Week Commencing 9th May 2011

The river is sitting at about one foot and the temperature is hovering around 12 c, the sky is overcast with showers of rain a typical Speyside May day but good fishing conditions. With the tides building all week I expect that the catches will continue to improve. The forecast is to remain pretty much unchanged all week with sunshine and showers. Last week things went pretty much as I predicted, the river was “black” on Monday and catches reflected this but as the river fell and cleared catches started to improve, Friday was a good day on the river and most beats picked up fish. On Monday evening at a small ceremony at Delfur Lodge, Huston McCollough was presented with his own replica of the Savills Malloch Trophy for the capture and release of a 36lb salmon, a year ago.

Catches: Again I am disappointed to say I have no reports from the bottom or top of the river.

Delfur had a good week with Olivier Devictor’s party landing twenty two salmon with a few
more lost, no monsters this year!

Upstream at Rothes twelve were landed Mike tells me that the end of the week was the most productive time and most of the fish were sea liced. I fished a beat below Craigellachie again with Alex Ritchie and again he out fished me comprehensively, this time landing five fish on Friday, again over 50% of the catch. I have posted enough pictures of Alex so this week I have a picture of Iain Kelly returning a fish from the Dips.

Craigellachie had a much better week with ten fish landed, Dougie Ross sent me this picture of himself and Rachel Denton returning a fish estimated at 17lbs.

Wester Elchies had their best week of the season with fourteen landed and over the water Kinermony had ten and Delagyle had seven. Upstream Carron managed four and across the river Laggan had at least five. I understand that Ballindalloch were into double figures by mid week as were the beats above. Grantown angling Association had around six fish and their first seatrout of the season, hopefully the good water conditions and milder evenings will encourage the seatrout anglers out on the river.

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