A reasonable week on Speyside, at least the media were not complaining about lack of fish on the Spey but had picked on the Dee for a change. The start of the week the weather was bright and sunny but things changed on the start of May when both of the Convals and Ben Rinnes had a dusting of fresh snow. The forecast is for a reasonably wet week, except for Tuesday, I will wait to see, we have been promised rain before and been disappointed. The river could do with a bit of a flush out. The tides peaked at the end of last week and there will be no new water till next weekend.
Catches: Again the whole river appears to be catching fish all be it in smaller numbers than everyone would like. The Gordon Castle Beats finished in the mid teens. John Less sent me this picture of Alex Nicol in the Bridge Pool.
Quentin Ballantyne sent me a couple of photographs of his friend Vincent Brigode with a small fish from Bulwurk and a better one from the Grilse Pool. Willie Mair had two crackers from the Junction Pool, both from the same lie but from different banks.
Delfur had their best week of the season getting into double figures, the week started well when Alan Sheppard returned to show the gillies where they had been going wrong, Alan netted all three fish landed on Monday, having shown the way he then let the others carry on. Mark and Rory were kind enough to send me some pictures!
Rothes also finished around the double figure mark.
Upstream it was a little quieter, Craigellachie had a couple, Wester Elchies one, Laggan a couple. Carron also had a couple!
Dave Sadowski had one from the Griggle and I had the other from the Tail of Macgregor’s. It is always said you have to be lucky to land a big fish; I was lucky. The first bit of luck was to be in the right place at the right time the second was that Ian Borthwick was with me and the final piece of luck was the line slid off the big stone on the far side of the pool without breaking.
The fish was weighed in the net at 26lb a personal best.
The Knockando beats continued to pick away, Lower Pitcroy were getting a fish a day when I last heard.
Grantown again was lightly fish but still managed half a dozen fish, the best a 15lb fish from Pol Clach taken on a fly.