Week Commencing 25th August 2014

With the trees taking up less water the river levels are more volatile, the river started the week high, fell back then rose again on Saturday. Today it is sitting around the three-foot mark with a touch of colour. The forecast for the coming week is predominately dry and sunny with perhaps an occasional shower towards the weekend. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till the weekend.

As anglers we sometimes get blinkered and just think about the damage the recent floods cause to the river’s fish stocks, whilst fishing this week I noticed the large number of pearl mussels, which had been washed up and died after the recent floods, considering that some of the larger mussels are probably around 100 years old it seems a considerable waste.

Dead Pearl Mussels

Dead Pearl Mussels

Catches: There appears to be over sixty fish landed from the Gordon Castle beats. I hear that they were seeing quite a few fresh fish towards the end of the week. Delfur finished in the mid thirties, with at least two first fish landed and returned, well done to those concerned. Mark tells me that they were seeing and landing some fresh fish on Friday and Saturday.

Graham Ritchie had an interesting day on Saturday, taking a fresh grilse from a small beat below Craigellachie before the rise in the water made things too difficult. An opportune invite to fish Wester Elchies in the afternoon allowed him to finish with this large cock-fish. Graham measured it at 42 inches with a girth of 20 and estimates its weight at 22lbs although the length-weight scales make it larger.

Graham Ritchie's Grilse

Graham Ritchie’s Grilse

Graham Ritchie's 22lber Wester Elchies.

Graham Ritchie’s 22lber Wester Elchies.

I was lucky enough to catch a smaller hen from the Rhynd on Monday. Ian Hamilton and Gavin McIntosh Scots working in Kongsberg Norway had a successful couple of days both landing their first ever salmon. Gavin told me they had fished in Norway but never had the advice from a Scottish gillie.

Coloured  hen Wester Elchies.

Coloured hen Wester Elchies.

Ian hamilton Wester Elchies

Ian hamilton Wester Elchies

Gavin McIntosh Wester Elchies

Gavin McIntosh Wester Elchies

Carron continued their improved end to the season with six fish landed and almost as many lost. Grantown finished their week around the double figure mark the biggest being a 17 pounder from Tarric Mor landed by local member, John Davis.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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