A very sad week on the river, once again an angler has lost his life whilst doing something he enjoyed. I am sure everyone will wish to join with me in extending our condolences to his family and friends.
Next week starts a little warmer with some sunshine, temperatures might even reach the low twenties and for the first time this year no rain is forecast all week.
The tides are at their lowest today and will build all week.
Catches: Gordon Castle were close to sixty. Delfur continued to fish well finishing the week in the mid fifties. As usual I am grateful to Mark for his quality photographs.
At Rothes, Dan Drew’s party ended up with twenty-one. Jane Pilling pictured below had at least 2 – not bad on your first visit to the Spey. Thanks to Alec Robertson for the picture.
Craigellachie reached double figures again, as did Kinermony.
Wester Elchies had their best week of the season with twenty-four fish landed. James Carr’s party had seven, James himself getting a couple. Mrs Liza O Brien’s team had the rest. Liza herself had three, her best week for a couple of years. Pictured below Ian Smith with the Liza’s third. Quite a number of the fish landed had well healed wounds; I wonder if this is what makes them take. My experiment with selfies is going from bad to worse, last weeks was much better than anything this week! If photo- bombing is when you gate crash someone’s photo, what is it called when the main character, a slippery grilse, decides to leave the scene before the shutter clicks?
Carron had another good week with eleven salmon and a seatrout estimated at over 5lbs.
Grantown is slowing a little on both the salmon and seatrout front but I am sure things will pick up again as soon as the river rises.
Kinchurdy and continuing to pick up the odd salmon and seatrout, many thanks to Bobby Hall for his continuous supply of pictures, these reports would not be the same without the help of gillies up and down the river.