Week Commencing 16th May

I have been asked to remind everyone that the Spey will be featured on the BBC programme called Highlands- Scotland’s Wild Heart, the 2015 opening was filmed along with some fishing at Craigellachie. The programme will be aired on Wednesday the 25th at 9pm. An excellent series slightly spoilt for me by Ewan McGregor’s over the top commentary, which tends to humanise the lives of animals and birds.

Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, though Monday was not quite as sunny and warm as predicted and the rain in the week slightly less than anticipated but enough to cause the river levels to fluctuate none-the-less.

This week’s forecast is for a mainly dry week with some sunshine, temperatures might even reach the high teens. The tides peak early tomorrow then there will be no new water for the rest of the week. Perhaps a week for having the afternoons off and fishing later in the evening.

Catches: Again another great week on the river with plenty of fish being caught from above Grantown to the sea.

Gordon Castle ended the week with almost twenty.

I have not heard anything from Orton.

Delfur had a good week, again getting close to twenty. Thanks as usual to Mark and Rory for their photographs.

Houstan McCulloch Delfur

Huston McCollough Delfur.

Johnny Gray Delfur

Johnny Gray Delfur.

Olivier Devictor Delfur

Olivier Devictor Delfur.

Olivier Devictor Delfur again

Olivier Devictor Delfur again.

Wilson Phillips Delfur

Wilson Phillips Delfur.

Wilson Phillips Delfur

Wilson Phillips Delfur.

Kevin Smyth and party fishing at Rothes finished with fourteen. Kevin had close to 50% of the catch. Mike tells me the fish were still running hard.

Tony Robinson Rothes

Tony Robinson Rothes

Tilly the boatman

Tilly the boatman.

Kevin Smyth's fish Rothes

Kevin Smyth’s fish Rothes

Kevin Smyth again

Kevin Smyth again.

John Betteridge's fish Rothes

John Betteridge’s fish Rothes

 

It was nice to hear from Colin Jones fishing at Easter Elchies and he sent me these photographs.

Victoria Cutmore Easter Elchies

Victoria Cutmore Easter Elchies

Victoria Cutmore Easter Elchies again

Victoria Cutmore Easter Elchies again

Craigellachie had their best week of the season, again very close to twenty. Dougie Ross again supplied me with plenty of pictures. It is good to see John Neal still catching fish when he is close to 90.

John Neal Craigellachie

John Neal Craigellachie.

Mike Broady Craigellachie

Mike Broady Craigellachie

Guy Stanford Craigellachie

Guy Stanford Craigellachie

Brian Lovring Craigellachie

Brian Lovring Craigellachie

Alan Robinson Craigellachie

Alan Robinson Craigellachie.

Kinermony had a handful.

Wester Elchies finished with a disappointing seven. I did nothing to help, hooking four and losing them all! Dave Sadowski had the most, but Ian Muir the best-looking fish!

Ian Muir Wester Elchies

Ian Muir Wester Elchies

Ian Muir Wester Elchies

Ian Muir Wester Elchies

Alan William's fish Wester Elchies

Alan Williams’ fish Wester Elchies

Dave Sadowski's fish Wester Elchies

Dave Sadowski’s fish Wester Elchies.

Delagyle had around ten but have no more details, but Edwin Whyte seemed to keep hauling them out of Gean Tree.

James Chalmers’ party at Carron had their usual productive week, landing ten. James as usual generous with his pictures. I hear Laggan were just behind.

Richard Meigh Carron

Richard Meigh Carron

Richard Meigh Carron again

Richard Meigh Carron again

Max Malli Carron

Max Malli Carron

Colin Matheson Carron

Colin Matheson Carron

Colin again

Colin again

Chris Wilson's fish Carron

Chris Wilson’s fish Carron

Then as usual my information dries up, with the fish we were seeing running through someone must be catching some upstream of Carron, but if no one gives me information I cannot pass it on.

Sandy Scott had this 25lb fish from Castle Grant 2.

Sandy Scott Castle Grant

Sandy Scott Castle Grant

Grantown were into the teens, the best fish also into the teens. There are some seatrout starting to be caught and I predict these up and coming warm evenings will certainly help there.

Regular Jan Rigden sent me this picture from Kinchurdy. I would imagine their seatrout figures should rise soon.

Jan Ridgen Kinchurdy

Jan Rigden Kinchurdy

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