Sorry for the delay in putting up the weekly report but for some reason I was unable to log in last night the mysteries of the world wide web. Well last Sunday’s torrential downpour did little for the river; it came up to around ten inches on Sunday night but was back down to six inches by Monday morning, as predicted there was some turbidity but not as much as I feared. The rain during the week had little effect on the height and just produced a little more discolouration. The forecast is not that promising, a little drizzle on Wednesday, and perhaps some heavier rain on Friday. The tides are building all week. I hope the grilse that the lower river was seeing manage to spread throughout the system.
Catches: The week started with plenty of fresh fish being seen and caught in the lower river, the later part of the week was more difficult with the strong wind and bright conditions. The Gordon Castle beats had their best week of this season with at least seventy-five fish landed. Delfur also had their best week of the season landing somewhere around the mid fifties. Included in the total was at least four first fish, so there were plenty of novices fishing. As usual only Mark, Rory and Grant are the only gillies on the river to send me photos so I will add them in at the end. Rothes had a better week than of late with the Fletcher party landing twenty-two fish with plenty more lost. The two beats above Rothes both reached around the twenty mark. Further upstream things were somewhat quieter. Craigellachie had three. Wester Elchies four. Delagyle four. Carron had a better week, almost reaching double figures, the owners had the fishing but for various reasons neither fished much, top rod was a certain Ian Borthwick who seemed to know his way around the beat, and managed two thirds of the catch. Sandy Smith at Knockando told me he had had a couple of Salmon by midweek but no grilse. My Grantown correspondent is on holiday so that is about that for catches.