The peculiar weather has continued, this last week was not much like the middle of June, temperatures struggled to reach the mid teens and most days there was some rain, but on the positive side not bad conditions for salmon fishing. The forecast for the coming week is more of the same, temperatures struggling to reach mid teens and a strong chance of rain at the start of the week. The river really needs a good flush out and a few days of solid rain would not be a bad thing.
The tides which started to build at the end of last week will continue to build all week. Hopefully the fresh fish should continue to run the river and hopefully reach the middle and upper beats. I continue to struggle with the new website and software, and was somewhat disappointed that more people did not comment either positively or otherwise on the weekly reports. If you click on the small pictures they should enlarge to allow you to see better.
Catches. The bottom of the river continues to fish well, the salmon obviously do not know to avoid the Brae in May and June’s too soon; perhaps the old poem needs reworked! Anyway Ian Tennant tells me they had thirty eight fish to Saturday tea time. Duncan Fletcher’s party had thirty four at Delfur including two over twenty pounds. Mark sent me this photo of Duncan in Beaufort.
Rothes had their best week of the season with twenty two, all sealiced. Further upstream things were more difficult. I had some news from Aberlour Angling Association, which is unusual in itself. Ken Davies sent me this story, “ Stuart Paton and a friend visiting from England and I went up to Caithness at the weekend trout fishing we arrived back in Aberlour and Stuart went out to his car in the Mash Tun car park to get his salmon gear set up, he then discovered he had not to packed his salmon rod. Mark the owner generously let him borrow his.
He then landed this fish which was weighed in the net at thirty-nine pounds a true weight of thirty three. Stuart had another one Tuesday morning.” Both Ken and George Mackenzie managed fish on Saturday afternoon.
Over the water Wester Elchies just failed to reach double figures. News further up the river is patchy, I heard that Pitcroy had an excellent week with a dozen by Thursday. Grantown had a disappointing week and could do with a rise in the levels to bring more fish up. Mr Norris a visiting angler was not too disappointed with his twenty-two pound fish from the Dulnain Mouth Pool.