Heavy rain on Sunday night early Monday Morning above Spey Dam caused the start of the week to be hard going. The river turned to the colour of milky coffee for the full story see Brian’s Blog https://www.speyfisheryboard.com/dirty-spey/, sufficient for me to say that Monday and Tuesday were the least productive days of the week. The “pollution” took almost two days to clear the river. Summer came to Speyside later in the week and it was almost pointless to fish in the afternoon as the sun beat down. For those who spend their time looking at Barometric pressure Thursday and Friday were the highest of the year, I am not a believer in salmon taking when the barometer rises/falls whatever but sitting very high does not help. Next week returns to “normal” with rain at the start and the end of the week with Thursday being the sunniest of the week. The tides are building all week so hopefully the fishing will improve.
Catches, can be best described as disappointing but considering about half the week was lost through dirty water or bright sunshine really not surprising. Ian Tennanttells me they had around the fifty mark. Mark at Delfur tells me they had a quieter week than of late with around twenty landed. Mostly a family week as the following pictures show, Archie aged 7 and big brother Rory.
Rothes were a little behind with the Drew Party landing eighteen salmon with a smattering of grilse. I have to apologise to Graham O’Neil as he gave me a photo of a twenty one pound fish he had during the week but unfortunately technical reasons stop me posting it. Craigellachie had a good day on Wednesday with four landed but the rest of the week was a disappointment. Wester Elchies managed eight, Sandy Scott enjoyed his three days and managed two, this the best from the Little Turn. I managed a couple as well this is my best from the Brock.
Carron had half a dozen. As usual I have no information further up river till Grantown who with the rest of the river had a somewhat disappointing time.