It has been a strange sort of week, heavy rain on Tuesday night pushed the river up on Wednesday and it was almost unfishable because of the colour but I have been told that some of those who persevered were rewarded with some fish. After Thursday the river dropped quite quickly but it was Saturday before it reached a more normal colour. Next weeks forecast is pretty much more of the same, temperatures will stay around the mid teens, though warmer when the sun breaks through. It will be predominately overcast with some heavy rain late on Thursday night/ early Friday morning. The tides are building all week.
Catches. As I suggested above the week started slowly but finished strongly. Gordon Castle finished with around thirty salmon. Delfur were closer to fifty, Mark tells me that the majority were salmon with only about a half a dozen grilse. As usual I am grateful to Mark, Grant , Rory and their guests for the photographs.
Rothes had sixteen and Mike says there was not a grilse amongst them!
Craigellachie had another good week getting into double figures, many thanks to Alex Robertson for the picture of his fish.
Wester Elchies had seven.
Carron had a dozen or so. Ian tells me that they have already passed last years total, not a hugely difficult feat but welcome all the same.
James Bleaney’s party had an enjoyable week at Laggan. The week started slowly but the new arrivals on Thursday were soon busy. David “Coco” Barker broke his long barren spell with a couple on Thursday, Both Alex Gray and Giles Bovill managed to catch their first fish under the watchful eye of Laggan gillie Mike Murdoch. Whilst Angus Woolhouse pushed the total up to seven.
Grantown continues to fish well another beat which has already surpassed last years total. Eleven salmon were landed this week the biggest coming from Dulnain Mouth at 15lb. Visiting angler Chris Shanks landed three salmon for his week and has been kind enough to let me use his photos. The sea trout fishing continues to be excellent with many fish of 5lb and above being landed.
Kinchurdy continues to land both salmon and sea trout.