Week Commencing 3rd June 2013.

Last week summer arrived on Speyside and the forecast was almost correct there was little or no rain between writing this week’s report and last week’s. The temperatures were in the high teens to low twenties. Water temperature also rose and whether this had an effect on catches it is hard to know. Next week it is forecast for things to change, Monday with remain warm and sunny but the rest of the week changes to overcast, with some rain towards the weekend, temperatures remain high but it is June after all. The tides are building and there will be new water all week. I would suggest resting the river in the warm afternoons and being anti-social and fishing into the evening.
Catches:  The Gordon Castle beats had close to twenty with Brae 5 being the pick of the Beats. At Delfur Mark suggested the sudden increase in water temperatures were unsettling the fish. Grant Morrison and Rory Paterson were kind enough to supply me with a few pictures.

Daniel Greenham Broom

Daniel Greenham Broom

Tom Greenham's fish

Tom Greenham’s fish

Nigel Boyd Beaufort.

Nigel Boyd Beaufort.

At Rothes Mr and  Mrs Bladdon started the week at a gallop with eight on Monday, unfortunately they could not keep up that pace and finished the week with eleven. I hear the beat above started more steadily with three everyday till Thursday when they slowed a little. I was lucky enough to be invited to fish with Mr Francis Sandison at Upper Arndilly and was even luckier to take a fish from Heathery Isle to help boost the total towards seven. Craigellachie had about the same. Wester Elchies also started the week well with five on Monday, finishing the week close to double figures. I fished Carron with Mr Jimmy Jack and landed this fish from the Carron Pool on Saturday.

Ian Borthwick Carron

Ian Borthwick Carron

I hear that Ballindalloch had a fish close to 25lbs but have no further details.
Grantown was arguably the place to be last week especially if you were there on Wednesday, the total to Thursday morning when my informant went on holiday, was fifteen with nine of those landed on Wednesday. I understand most were taken on a fly and the  heaviest of which was a fifteen pounder from Poll Clach

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. n flett at 8:10 pm

    Is the board aware of all the fish being seen with UDN at speymouth AA

    • Brian Shaw at 9:39 pm

      Thank you for the comment regarding the diseased fish. I was aware via reports for the bailiffs although I haven’t been down to see the fish in the lower river. I saw fish with similar symptoms to those described by the bailiffs in the upper river and one of the tributaries last week and the week before. There have been a few dead or dying fish reported and those that I have seen were all similar with advanced fungus infection (Saprolegnia). Fungus is often a secondary issue and I’m not convinced all the fungus covered fish I have examined so far had UDN head lesions, although once the fungus infection takes a grip it is difficult to say what the initial cause of the problem was. However one or two of the fish I examined had very advanced fungal infection on the top of the head, the classic place for UDN ulcers. It is clear that the incidence of head lesions on fresh fish this year is a fraction of that seen in 2012.
      Fungal infection can start for a variety of reasons including UDN head lesions. Dying fish with fungus have been reported from many rivers this spring/summer and we may see more now with temperatures rising, although there are those who say the rate of infection decreases as the temperature rises. I will post a picture of a fungus covered sea trout on the blog shortly.
      Brian Shaw

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