It has been another hard week on Speyside, most beats managed to catch some salmon but it was not an easy week. With the snowless winter I remember a few people asking what would happen in April and May for water, last week provided the answer! The days of rain, snow and hail kept the river levels well up although the night time frosts stopped it becoming too high till Saturday afternoon when a rise to five feet made most anglers call it a week by lunchtime. There is more rain forecast for the coming week although Thursday appears to be forecast to be dry. The tides have peaked and there will be no more new water this week. The Gordon Castle beats continue to surprise most people with the numbers of fish being caught in the Lower River and I was thinking about the proposed smolt stocking scheme proposed by members of the RSAA they argued that there used to be a run of salmon which hung about in the Brae area for most of the spring and proposed to resurrect these fish by their stocking scheme. Nature seems to have found these fish without mans “help”
As I have mentioned above the Gordon Castle beats continue to produce good numbers of salmon, this week they managed twenty four. Graham Ritchie had an excellent Aberdeen local holiday when he booked Beat 3. With no one else present he took full advantage to take four salmon for his day.
Although conditions were not ideal for Delfur they managed eight. Rothes had seven and Mike tells me roughly half were sealiced. Craigellachie managed a couple. Wester Elchies had five all caught by the Gordon Angling Group or their friends. Over the water Kinermony and Delagyle had at least six. Carron had two both caught by Dave Sadowski. Dave had had three salmon this spring from the Spey on all occasions he has been wearing his “lucky shirt” and he is frightened to have his photo taken whilst wearing his shirt in case the spell is broken, hence his assistants have to appear on camera.
Per Palm had an enjoyable week at Phones again just lading a couple of fish with as many lost. Per was telling me about some canoeists who caused his party problems, after capsizing in the rough water between the Station and Slioch. The whole story sound oh so familiar as we had the same problem with the same canoeists between the Stream and Dalmunich, they must have had a very cold and wet decent down the Spey.
The beats above the Avon are seeing fish and catching a few. As I predicted last week Grantown continued to catch fish last week and with the river continuing to stay high I predict some more for the coming week.