Week Commencing 20th May 2013

Another reasonable week on the Spey.  The river started at about two feet fell slowly then rose again on Friday following some unseasonable rain and snow. The gusty wind did not help it feel like the end of May, more like mid March. The forecast for the coming week is more of the same, rain on Monday, dry during the middle of the week but more rain at the weekend. Temperatures remain just into double figure except for Thursday which is forecast to be the best day of the week reaching a more seasonable 17C. The tides peak on Tuesday then there will be no new water for the rest of the week.
Catches. The Gordon Castle beats were quieter than of late perhaps the high water at the beginning and end of the week kept the fish moving.  Delfur managed to get into the twenties and Mark sent me these photos of Edward and Charlotte Mountain.

Charlotte Mountain

Charlotte Mountain

Edward Mountain

Edward Mountain

Rothes again started the week well with ten by Wednesday but there they stayed. Craigellachie ended up with six for the week including two for Mrs Sue Mollet pictured below.

Sue Mollet Craigellachie

Sue Mollet Craigellachie

I gather they lost almost the same again. Kinermony had another good week with Wednesday being the best day of the week with eight landed. I am grateful to retiring gillie Jock Royan for the pictures.

Kinermony

Kinermony

Jock Royan

Jock Royan

Across the water James Carr’s party managed seven; they could have had more if James had refrained from swimming in the Rhynd. Carron also managed seven including one estimated at 24lbs. Knockando also had a good day on Wednesday with 4 landed. A truly multinational team led by Per Palm had seven from Phones including one on Friday from the Whin Pool. Grantown nudged into double figures this week with the best being a 22lb fish landed by  Bobby Hall, at Tarric Mor on Thursday, pictured below.

Bobby Hall Taric Mor

Bobby Hall Taric Mor

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