Week Commencing 13th May 2013.

At last a better week on Speyside with most beats catching some fish and seeing more running through. The river started reasonably high and fell slowly all week until Saturday afternoon when it started to rise again following the prolonged rain. Today the river is sitting about two feet six with a bit of colour which should clear by tomorrow morning. The forecast for next week is to start dry with temperatures in the mid teens then getting colder and wetter towards the end, not very May like at all. I think the river level should fall back all week. The tides are building all week and coupled with this lift hopefully the runs of fish should continue to build.
Catches: The Gordon Castle beats had a better week than of late with twenty seven landed and a good few lost. This appears to be a common theme perhaps the tales of running fish taking short has some basis of fact after all. Delfur finished just under the thirty mark, including this one from the Neck of Otter.

Jeff Loud Otter Delfur

Jeff Loud Otter Delfur

Rothes continued the theme with only five landed but seven lost. Craigellachie had a better week with thirteen landed, including a few for Graham Salisbury regular commenter on Brian’s blog.  Upstream I hear Kinermony landed around eight including five on Tuesday. I received two photographs from Kent Hakkenson following on from his week at Delagyle last week.

Kent Hakkenson Delene

Kent Hakkenson Delene

Anders Elfstrom Delbreck

Anders Elfstrom Delbreck

 

Over the river Wester Elchies had a much better week with seventeen landed and at least eight lost. Ian Muir ably assisted by his wife Shona had six for three day including these from the Boat Pool.

Ian Muir Boat Pool Wester Elchies

Ian Muir Boat Pool Wester Elchies

Mrs Muir, trying to put Sam out of work!

Mrs Muir, trying to put Sam out of work!

 

Carron finished with six and speaking to James Chalmers they were seeing fish but they just were not stopping. Laggan finished with about half as many. Upstream at Knockando things improved a little, the Knockando home beat had at least four. We finished with five at Phones including these from Slioch and as you can see from the photos they were covered in “long tailed” sealice.

Sandy Smith Slioch

Sandy Smith Slioch

"Longtailed" sealice

“Longtailed” sealice

 

Lower Pitcroy also had four or five. Grantown were also into double figures with six being landed on Tuesday.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Toby Kirkwood at 3:26 pm

    John,

    I can vouch for the Aa’n as being a fantastic salmon River, after having the opportunity to fish it last year thanks to you! i would be keen to return to the banks this summer!

  2. john tansley at 8:56 am

    We have Anglers from next week, 27th/May. David Bruce and i have been out at intervals for a few hours since 28th of April.
    The first Salmon of 10lb was landed on 3rd of May and then on 5th a 6lb fish.
    On 16th May a 7lb fish was landed with a Sea Trout of about 5lb being lost.
    Also over the period we had 5 lightly hooked Salmon which were lost.
    Our early Anglers have dwindled away with old age and we need to find replacements to show how good the Aa’n really is!
    John Tansley.

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