Week Commencing 23rd July 2012

The forecast was not really accurate last week there was some rain but maybe not as much as forecast. The river has fallen to about 6” over “normal” summer level, about the lowest it has been since March! The forecast for the coming week is more rain, heavy on Monday, although Tuesday should be brighter.  I think the river might rise a little. The tides are building all week so hopefully the grilse run will continue to build.

Catches. The Gordon Castle Beats had mid forties though Ian Tennant tells me that they are seeing lots of grilse pouring past. Upstream Delfur managed forty; again I am indebted to Mark Melville for some photographs. A couple show some of the dangers the salmon have to face in the sea, the first has had a close encounter with a Dolphin, the next shows some sealice, the last Ali Cuthbert who carefully returned her seventeen pound fish.

Close Encounter with a Dolphin

Close Encounter with a Dolphin

Sea lice

Sea lice

Ali Cuthbert 17lb fish Broom Delfur

Ali Cuthbert 17lb fish Broom Delfur

Rothes had another good week falling just short of forty about 25% of these were grilse. Craigellachie had another good week with sixteen landed, although most of these were caught on Wednesday and Saturday. When I last spoke to Sam at Wester Elchies, on Thursday, they had landed ten the majority coming at the start of the week. Carron had another quiet week with four landed with Saturday being the best day of the week. When I last heard Grantown were close to double figures although my source is away on holiday another rise in the water will certainly help.

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