Week Commencing July 30th 2012.

The weather forecast for the coming week does not have much rain, shock horror! The start of the week is overcast, with temperatures starting around the low teens and building by one degree a day till next Saturday, almost seasonal for a change. The tides have peaked and there will be no fresh water this week.

Catches. Ian Tennant tells me the Gordon Castle beats had around fifty fish, but they were seeing large numbers of fish going by every day. Delfur had another good week with over fifty landed. I was lucky enough to get an invite to fish on Thursday and managed to get a fish or two, Ian Hall and Malcolm McCrae were also Edward Mountain’s guests and managed a few to help the total.

Duffer and his fish.

Duffer and his fish.

Ian Hall Collie, Delfur

Ian Hall Collie, Delfur

Malcolm Mcrae Twa Stones

Malcolm Mcrae Twa Stones

Rothes continued to get into the mid thirties; Mike Ewen tells me they were mostly salmon with very few grilse. Upstream Craigellachie managed into the mid teens with Monday being the best day of the week with six landed. Wester Elchies had a slow start till Mark Hanson arrived on Thursday, Mark had three of the five caught. Mark managed to lose another three which is becoming the norm for Wester Elchies this year. At Carron it was the owners’ week and after six months Alan Williams managed to land a fish on his beat. Alan sent the following comment-“not perhaps the prettiest of fish already with the colour of a river fish, but welcome none the less a first fish from Carron this year. However there were two more better looking grilse to come from the Carron Pool later in the week”

There are all sorts of rumours flying around the valley, of another large salmon caught at Knockando. I have no official news. The size seems to be somewhere from thirty pounds, from the Spey Larder to forty-three and a half on the internet, hopefully a photograph or two will eventually turn up. Grantown was lightly fished and there were only five salmon landed the best thirteen pounds. Local angler Jerry Gallienne had this eight pound seatrout on the fly in Tarric Mor.

Jerry Gallienne 8lbs Grantown

Jerry Gallienne 8lbs Grantown

Again can I please ask for anglers to get in touch with their photographs and stories, malcolm@speygillie.co.uk

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