It has been another strange week weather-wise on Speyside. As I predicted last week there was some heavy rain on Thursday night/ Friday morning but I certainly did not predict just how much was going to fall on the Avon catchment. The Avon shot up on Friday morning. Seventy-three year old Frenchman, Michel Morin was fishing the Avon and realised the river was rising quickly, he managed to scramble onto a small island but was still in danger of the island being swamped. Luckily Jim Hope who was visiting a nearby farm heard the cries for help and called out the emergency services including the Coastguard helicopter. Mr Morin lost some of his equipment but was just relieved to be alive and safe.
I happened to be fishing the Ballindalloch Estate and was above the Avon junction it was not until I got close to the junction I realised just how quickly the river had risen. The photographs show the difference between the Spey and the Avon. The passing rafters were taken a bit by surprise just how quickly conditions can change.
The forecast for the coming week is a little more conservative; there will be some rain on Tuesday and Friday but in more regular amounts. The week should be good for fishing being mainly overcast with temperatures staying around the mid-teens. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week.
Catches: I have said earlier the river rose quickly on Friday lunchtime and although the height was not too bad the colour was really poor, I was surprised to see any catches on Saturday below the Avon, it just goes to show anything is possible if you persevere.
Gordon Castle had another good week with catches in the mid thirties. I am pleased to get some pictures from Alex Robertson and Derek Wiseman.
Delfur, landed mid –twenties, the majority salmon. As everywhere else the end of the week was very poor. Thanks to Grant Morrison for this picture.
Rothes had one of their best weeks of the season with 28 landed up to Thursday, then nothing as the conditions spoilt the week.
Craigellachie had about half a dozen and were one of the few beats to get a fish on Saturday.
Peter Kyte’s party had their annual trip to Macallan. Peter had three grilse to his own rod and Marcus Mitchell, pictured, had his first ever fish, a 13lb from Greenbank.
Wester Elchies managed eleven before the rise spoilt things and Carron had seven.
James Bleaney had his second week at Laggan. The party caught 13 and lost 9, the majority were fresh or sea liced. The biggest 18lbs to Rupert Allinson from the Gas Pool. Rupert’s wife Geraldine had a 9lb out of Little Griggle. James himself, hosting duties from last week all done had 5, the biggest being 15lb from Bothy.Thanks to James for finding the photos.
My Grantown correspondent is away on holiday (again!) but I understand they were close to double figures. I would expect the start of next week to be good on the back of the rise.
Kinchurdy are still catching both salmon and sea trout and as usual I am grateful for the photographs.