Well it has been a week of changing river levels, which probably unsettled the fish and the turbidity certainly did not help. Looking at next weeks forecast I believe this will not be a worry, unless localised thunderstorms wash in some rubbish. There is going to be a heat wave next week and temperatures are expected to reach the mid-twenties even on Speyside. There might be some heavy and localised rain midweek. The tides are building all week. I have a feeling that it will probably be best to ignore the afternoons and fish morning and evening. The rain last night has pushed up the Avon and I expect the main river will show a rise this evening.
Catches: Gordon Castle beats were close to twenty though I have no details. I understand Delfur were about mid teens though Mark tells me the ever-changing water height coupled with the blackness made conditions difficult.
The rise in the water seemed to help Rothes; you can stop rain dancing now Mike! They also finished around the twenty mark. Erica Munroe Ferguson was fishing Burnmouth from the boat and after a quiet morning they decided to reel up and head back for lunch. Sparkles the Labrador decided one more attempt was needed and knocked the fly back into the water and naturally a fish took and was successfully landed; I have yet to discover whose name went in the book! Thanks to Mrs Bladon for the picture of Mr J Bladon with the best fish of the week.
Craigellachie were a little quieter.
Wester Elchies had a much better week with seventeen landed.
Carron were again into double figures, Charlie Harman was the only angler to have a cameraman at hand when he landed his fish. Charlie was on his way home from three days at Castle Grant where he was successful with both salmon and seatrout. Charlie was kind enough to send me a picture of Henry Harvey, please note it was not me that cropped his head off.
Grantown had another good week with over twenty salmon and equally as many seatrout landed.
Kinchurdy continued its fine season and again thanks to Bobby Hall for another photograph!