Week Commencing 27th June 2011

Well it was a little quieter on Speyside this week but it was still a good week. The weather just about did as was predicted. It is hot and sunny as I type this and the river is sitting around the zero mark. There is some rain forecast on Wednesday. Temperatures are a bit better tomorrow but high for the rest of the week, but I suppose it is July after all. Tides are still building till Wednesday, and then there will no new water for the rest of the week. I heard a couple of mammalian stories this week; firstly I heard that an otter was hooked, whilst an unnamed angler was salmon fishing on an unnamed beat, after a long and memorable battle the otter was just feet away and showing its displeasure when to everyone’s relief angler and otter parted company.

Later the same day the otter was seen eating an eel at the tail of the pool apparently none the worse of his experience. The second story involves a red squirrel who swam the Spey at the Boat Pool, quite an achievement on its own but when he arrived at the Wester Elchies side he was greeted by a large Black Labrador. Taking all this in his stride he nipped the Labrador on his nose and scampered up the nearest tree, obviously Speyside squirrels are made of stern stuff!

Catches; again disappointingly I have no reports from the top or bottom of the river and photos are in short supply, all you anglers out there must be shy and retiring! Please email me at malcolm@speygillie.co.uk or text me them to 07967970704. Delfur again were close to forty, Mark tells me they could have had a few more as there were plenty hooked but lost. This fish was a touch unlucky not to break free, spot the wind knot, Mark says that it was never a danger of breaking as the angler was using Maxima rather that fluoro!

Rothes had another good week with twenty two salmon landed; Mike tells me they were all salmon, no grilse yet. Craigellachie again were just short of double figures. Wester Elchies had a better week with eleven landed. Things were quieter at Carron with only two landed but I believe one was a first fish after four years of trying. Knockando had quite a good week with a few landed including one of eighteen pounds. The beats around and above the Avon are still fishing well.Tom Ehrhard an American Air force man sent me this picture of his day on the Spey organised by the RAF, obviously a special relationship.

Grantown has been a little quieter on the salmon front with six salmon and three grilse reported another rise in water will liven things up. The seatrout fishing remains good with twenty nine reported so far this week. Next week’s report will be later as I’m away to the British Grand Prix.

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