Week Commencing 12th September 2011

Weather forecasting is a difficult business and I certainly have some sympathy for Michael Fish and his hurricane problems. Speyside just managed to avoid the tail of hurricane Katia! The main influence on the fishing was the water levels,these levels were very volatile throughout the week. At this time of year even small quantities of rain can have a major influence as the trees have stopped drinking so much water. It has been raining heavily today and I will predict the river will be on the high side tomorrow and will probably remain high with more rain to come mid week. The tides have peaked this weekend and there will be no new water for the rest of the week.

Catches; from what I can gather the beats below Fochabers are still catching fresh fish, Mr Phil Walker sent me this picture of this cracking fish from the Lower Birks.

Most of the other beats are just ticking over with a few fresher fish being caught. Most of the pools are stuffed with fish but as usual in September they have other things on their minds.The higher water of last week gave the Grantown anglers an end of season boost with twenty –six landed including this one estimated at thirty-four pounds landed on a silver toby by local angler Gary Grant. The fish was safely returned to the river

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