Another tough week on the river, the sun continued to beat down and the temperatures remained high. On Friday there were some thunder close by and the river rose, all right it only came up and inch or so but this month any rise is not to be sneered at. Today it has started to rain and in keeping with year it has not stopped. As I write this at 16 00 the river has not shown much sign of a rise but I feel it will it will be up by tomorrow. I think there will some turbidity, which might affect fishing on Monday.
The forecast for the coming week is for more rain on Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday, what a year for extremes. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till the weekend.
When I was out on the river last week I noticed that some of the salmon were showing signs of “red vent syndrome”. Could I take this opportunity to warn everyone about eating fish contaminated with the Anisakis Nematode Worm?
If wild salmon is to be eaten raw or almost raw it should be frozen in all parts for at least 24 hours, at a temperature of –20oC or colder. This will ensure that any non-visible parasites or undetectable larvae of nematodes are destroyed. (NOTE: ordinary domestic deep freezes DO NOT freeze food to a low enough temperature to kill this worm.)
· This freezing advice also extends to wild salmon that are to undergo a cold smoking process or to be eaten after marinating or salting i.e. as in Gravadlax.
· Where wild salmon is to be hot smoked (internal temperature above 60oC), which is sufficient to kill any parasites present, then it is safe to eat without freezing first.
Catches: The bright weather and high water temperatures coupled with low flows continued to make fishing difficult. The Gordon Castle beats finished with about twelve fish. Again Delfur proved to be excellent with almost thirty landed. Mark and Grant continue to provide me with photographs to brighten up my report.
Rothes were just short of double figures. Craigellachie averaged a fish a day with Wednesday being the best day of the week. Wester Elchies finished with eight and I managed a photograph of Sam with Jon Carmichael’s fish from the Delagyle Pool.
I hear the Greenham party had at least five from the Delagyle beat. Again reports from further upstream are almost non-existent. My Grantown correspondent tells me the river was very lightly fished with only about three fish landed, todays rain should help!