Week Commencing 17th September

As we enter the last week of the season guess what, the forecast for next week is rain, heavy at the start of the week, pretty much what is has been every week of this season. The winds are from the north east so conditions could be unpleasant at the start of the week. The tides are building all week. There have been a few more sealiced fish caught on the bottom of the river so maybe there will be a few more stragglers to come.

Catches. Ian Tenant tells me that once again they are into the mid thirties, but for a change sixteen of these were sealiced which has not happened for a week or two. Quentin Ballantyne sent me this photograph from last week when he was fishing on Beat 5.

Quentin Ballantyne Brae 5

Quentin Ballantyne Brae 5

I understand Orton was quite lightly fished but Brian Shaw sent me this photo of a fish he had from there.

Brain Shaw's fish Orton

Brain Shaw’s fish Orton

Delfur has slowed a little with around twenty landed; as usual Mark Melville has generously sent me some photographs.

Cock fish

Cock fish

It's a dog's life

It’s a dog’s life

Rothes had twelve but Mike tells me there was nothing fresh. I had a couple of photos from a beat above Rothes, the first is of the coloured fish that you would expect to see at this time of the season the other of a nice fresh grilse.

Coloured Fish

Coloured Fish

Charlie Harman's grilse

Charlie Harman’s grilse

For some reason Grantown had their best week of the season with over thirty landed, I cannot really think of a reason for this good news but possibly the frost of the last few nights has suddenly turned the fish back on again.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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