Well being a river reporter is not an easy job, you get criticism from all directions, I am either much too negative or sometimes even with the same report much too positive, not easy. What can I say it has been another warm or even hot week on Speyside, the water temperature has crept up till some days it was hitting 70f hardly ideal? The forecast for next week is staying hot and sunny for the next three days followed by some rain for the next four, some of it quite heavy. The tides are building all week and this coupled the rain will give a well-needed lift to the river and bring in some more fish. The only plus point on being a river reporter is that I report for the Spey, it could be much worse if I reported for the Tweed or Dee imagine having to admit one Spey beat out-fished the reported catch from both rivers combined!!
The Gordon Castle Beats continued to catch fish even though the water temperature reached 71 on Saturday, sixteen for the week.
Delfur, managed close to thirty and as usual Mark, Grant and Rory were kind enough to send me some photos to brighten up my report. When the weather is hot and the water temperature is high keep the fish out of the water for as little time as possible.
Most beats managed to intercept some fish at some time during the week, perseverance certainly paid off and the anglers who started early and finished late probably did the best. Even if it is not good for salmon fishing it is quite nice to feel the heat of the sun for a day or two. Grantown slowed a little on the salmon side but the evenings are still being productive for sea trout.