Week Commencing 5th September 2011

There is a severe weather warning for Grampian on Monday, the Met Office says, “The remains of Hurricane Katia will move eastwards across northern Scotland during Monday, bringing a spell of very windy weather to the UK and also heavy rain to western Scotland. The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of Northern Ireland during the morning, before moving east across central and southern Scotland and into northeast England by evening. However, areas further south will not be immune, with the potential for strong gusts, particularly to the east of high ground.”

I am not sure if the rain will be far enough east to affect the river but the strong winds will make casting “interesting”.

The season end is fast approaching and the salmon are losing interest in playing so are difficult to tempt, sometimes different tactics will work but at other times the fish will just ignore these as well and then it is just a matter of luck to get something to take.

Catches; I hear the bottom of the river is still fishing well Stuart Ball tells me he and his party had an enjoyable three days catching some fresh salmon and grilse. He sent me this picture of Mark Wilton-Steer with a 12 lber from Gordon Castle.

The rest of the river is in the September doldrums. After all my moans and groans about lack of photos I have been inundated with them this week, they appear to be like buses, you wait all season, then they all come along at once.

Grantown have had sixteen salmon this week. Only two grilse; however all of the rest, except one, were over the 10 lbs mark and into the teens,two weighed 15 lbs, the majority were caught on the spinner.

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