Week commencing August 15th 2011

After the previous week’s spates it was a very quiet week on Speyside, the river started at about eighteen inches and dropped steadily all week pretty much perfect conditions. The forecast for next week is more of the same, sunshine and light showers at the start of the week with some heavy rain on Wednesday night or Thursday. The tides are building all week.

Catches as usual nothing from the bottom or top of the river, writing these reports is so frustrating when no one informs me what is happening on the river! Delfur had a good week with around sixty fish landed, included in this was one at twenty pounds and five “first” fish, an expensive week for the badge makers.

Upstream Dan Drew’s party landed close to thirty with a lot of fish lost. Beverly Drew sent me these photographs of Mike and Robbie returning fish.
Robbie

Craigellachie finished the week strongly with ten fish about half of which were caught on Saturday. When I last spoke to Sam Wester Elchies had only had six, matched by Kinermony over the water. Carron finished the week with eight. I hear that the Knockando beats have been fishing quite well recently. Grantown have had fourteen salmon/grilse reported including the heaviest fish of the season. Mr John Davis caught and released a twenty seven pound salmon from Tarric Mor. This is his third big fish having already landed a twenty pounder on the 12th of August and a sixteen pounder on the 16th, certainly a month of quality rather than quantity.

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