The river was just about fishable on Monday afternoon and had dropped and cleared by Tuesday. It continued to drop all week, pretty much ideal conditions. The forecast for the coming week is to be fine on Monday with some rain Tuesday and Wednesday, becoming warmer again towards the end of the week. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till Thursday evening. In the past, the second week of Wimbledon was always the week when the grilse arrived in numbers but more recently they have been later, by next Sunday we will know.
Catches: The Gordon Castle Beats had forty-five for their week. Upstream at Delfur they too were into the forties. Mark and Rory have kindly sent me some photographs, I wish other beats were as thoughtful, it makes the report much more interesting.
Rothes had a reasonable week with twenty-two landed. James Bladon was kind enough to send me a couple of photos.
Upstream at Craigellachie had a handful, Dougie Ross tells me it is hard going. Ken Davies has sent me a report from Aberlour Angling Association; the news is they had eight salmon and five seatrout, the biggest salmon 18lbs. Alasdair Polson had a 10lb salmon five sea trout and a grilse. Wester Elchies had a good week; fourteen were landed the second best week of their year. Carron had a difficult week, only two were landed, Gordon Armstrong was invited through from Ness Castle on Tuesday he hooked two, played them till they were ready to net then for some inexplicable reason managed to lose both, I see I will have to give him a few lessons! As usual reports from upstream are non-existent till Grantown! The high water at the start of the week suited Grantown and ten were landed on Monday, the numbers continued to be excellent all week and they finished with twenty-seven. There were also plenty of seatrout landed including some towards seven pounds.