Week Commencing 4th July 2011

The river appears to have peaked this evening at around forty inches, there is no more rain forecast this week so hopefully the river should start to fall and clear. The tides are building all week and hopefully this coupled with a dropping river should produce some good catches.

Last week was very patchy, the river was quite low at the start of the week but then from Thursday onwards the heavy rain showers pushed the river up and down making fishing tricky in coloured unsettled river levels.

Catches Alex Robertson sent me another picture of himself with a nice fish from the Brae Beats.

Delfur had a fine week with almost fifty landed mainly salmon but with a few grilse as well. David Johnson likes to make life difficult for himself fishing with a greenheart rod and Brassfaced Perfect but he does have some success.

Mike Ewen tells me that the unsettled conditions made fishing difficult and the fresh fish did not seem to want to stay at Rothes. Wester Elchies had a disappointing week with only five landed. Carron did better after a slow start finishing with nine including a couple in the high teens. I was pleased to hear that Rebecca Chesmore had her first salmon on Monday morning whilst fishing at Lower Pitcroy, having landed her first ever fish she soon had her second on Tuesday.

Grantown fished reasonably well last week with fourteen salmon and four grilse, I think this high water will suit them well and I think they might have a bumper week this week.

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