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