Week Commencing 23rd May 2011

It was a strange week on the river; Monday was almost unfishable because of the wind, in fact even getting to the river proved difficult in some cases.

Tuesday the river rose and was quite coloured not ideal conditions again. Later in the week the river rose again but the turbidity was much less. Hopefully this coming week will be more settled, the strong wind blowing this afternoon is forecast to disappear with some more settled weather arriving. There is no rainfall forecast till Wednesday and the river which is sitting at twenty inches should drop away nicely. The tides are building all week so I would like to think that the stronger runs of late will continue to build and the more settled conditions should also help the catches.

Catches, Dave Duncan tells me that the Gordon Castle beats were all fishing well, a week ago, and he sent me this picture, but no names or size! If the happy angler would drop me an email with the details I will happily correct this over sight.

Upstream Delfur had a good week with twenty nine fish landed and the biggest just under twenty pounds. Rothes managed twenty five salmon and four seatrout, Nick Smyth sent me this picture of his father Kevin with this fish estimated at nineteen pounds.

Craigellachie had over ten for the week and almost as many seatrout. The best fish of the week was estimated at twenty eight pounds on Tuesday. Wester Elchies had thirteen for the week after starting with two blank days. Carron had the same baker’s dozen and James Chalmers was on hand to catch this one on Saturday evening.

Grantown had a dozen till Thursday and I feel they might have got to twenty by Saturday. Three seatrout have been reported including a good fish of six pounds.

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