Let me begin by saying that the Spey will remain in Category 1 for next season from the provisional announcement from the Scottish Government and MSS. If anyone has a few hours to spend it is all here. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505047.pdf
Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, next week it will be hot and sunny most of the week, with perhaps Wednesday more overcast. There is no rain forecast till Saturday evening. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week.
Catches. Gordon Castle continued to catch fish finishing the week with around forty landed.
Delfur finished with over sixty landed, I asked Mark why he thought they were fishing so well. Mark thought that this week’s tenants fished the beat really lightly and gave the fish a chance to stay on the take rather than thrashing the water and putting the fish off. Mark and Rory generously gave up their time to send me some photographs.
Rothes ended close to double figures.
Craigellachie had another good week landing fish everyday and almost averaging two a day.
The rest of the river has been pretty quiet although there are plenty fish in all the pools to test your luck against.
Edwin Whyte kindly sent me these pictures of a fish he had from Lower Wester Elchies.
David Brand sent me this picture of NickPlumb with his first ever salmon, estimated at 12 lbs.
Last week I was not told till later in the week that Eloise Stewart-Richardson landed her first ever salmon from Pol Shuan late one evening, too late for a decent photo I’m afraid.
My Grantown correspondent and I were debating why the Association waters were so quiet and we decided that people booking on to the private beats had already committed where as the Association Anglers could pick and choose and wait for better conditions to fish. Those who did were rewarded, Nigel Davies had this one from Dulnain Mouth.
Kevin Shanks was back at Kinchurdy and said they fished last week and had a great week with twenty-eight seatrout and a salmon landed. He said they had a great week helped by gillie Bobby Hall who he described as a “fantastic bloke”
A section of Kevin’s pictures.