I was disappointed to hear on Wednesday of the death of John Fleetwood who had passed away on Tuesday aged 91. I was lucky enough to fish in Mr. Fleetwood’s company a number of times about twenty years ago. The stories of huge numbers of fish landed, thirty and forty pounders gaffed and lost made the lunchtimes flash past. I am sure he will be fondly remembered by many of the more senior gillies on the river. Condolences the extended Fleetwood family many of whom still fish.
The heavy rain of yesterday and today has made very little difference to the river level; it has gone from extremely low to very low. On the positive side it should have dropped the temperature to something more comfortable for the salmon, at one stage last week water temperature was approaching 70 first thing in the morning. Air temperature also dropped this morning from close to thirty to mid teens although it crept up a little this afternoon. Some of the locals were forced to swim in the river to cool off.
The forecast for next week is for temperatures to remain in the mid teens with some more rain towards the end of the week heavy on Friday and Saturday. The tides peak on Tuesday. As usual I am optimistic and hope the kick of fresh water coupled with the big tides will encourage some fish into the river. It has not been a great season on the Spey but it has not been a great season anywhere in Scotland but for some reason the Spey tends to broadcast their disappointing results in the press and on social media. A number of Spey beats have out-fished entire river systems who seem able to take it on the chin and not go bleating to the media.
Catches, considering air temperatures were in the high twenties and water temperatures approached 70f and there was barely a cloud in the sky it is amazing there were any at all. Gordon Castle continued to average two or three fish a day. Delfur were in the mid teens. Mark was kind enough to send me more photographs.
From what I can gather most beats landed two or fish for the week, hardly anything to write home about I know but neither the Tweed nor the Dee made it much into double figures for the river!
I see Grantown continue to do well with the sea trout with a couple into double figures.