It has been a showery week on Speyside, but the river has stubbornly remained low. The weather people keep promising lots of rain but I have yet to see any quantities, sometimes the showers have been heavy but short lived, on these occasions it helps to have an attentive gillie.
The forecast for the coming week is for bright sunshine on Monday with some rain on Wednesday and Thursday and overcast the rest of the week, I still cannot see the river rising much. On a positive note the tides are building again, this year catches have been better on the weeks with building tides.
Catches: Again I would make my heart felt complaint that not enough estates are giving me their catches, at times I get really frustrated with the lack of information I receive. The Gordon Castle beats managed over fifty fish again this week. Delfur had a quieter week than of late with a couple of “first fish”. Mark tells me the numbers of fresh fish seen dropped as the week progressed.
Rothes could have had an excellent week if the dozen or so grilse hooked had been landed.
The small beat just above the Fiddich had an excellent Thursday when a Mr George Michie had three in the morning and two at night, plus a sea trout!
Wester Elchies continued to pick away with a fish a day. The guests at Carron worked hard fishing early morning and late at night landing five with as many lost. My Grantown correspondent has returned from his holidays and tells me the low water is not encouraging fishers out so the water is lightly fished for a handful of salmon. Sorry about the short report this week but I am off to fish the Queen of Scottish rivers so the King will have to suffer!