The start of the week was very windy which did not help casting and Saturday was warm bright and windy which I never like whilst salmon fishing but as the end of the season approaches you have to take what you can get. Next week the forecast is for some rain every day, not huge quantities but enough to keep the river topped up. Temperatures remain in the mid teens except on Wednesday which will be colder, a reasonable salmon fishing forecast. The tides are building and there will be new water every day. I’m not sure how many more fish there are to come but Ian Tenant tells me they are still seeing fresh fish coming through every day.
Catches. Gordon Castle continue to produce fish ending the week in the mid forties and as I said above Ian remains confident of the numbers of fish passing by. Delfur were catching seven a day till Saturday when for some reason they had a blank day. Rothes dropped back to the mid teen normal. In this season of poor catches Wester Elchies had a better than average week with nine landed.
I heard rumours of a high twenties fish from the Delagyle beat and I even have a picture of it. Upstream at Carron the Hosker party had the September week, this year it appeared to be Rebecca Chesmore’s turn to catch all the fish, big sister Ruth sent me this photograph.
Last week I mentioned John Reynolds fresh fish he had from Carron and this week I am able to show you the picture. Grantown had a quiet week again with just a handful of fish landed the best eighteen pounds from the Little Stream on the fly.