Last week’s forecast was fairly accurate but there was one major omission – thunderstorms! There was very heavy rain in the catchment on Tuesday afternoon, by Tuesday evening the river was starting to rise and starting to colour up. On Wednesday morning, the colour in the middle river was not good and by lunchtime it was much worse. Even by Thursday teatime, the river was still carrying a fair amount of sediment although it was becoming fishable. The forecast for the coming week has a dry start on Monday, a bit of rain on Tuesday and then heavier rain towards the end of the week. The tides start to build again on Wednesday.
Gordon Castle had twenty-four on Saturday, including eight for Graham Ritchie – a man who could catch a fish in a dry puddle, or so Angus Gordon Lennox tells me. Angus also sent me this little story from his Beat 4 gillie David Beauly: Thanks to my guests invitation I managed a run down the pipe pool, I was rewarded with a fantastic 17.5lb sea liced stunner, caught on a size 10 “Lena”(a fly named after my wife)! Very kindly netted by David Craig from the Scottish canoe association, who stopped a good distance above to allow space to play the fish, which was definitely needed as it emptied the reel twice! This is the second fish caught in the pipe pool today, the first was a 5lb grilse caught before breakfast!
Delfur had a decent start but effectively lost Wednesday and Thursday. Many thanks, as usual, to Mark for his photographs. The week finished well with fifteen on Saturday taking the total to mid twenties for the week.
It seems Saturday was a productive day for all of the beats in the middle of the river – Rothes finished with twenty-four for the week, eight of which were caught on Saturday.
Craigellachie finished with close to twenty. Many thanks to Dougie Ross for photos from Craigellachie.
Kinermony finished with 5 Ralph Green was top rod with 3
Carron ended with eleven, Jan Sjaastad four on Friday as the water cleared, and they had seven on Saturday.
Knockando, Phones, James Duthie wrote: Sandy Smith, ghillie on Phones, celebrated forty-seven years on the Spey on the 1st June. He showed experience and perseverance pays off, landing a stunning 14lb salmon caught on the fly late Wednesday evening, when the river was up. The Spey is going to miss him when he retires at the end of the season.
Castle Grant, Lionel Main tells me it was a great week, with catches in the forties, and a similar number of sea trout up to 8lb.
Grantown Association had a quiet start, but finished the week with at least twenty salmon, including one around 14lbs. Thanks to Jimmy Mitchell for the photos.