth the wait!