Let me start this weeks report by congratulating Edward Mountain on being elected to Holyrood as one of the Highland and Islands three Conservative List MSPs. At least now someone in Holyrood understands angling!
Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, but there was less rain on Monday than forecast, it seemed to track south of the main catchment. Never-the-less the river still rose and most beats lost about a day, depending on how far up or down the river you were. The wind was strong at times, making casting difficult on exposed pools. The early rise dropped away during the week giving settled conditions towards the weekend.
Next weeks forecast appears to be in two halves, the first half hot and sunny the second part more overcast with a noticeable drop in temperatures. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till next week.
Catches: The high water at the start of the week restricted the fishing a little but it certainly spread the fish throughout the system and once again there are catches from above Grantown to the sea.
Gordon Castle Beats were close to double figures and it is nice to get some photographs from Spey regular Peter Kyte who was on Brae 2, also some pictures from the Castle Beat itself.
Delfur struggled with the high water at the start of the week but finished strongly with five on Saturday taking their total into double figures. Thanks to Rory and Mark for the pictures.
Henry Spence’s party had a similar pattern at Rothes starting slowly but finishing strongly with a total of fourteen.Thanks to Henry’s team for the pictures.
I hear Arndilly finished with over twenty but have no more details.
Craigellachie continued to catch fish, thanks to Dougie Ross for his photos.
The Gordon Group had three from Kinermony and there was at least as many from the Aberlour Association Water.
Wester Elchies finished with half a dozen, picking up as the river levels dropped, thanks to FishPal tenant Russel Kay for his pictures.
Carron finished with eight, one of which had a traumatic encounter with a seal before being caught. Although the wounds were deep we could see no reason why having reached Carron the fish would not continue to survive and spawn.
Liza O Brien continued her purple patch catching the first of the week from Carron. I hear Laggan had about the same as Carron.
Upstream news seems harder to hear.
Grantown had close to double figures as well, thanks to Jimmy Mitchel for his updates and pictures.
I hear Kinchurdy had both salmon and a 7lb seatrout.