It has been another difficult week the river levels remained unsteady and on Saturday the lower beats were virtually unfishable due to the turbidity. As we approach the last week of August the sun is shining and it has been a pleasant day, the forecast for the start of the week is not as pleasant. Monday is going to wet with about ¾ of an inch falling during the 24 hour period. Tuesday and Wednesday are brighter although there will be more rain again on Thursday or early on Friday. The river will probably remain above normal summer level as the trees are not absorbing as much water as earlier in the year. The tides are building all week.
As we approach the autumn can I just remind everyone though you are allowed to keep a cock fish it is not obligatory big coloured cock fish do not make good eating and do not smoke at all well having used up all their body fat.
Catches. As I have suggested above the catches probably do not reflect a full weeks fishing effort as some time was lost due to the turbidity. Ian Tennant tells me that the Gordon Castle beats had close to fifty fish landed. Delfur struggled with the conditions but still finished in the mid twenties or to put it another way a fish/ angler / day fished which does not sound that bad. Rothes had a difficult week or as Mike Ewen says “hard going” they finished just short of double figures. Craigellachie finished with seven. Wester Elchies had a poor week. By chance John Carmichael who was fishing at Wester Elchies in late July decided to send me some photos so at least I can show something positive.
Carron had just over half a dozen. I understand that Grantown has been lightly fished and the catches reflect this lack of effort.