Again the weather forecast was not hugely accurate, the rain came on Monday and pushed the river up, but it seemed to forget it was supposed to stop raining after that! The April showers were very long, wet affairs. Tuesday the river was rising all morning and carrying a good amount of colour – not ideal conditions.
This week it is forecast to be predominately dry, temperatures at the start of the week will be in double figures but getting distinctly cooler from Wednesday onwards. The wind should remain light but backing more northerly bringing in the cooler weather. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week. Interestingly, I much prefer to fish on building tides but this season the opposite appears to be the case, there appears to be more fish running on falling tides.
Catches: the top of the river was the place to be this week. Having said that John Jordan fishing with the North East Fly Casting Club had a fish from Brae 3.
After being invaded last week by Vikings, this week the river suffered an attack of Geordies! Neil Lobban of the North East Fly Casting Club told me how much they had enjoyed their three days on the Spey. They had booked beats from the sea to the middle river, a pretty good plan when fishing a new river especially in the spring! Neil has promised me some pictures when he gets home and gets everyone organised, and said “ a special thanks to all the gillies who looked after us superbly. We hope to be back next year”
Roll of Honour: Chris Jones 12lb, Ben Thomson Seatrout, Delagyle. John Little 6lb, Chris Jones 6lb, Knockando. Andy Gray 12lb, Lower Pitcroy. Tony Newton 8lb, Craigellachie – his first ever salmon. And John Jordan already mentioned above. I hope I have not missed any out.
Craigellachie had at least another fish earlier in the week.
I hear Aberlour Angling Club had at least five, but I have no more details.
Kinermony had three. Wester Elchies three also. As did Delagyle.
The Douetil party fishing Laggan had three with Nigel Pothecary getting his first fish from the Big Griggle after 7 years of trying.
Carron managed one with Alan Wiliams getting his second of the season.
I understand Tulchan had another good week, I am grateful to Tom Brown and Craig Fleming for the use of their photographs.
I hear there was a 22lb fish taken from Castle Grant 2 on Saturday, thanks to Lionel for the picture. James Allen was the lucky angler. What a fish!
Spey regular Jan Rigden had his second of the season on Thursday.
Last week Chris Davies sent me a picture too late to include in last weeks report, Chris said “I would like to praise the effervescent gillie Simon Crozier who didn’t once tell me how to fish his beat but instead explained how he would do it and what he was looking out for in terms of his reading of the river itself pointing out eddies and riffles that in turn gave clues to submerged rocks and boulders. A very knowledgeable and helpful man who was a pleasure to fish with.” It seemed to work.
Grantown was again under fished, what is it these days do people not appreciate good Association Water?
Kinchurdy had a good week with at least three landed. I am, as usual pleased to receive photographs from Gillie, Bobby Hall. Dave Macleod had his first ever salmon 15lb – a great way to start.