Inverness Caledonian Thistle became the 25th team to have their name engraved on the Scottish Cup, a great day for a relatively new provincial team. What a wonderful season, third in the League, winners of the Scottish Cup and European football to look forward to, brilliant.
Back to fishing news, as we approach the first day of Summer, although there appears to be a debate on when that actually is, certainly June starts tomorrow, it still does not seem very warm. Temperatures struggled to reach the mid teens and some days even struggled to reach double figures. There was fresh snow on the mountain summits and even down on the river some of the rain showers had an element of hail in them. The forecast for next week is not that different, temperatures remain unseasonably low, struggling to reach mid teens by the end of the week. There will be some sunshine later in the week but tomorrow will be wet. Saturday’s rise has almost dissipated but I think the rain at the start of the week will push the river back up again. The tides are building till the weekend.
Catches: Once again I remain reasonably optimistic about the catches, certainly most beats from above Grantown to the sea caught fish. The Gordon Castle Beats were again into double figures. Delfur landed slightly more, somewhere around mid-teens. I am grateful to Mark and his guests for the pictures this week, the gillies seem to well represented.
I gather Rothes had about ten whilst Arndilly had around fifteen but I have no hard facts.
Craigellachie were into double figures for the first time this year.
Peter Kyte’s party were fishing at Kinermony, Peter tells me “A Hard week, loads of fish going through. Dave Johnston started week well with 8lb at 9.30 on Monday followed by myself with a 6 lb and 12 lb by 2.30. Then nothing till Ian Pawley took an 8lb on Friday” Carron had another good week just falling short of double figures. Ian Borthwick was kind enough to supply me with some photographs of his happy guests.
Grantown though still only being lightly fished by the members caught sixteen and despite the cold evening sea trout figures remain good. I cannot understand why more visitors are not fishing Grantown like they did in the past; it has to be one of, if not the best Angling Association water in the UK. It is good to see pictures of the younger members starting; I remember my first season ticket at Grantown cost half a crown, or 12 1/2p for the younger readers.
Kinchurdy continues to catch fish and Bobby Hall continues to send me pictures, many thanks.