Well that is two weeks on the trot I have managed to get the weather forecast reasonably right. There was almost no rain last week and the river dropped back to close to summer level, before a small rise in the Avon pushed it up in the lower river on Saturday night. This rise has all but disappeared again, and I cannot see much new happening before the end of the week. The forecast for next week is a mixture of overcast days, sunshine and some heavy rain on Thursday. The tides are building at the start of the week but peak on Wednesday.
Catches, after last weeks flurry of activity the catches fell away somewhat. The Gordon Castle beats are still fishing well and landed close to one hundred fish again last week.
Further upstream although there are plenty of fish in the pools they are more reluctant to take. Delfur managed into the mid twenties. I am grateful to Mark and Rory for some photographs.
Rothes finished with 26. Although not formally let the week at Rothes was fished by Mike and Robbie, some members of the Gordon Group thanks to the generosity of the owners, the Bladons. On Saturday the day was given over to the junior members of the RSSA who experienced a day on a prime beat of the Spey.Alex Robertson sent me this picture of Jen Campbell it was her first ever salmon. The poor fish seems to have a hard time with predator damage and a lesion on its head.
Craigellachie slowed down a little but still finished the week with seven.
Wester Elchies were also down on last weeks total ending the week with nine landed.
Carron was hard going and could only manage three with as many lost.
I have had no news from further up the river though I hear that Grantown are still catching fish, the best of the week fell to Paul Russell from the Dulnain Mouth pool.