Week Commencing 31st March 2014

It has been another good week on the Spey; I have reports of fish from Grantown to the sea.  The forecast for the coming week is pretty much what you expert for April, some rain, some sun and temperatures between double figures and mid teens. It is difficult to predict if the river will rise much, on balance I would expect a small rise. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week.

Catches: Ian Tennant was pleased to have the first fish of the season landed by Swedish angler Per Westerland, from the Lower Ewe, the second followed later in the week a twenty pound fish from the Otters Cave, caught by Ron Stewart.

On Tuesday I received this picture from Grant Morrison at Delfur, he had me going at first till I realised the date.

 

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In the afternoon I had another text message to say Grant had landed a twenty-nine pound fish from Sourden. I was beginning to think it was a huge wind up, a(N) sturgeon followed by A fat salmon(d). It turned out that Grant in fact had landed a big salmon. This is the true story, not the cobbled together stories recorded elsewhere. Simon Furniss one of John Hammick’s party was fishing Sourden accompanied by Grant, Simon had to take a telephone call and handed his rod to Grant and told him to have a cast. Grant had a couple of casts and informed Simon he had hooked a fish, being a true gentleman Simon told him as he had hooked it he had better land it! I understand he was even gracious enough to net it. The story continues a couple of days later a fish at 25lb was landed by Howard Mason from the same pool, this was Howard’s biggest fish.

Grant Morrison Delfur

Grant Morrison Delfur

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A party of Scandinavians fished Rothes; they also had fishing on other beats on the river. The afore mentioned Per Westerlund not content with the first fish from Brae Beat 3 had a red letter Saturday landing four salmon. Per has promised me some photographs on his return home. The party finished with thirteen.

Chocolate Cockers at Rothes

Chocolate Cockers at Rothes

A happy Swede

A happy Swede

A very happy Swede

A very happy Swede

Becoming too easy now!

Becoming too easy now!

 

The beat above also finished in the mid teens.

Craigellachie was very lightly fished but still managed a couple. Dougie Ross sent me this picture of Colin Campbell in the Lower Slabs.

Colin Campbell Craigellachie

Colin Campbell Craigellachie

Wester Elchies had an excellent week with seven landed, five of which were caught on Friday. Sam is hopefully going to get me some photographs of the happy anglers.

Upstream Carron and Laggan had a fish apiece; Bryan Herbert sent me the photo of his fish from the Bridge Pool.

Bryan Herbert Laggan

Knockando was also lightly fished, but produced success when anglers made the effort. Norwegians Thomas Larsen and Steiner Chrishiansen had three from Slioch helped by Sandy Smith, Thomas safely home sent me this picture from Slioch. Thomas also had two from Rothes.

Thomas Larsen Phones

Thomas Larsen Phones

I hear on the Grapevine that Ballindalloch had around half a dozen fish this week.

Lionel Main (Castle Grant) tells me they also have had some big fish from his beats. Beat 1 had a fish of 20 lbs. Beat Two two, one at 26lbs. and another at 23lbs.

Grantown continued their recent success with four landed all around the ten pound range.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Bernard Hammick at 9:45 am

    Another great week at Delfur and truly a privilege to witness such stunning fish being caught. Well done Grant and Howard.

  2. Mike Broadey at 8:26 pm

    What fly was Grant using when he caught the 29lber?

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 8:30 pm

      I think it was one of Grant’s favourite flies, a cone head Posh Tosh.

      • Simon Furniss at 10:20 pm

        It was my cone head posh tosh,my rod and reel had a lovely 3 days, had the p— ripped out of me back on the Tay,but great to see the smile on Grant face,that’s what it’s all about.but the term Sod’s law had crossed my mind.
        Simon Furniss

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