Well it seems floods are a little like buses you do not get any for ages then two turn up at once. The heavy rain last Sunday caused the river to rise on Monday morning and most beats were unfishable till Tuesday, the turbidity remained all week and the rain at the end of the week pushed the river up again. The forecast for the coming week is for some sunshine for the first 3 days followed by about ¾ inch of rain overnight on Thursday. The tides are building all week.
Catches There have been good catches up and down the river, from what I can gather it is mainly older fish being caught with a smattering of sea-liced grilse in amongst them. The Gordon Castle beats finished the week with over eighty fish landed. Delfur had a good week considering there was no fishing on Monday and the river never really fell to a good Delfur height. Being away I missed out on Rothes catches but I understand the beat above had over fifty by Friday evening. Craigellachie were into the mid teens. Sam at Wester Elchies told me they were into double figures by Friday. Henry Spence, family and friends were fishing at Laggan and Carron, they finished the week with a respectable thirty-six from both banks. Five youngsters all managed to catch their “first fish” and all chose to return them to the river, a fine example and a lesson to others on the river. Paul Hawkins was top rod with nine for his week. Pictures of all first fish returned below.
Grantown had a better week again the continued high water has helped to keep the catches coming and up to Friday night have had at least twenty-five salmon and grilse have been recorded for the week, the largest of which was a 16 pounder from Poll na Gower. The numbers of sea-trout continue to be high with at least 82 for the week!