Well the weather forecasters did not get the forecast right last week, the heavy rain they predicted for Friday and Saturday failed to materialise. But the snow for today has arrived; my garden has a covering of around an inch. Conditions earlier in the week were bright and sunny, hardly ideal for fishing. The diurnal effect can clearly be seen on the SEPA graph.
The coming week will be somewhat different temperatures will struggle to reach double figures and there is rain forecast for most of the week. The tides start to build again this week.
Before I mention lasts week’s catches I would just like to say from a personal point of view that I think that SNP MSP Rob Gibson’s ideas on smolt ranching are totally ludicrous. Scotland would be better served getting rid of the fish farming that is polluting the West Coast rather than wasting money, pouring money into smolt ranching is not the way forward. The Spey is nothing like the Ranga!
Catches, I hear that Garmouth Angling Association had a fish this week. The Gordon Castle beats also had a couple.
Gillie Rory Paterson seemed to have the fish magnet in his pocket this week and appears in most of the photographs.
Mike Euen tells me Rothes had four with the bright overhead conditions making it had going.
Craigellachie had six this week; Dougie Ross was kind enough to send me these photos of his happy anglers.
Upstream Wester Elchies also had six, the start of the week fished well but nothing towards the weekend.
Alan Williams’ party fishing Carron and Phones managed four. Ruth Hosker sent me a couple of pictures of herself and her husband Peter’s fish. Alan had his brother on hand to net a fish for him.
Knockando had at least three including one estimated to be close to twenty pounds.
Grantown finished the week with five Ken Crake had a fish of about 16lbs and Willie Laird landed one at 15lbs, both from Tarric Mor.