It has been another week of the haves and the have nots. The bottom beats continue to fish reasonably well whilst the middle to upper beats seem to struggle, I was hoping last week ends lift in the water would have helped redistribute the fish but it does not seem to have made much difference. The forecast is for rain just about every day, not enough to make the river rise but just enough to make you need a coat. The tides are building all week and with Wimbledon entering the second week hopefully some more grilse will start to appear.
Catches: As I mentioned above the Lower River continues to fish well. The Gordon Castle beats had over fifty fish. Delfur were not far behind with over forty landed. Rothes did a little better than of late with twenty salmon landed and three grilse. Craigellachie also had a better week getting into double figures. Wester Elchies could only manage four. The new tenants at Carron started the let with a bang landing six on Monday but Ian tells me he thought they had peaked too early as they only managed another two on Wednesday. I hear that Sandy Smiths daughter had an eight pound grandson to cheer Sandy up, on his beat Kate Outhwaite showed her parents how it ought to be done with a fish after only a couple of casts, this is now becoming an annual event. I also heard that the Duke of Northumberland had the third thirty pounder from the river this year with his fish from Polarder at Lower Pitcroy; unfortunately I have no more details. My friend Phil Walker was fishing above the Avon and he sent me these pictures from D Beat.
As I predicted last week the rise in the river levels improved Grantown no end and twenty two salmon and over thirty seatrout were reported hopefully next week will be as good.