Week Commencing 1st September 2014

The river started around two feet on Monday and fell away all week till Friday night’s rain pushed it up again on Saturday. The water temperature fell back as the week progressed. This weekend’s rain has again lifted the river and for about the fourth Monday in a row the river will start on the high side. There is little turbidity as a lot of the rise is Avon water. The SEPA gauge, on the Avon is reading about 18” low following gravel shift during the last big spates. (This also applies to other websites who take their information from SEPA.) The forecast for next week is for some warm settled weather as the high pressure dominates. The tides are still building for the early part of the week. Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone to return as many fish as possible, large cock fish do not make good smokers as they have lost most of their fat. The hen fish are full of eggs and need to be handled carefully and returned as soon as possible.

Catches: The Gordon Castle beats finished the week with over fifty fish landed, Ian Tennant tells me there were plenty of fresh ones. Delfur had just short of forty, a mixture of some old and some new, it is nice to see fresh fish being landed this close to the season’s end.

Nice bright autumn fish Delfur

Nice bright autumn fish Delfur

Another bright September fish Delfur

Another bright September fish Delfur

Close up.

Close up.

Both Craigellachie and Wester Elchies managed half a dozen. The Hosker Party at Carron landed eight, the ladies catching three quarters of the catch, Mrs Maureen Chesmore the girls done good!

Ruth Hosker Carron

Ruth Hosker Carron

 

Rebecca Chesmore Carron

Rebecca Chesmore Carron

Rebecca again Carron

Rebecca again Carron

 

Ian Borthwick with another of Ruth's fish

Ian Borthwick with another of Ruth’s fish

Again Grantown reached double figures of salmon with perhaps a few more yet to be reported, The pick of the week was a 15 pound fish landed from Clach an Uaran, on a fly.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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