Week Commencing 22nd August 2011

There is a severe weather warning for the region today, the Met Office say, “A spell of wet and unseasonably windy weather will continue during Sunday. Persistent rain, heavy at times, will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds with a risk of severe gales in the most exposed areas. The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.” On Monday the heavy rain will disappear and the rest of the week will be dry. The river is sitting at four feet and rising at teatime tonight the turbidity looks poor as well, all the local burns and very high and dirty.

The tides are building till Thursday this coupled with the rise in the water should encourage the run to continue. Last week was fairly difficult, I hear that there are plenty of fish in the pools but they seem not that keen to take. Friday’s little rise seem to have tickled some of the fish up and catches on Saturday reflected this.

My petulant outburst last week produced a couple of results, a proprietor, whose beat does report very well gave me a mild rebuke. Secondly I received an Email from a well known Swedish author urging me to continue as half a report from the Spey was better than none!

Catches, as received! Delfur finished the week with close to forty. There were good days but also some slow days. Chris Bedford-Russell had the heaviest catch of the week, Peebles, the photos are self explanatory. It is probably the heaviest catch of the season.

Rothes had another good week with thirty two landed, twenty two salmon and ten grilse, most of which were sea-liced. Craigellachie managed to get into the mid teens. Wester Elchies had another poor week with only four landed. Over the water Kinermony had a great Saturday when Jock Royan brought in a team of ringers (Tay Gillies) nineteen fish were landed. Carron had a reasonable week with eleven landed and certainly Saturday’s fish were sea-liced. The big fish from Pitcroy Ballindalloch.

Wayne Davison, Pitcroy gillie, got in touch with me today; he told me he hooked his fish about six o-clock on Friday evening. The fish took a size 10 Stinchar Stoat on a ten pound cast. The fish though not weighed was measured at 44 ½“length with a girth of 22”. Wayne tells me this equates to somewhere between thirty six and thirty seven pounds. Well done Wayne, a fish of a life time. My Grantown reporter has forgotten me but I believe they had a quiet week but I expect the rain should make next week much better.

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