Week Commencing 16th May 2011

The Met. Office has issued a warning of exceptionally windy weather is expected to cross the northern half of the country during Monday. Wind gusts of 60 mph are expected widely with gusts of 70 mph probable across parts. On Tuesday these Westerly gales are expected to moderate with showers of rain heavier on Wednesday with more sunshine on Thursday, the usual mixed bag for May. The overnight rain has pushed the river up and it is sitting around the two foot mark with a little turbidity. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till Saturday. I am hopeful that the good runs of fish will continue with higher water moving the fish around and encouraging them to take.

Catches, Dave Duncan tells me that the Gordon Estate are continuing to catch fish and some of them are over twenty pounds. Jock Maclennan was out on Saturday, he tells me he lost two before landing this one, his first ever Spey Salmon he then landed a smaller one, quite a day.

Upstream Delfur had a fine week with over thirty five fish landed, a huge improvement on last year. Rothes were just short with thirty four landed. Craigellachie had seventeen including this on caught by Iain Henderson on Monday morning.

Wester Elchies had eleven to five o-clock on Saturday evening. Kent Hakkenson sent me this picture of one his fish caught on Delagyle the previous week.

Carron had their best week of the season with sixteen landed, party leader James Chalmers landed this one in front of the hut.

I have had no reports further up except from Grantown where things picked up with twelve salmon reported, half of which were in double figures, I’m sure the recent lift in water will help the catches again this week. If anyone has more information please send me pictures or stories to malcolm@speygillie.co.uk.

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