Week commencing 8th September 2014

Another week passed, not long to go now. Autumn can be a beautiful time of the year.

Sunset

Sunset

The river started around the two foot six mark and fell away all week finishing around six inches. The forecast is for some more settled weather with perhaps some heavy rain before the weekend but as usual it is hard to predict what Friday might bring. Temperatures remain quite high for September. The tides have peaked last week and there will be no new water till after the weekend.

Catches: The Gordon Castle beats again landed over fifty salmon for the week a mixture of older coloured fish with some sea liced fish as well. Delfur started the week with a rush but things slowed as the week progressed; they finished around the mid twenties. As usual Mark and the boys have been generous with their photographs’.

Charles MacPherson Delfur

Charles MacPherson Delfur

Charles again

Charles again

And again

And again

Another of the ten Charles caught Monday & Tuesday.

Another of the ten Charles caught Monday & Tuesday.

Lee Landale's first fish

Lee Landale’s first fish

George Bullard Twa Stanes Delfur

George Bullard Twa Stanes Delfur

Further upstream there are still fish to be caught. Craigellachie had a handful. Wester Elchies again lightly fished but still managed seven. Both Carron and Laggan were around the double figure mark. Team Boathwick landing the majority at Carron. I have a few interesting pictures from Ian and Neil. The red marks on the first fish are caused by Caligus Elongatus, which are the other smaller sea lice. The theory is that there was a large infestation of Caligus, possibly brought in by mackerel. The time of the year is right so it seems a plausible explanation. Other rivers are seeing fish with similar marks.

Red spots caused by Caligus Elongatus obviously!

Red spots caused by Caligus Elongatus obviously!

Perhaps not of Spey Origin

Perhaps not of Spey Origin

Ugly Beast

Ugly Beast!

Sandy Smith tells me that Buckie angler George Alexander had a fish estimated at twenty pounds from the Pouch but unfortunately the photographs were not too clear.

Grantown struggled a bit with the low water but still managed a handful of fish the best being a fish of around fourteen pounds from the Lurg.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Gordon Mackenzie at 7:23 pm

    Caligus! A scientist must have dreamed that one up. Did the wise man who told you that explain why the lice did not bite the rest of the fish? Especially the upper body where most lice are found.

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 8:07 pm

      All I could come up with, was someone messing with a 12bore number 7 shot!

      Have you a better idea? I have never seen anything like it before.

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