Well it has been a warm even hot week on Speyside if I had wanted to live in temperatures in the high 20Cs I would have bought a house in Spain. It certainly has not been salmon fishing weather. The forecast for the coming week is not a lot better, more of the same and if anything getting hotter towards next week end. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till the weekend. On the positive side I have heard the North Rivers have started to catch grilse in increasing numbers, the netsmen always said that the grilse arrived on the Spey the following week so perhaps we have something to look forward to.
Catches: this should not take long this week!
The Gordon Castle beats managed into the high teens. Delfur were about the same, Mark and Henry Mountain were kind enough to send me some photographs. Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that it is not just ourselves that are affected by this heat, the salmon struggle when the water temperatures are as high as they are at present. It is of course part of the reason they are difficult to catch and they should be kept out the water for as short a time as possible, and supported in the water for longer than usual.
Rothes continued to pick away averaging a fish a day.
Craigellachie had a reasonable week considering the conditions. Alex Robertson newly home from China had a grilse on Monday morning. Like Rothes they averaged about a fish a day.
The rest of the river was pretty quiet. Grantown had a reasonable start, six were landed the heaviest weighed-in at 19 lbs. and was landed at the Dulnain Mouth Pool but the hot weather took its toll towards the end of the week.