Week Commencing 28th April 2014

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.

Alex Nicol Bridge Pool

Alex Nicol 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.

Vincent Brigode and Blair Banks

Vincent Brigode and Blair Banks

Vincent Brigode Grilse Pool

Vincent Brigode Grilse Pool

Willie Mair Beat 1

Willie Mair Beat 1

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!

Ian McCall Big Haddie

Ian McCall Big Haddie

Ian Hay's fish Sourden

Ian Hay’s fish Sourden

Rick Foulsham Beaufort

Rick Foulsham Beaufort

Rory Beaufort Delfur

Rory, Ian Hay’s fish Beaufort Delfur

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.

Dave Sadowski Carron

Dave Sadowski Carron

Malcolm Newbould 26lb

Malcolm Newbould 26lb

Back he goes

Back he goes

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.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 6 comments for this article
  1. coco at 11:11 am

    Congratulations Malcolm… What a beauty….

  2. Charlie Herd at 12:13 pm

    Brilliant, Malcolm, another one for the Collie Dog !

    Macgregors is such a great pool at the right height, your fish must be the biggest yet out of it.

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 5:56 pm

      Yes, Charlie another one for the Collie Dog, in those clear conditions it is hard to beat.

  3. Thomas Larsen at 7:35 am

    Congrats Malcholm..:-)Very nice fish.
    Best regards from the Norwegian gentleman.

  4. Pelle Klippinge at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations from Sweden M – great fish!

    • Richard Casswell at 2:43 pm

      Delighted to hear that Alan Shephard has been back to teach the younger gillies how it should be done. Alan has a wonderful dry wit, and is also well able to keep the guests in their place. Once whilst I was fishing with him, a passer-by enquired how I was doing. “Not very well” I said “I think Alan’s forgotten where all the fish are.” “When sir remembers how to cast” replied Alan “I’ll remember where the fish are.” I’ve laughed about that for years, but still cast erratically at times.

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