Well that’s it, another season has flown by, well I suppose technically there are three days left but this is my last weekly report for 2015. The weather forecast was fairly accurate and the rain early in the week pushed up the Avon and the lower river, the upper river was more settled. The last few days will be settled and sunny with no rain forecast. The tides are building.
Catches: both ends of the river seemed to fish better than the middle, there are plenty of fish in the middle river but they are switched off. Gordon Castle continued to catch fish but the rise on Tuesday and the turbidity on Wednesday kept the catches down but they still finished with around fifty salmon. Liza O Brien had Delfur this week, and she was very pleased to finish with almost twenty fish and she tells me that everyone managed to catch a fish. Many thanks to Mark, Rory and Liza for their pictures.
Things were a little tougher up river, most beats managed to tempt a few fish but the catches were generally poor.
I found it surprising that both Grantown and Kinchurdy fished better. Many thanks to Jimmy Mitchel for sending me these photographs. I hope to get some pictures from Kinchurdy but one of the mobile phone masts appears to be down making communication more difficult.
It has been a while since the canoeists have annoyed me but this week there seemed to be a rush of inconsiderate parking.
The Spey Valley is renowned for its whisky industry, and the distilleries require grain in large amounts to be delivered, the lorry delivering to the new Dalmunack distillery had to mount the opposite verge to get past this van, thoughtless. They also seem to be ignoring the No Parking signs on both sides of the Carron bridge, perhaps they should be reminded with rights comes responsibility!
On a lighter note who was wading above Craigellachie on Thursday afternoon?