Last week’s forecast was pretty accurate, a week of two halves, the first half was probably the Scottish Summer so you might well have missed it. The second half was a little better for catching salmon. The forecast for the coming week is along the same lines, Monday will be warm and bright but as the week progresses it becomes more suitable for salmon fishing, temperatures drop, the clouds move in and there is even a little rain to freshen things up. The tides start to build tomorrow and continue for the rest of the week.
It has been a week or two since I mentioned our feathered visitors, last week I saw a couple of cuckoos in transit, this week I heard the first cuckoo on the river. I heard reports this week that the swifts had arrived and today I spotted my first swift of the year. I also watched a roe buck swim the river but on arrival at the far side it realised the bank was steeper than it anticipated. The poor thing was swept down towards the next pool and eventually found a suitable bank to climb out.
As I alluded to earlier at the start of the week conditions were difficult, temperatures reached the mid-twenties and the sun shone through cloudless skies. Towards the end of the week, things settled somewhat but I think it was still prudent to take the afternoons off and fish into the evenings.
Gordon Castle managed half a dozen. Orton I hear had four but have no details. Delfur struggled at the start of the week but with a lot of effort managed to finish with six.. Thanks to Mark for the picture.
Rothes had seven; again Mike described the start of the week as difficult.
I see this is one of the weeks Easter Elchies report their catches and they finished with fifteen.
Craigellachie almost reached double figures, thanks to Dougie Ross for the photos.
Kinermony finished with four and a 6lb seatrout. Photograph courtesy of Davie Brand.
Carron followed the same pattern with little caught at the start of the week but finishing with a flurry, eventually seven were landed. Thanks to Neil Borthwick for his picture. I hear Laggan had about the same.
I hear that Tulchan had a great week, disappointingly no details. The rumour mill suggests D beat had close to twenty, and that one angler on A beat had seven to his own rod.
Lionel Main sent me a text message to tell me that they “had a very good week at Castle Grant with over 25 landed from the three beats with many lost.” The biggest at 22lbs. Jouni Rauha, was hosting a party of Finnish anglers on beats 1 and 3. Jouni told me “We have had a good fishing and caught and released a total of 13 spring salmon. All members of group caught at least one salmon. Pekka Karkkolainen was top rod of group and caught 5 springers. Sauli Liukkonen caught the biggest salmon of week, a fantastic fish of 22 lbs. My son Sami Rauha caught a 9 lbs and 14 lbs salmon.” Jouni also sent the following pictures,
Jouni Rauha Castle Grant
Grantown were into double figures, despite the sun. Willie Laird pictured below had this fish estimated at 20lbs from Pol an Eilean on Wednesday afternoon in blazing sunshine. Nigel Davies fish pictured below was from the Saddle Pool.