Weather forecasting this year is getting easy, it will be wet, the only difficulty is predicting how wet. Last week it was very wet on Tuesday making the river conditions challenging on Wednesday, surprisingly there were some fish caught. On Thursday the river was dropping but still carried a fair amount of colour. Next week there will be rain every day except perhaps Tuesday, temperatures will remain around mid teens, a little cool for the third week of July. The tides are building all week. Hopefully the grilse will continue to arrive in ever increasing numbers.
Catches: The Gordon Castle Beats continue to catch fish in ever increasing numbers; it does not seem to matter whether the water is high or low. This week they had around a hundred and twenty five just under a hundred were salmon with around thirty grilse. Delfur continued to fish well with just over sixty salmon, to five rods! Mark Melville sent me this photo of a fish weighed at twenty four pounds.
Upstream Rothes continued to improve with over forty fish landed only eight were grilse. Aaron Ewen landed this seatrout earlier in the week, weighed at eight pounds, not the clearest of pictures but the spool of maxima gives a good indication of the size.
Above Craigellachie bridge things slowed down a little. Craigellachie had eleven. Wester Elchies managed one better though as usual this season almost as many were lost, I do not know what the Wester Elchies fishers are doing this season! I hear that Delagyle had over twenty. Carron continued to have a difficult time with only six landed. The Knockando beats managed over twenty and I was lucky enough to be asked to join Mr Sadowski’s party by Mr and Mrs Hosker. I had this fish which was weighed at twenty one pounds and also this sealiced grilse, and was at hand to help land this fish for Mr Sadowski.
Grantown continued to fish well with around twenty fish landed, the majority grilse which must suggest the grilse are running hard. On Saturday asalmon at twenty one pound fish was landed at Tarric Mor.