Yet another tough week on the Spey. The forecast for next week is some rain for the first three days, hopefully this will raise the level of the river a bit. The tides have peaked this weekend and there will be no new water this week. As usual I hope this small freshet will bring some fresh fish into the system.
Catches: There is usually at least one week of the season when the best beat on the river is not one of the famous private beats but the Strathspey Angling Improvement Association, this is the week! The Gordon Castle Beats continued to pick away reaching around double figures. Delfur had about half a dozen with surprisingly Friday being their best day when the fish were on the take despite the bright conditions.
Rothes had a couple more, the best falling to host Simon Blaydon, a twenty two pound sealiced fish from Bluestone. Craigellachie had a mixed week with Tuesday and Saturday producing fish but strangely nothing in between. Kinermony had a good week, Peter Kyte’s party finished with half a dozen, the Rhynd was the “hot”pool, Dave Johnston had a couple including a fifteen-pound fish early on Monday morning. Ian Pawley had two in twenty minutes on Friday and Peter Kyte and Dave Johnston had another two again from the Rhynd, all on Friday when the sun was beating down.
Over the river Lady Rockley’s party had a more sedate week with just one landed but more were lost, I feel lessons on playing fish are required. Henry and Camilla Mountain in Delene.
I hear that most beats upstream have been catching sea-liced fish but get no more details. As I mentioned earlier Grantown was the place to be with over twenty landed. The best was twenty pounds caught by visiting angler Mr. Harvey from the Little Stream. One of around seventeen pounds was also caught from Dulnainmouth. If Mr. Harvey reads this I would be happy to receive more details and a picture.