It was a very changeable week last week; the weather went from warm and sunny to hail showers all in one week. The river was a bit unsettled as well rising on Monday night then dropping away again only to rise again on Saturday. There were a few fish about but you had to work to catch them as they continue to run hard. The forecast for the coming week is to be warmer and drier with no rain forecast till next weekend, well we will see! The tides continue to diminish and there is no new water till Wednesday.
Catches: The Gordon Castle beats improved this week with thirty two off the beats. Delfur managed close to twenty Mark tells me it could have been almost double that if everything hooked had stayed on. A couple of pictures.
Rothes managed into the mid teens and Mike tells me he saw more fish this week than the rest of the season. The Gordon Group had their usual week on a beat below the Fiddich nine fish were landed, top rod was Ken Asher who had three on Thursday.
At Kinermony the new gillie, Davie Brand had a good start; he netted his first fish by 9.30 on the Monday morning. 10 in total from 7lb-14lb. Phil Simmons had his first ever fish a 9lber in Boat Pool. Dave Johnson bagged a brace in a hot quarter hour. Ian Pawley had to wait till Saturday to take a lovely fish off the Rhynd. Host Peter Kyte took 6 during the week and lost another 4.
Over the water Wester Elchies finished with nine with another six lost. Delagyle Pool was the most productive. Leonora Twynam landed her first salmon, a sea liced 8lber, in Pol Ma Cree on a Munro Killer. Rory Paterson (Delfur Gillie) also had his first Spey Salmon whilst having a cast during the evening. I assume he said it was good to fish a productive beat!
Per Palm sent me this picture from last week at Phones.
Lower Pitcroy had a good week with sixteen for the week. Nigel Bazzioman had the best estimated at 16lb. Alex Smith and James Holder who both broke their Spey ducks after several years of trying.
Grantown had an excellent week with at least twenty-three salmon for the week. The largest was a fish of 20 lbs caught at Clachan an Uaran on Thursday on a fly. There have been two others at 18 lbs, one of 16 lbs and one of 15 lbs. Sea-trout numbers are beginning to improve. Catch numbers are presently almost identical to where they were at this time in their 2010 and 2011 seasons way ahead of the 2012 numbers. It is really good to see fish in numbers being caught on the Association water and Grantown can rightly claim to be one of the best Association waters in Scotland.